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Google Maps v9.61 makes language and voice user-selectable, foretells of "two-wheeler mode" and Reserve with Google [APK Teardown]

The latest Google Maps beta update began rolling out to users late last night, and it brings with it a feature some users have been requesting for years: User-selectable language and voices. Not only that, but there are a few things from the teardown that may be of interest. Some of them are more like follow-ups to older topics, but there are some new bits of information to check out with each one.

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Capcom is finally releasing a new Puzzle Fighter game, and it's coming to Android later this year

It would appear that Capcom has been listening to its most die-hard fans as it's finally bringing us a new game in the Puzzle Fighter series. Capcom Vancouver is developing it, and it's going to be a mobile only release. If you're worried about a western studio developing what was originally a very Japanese looking and feeling game, or the fact that this is strictly a mobile only release, well, I am sad to say that your fears are warranted.

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Celebrate the holiday weekend with 39 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps

Hello, everyone, and welcome to September. I know that some of you are itching for the Labor Day weekend that's ahead, so how about an app sales post to keep you entertained while you wait? In addition to the list we're about to get into, I want to call attention to Nvidia's sale on SHIELD games for the holiday. There are some really great titles on awesome sales right now, so go check out this post if you want to know more.

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ANNKE's 1080p pan/tilt IP camera is an Amazon Deal of the Day at $55.99 [Sponsored Post]

In the market for an IP camera? Amazon's has a 'Deal of the Day' all day today for ANNKE's 1080p IP camera, which gives you 2-way audio, motion detection, and tilt/pan functionality, all for just $55.99. It's a great deal. You can pick one up at the manufacturer with our discount, too. 

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[Update: Sold out] Deal Alert: Google's Daydream View VR headset is just $39.99 (50% off) at Verizon

Google unveiled its Daydream View VR headset alongside the Pixel in October 2016. At $79, it was a good way to bring virtual reality to the masses, with its comfortable fit and included controller. At Verizon's current price of $39.99, a purchase is virtually (ha, see what I did there?) a no-brainer if you're in the market for a VR headset.

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Action Launcher v28 beta is rolling out, with support for adaptive icons and light navigation bar [APK Download]

Chris Lacy has had a busy few months updating his popular Action Launcher. Since a major overhaul in June, the app has added numerous features that mimic the way the Pixel launcher works in Oreo, bringing features such as the Google Feed, notifications dots, and shortcuts to almost any Android device. The last update, to v27, included new theming options and a Pixel-inspired weather widget. The beta for v28 is now starting to roll out, and it comes with full support for adaptive icons and a light navigation bar.

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Lenovo Home Assistant Pack transforms the Tab 4 into an Alexa speaker of sorts... nothing to do with Google Home or Assistant

Oh Lenovo, Lenovo, Lenovo. I don't wish unemployment on anyone, but I think it's time you fired your product naming and branding team. After the massive headache of the new Moto names, now comes this "Home Assistant Pack" that, unlike what you might think, has nothing to do with Google Home or Google Assistant, but as a matter of fact, works with its competitor voice service, Amazon Alexa. Was "Alexa Thingamajig Pack" taken by another company?

I digress... no wait, I can't. I really can't get over the fact that Lenovo chose two brands that are mostly associated with Google to launch an Alexa product.

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Split-Screen Creator makes a shortcut to instantly launch two apps in multi-window mode

When David wrote his first impressions of the Note8, he mentioned one feature of the Apps Edge that lets you create a shortcut to immediately launch two apps in split-screen. And that got me jealous. See, I don't use multi-window on my phone all that often, but on my tablet, it's a different story. I'm often editing Android Police's posts, which requires Chrome and a Google Docs file to be open at the same time so I can take notes. But I have to manually open these and set them up each time. A shortcut would be a welcome simplification of that process.

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Bragi's The Dash and The Dash Pro will get Amazon Alexa support in October

Completely wireless earbuds are everywhere at IFA this year, and so is the voice assistant war. While Google Assistant is busy getting its foothold into many speakers, Alexa is expanding into headphones and earbuds and the latest to join its rank is Bragi's The Dash series.

Both The Dash and the newer The Dash Pro will get a software update in October to Bragi OS 3.1 that will enable Alexa integration. You'll also need to update your Bragi app on Android (or iOS) and link an Amazon account obviously, so that The Dash knows which credentials to use. Once that's done, you can use The Dash's gestures and movement sensors to trigger Alexa, either by a "tap of the cheek" or a "nod of the head." The former seems a little ridiculous and the latter could be falsely triggered during vigorous exercise, so I hope The Dash's sensitivity has been more appropriately tuned for these.

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Sphero announces R2-D2 and BB-9E remote control droids

Sphero's BB-8 remote control toy was a massive hit when it was released in 2015, partially because it was a great product, but also because the hype machine for The Force Awakens was at full speed. Now that another main series Star Wars film is on the way, it only makes sense that Disney would again partner with Sphero. Except this time, there are two of them.

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