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Google Tweaks Voice Search On Android To Make It Faster And More Accurate

Have you noticed an improvement in your phone's voice search or voice dictation capability in the last few days, especially in noisy environments? You can thank the Google Speech Team. They've implemented a new system for automated listening to human voices. Adding recurring neural network functionality to the system has allowed it to more accurately identify complete words instead of individual snippets of sound. From the Google Research Blog:

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[Bonus Round] HoPiKo, Beacon 38, Hypersurf, Rage Quit Racer, HALOS, Champ Man 16, And PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a super-fast platformer, a unique 2D exploration game, two tunnel runners, a minimal twitch game, yet another soccer manager, and (sigh) a game from a bunch of Let's Play "stars." Without further ado:

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HoPiKo

HoPiKo is a platformer that abandons such things as precision or exploration for pure speed.

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The Google Play Services v8.1 SDK Is Now Available, Includes A Few Enhancements And A Couple Breaking Changes

The rollout for Google Play services v8.1 is complete and now it's time to open the floodgates for developers to begin working with some of the changes. When new versions come out, it's fairly common for Google to hold back a few extra details to be announced after the rollout has completed. This time around, there are improvements for the Maps API, Nearby API, and App Invites. The previously announced Play Games Play Stats API has been added, and Google has advice on properly handling Android 6.0 permissions. There are also a couple of minor breaking changes that have to be dealt with too.

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[Deal Alert] New Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (G925i) On Sale For $499 Via eBay

We've seen a number of good deals on the standard Galaxy S6 since it was released earlier this year, but the Edge variant pops up less frequently. It's a little more expensive to start with, but today you can get a 32GB GS6 Edge for just $499.99. It's around $600 elsewhere.

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DAEMON Sync (From The Makers Of DAEMON Tools) Lets You Sync Files Over Local WiFi, No Internet Required

There are numerous ways to automatically back up files from your Android device, but they usually rely on the cloud. If you want to handle everything in-house, DAEMON Sync might be exactly what you need. This app syncs files from your phone to a computer on the same WiFi network. Nothing is sent over the internet at all.

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Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Arrives On Android, And This Time You Can Play With Star Wars Characters

Ten or twenty years ago, creating your own world and sending Disney characters on journeys consisted of opening up your toy chest and using your imagination. Now the company is ready to sell you a digital world and $15 hunks of plastic that will do three-quarters of the work for you.

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Just Cause 3: Wingsuit Tour Lets You Ride Along With Rico In Virtual Reality

According to my Steam statistics, I've played approximately 162 hours of Just Cause 2, a significant portion of which was spent grappling members of the Panauan armed forces to lit fuel containers to make them zoom away like man-sized Roman candles. Avalanche Studios' open-world magnum opus seems to nail what larger franchises like Grand Theft Auto forgot years ago: the most fun you can get from a sandbox game is in blowing large parts of said sandbox to smithereens.

So it's no wonder that the sequel, Just Cause 3, is making waves months before its release. In addition to the standard shooting/driving setup and the unique parachute/grapple hook mechanic of the previous game, the third entry will give players infinite batches of C4 explosives and a wingsuit for even more ways to traverse the massive game world.

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Some Users Are Seeing 'Identify What's Playing' Audio Prompts In Google Play Music's Search Screen

You know how you can press the little music icon while you're doing a Google voice search, and it will identify a song playing in the background Shazam-style? It looks like that functionality is making its way to the Android version of Google Play Music as well. A few of our readers and one Android Police staff member have seen the "listen for music" prompt while using the built-in search function in Google's default music player. It looks like this:

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The tool appears to be independent of specific versions of Google Play Music or the Google search app, so we're probably looking at another Google A-B testing session with server-side functionality enabled.

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Samsung And Oculus Unveil New $99 Gear VR With Support For All 2015 Samsung Flagships

Samsung has been working with Oculus for a few years, but the pair just reached a new milestone in their collaboration. There's a new Gear VR coming, and it's the first "consumer-ready" version of the hardware. It'll work with all 2015 flagship Samsung phones. Oh, and it's going to sell for a much more reasonable $99.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA Updates To Hit The Nexus 5 And 6 Starting October 5th, Says Telus

Instead of one new Nexus device, this year we're getting two: the Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6p. But as usual, what's perhaps more exciting than the release of a new Nexus device is the software that comes with it. When Google shows off the devices, which we expect to happen on September 29th, they will show off the final version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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