I don’t know exactly what’s the hype about voice control app. I have Siri on my iPhone and the only time I used it is when I’m bored. But if you are into voice control app, check out this Google Voice Action vs Siri video. This is one of the fairest comparison I’ve seen so far. Credits to Motorola.

Then again, with all the background noise, I doubt any of the voice control app can work properly.

One of my favorite feature on the Google Doc is the real time collaboration. Real time collaboration allows multiple users to edit the same document at the same time. Google is bringing the real time collaboration feature to Android with the latest version of Google Docs app for Android.
Now, you can see updates in real time on your Android device as others type on their computer, tablets and phones. Collaborate anywhere, anytime.

And no, you can’t do that on your iPhone/iPad. Not yet.

Nevada has became the first state in US to approve the testing of driverless car on state roads after lobbying from Google.

Self driving cars aren’t ready for consumers yet. It will take at least a couple of years before we start seeing self driving cars being sold. But we do know that Google has been testing self driving cars for quite some time already. In August last year, Google announced that their self driving car has travelled over 160,000 miles autonomously without incident.
Driverless cars will be great for Google Street View. Imagine Google rolling out tons of driverless car to collect the latest Street View images. We’ll have more updated Street View pictures.

Besides Google, other car makers like BMW, Volkswagon, and Audi are in the process of developing their self-driving cars. This new legislation will pave the way for testing of self driving cars.
Companies who wish to test their self driving cars on Nevada roads will need to pay a bond of $1 million to $3 million, depending on the number of cars they want to test. The driverless car must have 2 people inside them at all times and one of them must be able to take control if necessary. All driverless car must be equipped with a black box to record all activities. They will be issued a red license plates so that other road users can identify them.
This is actually an exciting news. I can’t wait to see the day when machine takes over all the driving. We’ll have less (or even zero) accidents on the roads.

Happy Valentines Day. Here’s a geeky thing to impress your partner/person you like.
Copy and paste this on Google:

(sqrt(cos(x))*cos(300x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(6-x^2), -sqrt(6-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5

And you’ll get this….

I always wonder why didn’t Google put Chrome browser on Android OS by default. And the default browser on Android isn’t that fantastic. Most of the Android users I know are using alternative browser on their Android device.
Well, I guess all these will change soon. Google just announced Chrome browser for Android devices. OK, it is still in Beta. It is only available for devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). AND only selected countries get it. Sadly, Singapore is not one of them. But don’t worry, you can always download the .apk file if your device is running Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Chrome browser on Android looks great. I like the tab interface. Let’s you easily see the items on the tab and scroll between tabs quickly. You can also access the tabs you left open on your computer’s chrome browser if you are logged in. This is great for continuing your surfing when going for lunch break.

Do try out the Chrome for Android if you are one of those lucky people with Ice Cream Sandwich running on your Android device. Let’s hope Google release Chrome for older version of Android.

I think Google will most likely ditch the old default browser on Android and put Chrome on future Android release.
By the way, check out this cool Android Chrome Easter Egg.

Instagram said that they are working on an Android App. So when I saw the Instagram for Android App on the Android Marketplace on 4 February 2012, I immediately download it to try it out.
But it’s a fake.

Firstly, the interface looks ugly. I would expect Instagram to do a better job. And there isn’t a sign up or login screen. Just a Popular and Share button. And after taking a photo, a popup says that I must give the App a 5 Star rating to get the filters. That’s when my alarm start ringing. Why would Instagram do such an unethical thing to get 5 star review? And that is most likely against Google’s Terms and Conditions. The App even tried to post on my Facebook wall to tell my Facebook friends about the App. This can’t be the real Instagram App.

I’m embarrassed to say that the App managed to fool me for a while. It looks quite real to me. If it has a login screen, I’ll most likely login with my Instagram userid/password. I can’t believe I fell for it. Icon and everything looks real. Developer website is correct on Android Marketplace. Everything looks proper except the screenshots are clearly from iPhone. (Damn! I should have spotted that, but I didn’t) But luckily for us, the app didn’t seem to be doing anything malicious. If you have installed the application, do delete it ASAP. Let’s hope Google remove it from Android Marketplace soon. I wonder how many people downloaded it.
If a tech savvy person like me will fall for this fake app, I wonder what will happen to those who are not tech savvy.
Seriously Google, unmoderated Android Marketplace is not a good idea.