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This Video Demo Of The Hound Voice Assistant In Action Leaves Us Pretty Amazed

Tech companies regularly spin their products as innovative revolutions that disrupt existing standards and push humans further along the evolutionary tract. So when each new app comes along with promises of raising the bar, it's easy to be skeptical. Just because SoundHound recently released a competitor to Google Now, that doesn't mean it will be any good.

Well, from the looks of the latest video to appear on Hound's YouTube page, the voice assistant's natural speech recognition is actually pretty amazing. In the demonstration, we see Hound speedily respond to obscenely specific inquiries, such as: "How many days are there between the day after tomorrow and three days before the second Thursday of November of 2022?" The answer, according to Hound, is 2714 days between the day after tomorrow and Monday, November 7th, 2022.

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NYTimes App Updated With Support For Smart Lock Logins [APK Download]

One of the coolest bits of news from Google I/O last week was the expansion of Smart Lock into password management. If your Google account has a saved password for a service, Smart Lock can automatically log you into an app. The newest addition to the list of supported apps is the official New York Times app.

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Google Camera Updated To v2.5 (Seen In the M Preview) With New Focusing Animation, Faster HDR, And More [APK Download]

There's at least one thing you can get on your phone that doesn't require waiting on Android M. Google has pushed a new version of the Google Camera app, which we last saw bundled with the Android M preview. It's v2.5 and it comes with a cool new focusing animation. Check it out.

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Screen Recording App 'Kamcord' Now Lets You Share Your Best And Worst Gaming On Android

The kids these days love watching videos of other kids playing video games. They're hooked. It doesn't matter if the title is Minecraft, Skyrim, or Five Nights at Freddy's—if someone out there is willing to record their gameplay, someone else is willing to watch.

Kamcord simplifies the process of doing this on mobile devices. If you want to record your game, you can do so without going back to edit the seconds you spent switching between Goatz and your screen recording app.

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Touchless Chat Lets You Send And Reply To Messages On Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram, And More Using Just Your Voice

joaomgcd's apps are usually about pushing your phone to do more with just your voice and some Google Now command integration, and Touchless Chat is no exception. The app takes the idea of interacting with your phone via voice commands and applies it to one area where I personally wished Google Now and Wear were better: sending messages to your contacts (ie initiating a conversation instead of just replying).

There are many layers to Touchless Chat and many ways of initiating a chat with a contact, but before we get into that, you'll need to give the app some permissions, mainly for accessibility, notification access, and device administrator. That's a lot of leeway, but it's the only way the app can work, so just be thankful that it doesn't require root as well.

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Starting Today, Google Maps Will Show Real-Time Public Transit Schedules In The Android App

Google Maps is great (well, at least here in America), we can probably all agree on that, but there's also no denying the public transit direction experience to date was missing a key piece of information: live arrival times for buses, trains, and subways in the Maps app for Android.

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This feature will work with the 100+ transit providers Google has already partnered with to provide live scheduling info, and today it's also adding more providers.

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32 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/19/15 - 6/2/15)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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[Update: It's Official] Microsoft Buys 6Wunderkinder, The Makers Of Wunderlist

Microsoft wants a home on your mobile devices, even if they're running Android. Just look at what it's up to these days. It's bringing more Office apps to the Play Store. It's signing deals with OEMs left and right.

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SoundHound Has Developed Its Own Voice Assistant 'Hound' To Take On Google Now, Currently Available As An Invite Only Beta

Google isn't the only word that can follow OK. SoundHound has developed a voice assistant of its own, and while the project is still in invite-only beta, the newly available app is clearly going after Google Now. From the moment you utter the words OK Hound, you know you're in for something similar, but different.

SoundHound thinks Hound is special due to its ability to better understand speech.

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HTC MirrorLink App Comes To The Play Store With Functionality You Will Only Enjoy While Driving

Last month HTC released a little app into the Play Store that provides one way for its devices to connect to other electronics in the home. Today it's uploading one that's all about hooking up to cars. HTC MirrorLink is the manufacturer's app for letting its phones connect to vehicles using, you guessed it, MirrorLink.

When you connect your HTC phone to a MirrorLink-enabled infotainment system using a cord, you will be able to navigate the device using your car's dashboard buttons.

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