Have you noticed an improvement in your phone's voice search or voice dictation capability in the last few days, especially in noisy environments? You can thank the Google Speech Team. They've implemented a new system for automated listening to human voices. Adding recurring neural network functionality to the system has allowed it to more accurately identify complete words instead of individual snippets of sound. From the Google Research Blog: Read More
The rollout for Google Play services v8.1 is complete and now it's time to open the floodgates for developers to begin working with some of the changes. When new versions come out, it's fairly common for Google to hold back a few extra details to be announced after the rollout has completed. This time around, there are improvements for the Maps API, Nearby API, and App Invites. The previously announced Play Games Play Stats API has been added, and Google has advice on properly handling Android 6.0 permissions. There are also a couple of minor breaking changes that have to be dealt with too. Read More
We've seen a number of good deals on the standard Galaxy S6 since it was released earlier this year, but the Edge variant pops up less frequently. It's a little more expensive to start with, but today you can get a 32GB GS6 Edge for just $499.99. It's around $600 elsewhere. Read More
According to my Steam statistics, I've played approximately 162 hours of Just Cause 2, a significant portion of which was spent grappling members of the Panauan armed forces to lit fuel containers to make them zoom away like man-sized Roman candles. Avalanche Studios' open-world magnum opus seems to nail what larger franchises like Grand Theft Auto forgot years ago: the most fun you can get from a sandbox game is in blowing large parts of said sandbox to smithereens.
So it's no wonder that the sequel, Just Cause 3, is making waves months before its release. In addition to the standard shooting/driving setup and the unique parachute/grapple hook mechanic of the previous game, the third entry will give players infinite batches of C4 explosives and a wingsuit for even more ways to traverse the massive game world. Read More
Samsung has been working with Oculus for a few years, but the pair just reached a new milestone in their collaboration. There's a new Gear VR coming, and it's the first "consumer-ready" version of the hardware. It'll work with all 2015 flagship Samsung phones. Oh, and it's going to sell for a much more reasonable $99.
Instead of one new Nexus device, this year we're getting two: the Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6p. But as usual, what's perhaps more exciting than the release of a new Nexus device is the software that comes with it. When Google shows off the devices, which we expect to happen on September 29th, they will show off the final version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Read More
After making its debut at IFA earlier this month, the ZTE Axon Elite is now available for purchase. eBay links are available for several countries across Europe, and there's a global link for most everywhere else in the world, excluding the US and Canada. Those two countries already have the similar Axon Pro, and the Axon Elite lacks the necessary bands.
The ZTE Axon Elite is a slick metal device that sports a 5.5-inch full HD display with Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass (intended to keep things less gross). The inside is packed with a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage (along with a microSD slot). Read More
Now that we've gotten a good look at the Nexus 5X and 6P, you can maybe decide if you want to jump on the last gen Nexus train before it leaves the station. The Nexus 6's price has been dropping like a rock lately, and now the 64GB version is on sale through Expansys USA for a mere $369.99. That's $30 less than Amazon's price. Read More
If you're looking for a relatively cheap tablet with access to the Verizon network... well, then you probably already own one of those Ellipsis things. But if you want one with an actual name brand behind it, Samsung would like a word. The company just released the Galaxy Tab E, a tablet that hasn't been seen in the US before today, on Verizon. You can get one for $329.99 outright, not bad for an LTE tablet, or just under $14 a month for two years on the installment plan.
In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Tab E sits somewhere between the low-end Tab A series and the top-of-the-line Tab S2. Read More
HTC has a new top-of-the-line phone brewing, and having apparently run out of new ways to talk about Duo cameras and metal alloys, they're opting to make it look like an iPhone. We got a peek at the HTC A9 back in August, and subsequently said, "yup, it looks like an iPhone." Unfortunately new leaks from two different sources aren't going to move that opinion, though they do give us a somewhat better view of the phone as a whole. A view that says "iPhone, but with huge bezels."
First up is Twitter leakster Evan Blass, who posted multiple tweets claiming that the phone is codenamed Aero and will be released in early November. Read More