Google’s “Trusted Voice” search feature beginning staged rollout


Google has been testing out a “Trusted Voice” feature for unlocking and navigating your phone with specialized voice recognition, similar to the trusted places feature that’s already present in Google Now. It looks like that feature is starting to rollout to devices now.

The feature supposedly will only respond to your voice and no one else’s, but Google suggests that this feature isn’t as secure as other security features in the app. If you aren’t particularly worried, though, you’ll be able to say “Okay Google” to unlock your device and begin using Google Now.  Read more

Google Art Project adds over 200 3D objects to its collection from museums worldwide


A part of the Google Cultural Institute, the Google Art Project has already been talked about quite a bit this year. Back in March, it added 5,000 new pieces of street art to its collection and even branched off a Street Wear Watchface app for Android Wear devices.

The newest feature launched today will allow museums from around the world to upload 3D objects of their prized possessions, allowing viewers to pan/tilt/zoom/etc. to their heart’s content. A large source of the already-available 200 pieces comes from the California Academy of Sciences’ animal skull collection. So for all you osteologists out there, get ready for a total time-sink!

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Latest Android distribution numbers show continued modest increase for Lollipop, 5.1 makes an appearance too


It’s funny how everyone gets so excited for the monthly Android distribution numbers. It’s not like they ever show anything different. It’s the same thing every year……Every new version of Android takes forever to reach the majority of device, and we always see the biggest increases when new phones like the HTC One and Galaxy S6 get released.

Android just released the latest numbers, which show Lollipop’s continued very slow rise. Now sitting at 5.4%, that’s only a 1.1% increase from last month. Also part of that number is Android 5.1, which represents 0.4% of that 5.4%.

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Man Proposes with Google Cardboard VR


As we all know, everyone loves viral internet videos and marriage proposals, especially when they’re combined with a clever idea. This time, the proposal game is taken to an entirely different reality: a fellow proposed to his fiancée using Google’s Cardboard VR headset.

The idea is genius, and his execution is flawless. Expect to see more of the same as virtual reality becomes more mainstream. Watch the video below, then let us know what you think in the comments section!

Source: Phandroid