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Google's Voice Interaction API Will Give Apps A Better Handle On Voice-Initiated Requests

Remember that "Voice Access" talk that was supposed to happen at I/O but was removed from the schedule? It turns out that, while it wasn't the full-on in-app voice craziness we had hoped for, Google did have some news about voice interactions to share.

Specifically, with Android M, Google has introduced the Voice Interaction API, which will allow apps to get a better handle on a user's voice-initiated requests.

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Sony Releases Official Companion App For The Unannounced SmartBand 2, Shows Off Heart Rate Sensor

Sony hasn't officially announced a second iteration of its SmartBand activity tracker, but it doesn't have to. It's already done the next best thing. Today it has launched a new companion app into the Play Store that's simply titled SmartBand 2.

The images from the listing give us an idea of what to expect.

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Doom 3: BFG Edition, Including The Original Doom And Doom 2, Now Available For SHIELD TV And SHIELD Tablet

The Doom series is perhaps one of the most iconic in gaming, so much so that it's been ported and hacked onto just about every platform and gadget imaginable. There are plenty of unofficial ways to play Doom on Android, but today owners of NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV and SHIELD Tablet (and sadly, no one else) get a chance to own the entire series in a single package.

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Sony Will Start Android 5.1 Updates For All Z Series Devices (Plus Some Mid-Range Phones) In July

Sony doesn't have a huge presence in the US despite making a boatload of phones. Still, if you've got one, odds are good that you'll be seeing an Android 5.1 update in the coming months. The update will hit all Z series devices and a few of the mid-range models too.

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Google Maps Turn-By-Turn Navigation Makes Its Way To Chile And Colombia

About two years ago Google announced the expansion of its Maps turn-by-turn navigation to 20 countries. Chile didn't figure on that list, but some of the country's Android users reported getting directions and a limited set of functionality on Maps. That seems to be expanded to full support now.

Google Maps' support document has been updated to add Chile as well as Colombia to the list of countries with turn-by-turn navigation.

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PSA: The LG G4 Does Not Support Qi Or PMA Wireless Charging Out Of The Box, You Will Need To Buy A Special Case

Sad as it may be, if you've been hearing that the G4 has wireless charging right out of its shiny new box, unfortunately that just isn't true. LG went on the record with us to state that no version of the G4 will be shipping with wireless charging as a standard feature, and that you'll need to buy one of the company's Quick Circle covers if you want to get your battery those sweet, sweet electrons via induction.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Brand New Unlocked AT&T 32GB D850 LG G3 For $340 On eBay With Free Shipping

Do you want the new LG G4? Well, go call dibs. That's not what this post is about. We're gathered here to talk about the G3. It's still a good phone. Only now, due to planned obsolescence, it's becoming a cheaper one. On eBay, you can get an unlocked GSM model for a pretty reasonable $340.

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Verizon Rolls Out LG G Pad 10.1 LTE Android 5.0 OTA Software Update

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T-Mobile Updates Its Xperia Z3 To Lollipop, Throws In Band 12 LTE Support For Good Measure

Most over-the-air updates include a few bug fixes, maybe a new bloatware app or two, and are thus not really worth getting excited over. Not so for the latest addition to T-Mobile's customized version of the Sony Xperia Z3. In addition to the long-awaited upgrade to Android 5.0, today's update flips a software switch that enables access to band 12, the 700MHz spectrum that T-Mobile began using for LTE earlier this year.

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Huawei Announces The Ascend P8 Lite For The US: Slick 5" Design, Dual SIM, And A Snapdragon 615 For $250 Unlocked

No doubt about it, the mid-range market is heating up, even in places where unlocked and contract-free phones have typically undersold.

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