The face of TV as we know it is about to change, just ask Google. The search engine giant, and master of just about all things digital is jumping into the TV bizz as we announced on May 23rd of this year. The big difference is that Google has found a way to merge the TV and the Internet into one machine and make them work together in what I think are some really cool ways.
Keeping track of all your options is difficult, and comparing the phones you like best can be tough too. This is especially true when the phones you like best come from different carriers. It isn’t easy to compare the top phones at Verizon and AT&T when neither carrier will let you leave the building with a phone you haven’t bought.
The newest ComScore numbers arrived late last week and the results might be considered a little surprising. While everyone knows that Android is taking the mobile space by storm in recent months, I don’t know that anyone expected to see Apple lose market share around the release of their newest iPhone.
But, lose they did… ComScore shows Apple lost 1.3%, RIM dropped 1.8% and Microsoft dove 2.2%. Conversely, Android showed a 5% increase in total market share during the month of July. The final player, Palm, showed neither an increase or a decrease as they stayed exactly even.
We don’t really make phones calls like we used to. Nowadays, it seems like people pay a bunch of money for their mobile phones, but use them primarily for apps, surfing the web, texting, accessing social media, and email.
Google sees a way to make talking on the phone easier than ever. They’ve incorporated their Google Voice service into Gmail as a function of the embedded Google Chat app. Now, you can quickly and easily dial any of the numbers that you have saved in your Google Contacts or you can use the dial pad to input any other phone number. Best of all, calls that you make in the US and Canada are free, at least for now. This reminds me a lot of Skype, but Skype isn’t currently free.
By now, many of you have probably already heard that Google has launched Voice Actions for Android 2.2 users. The voice actions feature allows you to interact with your phone using your voice to get the information you need in a way that used to require you to type, tap and search through your phone’s browser, contacts, map application or email.
Google and US mobile phone carriers have been rolling out Froyo rather quickly in the last couple of weeks. There have been announcements about the Droid, the EVO 4G, the Nexus One, and the Droid 2, which shipped with the upgrade already installed. We are expecting to see the Droid X get the update soon and then many other devices are set to follow in the weeks and months to come.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 18th, you should be able to add the Verizon’s Droid Incredible to the list. Updates should be pushed over the air. We’re not entirely clear if all Incredible owners will receive the update at the same time or if Verizon will push the update to smaller groups at a time.
We know that many of our readers are Android fans and that due to all of the recent good and bad news for Apple, we haven’t posted as much about Android as we should have. In recent weeks, we’ve been making a greater effort to do so, and Google has been giving us plenty of good material to talk about.
Most recently, Google has created a new extension for Google Chrome that makes sharing content between your Chrome browser and your Android device extremely easy. The extension is called Chrome to phone and it is very simple to use. It is only compatible with Android 2.2, Froyo, at this time, but with Google changes and updates to other, older versions of Android are always possible.
In the last few days, many have discovered that Google has a new little Easter Egg going on their videos on YouTube. They are known to do stuff like this on occasion, but for all you old school gamers out there, this one is kind of cool.