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by George Heymann

Nearly half of U.S. Mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, 48 percent are on Android

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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According to the most recent Nielson report, 49.7 percent of U.S. Mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, an increase of 38 percent over last year. The trend is continuing to grow as more than two-thirds of those who acquired a new mobile device in the last three months chose a smartphone over a feature phone.

In the U.S. Android continues to lead the way with a 48 percent market share, Apple has a 32 percent share, Rim follows with 12 percent, with everyone else making up the remaining 8 percent. If you would like to get additional information check the  full Nielsen report.

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Imangi Studios to bring Temple Run for Android to Google Play March 27

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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Imangi Studios announced the official release date for its incredibly popular title Temple Run for Android today. Temple Run should be available for download from Google Play on March 27 according to the Imangi Studio press release.

“We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Scalado “Remove” lets you capture a clear view.

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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Have you ever wanted to capture a photo in a busy area without capturing a number of strangers in the shot as well? Up till now this has been all but impossible enter Scalado Remove, a technology that automatically highlights and removes any unwanted object from a captured photo. Scalado claims it’s the first Object removal software to be released on a mobile device.

Remove promises to solve this photographic conundrum by detecting and removing unwanted objects by touching the selections on the screen after capturing the image. Imagine capturing a photo and letting the camera remove the unwanted people for you! All of this can be done after the image is captured using post-processing to selectively remove anyone moving around, or select your subject and remove anyone else in the frame.

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Chrome for Phone

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta today that brings many Chrome desktop features to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones and tablets.

Some of the Chrome for Android features include:

  •  Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  • Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
  • Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
  • Browse privately in Incognito mode
  • View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome)picking up exactly where you left off.
  • Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you’ll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.
  • Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using.

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Preview: Android Dropbox App 1.3.0.6

by George Heymann

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I had a chance to preview the upcoming build of Dropbox V1.3.0.6 for Android. The revised version of the Dropbox app not only looks great with a completely revised UI but also adds several new features, bug fixes and stability improvements. If you would like to try out the build for yourself you can grab a copy from the Dropbox mobile apps forum here.

Here is a list from the Dropbox change log:

  • Favorites: quick offline access to files
  • Bulk upload photos and videos
  • Access all file and folder actions with just one tap
  • Improved gallery view
  • Upload from and export to your phone’s memory
  • Rename files and folders
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) improvements
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements

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I can now speak in 14 different languages, and so can you with the help of Google Translate

by George Heymann

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Google  came one step closer to the ‘Sci-Fi’ fantasy of creating a universal translator with its most recent update to Google Translate for Android.  The latest version of the software V2.2 has been updated to translate between 14 different languages.

Earlier this year Google introduced an experimental feature called conversation mode, which enabled you to translate speech back and forth between English and Spanish. This was expanded this week to include Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

Using Google translate is pretty simple, select the languages you want translated then speak into your phone’s microphone and the application will display the translation in the language you preselected from the drop down menu of available languages. You can optionally select ‘Enter Conversation Mode’ and you will receive both a written and spoken translation of what is said. In conversation mode the translations work in both directions enabling you to have a conversation with someone in a language that you don’t natively understand.

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HTC expands cloud services with Dashwire acquisition

by John Roberts

Technology Market

HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, has announced the acquisition of Seattle-based Dashwire, Inc., the maker of the Dashworks platform that provides mobile and web applications, enabling people to easily setup and personalize their smartphones, and seamlessly access their mobile content across multiple screens and services.  Dashwire will become a wholly owned subsidiary of HTC.

“Cloud services are key to delivering the promise of connected services to our customers,” said Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations, HTC Corporation. “People want access to all of their important content wherever they are on any device. The addition of Dashwire’s cutting-edge sync services and deep mobile cloud experience strengthens our ability to deliver these services in a more powerful way.”

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US mobile map audience grows 39 percent in past year as fixed-internet map audience softens slightly

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market 

comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released results of a US study of mobile map usage based on data from its comScore MobiLens service.

The study found that 48 million mobile users accessed maps on their mobile device during the three month average period ending May 2011, an increase of 39 percent from the previous year, driven in large part by the increase in smartphone adoption.

The study found that map usage via mobile applications was the primary access point for smartphone owners as the map app audience doubled in size over the past year.

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NXP unlocks the potential of multifunction car keys

by John Roberts 

Technology Market 

Pioneering the market for ‘smart’ car keys, NXP Semiconductors has announced the availability of its production-ready single-chip solution for multifunction car keys – the NCF2970 (KEyLink Lite). Enhancing the functionality of car keys by supporting Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, NXP’s KEyLink Lite enables car manufacturers to offer a new driving experience with keys that connect to external NFC-compliant devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

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BlindType has been acquired by Google!

BlindType is a software keyboard replacement that lets you type virtually anywhere on the screen and the software interprets the relative spacing between your key presses to determine what you are trying to type. (Video after the break)

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