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Google Research Suggests It's Working On Faster, More Accurate Voice Recognition That Doesn't Need An Internet Connection

When you make a voice search or any other voice input on Android, there's a complex process that goes on behind the scenes. Your voice is recorded, transmitted to Google's servers, analyzed and converted into a text string, then either passed on to the relevant web service (like Google Search) or sent back to your device. It's usually almost instantaneous if you have a decent Internet connection, but therein lies its one weakness: you do have to have that connection in order for it to work. The rudimentary offline system (in Android since Jelly Bean) relies on a relatively unsophisticated vocabulary and detection system that's slow and less powerful than the connected version.

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[Update: Nexus 6P Drops Further] Deal Alert: Google And Other Retailers Offering $50 (Or More) Off Nexus 6P And 5X

We spotted a few deals on the Nexus 6P and 5X yesterday, but it turns out that was just the start. Google is celebrating the first anniversary of the Google Store with $50 discounts on both phones, and most retailers are following its lead. In fact, some are even offering some extra incentives to get you to buy.

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[APK Download] Google Slides Supports RTL Languages, Google Docs Gets Text Selection In The Print Layout View

If you're preparing a presentation in Google Slides, chances are that you're going to be doing it in your native language or your secondary one. If you speak Arabic or Hebrew, however, you were out of luck because the Android app didn't support RTL languages. Now that's changing since the Slides app on Android is able to create and edit presentations in RTL on version 1.6.092.07.

As for Google Docs, it recently got a new outline feature that helped you navigate long documents by surfacing the different section headlines whenever you started scrolling through the pages. It turns out that the same version 1.6.092.04 of Google Docs hides another helpful addition and that's the fact that text is now selectable in the Print Layout view.

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Google Revamps The Android Wear Site And Makes It More Interactive

Google's Android Wear site is a great place to get started learning about the operating system for your wrist, from the different watches you can buy to the features available to you, the apps you can use to make even more use of it, and the watchfaces and bands that help you customize the look even further.

The site just got an overhaul that puts visuals first and makes the entire experience even more interactive. Specifically, the different sections of Try these apps are now dynamic, changing the screenshot on the watch as you hover over the icons to show you exactly what to expect from each application.

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[The Other Nexus Deal Alert] White Nexus 5X 32GB On Sale For $299 After $100 Off With Discount + Coupon Code

Oh man. It's you again. So, you didn't like that Nexus 6P deal I just posted. Too big? Too expensive? Too metal? Well, I've got another deal for you that should make you happy. This time it's on the Nexus 5X, and it's only the best price I've ever seen on the 32GB model (that is, without signing up for Project Fi).

B&H has the White Nexus 5X on sale for $349.99 with an extra $50 off with coupon code BHNEXUS5X. That drops the price to a mere $299.99. Before you ask, no, the code doesn't work with the 16GB model, or with the other colors of the 32GB model.

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New Google+ Create Program Looks For Excellent Content Creators, Offers Verified Profiles, Early Access To New Products, And More

Each of the major social networks has evolved to place emphasis on something that they have excelled beyond all others. Twitter is the king of what's current. Facebook is all about planning events and staying in touch with family and friends. And despite a constant narrative about its impending doom, Google+ has become one of the best places for actual content creators to share their work. Photographers, writers, chefs, and other adventurous, interesting, and creative people have come together to share their passions.

Yesterday, Google announced a new program called Google+ Create that will fuel this trend by featuring great collections and the people that put them together.

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References To "N Preview" In Nexus 5 Code Repository Do Not Suggest The Nexus 5 Will Get Android N

We've received quite a few emails in the last 24 hours excitedly pointing to the following tag in the Nexus 5's repository on the Android project as evidence Google plans to bring Android N to the phone. Specifically, there is a tag in the Nexus 5 repo called "android-n-preview-1" - which many are taking to be a signal that Google is actively developing Android N for the Nexus 5.

Unfortunately, such interpretations are not supported by the existence of this tag. As a result of the tools Google uses as part of building Android, pretty much any device that is currently supported (note that current support does not mean future support) by Google will generate tags for new versions of the operating system regardless of whether or not they'll actually get them.

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[Update: Android One Too] The Android Beta Page Is Now Up And Running

It took a couple of hours, but the Android Beta page is finally live. There, you'll be able to sign up for the Android Beta Program and enroll any or all of your eligible devices.

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[APK Download] Google Docs Adds Outline Tool To Quickly Navigate Through Your Documents

If you have long documents inside Google Docs, you've probably been annoyed many times by the lack of an easy way to skip through different sections or chapters. You could spend over a minute swiping through a long story for example to reach a chapter toward the end.

Google Docs' new outline feature solves this problem on both the web and Android. On the web, clicking Tools > Document outline triggers a pane to the left of the document that lists clickable headers for all the different sections. Even if headers aren't manually applied, Google will still recognize changes in formatting and detect the logical separations between sections.

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[Updated] The Nexus 6P Is Getting An Update (MHC19I) With Performance Improvements, A Do-Not-Disturb Fix, And More

Earlier today (before the Android N deluge), we reported on the Nexus 5X update, which included a few important bug fixes. Now there's a new build for the Nexus 6P that apparently offers the same improvements. It's build MHC19I, and it seems to have some noticeable performance improvements.

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