Google Adds to Android’s Capabilities

August 17th, 2010 3 Comments

Last week, you’ll recall I had a bit of an adventure upgrading my EVO to Android 2.2. The reason was to test drive a couple new features that Google announced last week, Chrome to Phone and Voice Actions.

Chrome to Phone is a Chrome extension that can send data from your browser to your phone. Aside from the obvious launching of links in the Android browser, there are several other useful features:

I tested these all successfully, and there’s definitely a lot of value, especially in the Google Maps integration. There are real use cases behind this, which isn’t surprising considering it was a 20% time project.

Check out the video.

Voice Actions adds a bunch of spoken commands to the Voice Search and search widgets, which are already quite useful on Android. Here’s the list:

I don’t use voice much myself, first because Swype doesn’t surface voice input and second because I feel like a tool commanding my phone. This list is good enough to make me reconsider, although frankly, remembering to use these features is the biggest hurdle for me.

Anyway, here’s the video:

Features like this are really cool and useful, and they do a good job making the user’s experience with the phone better. But are they enough to get someone to switch from a rival smartphone or upgrade from a dumbphone?

I’m not sure. I think carrier choice and cost are still the factors there.

Thoughts? Find the comments.

Update: I should have made it more obvious, but as Mandy Waite (@tekgrrl) points out, these features are Android 2.2 only. But hey, why not root?


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3 Responses to “Google Adds to Android’s Capabilities”

  1. tekgrrl (Mandy Waite) Says:

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    Only on 2.2 though :o( RT @theappslab Google Adds to Android’s Capabilities [link to post]

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  2. theappslab (theappslab) Says:

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  3. jkuramot (Jake Kuramoto) Says:

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    good point, updated post RT @tekgrrl: Only on 2.2 though :o( RT @theappslab Google Adds to Android’s Capabilities [link to post]

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