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Play Music v6.4 Includes Playback Order Options For Upcoming Podcast Support, Exclusive Music Deal With The BRIT Awards

Many of us are anxiously awaiting the official launch of Podcasts in Play Music. While a few people have already been given an accidental early look, there are good reasons to be confident that the real launch will happen sometime in the next week and a half. It should come as no surprise that the latest update to the Play Music app happens to include a few fixes and features for podcast listeners. On top of that, Google is preparing for an exclusive deal with the BRIT Awards.

For those that want to know about new features, it doesn't look like there's anything to talk about right now.

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Skype Now Supports Group Video Calling On Mobile Devices

Before Skype was known for video, it was known for placing calls. These began as one-on-one exchanges, but eventually the service started letting multiple users converse in groups. Then the service introduced the ability to chat in groups over video, but only on desktop platforms. Now that's changing.

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[Update: Official Changelog, New Languages, And More] Text-To-Speech v3.8 Adds Male And Female Voice Variations To Each Language [APK Download]

It's pretty rare that we get to talk about Google's text-to-speech engine. Updates are fairly uncommon and most of them can be summarized as bug fixes and performance improvements. But every once in a while there's an update that brings a pretty cool new feature to this workhorse of an app. Version 3.8 adds one of the top requests to speech output: user selectable gender and voice variations for each language.

What's New

Official Changelog

The official changelog has been posted for TTS v3.8. It mentions support for seven new languages, higher quality speech output, faster speech for offline voices, an updated Indian English voice, and the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

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[Deal Alert] Spotify Is Giving Away A Free Chromecast If You Buy 3 Months Of Premium (Plus Latest Update Fixes Marshmallow MicroSD Card Download Bug)

For the next week and a half, Spotify is giving people in the US and the UK who have never tried Premium a chance to get a free Chromecast if they sign up for three months, which comes out to $29.97 or £29.97. The company clearly hopes you will enjoy the experience enough to, at the very least, not notice that you forgot to cancel your subscription when the time is up. The deal ends February 28th. Spotify will send out an email within 7 days of your accepting the offer.

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Popular Photo Storage App 'Everalbum' Hovers Over To Android With Unlimited Image Backups

Smartphones have replaced digital cameras as the primary way millions of people take photos. But these days, many devices don't let users pop in a microSD card to store their photos as they would on a dedicated device. Companies have come up with an alternative solution by letting you upload and store your images on their servers.

Apple has iCloud, and Google has Google Photos. Dropbox, Microsoft, and most any other service that lets you back up files remotely will gladly host all of your photos too. Flickr is an option that's dedicated exclusively to your photos, and so is Everalbum.

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VNC Viewer 2.0 (From RealVNC) Remotes Into The Play Store With Material Design, Immersive Fullscreen, And More

Running remote desktop software from an Android device has a different purpose than doing the same from a traditional PC. When you're connecting from a laptop, you're probably accessing an application at home or work that only exists on that one machine. But on Android, you have the option to greatly expand what your phone or tablet can do.

In a way, it feels like cheating.

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[Update: Fully Resizable Widgets And Other Tweaks] Clock v4.3 Adds Some Slick New Animations And Audio Support For Android Wear [APK Download]

The Clock app doesn't get a ton of updates, but when it does there's almost always something worth talking about. The latest version does a little bit of everything with a little bit of visual polish and updates for the Android Wear app. As usual, there's a link at the bottom if you'd like to grab this version before it rolls out to your devices in due time.

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Play Store v6.2 Adds App Recommendations From Our Itineraries In Gmail [APK Download]

There's a new version of the Play Store floating around in the wild, taking us up to v6.2. If you haven't read the title already–which might be possible–you probably want to know what this update includes. There's really only one immediately visible feature, and it's not big, but it's there: the Play Store can now use your Gmail messages to give app recommendations. There are also a couple of minor changes to the navigation drawer and even something we already knew about that will get a teardown mention. Let's be honest, you're here for the apk, so just jump to the link at the bottom and start downloading.

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[Update: Official Changelog] Google Maps v9.20 Links Photos With Reviews, Adds Street Sign Callouts And An Option To Turn Off Voice Guidance During Calls, And Allows For Additions To Your Timeline [APK Download]

This week's updates are rolling out and Google Maps is among the first to bring something new to the screen. Version 9.20 doesn't seem to have any huge features, but there are some very notable improvements. A shortcut has been added to the Timeline to allow for quickly adding a place to your history, there's now a setting to control whether turn-by-turn instructions are given during voice calls, and Maps will now pair your reviews with any pictures you've submitted.

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Nike's SNKRS Steps Into The Play Store For The Sole Purpose Of Feeding Your Sneaker Addiction

Sneaker addiction is serious business. My current collection stands at about 20 pairs, but they're all regularly designed and priced shoes — nothing fancy. And I know how hardcore some people can get about their sneakers, but I had no idea it could go so far as to cost them hundreds or thousands of dollars for a pair of shoes until I heard NPR's Planet Money What The LeBron episode. Well, Nike lovers who use Android devices need not worry about feeding their addiction anymore, just about financially funding it.

SNKRS is Nike's app for the sneaker lovers, featuring classic and new releases, their story and advantages, some exclusive content, with a customized feed for your preferred franchises and notifications for upcoming designs.

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