Google IO 2016 Coverage

[APK Download] Google updates Text-to-Speech application with support for gender voice variations

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Google has just released a new version of its Text-to-Speech application for Android. This latest build brings a new feature to the service which enables users to select gender and voice variations. These voice packs can be downloaded from the search engine giant’s servers and can be applied to any language — so you can have a strong Russian accent for English playback or a light Swedish pitch for Russian output. However, the voices do appear to be automatically generated alternatives of the stock audio that can be heard when using Google Now, which means that there are some similarities to the default female tone.

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Google updates My Maps for Android with new UI

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If you’re a regular user of Google’s custom mapping platform, My Maps, you may be glad to learn that the application has today received a fairly interesting update in the Play Store. The upgrade injects a new “look and feel” to the service, together with a new imagery feature, which enables you to view all of your map points using Street View — so you can now take a look at your destinations on the ground without having to open up Google Maps.

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T-Mobile will roll out Marshmallow for the HTC One M9 on February 16 [Update: Verizon too!]

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Earlier today, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, took to his official Twitter profile to reveal that the Taiwanese company has at last received approval of the long-awaited Marshmallow update for the HTC One M9 from T-Mobile. The carrier will, begin pushing out the over-the-air upgrade to all carrier-branded variants of the handset starting Tuesday, February 16.

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Vevo updates standalone app for Android to add customization

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Vevo has released an updated version of their standalone app that adds several customization features in a bid to be more of a player in the music app space instead of just being synonymous with YouTube videos. The new update comes on the heels of an overhaul of the iOS version of the app that was released last fall and is in conjunction with a new version of the Apple tvOS version that brings similar features to that platform. Read more

T-Mobile pushing out Marshmallow OTA for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in Poland

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T-Mobile has at last started rolling out the long-awaited Android 6.0.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in Poland. The carrier is pushing the firmware to all handsets bearing the model numbers G920 and G925. It’s also set to port an identical upgrade to its carrier-branded devices in the United Kingdom later this month.

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