For some reason, If you don’t own a Motorola droid or a Google nexus one you can’t use the speech to text functionality on android devices. If your device doesn’t have support for Speech to Text feature, you will have to install it manually. The problem is that this feature doesn’t exist for some reason on the Android Market. What is an APK file? An apk file is “android package file” with the extension ‘.apk’ used to install any application on a Google Android powered mobile phone. So in case you need to install any application on your android phone you need to have file with .apk format. Installing any application on Google android is pretty easy but installing non-market apps on android phone is a little tricky. Instructions: 1. Download Google Speech to Text apk file from here: 4shared.com 2. Copy the file to your SD card, and push the card to your mobile device 3. Install and open the Apps Installer application from the Android Market (This opens a view showing *.apk application names in the sd card root directory) 4. Select VoiceSearch.apk file you just downloaded 5. Restart your mobile. Thanks to Momimini !

Twitter is working on its own Android app, says CEO Evan Williams. “It’s going to be awesome,” he says. That means Twitter has its own mobile client for the three major/growing smartphone platforms. Also, Evan says Twitter is launching its own URL shortener. Trackback: BusinessInsider Update: It has been released! It includes support for Éclair’s Quick Contact bar and tweeting from the Gallery app. You can see your friends’ latest tweets from your contact list and the Google Talk app, too! The only downside appears to be that you need Android 2.1 to use it.

Good news for those of you who just have to be able to install applications to the SD card. Google — which said in January that this would be addressed — has officially marked the issue(1151, if you’re counting at home) with a “future release” status and has closed the thread. And one Googler replied with the following: Apologies, but I’m not permitted to disclose scheduling information – suffice to say it’s coming soon Sorry for being vague, and thank you for your continued patience – I sincerely appreciate it. Dunno about you guys, but Froyo and Google IO can’t get here soon enough. Trackback: AndroidCentral

The third tablet or tablet concept to be canned in the past few days: Considering the almost complete absence of love in the commercial marketplace for Moorestown and Moblin — and the fact that there’s no sign of MeeGo building serious momentum just yet — we’re sure that Intel would’ve just loved for the drop-dead-sexy GW990 to serve as the platform’s crown jewel for 2010. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen, because we’ve just been able to confirm that the 4.8-inch beast (and potential Dell Mini 5 foil) has been wiped off the product roadmap. Though we don’t know exactly what happened, the fact that Moblin is effectively dead and MeeGo isn’t ready for prime time might be part of LG’s justification for killing it off; if you might recall, the GW990 was introduced before MeeGo was official, and the original plan was to have it on the market in the second half of this year. Then again, this might be just as well — we weren’t impressed by the fact that LG was positioning the phone as a closed device back at CES, and there are still plenty of open questions as to how Intel and Nokia plan to offer apps on MeeGo — so let’s just hope this form factor reemerges from LG’s labs soon enough, yeah? Trackback: Engadget

Starting with Android 2.1 (API Level 7), users can now enjoy live wallpapers — richer, animated, interactive backgrounds — on their home screens. A live wallpaper is very similar to a normal Android application and has access to all the facilities of the platform: SGL (2D drawing), OpenGL (3D drawing), GPS, accelerometers, network access, etc. The live wallpapers included on Nexus One demonstrate the use of some of these APIs to create fun and interesting user experiences. For instance, the Grass wallpaper uses the phone’s location to compute sunrise and sunset times in order to display the appropriate sky. Creating your own live wallpaper is easy, especially if you have had previous experience with SurfaceView or Canvas. To learn how to create a live wallpaper, you should check out the CubeLiveWallpaper sample code. More after the break.

We’d heard through the grapevine that the engineers at Round Rock were working on a number of slates to fill the Streak lineup, but man, we didn’t see this coming… at least not yet. A couple of images along with an internal Dell announcement landed on our virtual doorstep this fine morning, and lo and behold, it looks as if a 7-inch and 10-inch Streak tablet is on the horizon. But that’s not all — we learned that the “coming soon” we heard earlier regarding the Aero‘s release date on AT&T really means “June.” Later this “summer,” said phone will be joined by the Streak 5 (yeah, that’s the Mini 5 we’ve had for months now) for those who prefer a more capable mobile. As for the 7-inch Streak? Look for it to launch (presumably with or without AT&T support) late in 2010, while a 10-inch flavor follows in “early 2011.” Trackback: Engadget

Posted by Lee Brimelow on the flash blog on the 17th: You can now sign up to be notified when the first public betas of both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 are available. We just started the private betas and we are really looking forward to getting these technologies into your hands as soon as possible. There are going to be so many interesting things that you will be able to do on Android and there are also going to be many new skills that you will need to learn, especially if you are new to mobile design. One thing that will help you tremendously is to learn more about optimizing content for mobile devices. There are separate sign-up pages for Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 so go on over and get registered. Unfortunately I can’t give any information about the specific dates for the betas. Sign up page for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta for Android Sign up page for Adobe AIR for Android Beta

While not tablet related, this is just cool. After seeing tremendous interest in their mobile site from Android users, Progressive has released a full-on application to the market.  Aimed to simplify the online experience, the free app provides many of the same features as the their full website including getting quotes, making payments, and tracking claims.  It’s also possible to calculate and budget for monthly car loan payments, research crash test results and recall notices, and watch the latest commercials from Progressive. Trackback: AndroidGuys

One of the biggest gripes about the Android-based Archos 5 tablet is the hoops one must jump to install apps.  With no official Android Market support, crafty users are forced to hack their tablets or side-load apps. That’s not the easiest thing to do when there are nearly 50,000 apps out there.  A known workaround called Market4Archos allowed users to access freeapplications in the market.  Paid apps, however, were left in the dust.  Until a recent firmwareupdate that is. Users with firmware version 1.7.99 have been reporting that paid apps are showing up in the Android Market.  Be advised, you must still have a hacked Archos 5 to get to these applications.  The firmware doesn’t simply add the Android Market to the device. Trackback: AndroidGuys

I had the opportunity to play with an Asus EeePC T91MT today, as it rolled through our office. A client of ours, a courier, uses a mobile PC to track shipments and payments, and as of today has replaced it with this new touch screen device. The only issues I have with the device are the sharpness – or lack thereof – of a resistive touch screen. It makes everything look a little washed out, and takes away from the user experience when using the underlying OS (this is just my opinion, of course). The second issue is the size of the keyboard – It’s only an 8.9″ screen, so obviously the keyboard has to be scaled accordingly, but I just can’t type on it properly, it’s way too small. I had a 7″ EeePC when they first came out, and I had the same issue using it – the keyboard on this touch tablet is probably very similar in size. The device ships with 1gb of ram, which I consider to be a bare minimum to use Windows 7 comfortably, and a 32gb SSD drive, which will get you there, but doesn’t leave much room for adding media, documents, and software. The built in slot for SD cards offers the same functionality as you would look for in an Android tablet, so to me the lack of hard drive space is really a non-issue. More after the break.

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