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Larry find some Rough Edges in Google Voice

Today peple are talking about Google Voice, an application that helps you better manage your voice communications. However, the service is avaliable for only those who had previously signed up for GrandCentral. Google hasn’t announced when others can sign up.

The new application improves the way you use your phone. You can get transcripts of your voicemail (see the video below) and archive and search all of the SMS text messages you send and receive. You can also use the service to make low-priced international calls and easily access Goog-411 directory assistance.

The interesting flaws Larry found out and posted at CNET yesterday were also very interesting, although i think few of these are minor and will be removed soon, but still are flaws. Few of these he found out are :

1. User cannot delete voice mails from his number despite following the instructions to press 7 to “archive” messages

2. User can’t use his Google number as his outgoing caller ID when he dials directly from a cell phone.

3. Since it’s an incoming service only, user can’t record outbound calls and he can’t use Google Voice to add people to a call. They have to call user .

4. The service is currently available only to people who had previously signed up for GrandCentral.

Despite these facts, everyone here is anxiously waiting and looking forward for its open release for everyone. Again, Google is all over the market and its true.


Google mania strikes back, everything its google now

And its so true – i was surfing through different blogs and found a user comment at one of the post of Mobile Crunch – Interesting – seems like Google will rule the whole world wide web with in few years –

The post was about Android firmware 1.1 (RC33) patch notes – Google has gone ahead and published the full bug fix/features lists for Firmware 1.1 alongside the updated SDK.

Check after the jump to see what’s gone down.


Resolved Issues

* AlarmClock alert now plays audio/vibe directly, rather than through AlarmManager. AlarmClock alert starts playing audio/vibe in its IntentReceiver, rather than on activity start. These changes should prevent alarms from being blocked by modal dialogs.
* Fixes to device sleep.
* Single tap no longer opens the in-call dialpad; users now need to touch and drag it.
* Fixes a bug causing approximately 1 in 25 outbound messages to freeze up the IMAP connection (to a Gmail based server) when transferred to the Sent folder.
* Removes automatic account setup entries that were broken or not testable. Adds minor fixes to a few of the remaining entries. Makes improvements to warning dialogs used for a few special cases.
* Changes default mail checking interval to every 15 minutes (instead of defaulting to “never”).
* Fixes password-quoting bugs in IMAP, so that users can include special characters in passwords (e.g. spaces).
* Fixes various errors in auto and manual account setup
* Improves reporting for various connection errors, making it easier for the user to diagnose failed account setups.
* Fixes new-mail notifications for POP3 accounts.
* Ensures proper auto-checking of accounts marked as “never check”.
* Now displays date and time using user preference (e.g. 24 hr vs. AM/PM).
* Now shows cc: in message view.
* Improves recovery from POP3 connection failures.
* POP3 parser rules loosened, so the application can work with non-compliant email servers.
* Removes green CALL button as a shortcut for “add a new call”.

New Features

* Maps: Adds details and reviews when a user does a search on Maps and clicks on a business to view it’s details.
* Dialer: In-call screen timeout default is now longer when using the speakerphone.
* Dialer: Adds a “Show dialpad” / “Hide dialpad” item to the in-call menu, to make it easier to discover the DTMF dialpad.
* Adds support for saving attachments from MMS
* Adds support for marquee in layouts.

API Changes

* Adds annotations for test systems, no actual (non-test) API changes.
* Adds a method to allow a process to easily determine its UID.
* Adds support for marquee in layouts.
* Adds new methods for determining padding in views. Useful if you are writing your own subclasses of View.
* Adds new permissions that allow an application to broadcast an SMS or WAP Push message.
* API cleanup: removes protected constructor from SDK-bound system images.

And i missed the Android :(

Thanks to sam – 😦 – Now i have to wait for another month – 😦

Few more Android Pics – Courtesy:Sam


Dying to grab his T-Mobile G-1 – The Google Android version

Google introduces the new T-Mobile G1 with new cellphone operating system called Android, and Sarfraz is very proud of having being first one in Pakistan to have this in his hand. J According to him, he is the first one having Android in his hands, but I still doubt if it’s true: P


I have not personally experienced it yet, but just gone through few reviews over the web about this phone. It is one of the Top 5 Gadgets of Year 2008. Few specs of the phone includes 3D graphics acceleration, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 256 MB integrated storage, 1GB microSD card included, HSDPA 1700 / 2100 plus quad band EDGE, Amazon MP3 app for on-device music purchases, Push Gmail support with full HTML client, Bluetooth (but no A2DP), Google Maps with Street View, Android Market for on-device app purchases, No Microsoft Exchange support, No desktop synchronization — it all happens over the air, 350 minutes talk time over 3G, 406 minutes over GSM, 402 hours standby over 3G, 319 hours over GSM.

Getting more info about Android, I found out Android operating system is based on open-source code rather than proprietary operating systems like Microsoft’s Windows Mobile or Apple’s iPhone. Now anybody can easily switch operating system without consulting or paying Google. Also, for the most part, anyone can write applications that run on the G-1. So we set out to find out if this is just a cell phone for techies to love, or if it a serious competitor in the smart phone segment of the market. It is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. This beta version of the Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language. And this has seriously facilitates freaks like him, whose mission of life is to explore latest technologies in the field of mobile computing –

And the most important is I am anxiously waiting for his next visit to Islamabad – J