Angry Birds Off to a Flying Start on Android

Angry Birds, the ultra addictive game that has topped 11 million downloads on iPhones and iPads, broke another record over the weekend. In the first two days of being available on the Android platform, the game averaged a million Angry Birdsdownloads per day.  Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, announced this via a tweet. Obviously, the fact that the game is currently available for free on Android has contributed to the flying start. Yet, it appears that Rovio may not have entirely expected things to go so well since the download frenzy crashed the GetJar site forcing them to make the game available on the Android market as well.

A smashing success, no doubt!

Google Voice Actions Lets You Text, Email, Find Music and More on Your Android Phone

Android might just have pulled ahead of the iPhone in having a real voice based management feature. By real, we mean one that lets you text and email. Google announced Voice Actions for Android Phones on August 12th. While we are all familiar with the voice search feature on the Google app (available on both iPhone and Android phones), Voice Actions takes the ease of talking instead of typing to a whole new level.

The following is a list of commands that can be performed via Voice Actions:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • listen to [artist/song/album]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • send email to [contact] [message]
  • go to [website]
  • note to self [note]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

And here is the official video on the feature.

In comparison, the Voice Control feature available in iPhone 3GS covers only the calling and music playing functions.

Voice Actions require Android 2.2 and will come pre-installed in Motorola Droid 2 phones. Other phones running Android 2.2 will have to download app updates from the Android Marketplace.

While this is great news for Android users, it is somewhat of a game changer for companies such as Vlingo which were building similar voice based messaging apps for the Android phones. However, Vlingo appears to have taken the news in its stride. In a gracious post on their blog, the CEO of Vlingo has congratulated Google and announced that Vlingo for Android will be free effective immediately so that users can compare for themselves.

The jury is still out on how intuitive and accurate Voice Actions is, but one thing is for sure; it will put a serious dent in number of people texting and driving. And that makes Voice Actions worthy of celebration.

Source: Google Blog, Vlingo Blog

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