Google Maps Navigation now available in 11 countries

Similar to the Google Voice Search restrictions that google lifted today, the Google Maps team is proudly announcing that Google Maps Navigation on Android is now available in 11 countries:

There’s nothing quite like driving through Europe in the summer. In the past week, I’ve seen the beautiful Val d’Aosta, the Swiss Alps, the Cathedral in Chartres, and travelled through the Channel Tunnel as I road-tripped from Milan to Geneva, Zürich to Stuttgart, and on through Paris to London. Why the burst of mileage? Well, I’ve been testing Google Maps Navigation version 4.2. Yes, road-testing it around Europe was a grueling process, but somebody had to do it :)

Today we’re launching Google Maps Navigation version 4.2 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland for Android devices 1.6 and higher. Google Maps Navigation is an Internet-connected GPS navigation or ‘satnav’ system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps.

Source: Google

Google Voice search finally available in French, German, Italian and Spanish

One of the best features of Android is undoubtedly its voice search functionality. Unfortunately as I have reported in my HTC Desire review the feature only worked in English (US and UK) so everybody else was sadly left out of the party. But you can know wipe your tears thanks to today’s announcement that French, German, Italian and Spanish are finally supported on Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices:

Voice has always been the most natural way to interact with a phone — speaking is typically faster and easier than typing. We first developed Search by voice for English, and then for Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Today we’re excited to welcome speakers of French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

microphone icon to start a voice-powered search. iPhone and BlackBerry users who already have Google Mobile App installed can enable voice search by selecting the new languages from the settings panel within the app.

If you have Android 1.6 or 2.1 (Donut or Eclair), and you have already installed the Search by voice application, starting later today voice search will return recognition results for French, German, Italian or Spanish if your phone has one of those languages chosen in ‘Language and keyboard’ settings. If you do not have the Search by voice application, you can install it from Android Market on your phone – search for ‘voice search‘. This application is only available in the Android Markets for France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Source: Google

In-depth look at Office, Exchange and SharePoint on Windows Phone 7

One more Windows Phone 7 TechED session for the day. This time you’ll get an in-depth look at the Office 2010 integration (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) in the Windows Phone 7 and how you can deploy WP7 in SharePoint Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010. If you had any doubts about Microsoft’s commitment to the business user here’s you answer (video after the break):

Windows Phone is an important tool for personal productivity and collaboration. Windows Phone 7 will be taking this to the next level. In this session, learn what’s new in Office Mobile, how it integrates with SharePoint Server and how to create the highest impact for users. This session also presents the new functionality that is available with Exchange Server 2010 in combination with Windows Phone and offers deployment guidance.

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Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) on Windows Phone 7

Two days ago Microsoft made it clear that Business users and ITs will not be left out of Windows Phone 7 and that they are aiming to provide the best Office, SharePoint, and Exchange experience ever seen on a mobile platform. So without further talk I highly suggest you watch the following TechED session (video after the break):

A growing number of employees are using their smartphones for business purposes. This makes planning secure access to email, documents, and applications a mission critical job for IT. Learn how Forefront Unified Access Gateway makes accessing email and documents from Windows Phones secure. This session presents the top things you can do to improve the security of your Windows Phone deployment, including deploying ActiveSync with Microsoft Exchange Server, providing secure remote access to Microsoft SharePoint, planning and publishing line-of-business applications, to take advantage of this evolution. Take full advantage of your IT investment in Exchange Server and SharePoint. This session covers architecture, deployment best practices, application publishing and traffic filtering for better protection of information.

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Microsoft TechED: Windows Phone 7 Overview session

Lots of Windows Phone 7 info is starting to come out of Microsoft’s TechED event which is currently taking place in New Orleans. The first video below is a overview of the Windows Phone 7 development platform and Office 2010 integration with some talk about the genesis of the project.

Terry Myerson is the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering. He shows how Windows Phone will excite business end-users and enable rich applications that run on PC, Web, and phone. He covers all aspects of Windows Phone 7, highlights the use of Windows Phone in key work scenarios, discusses IT capabilities to support these, and illustrates the rich development platform for applications run across PC, Web, and phone.

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720P video recording enabled on the Google Nexus One

You may remember that I reported a few months ago that HTC told me that the HTC Desire was fully capable of capturing 720P videos but the feature wasn’t enabled at launch because of lack of time. They’ve promised me that this was coming in a future update alongside DivX support but nothing has happened ever since. Today I’m happy to report that 720P video recording is now enabled on the Google Nexus One (which has the same specifications as the Desire) thanks to the good folks at XDA-Devs. All you will need is the latest CyanogenMOD CM5.0.8test3 :

Flash as

Will release froyo later

IT will currently work with intersect kernel and the kernel i gave already has pershoots modifications.
I am not responsible for anything that happens to your phone


To come
better fps
better audio
have to work on them yet

Check out a video sample after the break:

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Motorola Droid 2 A955 in the wild?

Several pictures of what looks like the Motorola Droid 2 have popped up on the net lately. As you can (barely) see the new A995 model looks a whole lot like the original Droid released last year. There’s still no confirmation but it seems like the device is already in Verizon‘s inventory (third picture). With the Shadow also making the rounds lately Motorola is set to have a busy summer season.

Source: DroidLife

Samsung Galaxy S launch event taking place in New York on June 29th


Samsung has a launch event scheduled to take place in New York on June 29th according to an invitation sent to re press today. The mentions Samsung’s next generations of Android devices so we can safely bet that the Samsung Galaxy S will be a big part of the show alongside the leaked handset we heard about a few weeks ago. The latest rumor points to a July 21th release on T-Mobile in the US but nothing has been confirmed yet. The Galaxy S has already launched in the UK and is on its way to start shipping in 110 countries before the end of the year.

Source: Engadget & TMOnews