Android News Wrap-Up: EVO Froyo Update, App Extensions, How To Talk To Your Phone

Fri, Jul 30, 2010

Android, Mobile

In the Android world, there is a lot of news just oozing out of every pore it seems. Today, we have the official date for when the HTC EVO 4G will receive its Froyo (Android 2.2) update, new Google App ‘Extensions’ and a bit of a tutorial on how to talk to your Android phone.

HTC EVO 4G Receives Froyo Update on August 3rd

There has been a ton of talk about phones getting Froyo lately, and the EVO is no exception. Sprint has just announced what everyone was hoping for, that the EVO is getting the Android 2.2 update on August 3rd. On top of rolling out the OTA update in stages, Sprint will provide a download link for those who just can’t wait for their scoop of Froyo. In the official 2.2. update, the EVO will receive the following features (via an official leaked Sprint document):

This whole update sounds like excellent news for EVO users, so just sit tight until August 3rd.

Google App ‘Extensions’

At Google IO a few months ago, Google detailed intensions to make their ads more immersive, something Apple detailed for iAds back in April. As of now, we are starting to see these fruits as Google is beginning to roll out AdWords location extensions. Business in their ads can now show their location and clickable phone number in an expanding ad without ever leaving the app. Google explains:

“This new ad format is available on mobile devices with full Internet browsers and allows you to expand your advertising campaigns to reach highly engaged mobile users with relevant local information as they use their favorite apps or websites to check the weather, read the news, play games or pursue other mobile interests.”

How To ‘Talk’ To Your Android Phone

AndroidCentral has posted a neat tutorial on how to speak to your phone, or rather, which questions can it answer out of the box. Well, it’s quite a bit but here is the list:

  • Call <contact name> (+ <home|mobile|work>): Dial this contact. If the contact has multiple phone numbers, and you don’t specify which number to dial (i.e. “call Dad work”), you will receive an on-screen prompt to select which number.
  • Dial <phone number>: Dial your selected number: “Dial 3-1-0-5-5-5-1-2-1-2?.
  • Find <location>: Open a map a Google Maps displaying pins with the location(s).
  • Specific business name: “Find Staples”, “Find McDonalds”,
  • Type of business: “Find gas station”, “Find grocery store”, “Find yogurt”,
  • Specific location name: “Find Disneyland”
  • Type of location: “Find dog parks”
  • Map of <location>: See Find, above.
  • Directions to < location>: Open Google Maps providing driving, mass transit, biking or walking directions to your selected place from your current location. You can use the same types of locations as with Find, above.
  • Navigate to <location>: Start Google Navigate with <location> set as the end point. You can use the same types of locations as with Find, above. General requests like “Navigate to gas station” will produce an on-screen prompt to select which local gas station.
  • Open <application name>: Open the desired application: “Open calendar”, “Open Facebook”, “Open Battery Info”.
  • Post buzz <message>: Generate a Google Buzz posting of your phrase. Posting will be geolocated with your current position.
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