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Google Text-to-speech 3.14.9 adds support for Estonian, Romanian, and Slovak [APK Download]

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Anker puts Alexa in a car charger with the Roav VIVA

For every category of electronic accessory, you can be certain that Anker will make one and that Amazon will try to put Alexa into it. These two nearly inescapable industry forces were clearly destined to come together and make a car charger that you can talk to. Thus the introduction today of the Roav VIVA, one of those simple and compelling ideas that makes one wonder why it hadn't existed until now.

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Xposed Framework adds Android Oreo support with new beta

Xposed, a framework that allows users to install heavy modifications to Android, usually takes a few months to be updated for every new Android release. However, it took over a year for the creator of Xposed (Rovo89) to update the framework for Nougat, due to the major changes Android 7.0 made to the app runtime.

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Sony announces Android Auto car audio system with "astonishingly flat" touchscreen


Sony announced a new in-car audio head unit at CES today that integrates with Android Auto, the XAV-AX5000, the centerpiece of which is a bezel-less and flush 6.95" touch display.

How bezel-less and how flush? Sony dares characterize it as "astonishingly flat." Oh my.

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Lenovo shows off the first Google Assistant smart display, will go on sale this summer

Earlier today, Google announced that Assistant is coming to 'smart screens.' JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony are all making smart screens with Assistant, but Lenovo's is the first one to make it out of the gate. As you might expect, it's basically an Echo Show, but running Google Assistant instead of Alexa.

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Google Assistant is coming to smart displays

Amazon stumbled upon a good idea when it launched the Echo Show last year. Even though it's just an Echo speaker with a screen (and despite the YouTube functionality being removed), it has enjoyed moderate success and currently sits a 4.5-star average rating on Amazon. Now Google has unveiled its competitor - Google Assistant for smart screens.

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[Deal Alert] Google's Pixel 2 cases on sale at Google Store, with a slight catch ($8-10 off)

All of Google's own cases for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are on sale at the Google Store, but the discounted prices could affect whether you receive free shipping on your order.

Google's Pixel 2 Live Cases and Artworks Live Cases are each discounted $8, from $40 to $32 for the "slim protection" versions, and $10 off "dual protection" from $50 to $40. Google's fabric cases also get the $8 discount to $32.

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JBL/Harman announce too many speakers and headphones, including some with Alexa or Assistant support

Samsung-owned JBL and Harman Kardon have released a flood of products at this year's CES, collectively covering an extensive range of uses. From the new Google Assistant-equipped JBL Everest Bluetooth headphone line, to a literal pile of individually sport-optimized waterproof earbuds and Bluetooth speakers, all the way up to the $4,000 re-release of the 1970's JBL L100, the company has an almost comically massive lineup for the coming year.

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Anker's tiny Android-powered portable projector is now on sale

Anker released its first portable projector last year, under its new 'Nebula' brand. The Nebula Mars was a solid projector, but the outdated version of Android held it back. Anker released its smaller Nebula Capsule projector on Indiegogo a few months ago, where it quickly surpassed the funding goal of $50,000.

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[Update: Available for more devices] OmniROM begins weekly Oreo 8.1 builds

OmniROM was a popular custom ROM back in the Jelly Bean/KitKat era, especially because of its multi-window feature and wide device support. The project has scaled back its reach over the years, like most custom ROMs (except LineageOS), but it still maintains a dedicated user base.

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