Google Docs app for Android released: turn photos with text into editable documents

After Google Maps, Navigation, Goggle here’s another nifty Android application from the Mountain view search giant: Google Docs for Android. This new application will let you search and filter you Google docs content and then edit it using the online editor (this means that it will open the documents trough your device’s browser). The app will also give users the ability to upload content from the phone and open attachments in Gmail. Doesn’t really sound exciting right? Yeah, Windows Phone 7 already has this covered with its Office integration.

But there’s one little feature that is sure to make things a tiny bit more interesting: If you take a photo of a document containing text the application will automatically turn the text into an editable document thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). This currently only work with English text (and doesn’t recognize hand-written text). Head over to the Android Market and grab it if you have an Android 2.1 handset. We may see something similar on WP7 in the future now that Mango allows access to the raw camera feed.

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How the Windows Phone 7 location services really work

With all the madness going on right now around of the Apple locations tracking fiasco I thought that it would be interesting point out that Microsoft already details all of Windows Phone 7‘s location services in the product’s privacy statement. So instead of guessing or asking MS’s PR why no read what has been publicly available since October 2010?

There are currently 3 different location / tracking services in Windows Phone 7:

1) Location services: This is used by the OS and third party applications to locate you via Cell/WiFi triangulation or GPS.

2) Find My Phone: When enable it periodically sends the phone’s location to MS’ severs so it can be easily located by the My Phone service (note that the online My Phone mapping/tracking feature perfectly works with the option disabled on the phone. It just takes slightly longer to pin-point the handset).

3) Feedback report: Sends information via cell network or Zune desktop about the phone’s configuration, application usage, crash reports, and performance among other things.

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Nokia to transfer all Symbian business to Accenture, focus an Windows Phone

Nokia has just announced its plan to transfer all Symbian activities, business and developers to consulting and outsourcing company Accenture. This essentially means that the Finish mobile giant will now effectively focus on Windows Phone only (no word on Meego but I’m guessing that there’s still some R&D going on). The deal also includes plans for Accenture to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants (HTC, Samsung, LG).

Nokia and Microsoft have apparently been working night and day since the February announcement as proven by the numerous announcements and milestones reached in the past weeks. Just yesterday we learned that Nokia was re-organizing it’s Navteq mapping division to focus on social based location services for Windows Phone.

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