Google voice recognition slices out swearing

We're guessing a large number of people were screaming profanities at their Nexus One handsets this weekend, not out of frustration with the phone itself but to test out Google's apparent voice recognition censorship.  Testing of the Nexus One's speech-transcription systems revealed that swear words are not directly translated, but instead replaced by strings of hashes.
"We filter potentially offensive or inappropriate results because we want to avoid situations whereby we might misrecognize a spoken query and return profanity when, in fact, the user said something completely innocent.  Ultimately our goal is to return results that show exactly what you said, and we’re constantly working to improve the technology to better fit our users’ needs" Google statement
Android's speech recognition relies on Google's servers remotely processing voice commands and then feeding back the results to the user's handset.  Google reckon the censorship isn't a matter of wanting to avoid legitimately fruity language, but in fact the opposite: accidentally mis-transcribing something and inadvertently sending back obscenities to a user. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Truphone hits Nexus One but causes Google Voice instability?

Truphone have updated their Android VoIP app to support the Google Nexus One.  The software - Truphone v3.0.2 - now supports the Nexus One, T-Mobile Pulse, HTC G1, Hero and Magic, and offers free WiFi VoIP calls between Truphone users as well as to Google Talk and Skype accounts. There's also an IM client baked into Truphone, which supports Skype, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and AIM accounts, and as with other VoIP systems we've seen they'll happily take your cash in return for lower cost international calls.  WiFi VoIP is a relatively new addition to Truphone; when the app first arrived for Android it routed calls over a regular call. Unfortunately this latest version has some issues too, though only if you're a Google Voice user.  Gear Diary report that, while they had Truphone installed, Google Voice regularly crashed and their Nexus One ran slower than usual and suffered periodic lock-ups; the issue was fixed when Truphone was removed. Press Release:
Truphone First to Bring Wi-Fi Calling To Nexus One Truphone’s new Android application updated to operate on Google’s new device LONDON – 22 January 2010 — Hot on the heels of the release of Truphone’s VoIP enabled Truphone for Android application earlier this month, Truphone, the next generation global mobile operator, today announces that it is the first company to provide Wi-Fi calling on the Nexus One device from Google. Following collaboration with Google, Truphone is pleased to announce that from today Truphone for Android is compatible with the Nexus One. In addition to compatibility with the Nexus One, the update (version 3.0.2), ensures compatibility with the T-Mobile Pulse, meaning that Truphone is now Wi- Fi compatible with a total of five Android devices (see original release for list) Karl Good, Director of Applications for Truphone said: “Google has been very helpful in working with the Truphone team to allow us to provide our award- winning solution to the growing number of Nexus One owners. Once again it is a testament to Truphone that we are the first to be able to offer this technology to consumers.” Truphone for Android (version 3.0.2), is available now as a free download in the Android Market.

Motorola MOTOSPLIT dual-slider arriving AT&T Q3?

Motorola's ambitious Android plans for 2010 mean that leaking the odd handset or two is inevitable, and the latest render looks to have squeezed through the corporate security net.  According to Engadget this is the Motorola MOTOSPLIT, a full-QWERTY dual-slider based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (just like the Nexus One). Full specifications are as yet unknown, but it appears to have the screen section from the Motorola DROID with a split keyboard that pulls out from either side for text entry.  That makes for a wide, narrow handset, perhaps better for tabletop use rather than in-hand.  According to the tipsters, the Motorola MOTOSPLIT will hit AT&T in Q3 2010.

Nokia N900 dual boot Android and Maemo 5 caught on video!

There isn’t much to go on here but as you can see from the video below, it’s very possible to dual boot Android and Maemo 5 on the Nokia N900. The video doesn’t offer any sound nor a how-to DIY but surely someone will post the instruction soon enough --- right?

Enjoy the clip after the jump.

Motorola deny DROID OTA update

Here's an odd one for you: while some users have reported receiving an OTA (over-the-air) firmware update for their Motorola DROID this past week, Motorola themselves have just announced via Twitter that there has been no such update released.  In fact they say the last update to be pushed out was back in December 2009. The update was believed to address Facebook stability, but other users had claimed that they'd seen significant battery life updates too.  We're yet to see any sign of an update on our review model DROID, leaving us pretty confused as to what might have been showing up on some handsets earlier on.

Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700 hits UK

Samsung's i5700 Android smartphone has been known by a few different names since we first spotted it last year: the Samsung Galaxy Mini, for instance, and the Samsung Spica when it got its Korean launch.  Now, headed to T-Mobile UK, there's a new name: the Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700. The name may be different, but everything else looks the same.  That means a 3.2-inch touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi and GPS, along with a 3.2-megapixel camera and 3.5mm headphone jack.  Samsung will apparently be preloading a Layar-based augmented reality app onto the phone. Unfortunately it also gets Android 1.5 rather than anything newer, which we're less than impressed by.  Still, it'll be something of a bargain when it arrives - first on T-Mobile UK and then on other UK networks - free with a £20 ($32) per month contract. [via Recombu]

Seven HTC Android phones tipped in user profiles

HTC's upcoming Android device portfolio has seemingly been revealed, courtesy of some overzealous publishing of handset user profiles.  The seven devices - complete with screen resolution and keyboard details - include a QWERTY-equipped version of the HTC Tattoo, the HTC Halo. Overall there are three with QWERTY keyboards and the remainder rely on touchscreen-only input.  The majority have 320 x 480 displays, though there's one device - the HTC Supersonic - with a panel running at 480 x 800.  At least one of the devices - the HTC Legend - was included in the leaked 2010 roadmap for HTC late last year. Of course, there's no release schedules linked with the different devices, so we'll just have to wait and see what HTC bring to Mobile World Congress 2010 next month.  Android Community will be there to bring back all the details! [via KnowYourCell]

    Sprint HTC Hero and HTC Tattoo kernel source released

    Modders start your engines!  HTC have released the kernel source code for both the HTC Tattoo - their entry level Android device - and the Sprint version of the HTC Hero.  Each package is available from HTC's developer center. As we've seen before, while it's been possible to mod devices without having public access to the kernel source code, once those files are out in the open it becomes a far easier matter.  We're expecting to see some interesting tweaks, especially for the popular Sprint Hero. [via Twitter]

    Lenovo Lephone not just for China

    Lenovo have confirmed that, despite some rival Android handsets seeing their Chinese launch delayed, they plan to push ahead with the Lenovo Lephone launch there nonetheless.  Of interest to the rest of us, however, is confirmation that the Lephone will also see an overseas launch later in 2010. The Lephone was announced at CES 2010 earlier this month, and is a touchscreen smartphone running Android on a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  While normally it's a candybar format device, Lenovo have also been showing the Lephone off with a snap-on clamshell keyboard/case which should aid text-entry. No word on exact pricing, Chinese availability or which countries Lenovo plan to ship the Lephone to next. [gallery id="4801"]

    Gigabyte GSmart caught in wild

    Initial shots of Gigabyte's rumored GSmart Android phone made it look a bit, well, janky to our eyes, and a new set of live images aren't doing much to improve matters.  Russian site mobile-review have acquired a few new shots, and we reckon the handset most resembles a chubby HTC Tattoo. The specifications are pretty much on a par with the Tattoo as well, with Qualcomm's 528MHz processor showing up along with a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.  Unfortunately there's no sign of 3G, only EDGE, which isn't going to help Android's data-guzzling cloud support.  The saving grace could be price; the Gigabyte GSmart is tipped to arrive at around $300 SIM-free. [gallery] [via Unwired View]
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