Google published a survey this week which it commissioned through Northstar Research. The goal was to find out not only how often users in different age categories used voice search, but how they used the service itself. The study also asked users what they would like to see search do more of in the future. Funnily enough, wishing they could order pizza ranked highest among young users of voice search.
In the study, it was found that 55% of teens and 41% of adults use voice search more than once a day. But, how do the two categories differ in use of the service? Teens, on one side, focus on using their voice to call friends, ask for directions, help with homework, and play songs. Adults on the other hand, use voice search primarily for voice dictation, asking directions, checking the time (however odd that sounds), and to make calls.
A whole ton of neat things were discovered in the research, so we recommend you check out Google’s official blog for more information. In the meantime, we want to run a poll of our own.
How often do you use voice search on your Android device? Once you answer, feel free to throw in the comments what things you use voice search the most for.
With two big-time devices, the DROID Turbo and Galaxy Note 4, set to hit the market soon, both featuring capacitive buttons, we feel like it is a good time to see how you all feel about the capacitive button vs. on-screen button debate.
It seems as though Samsung’s lineup and Motorola’s DROID product line will feature capacitive buttons for the time being, as both companies appear reluctant to adopt Google’s on-screen button configuration which has been widely adopted by all other OEMs. Heck, even HTC finally started using on-screen buttons last year on their flagship phones.
While Samsung takes the capacitive arrangement a bit further, featuring a hardware Home button as well, we are more curious how you feel about a phone such as the DROID Turbo featuring capacitive and not on-screen buttons. Would that stop you from purchasing the device? Would on-screen buttons make the next DROID simply irresistible? With Motorola’s Nexus 6 aka Shamu featuring on-screen buttons, will you have a hard time deciding between the two?
Let us know your thoughts on capacitive vs. on-screen buttons below.
Odd question, right? You all paid good money for the phone you currently own, so one would assume that you probably like almost every aspect of it. But let’s be honest – do you really? I would imagine after spending each day with your current phone, that there may at least be one thing you wish was better or could be changed.
For example, do you wish your Galaxy S5 didn’t have that obnoxious fake metal frame around it? Or do you wish the HTC One (M8) wasn’t so damn slippery or that HTC had not stuck with their 4MP gimmick this year? Maybe you wish that Motorola had used a bigger battery in this year’s Moto X? How awesome would the LG G3’s QHD display have been if it wasn’t a first-gen, first to the market product? Those are the things that come to mind for us.
So you tell us – if there was one (or more) things about your current phone that you don’t like or would change, what would it be?
Google, in collaboration with HTC and NVIDIA, is about to release the Nexus 9 tablet (“very soon“). This will be the first tablet released by Google in over a year, with the Nexus 7 (2013) being the last. It should sport close to a 9-inch high-res display, NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, maybe even an all-metal HTC One (M8)-like design, and Android L. If Google’s previous tablet efforts are anything to go by, it will likely be a solid tablet at a reasonable price.
But are you interested? There are countless Android tablets available these days, many at sub $200 price tags. Do you want a high-end all-metal HTC-made Nexus tablet? Do you want a tablet at all? I would venture to guess that many of you already own a tablet, so is a new Nexus tablet something worth considering as a replacement? Do you own an oversized smartphone and not see a need for a tablet?
I can tell you that the DL staff is more interested to see what Google can bring in the form of a new Nexus phone than a tablet. But what about you?
Not that the release of our review should mean that you can finally decide whether or not you are buying the new Moto X, but we would love to know your thoughts after reading not only ours, but others’ as well. The Moto X review units have been in the hands of press for a couple of weeks, which means several outlets have weighed in. Some are calling it the best Android phone ever made, others are calling it a solid option. We think it fits somewhere in the middle of those two categories, as a device that is better than last year’s Moto X, but still needs improvements in a couple of key areas.
So, when the Moto X finally arrives (more than likely before the end of the month), are you buying one?
In a recent discussion posted online between Vodafone and Warren Saunders, Sony’s UK and Ireland Sales Director, Saunders talks about the new Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Early in the talks, Saunders states that when it comes down to a buyer deciding between the larger Xperia Z3 and the smaller Z3 Compact, it’s simply, “a choice thing.” With almost identical internal specs, the question is, do buyers want a big phone or a not-so-big phone?
But more importantly, and the actual reason for this post, is that Saunders alludes to one very important theory within this discussion. To him, it appears that hardware/design innovations have essentially reached a plateau, and companies like Sony, will begin to focus more on a cohesive package across multiple devices. (more…)
Square or round? That seems to be the debate about smartwatches in 2014. Motorola decided long ago that they were ditching the rectangular smartwatch design for something closer to a traditional, circular time piece with the Moto 360. We have even seen LG already jump to the idea as well, with the G Watch R. But then you have Samsung sticking with square (semi-curved square, to be correct) throughout their half-dozen or so watch releases. And of course, Apple went square with the Apple Watch in this week’s unveiling.
We are curious which you prefer? Clearly, you think the Moto 360 is the best looking watch of the bunch, according to our latest poll, but that could be because of the overall design. Maybe you could buy into a square watch if it looked amazing. You tell us – square or round?