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Google’s anticipated launch of Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Nexus Prime phone is coming on Oct. 19. Meanwhile, Google announced that 190 million Android devices have been activated around the world. Those device owners can now speak to each other more easily with Google Translate.

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Samsung and Google jointly delayed a U.S. press event last week that was expected to see both the next version of Android as well as the first phone to run it, dubbed the Nexus Prime. The actual name may vary based on which network operator carries it, but the Prime is anticipated to raise the bar as a flagship Android handset.

I received direct word of the event postponement and now have an invite for the rescheduled event. As it’s slated for Oct. 19 in Hong Kong, I’ll have to pass on attending, but will have an update after the news hits thanks to a live video feed.

The Nexus Prime has already appeared in a video demonstration that loosely validates some of the rumored specifications, such as a 4.65-inch display with 1280×720 resolution, on-screen software buttons in place of capacitive or hardware buttons, and the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google Android.

Google’s quarterly investor call took place this week, with CEO Larry Page saying Ice Cream Sandwich was “soon to be released.” Other interesting Android data shared by Page indicates Google’s growing momentum in the mobile market:

  • 190 million total Google Android devices have been activated.
  • Mobile revenues for Google have grown 2.5 times in the last 12 months with an annual run-rate now topping $2.5 billion
  • Google Maps has expanded in August by 40 countries, now supporting 130 nations.

Of course, the populations across that many countries often speak different languages. Google Translate for Android gained broader support for an experimental feature that allows two people to converse in real-time, with both speaking in their native language.

 
Conversation mode already supported English and Spanish, but this week gained a dozen new languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish. The software requires a button press before each person speaks, but can greatly assist when visiting a foreign country.

  1. Dalanie Edgington Sunday, October 16, 2011

    If you like the Ice Cream Sandwich wallpapers I found a site that has them. It’s formatted for mobile so they are easy to install. It’s a pretty cool site, it has a ton of other free wallpapers as well. http://www.freedroidwallpaper.com

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  2. This is the shizzle! Can’t wait to try it…

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  3. Now THIS is innovation, not that siri crap

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    1. don’t worry. . . iOS 6 will have language translator integrated into it. . . U.S. only.

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      1. I believe it will he on ios7… ios6 will have flash capabilities …!

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  4. @Dalanie,
    There’s another good place to get custom wallpaper for cellphones and tablets. He’s an artist that does stuff for free (by request) for everyone on xda and ppc. And you can just request your artwork straight from his blog:
    http://www.pixelreason.com

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  5. Wow Google is really is making progress in this field. Hope to extend languages list further more.

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  6. Isn’t it rather sad that translate can articulate japanese words perfectly, but stumbles through english words?

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