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The Bonkers Full Cycle Genius of Google Voice

This morning I have been looking at Google Voice and Google Voice Actions on the Android range of smart phones.

Now this is some genuinely exciting tech.  You speak into your phone and it activates a search on what you have spoken.  I can use it to search for a contact’s number in my directory, or a location on Google Maps, or a straightforward Google search.

Google Voice Actions goes even further with added functionality.  Watch this video…

Now I find that exciting – almost enough to upgrade my Hero to a compatible Android phone. (Voice actions needs newer phones that can run version 2.2 of the Android operating system.  The Hero only goes up to 2.1)

But, as exciting as it is, the tech quickly strays in bonkers territory.

Imagine, I can speak a message to be sent to a friend by typed text message or email.

My friend can then receive it and respond.  Maybe she also has an Android phone with Voice Actions, so she is able to respond by talking into her phone as well.

It will not be long until this technology has become so advanced that we will have real time duplex audio message transmission, where I can say something into my phone, it is heard immediately and the other person is able to respond immediately.

I wonder what we could call that?  A phone, maybe…

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Increasing Support for Android the iPhone Alternative

I have always had a fiercely independent attitude. It is the legacy of too much indie music as a student and a Carter USM haircut.

As a result I railed against the ubiquitous iPhone and signed up for the Android revolution. Android is a mobile phone standard created by Google.   

There is quite a bit of geekdebate as to which is better, iPhone or Android. It is like the C64 vs Spectrum playground arguments of the mid ’80s.

Actually that analogy doesn’t really work. The open standardization of Android makes it more like the neglected MSX competitor. Only MSXes were crappy. And nobody had one or at least they never admitted to it if they did.

Android though has already established itself as a credible threat to the iPhone empire. I am pleased to report also that application developers are increasingly developing Android versions of their apps now.

For example, my best friend WordPress, have now provided an excellent blogging app that has enabled me to effortlessy ramble this post on my HTC Hero mobile while on the bus to work.

So if you cannot bring yourself to join the Apple masses sign up for the Android revolution instead.

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