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Sonos Announces A New $499 PLAY:5 Speaker And iOS-Only "Trueplay" Speaker Tuning

Sonos' brand name has become synonymous with expensive streaming speakers, and the company is still riding its success in making this vision of connected audio equipment mainstream. Its latest speaker is the PLAY:5, a six-driver unit with dedicated amplifiers, touch controls, and a pairing system that lets you assign two units as left and right channels for a stereo sound effect. The PLAY:5 also has an accelerometer on board that recognizes the position it's placed in (horizontal, vertical on its right side or left side), and adjusts the sound and tuning so it's perfect for this configuration.

There's no exact availability date on the PLAY:5, except "this year," but price should be set at $499 in the US and €579 in Europe.

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36 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (9/15/15 - 9/28/15)

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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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Raywar: Pandemonium

Android Police coverage: Raywar: Pandemonium Is A Twin Stick Shooter That Does Its Very Best To Make Your Eyeballs Explode

Raywar: Pandemonium is a standard top-down, twin-stick shooter in the style of Geometry Wars.

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Silent Circle Announces The $799 Blackphone 2 With Google Play Support

Silent Circle released the original Blackphone in 2014 with a raft of security features and no Google Play Services. That was sort of the point—to sell an encrypted phone that didn't have any third-party trackers or services. It turns out people don't like that, so the Blackphone 2 will have Google apps. This device has just been announced for a whopping $799, and you can order it now.

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[Exclusive] Google Pixel C 10.2" Tablet With 308ppi, Detachable Keyboard, Lightbar, And Android Marshmallow Coming Later This Year

The Chromebook Pixel launched in 2013, and a replacement followed up in March of this year. Now Google plans to expand the Pixel brand to tablets with the Pixel C. And no, it won't be running Chrome OS.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced

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[Update: More Videos] Google Appears To Be Testing Major Interface Changes In The YouTube Android App That Affect How You Browse And View Videos

Some major changes for the YouTube Android app appear to be coming down the pipeline. Several readers have reached out to us with screenshots and video documenting substantial tweaks they noticed when firing up the app.

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Vodafone UK Wi-Fi Calling On Android Will Start With The Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Sometime This Fall

Vodafone UK announced its own Wi-Fi Calling service earlier this month, but support remains extremely limited. As of right now, the only devices listed are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Fortunately that's about to change, though not by much. Android compatibility is coming in the form of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

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[Bonus Round] HoPiKo, Beacon 38, Hypersurf, Rage Quit Racer, HALOS, Champ Man 16, And PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a super-fast platformer, a unique 2D exploration game, two tunnel runners, a minimal twitch game, yet another soccer manager, and (sigh) a game from a bunch of Let's Play "stars." Without further ado:

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HoPiKo

HoPiKo is a platformer that abandons such things as precision or exploration for pure speed.

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The Google Play Services v8.1 SDK Is Now Available, Includes A Few Enhancements And A Couple Breaking Changes

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.

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Turing Phone Pre-Orders Go Live Today, Will Have 'WiGig' 5G Wireless Tech

Most Android smartphones mix and match the same basic feature set. They might be better at one thing or another, but there's a lot of overlap. The Turing Phone is trying something different. This device is designed from the ground up around security, and pre-orders are going live today at 3PM Eastern, but only if you've got an invitation.

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LG's Teaser For The Dual-Screen V10 Smartphone Shows The World's Worst Bangs

Look, I'm not what you would call a stylish person. I think I can say with some confidence that most work-from-home tech bloggers fall into the same category (though Liam is one dapper dude). But I know a dumb-looking haircut when I see one, and the poor woman in LG's latest teaser video would be entirely justified in assaulting her high-priced stylist with a designer curling iron.

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