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3 years ago

Latest Google Search app will return spoken results in Japanese, German and French

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Commencez à parler à votre téléphone

Although the feature has been available for some time for English speakers, Google Search (aka Google Now) will now respond to queries in Japanese, German and French. You'll need the latest Google Search app installed, but once that's done you'll be able to ask questions in the three new languages and receive spoken results in the same language.

Naturally Google can't guarantee that you'll receive spoken results for every voice query, but that's already the case for English as well. You can expect the app to speak back to you when receiving results from the "knowledge graph" that returns a card at the top of the results.

While this is a big deal for those living in Japan, Germany and France, it could certainly be of use when traveling to those countries as a non-native speaker as well. Pair this up with Google Translate and you may have an easier way finding things in a new place.

Source: Google Search Blog

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3 years ago

Google Play Music updated with SD card cache support

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Cached music can now be handled on external storage

There's a new update for Google Play Music rolling out from today, and it brings a pretty big feature addition for anyone using Google's music app on a device with an SD card. The new Google Play Music version 5.3 introduces the ability to store cached or pinned music on external storage — i.e. a microSD card — as an alternative to internal storage. The app has always been able to play music from external storage, but until now cached music from online libraries was limited to internal storage.

It's a pretty big deal for the many users of Android phones with an SD card slot but limited built-in storage, for instance most Samsung phones and lower-end devices from other manufacturers. Cached music can quickly chew through precious internal storage, and so offloading it to an SD card wherever possible makes a lot of sense. It's a curious decision, however, given Google's stance on SD cards, and the lack of external storage on current Nexus devices.

As usual, the new version of Google Play Music is being pushed out to devices gradually as part of a staged rollout, so watch out for it in the days ahead. The new option to change your cache location can be found under Music settings > Download > Storage location.

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3 years ago

Fleksy keyboard exits beta, now available on Google Play

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New keyboard free to try for first month

Fleksy is a new Android keyboard that's been in private beta testing for the past several months, and now it's out on Google Play for all to try. With large keys and an emphasis on prediction and auto-correction, Fleksy is designed to allow users to type without necessarily looking at the screen — just hammer the keys with your thumbs and use swipe gestures to toggle through corrections and delete words. It's an example of the kind of thinking behind the autocorrect feature of most on-screen keyboards taken it its logical extreme — often you can miss every single letter and Fleksy will do a reasonably good job of piecing together what you mean.

Fleksy is free to try for the first thirty days, after which it'll cost you $3.99. Grab it using the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

Google search now includes the data from installed apps

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Relevant results from your own data now included

You've been able to search for installed apps by name for a while now, but today Google opened up a feature we first heard about when KitKat was announced — search hits from your installed app data.

You won't have to do anything, but developers of third party apps will. Some are ready, with names like IMDB, Wikipedia and Open Table already displaying relevant results. For these apps, the search result will include an "open in app" button that does exactly what you think it will — open the app with the relevant information ready for you. 

In addition, searching for apps will now show relevant results. A search for downhill ski app (Google's example) will show results from Google Play with a handy button to go fetch them.

Google is actively working with developers to get more apps included. If you're a developer and want in on the action, visit here to get started.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Google Santa Tracker 2013 page live, Android app coming soon

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Google is getting ready for Christmas, and they want to help you keep track of Santa

Google has once again built a neat little Santa tracker page, complete with an advent calendar and interactive web elements. Point your browser right here, and you can count down the days until he makes his rounds, and click a few things in the calendar to keep track of all the happenings in Santa's village.

In addition to the web site, Google will be releasing this year's Android app once "the elves approve it" in mid December.

This looks like a lot of fun for the little ones in your life, or the big ones who still act like little ones around Christmas time. Be sure to check it out.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Action Launcher 2.0 released with latest features, new free version

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Pro version just $1.99, 50% off, for a limited time after launch

Popular third-party launcher Action Launcher has made a notable jump to version 2.0 today, bringing with it new features and a slightly different business model. Version 2.0 brings Quickdrawer, Covers, Shutters, Quicksearch and Quickpage out of beta for everyone to use, and also introduces a free version of Action Luncher.

Previously you had to go all-in with a $3.99 purchase of Action Launcher, but you can now get a taste of what it's all about for free and simply pay to unlock the "Pro" features at a later date. Those who have already purchased Action Launcher will have their version turned into an unlock key, and be prompted to download the most up-to-date version of the "free" app to get the latest features.

To celebrate the release, the Pro version is 50 percent off for a limited time as well, meaning you can pick up all of the latest features for just $1.99. You can take a quick video look at the latest version after the break, or head to the Play Store to download Action Launcher at the link above.

Source: +Chris Lacy

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3 years ago

Sky Go tablet app now available

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Dedicated tablet app looks just like the phone equivalent 

British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has launched a dedicated tablet version of its Sky Go app, which allows subscribers to stream live TV and on-demand content to their Android devices. Sky says the app, like its smartphone counterpart, also gives customers access to more than 800 movies and a library of "hundreds" of entertainment shows and kids' content.

The launch of an official tablet app follows the gradual rollout of the Sky Go smartphone app over the past year — that app is available for a selection of popular Android devices sold in the UK. However the design of Sky Go for Android hasn't changed markedly in the tablet version — in fact it's almost identical to the phone version, leaving a lot of dead space on a 7-inch screen.

Sky Go for tablets is available now on Google Play for free, though you'll need a Sky subscription to use it. The app is compatible with "the majority of Android tablets that are 7 inches or larger and running Android 4.0 or later," according to the Play Store listing.

via: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

Field Trip adds new navigation layout, publisher info

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New bottom bar makes switching between views simpler

Google's Field Trip app is receiving a bit of a facelift today with new navigation functions and more information on publisher sources. In the latest version (v1.20), you can now switch between the map, nearby, recent and favorite menus with a new bottom bar that can also be switched with swipes between them. A new hamburger menu in the top left of the app also offers quick settings for notifications and voice controls, along with the deeper app settings menu.

When viewing individual cards, you can continue to scroll when at the bottom of a particular article to move onto the next one in the list. You can also view information on the publisher of that card at the bottom of each, including all cards published by that establishment. From there, you can choose to see more or less content from that publisher.

Field Trip may still be a bit of a niche app for those who travel or are just interested in knowing more about the place they live, but these new changes are certainly improving the experience.

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3 years ago

Dead Trigger 2 gets updated, brings game balancing, new environments, and tweaks everywhere

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Enhancements to one of mobile's most ambitious action shooters rolling out from the Play Store

An update for Dead Trigger 2, Madfinger Games latest and possibly greatest thriller-killer-shooter, is live in Google Play today. The update looks to balance game play, making progression more fluid and less tedious — a problem all action-shooters have.

You'll still need to grind (or use the in-app purchase store) for the gear, but now you have new environments to grind through. With more than 50 new gameplay moments, including more air combat from the helicopter as well as new environments in Africa, we'll have a lot of new content to work through.

Gameplay balancing and tweaks, as well as new rewards should also make for a better game all around. Here's the full list of changes:

New Features

  • Over 50 new gameplays
  • More Helicopter & Sniper missions
  • New African Environments
  • Redesigned Warfare Rewards

Balancing

  • Zombie difficulty has been rebalanced
  • Number of fast zombies decreased
  • Several missions have been rebalanced

Other

  • Various tweaks across the whole game
  • Pink textures on Galaxy Grand

Madfinger also gave us a glimpse  at what will be in the .3.0 update, and we can look forward to game environments in China, new melee weapons, chat and special holiday content. We're looking forward to this one, too. 

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam now available for Android, will take some getting used to

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As promised, VSCO Cam — a longtime favorite of serious iPhone photographers — is now available on Android.

This isn't a camera app for everyone. Depending on your taste, it's either dead simple, or so devoid of any telltale buttons and icons you might not know where to start. But once you get the hang of things, you've got a pretty serious set of tools at your disposal. Filters (with individual settings for each), a whole bunch of editing tools, and a slew of sharing options — including easy access to VSCO's own service.

Best news, of course, is that the app is free. So give it a whirl.

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3 years ago

Assassin's Creed Pirates sailing to Android this week

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When Assassin’s Creed IV arrived on consoles recently, many gamers liked the game’s sailing and piratical activities even more than the traditional assassination missions. Ubisoft must have known the pirate stuff would go over well, as they’re about to release a nautically-themed mobile spin-off called Assassin’s Creed Pirates.

We recently snuck over to Ubisoft’s San Francisco headquarters, played Assassin’s Creed Pirates, and lived to tell the tale. Check out our hands-on preview after the break!

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3 years ago

Colin McRae Rally reportedly powersliding towards Android

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Already on iOS, Codemasters' classic rally title is reportedly bound for Android

Colin McRae Rally is a classic game, no doubt. Anyone who's ever played the console original will likely agree, and following a release earlier this year on iOS, Codemasters is reported to be bringing it to Android as well. Our pals at iMore are big fans of the mobile remake, and so you'll understand we're quite excited to get our hands on it here as well. 

The news comes courtesy of Pocket Gamer, though at this point lacks any kind of timeline, indication of price, device support, anything really. But, they say it's coming, and that at least makes us happy. It's usually $1.99 in the iOS App Store, so it's not likely to break the bank, and it's an awful lot of game for it as well. Any fans of the original out there that would love to have this on their Android devices? 

Source: Pocket Gamer

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam making its way to Android tomorrow

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App will be free with additional presets and tools available for purchase

One of the more popular camera and photo editing apps out there, VSCO Cam, will be available in Google Play starting tomorrow. On its blog VSCO Cam says that its app will offer the highest quality of photo presets and tools available for Android photographers out there, and given its popularity on iOS we tend to think they're doing something right.

VSCO Cam has been in private beta for Android users since the end of July, but there was no real indication of when it would finally debut for the general public. Now we know it'll be hitting the Play Store tomorrow, and it will be free to download and use with 10 presets and various editing tools. VSCO Cam will monetize with in-app purchases for better preset packs and tools, but it's good to see a basic feature set come out for free.

The app will be available for "most" devices running Android 4.0 and above, so be on the lookout tomorrow for the official release.

Source: VSCO Cam Blog

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3 years ago

Our top 5 apps: Ask the AC Editors

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The first applications we install on every phone

As editors and writers for a place like AC, we look at a lot of apps. Some are good, some are bad, and to be honest — most are somewhere right in the middle. That's bound to happen with so many applications in the platform's store, and like all things the average is, well, average. We try to share ones we think are worth looking at every Saturday, but each of us has a core set of apps that get installed on every phone we have. And at certain times of the year, that's a lot of phones.

Apps are important. You don't really need them, as the essentials  — things like messaging, calendar or a calculator —come pre-installed on your phone. But our phones are a lot more capable and fun with them. Hit the break and see the five must-have apps from Phil, Alex, Andrew and myself.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Badland, PickMe Fruits, Doctor Who: Legacy and more!

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A few new apps to try out this weekend

Many of us are still trying to digest a generous Thanksgiving feast, but we still rounded up a great selection of apps for our Apps of the Week. Each Saturday we have the writers here at Android Central tell us about an app that they've been using the previous week and why it has stuck around on their devices. It won't always be the best app in its category or a top seller, but if it works for them it must be doing something right.

We have another full list of app picks this week, with a bunch of games and a couple utility apps to round out the offerings. Hit the break and see if you can find a few apps to install this weekend.

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