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Google Introduces Open Source VR View For Easy 360-Degree Photo And Video Embeds On The Web And In Apps

360-degree photos are cool, and they're gaining popularity quickly, but at the moment there's no easy way to get them into web and app content. Google aims to fix that with VR View, a new open-source system for easily embedding 360-degree photos and videos onto web pages and apps, both on Android and iOS. The new system is open source, allowing for (relatively) simple adaptation into a variety of situations. Google made the announcement on its Developers blog.

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Nat & Lo Show Off The New And Improved Google Text-To-Speech Engine In Latest Video

Google employees Natalie Hammel and Lorraine Yurshansky, who go by Nat & Lo for their series of informative Google tour videos, are at it again. This time the pair are demonstrating the recent improvements to Google's Text-To-Speech engine (TTS), which many of our readers have already experienced. Since synthesized, human-style voice functions are part of the biggest new trend in usability and gadgets, it's kind of a big deal.

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[Update: APK Download] Google Publishes An Updated Calculator 6.0 To The Play Store With Android Wear Support

Over the past years, Google has been unbundling various apps from the system and publishing them on the Play Store to allow for easier and faster changes that reach everyone without the need for a full firmware update. After the Google Calendar, Camera, Keyboard, and plenty of others, today's the day for the Calculator to graduate too.

Calculator is now available on the Play Store and that means updates, but also that you can download it on non Nexus devices (I have it on my LG G4 now).

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Google Fiber Rolls Out Landline Phone Option Costing $10 A Month

It's not often here at Android Police that we talk about good old-fashioned phones. No, not pocket computers. Not portable game consoles. Not point-and-shoot cameras. Just plain old, hold-up-to-your-ear, talk-using-your-mouth, keep-in-place-with-your-shoulder-instead-of-your-hands phones. But Google Fiber is giving us a reason.

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Google Is Rolling Out A Much More Natural TTS Voice [Video]

Your phone has been able to talk to you for years, but it started out sounding like a computerized toaster with laryngitis. Google has improved its text to speech (TTS) voice over the years, and a new version is rolling out now. The change is fairly dramatic, with the new voice sounding much more natural and pleasant.

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Google Adds More Than 150 Historic Locations And Points Of Interest From Thailand To Street View

Google is constantly beefing up its library of Street View imagery, but rarely does that warrant a blog post. Not so with a new batch of locations form Thailand. Google has uploaded more than 150 locations from Thailand, including the most beautiful historical sites in the country.

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The 25% Developer Discount On The Pixel C Is Now Active In Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland

Remember that sweet 25% discount on the Pixel C tablet for "developers?" (Don't worry, you don't actually have to be a developer.) Originally it was only available to buyers in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, but as of today it's been updated to apply to a handful of new counties. Customers in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland can now take 25% off of the local currency price.

Remember that the discount requires a code, which may take anywhere from a few hours to a day or two to hit your inbox once you request it.

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Google Is Preparing To Drop Support For The Physical Wallet Card On June 30th

The first signs of the Google Wallet Card were discovered during an APK Teardown, so it only seems fitting that its death should also be foretold the same way. That's right, the real life Wallet Card is not long for this world. Text found in the Google Wallet v14 update reveals plans to terminate the versatile little card on June 30th.

Google's story with a physical card has always been pretty tumultuous. In mid-2013, AllThingsD posted a report about a clunky demo of the project in front of an already unsatisfied Larry Page. This led to the removal of Wallet's then current Vice President, Osama Bedier, and all but confirmed the project was probably doomed.

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Google Announces 2016 Android Experiments I/O Challenge

So you didn't win a ticket to Google I/O in this year's raffle? If you're a developer, you've got a chance to be invited by Google personally to I/O this year. All you have to do is create a particularly cool Android Experiment and upload it to the challenge website.

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Google's Nik Collection For Professional Photographers Is Now Free To Download On OS X And Windows

Brief refresher: in September 2012, Google acquired a company, Nik Software. Nik is now a Google subsidiary, but it still develops the software it made before the acquisition: Snapseed, a popular photo-editing app for iOS and Android, and Nik Collection.

Nik Collection is today's focus. Google is taking the price down from $150 to the grand total of free. Google dropped the price from $500 to $150 when it acquired Nik three years ago, so this is a pretty good deal. The Collection is nothing to be sniffed at, either: it consists of professional-level filter plug-ins for Adobe products, including Photoshop and Lightroom, and Apple's Aperture.

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