Interpreting and translating live speech is much trickier than simply processing written text. Indeed, unlike human brains, machines would typically need to go through three separate phases to convert oral communication from one language to another. Initially, speech would need to be interpreted by the machine and transcribed into text, which would then be translated into the target dialect, before being fed into a text-to-speech engine to be spoken out loud. Although this cascaded process is transparent for the user and relatively fast, Google is working on a more natural speech-to-speech method it called Translatotron, which doesn't need intermediate processing for translation.
Writing about farts is stinky business, but let's all be professional here. I believe we can make it through one post about gas without dumping a ton of shitty puns... Oops, at least I tried. So we're here to discuss a new Android app, Fartr, which is the fart app to record, analyze, and (uhm) share your farts. You may think we're joking, but this is very serious. Read More
To say that Google's and Amazon's relationship has been going through a rough patch over the past couple of years would be an understatement. The two companies have been on a path of mutual destruction, causing services of one to disappear from devices of the other, and vice versa. It looked like a resolution was nowhere in sight, so you can imagine our surprise when we saw the news that Google and Amazon have finally kissed and made up. Read More
IKEA's embraced the smart home market with a growing range of different products, such as smart blinds, bulbs, and outlets, so when a partnership with Sonos was announced back in 2017, it didn't really come as a surprise. After teasing us with some first looks this January, today the two companies revealed the first fruits of their collaboration and introduced the SYMFONISK table lamp and bookshelf, both equipped with Sonos-compatible Wi-Fi speakers. Read More
April Fools' pranks started a few days early this time, and as with every year, they're becoming more annoying than fun. But Google still makes the best of 'em, especially when the prank is less words-on-a-page and more cool hidden game. We've already spent a few Read More
hours uhm... minutes playing Snake in Maps, and now we can waste the rest of the day escaping our responsibilities the right way: by blasting them in pieces.
Google Fit is an excellent service for tracking your health goals and gathering data from various fitness apps on your Android device. After its big redesign last summer and the re-addition of the widget it lost during that transition, the app now receives even more formerly available features: the latest update to version 2.10.36 includes elevation charts for outdoor workouts and support for third-party sleep tracker data again — the latter being first introduced 2015. Read More
A new Android developer preview program is always an exciting moment here at Android Police. We love to dig into everything new and provide you with an early look at unreleased features. Better yet, you don't need to worry about installing unstable beta software on your device. However, we know you. Of course, you want to get your hands on the fresh release ASAP. Some bad actors on the Play Store know this as well. Searching for "update to Android" reveals a load of apps which promise that, but won't do that. Read More
Has keeping track of battery levels on your smartphone, fitness tracker, headphones, computer, tablet, and toothbrush become too easy for you? Worry not — come February 17th, and you can charge your shoes too, with the self-lacing Nike Adapt BB sneakers. These smart shoes were announced last month, and their companion Android app is now live on the Play Store. Read More