If you have ever used Google Maps or any other service relying on the on-board text-to-speech software, you have probably encountered the famous Google robot voice. Even Apple’s Siri has more natural-sounding voices of both the male and female variety, so it’s about time we get some new vocals from the Mountain View boys and girls. This is where Text-to-Speech 3.0 comes in – packing an improved UI, cleaner voices, and support for more languages, this update is pretty substantial. (more…)
A new title hit Google Play this afternoon, Rochard from Recoil Games. The game is an interesting platformer, following a character that must solve puzzles and shoot baddies through five “long” chapters. The feel of the game is quite cartoonish, but the graphics are good. Different weapons and tools will help you get through various stages, which means not only are you entertained, but you will need to use your brain power every now and then. (more…)
Folks who love streaming on Ustream can go pick up the latest update to the official Android application, which brings special features just for Verizon customers. After the update, users on Big Red can enjoy their very own Verizon-branded Ustream channel, which will feature a “personal” mode that will act like a “link-only” sharing option. As an example, only folks who have the exact link will be able to watch your streams.
In addition, videos streamed in personal mode will have the option of being ad-free, as long as there are seven or fewer viewers. To top it off, supported devices can now stream in 720p through the service.
Take a peek below at the full changelog, have a look below. (more…)
Earlier this week, users around the world began seeing a celebratory second birthday set of deals go live on Google Play. For whatever reason, those deals were not made immediately available to the U.S. market. That has now changed. If you hit up the link below, you’ll be able to join in on the celebration.
In the set of deals, you’ll find everything from free apps to in-app purchase deals and exclusives. There are free songs, cheap albums, cheap books, discounted movies, and more. It doesn’t exactly feel like the 10-cent or 49-cent deals from the past, but they still may be worth a look.
It seems like Chromecast is finally getting kicked off in terms of development, with developers using the SDK left and right to update their apps to support the HDMI dongle. What we’ve all been waiting for, though, is native Android mirroring to Chromecast similar to Apple’s AirPlay feature for iOS. It looks like we’re now one step closer, with famed developer Koushik Dutta having updated his Mirror app to support the streaming stick in a very beta way.
One of the best features of iOS is Photo Stream, an iCloud connected service that allows users to upload pictures to be shared in an album only select friends and family members can view. Android, though it now has Google+ backup of photos, still doesn’t feature an easy medium for friends and family members to upload pictures into one album. Adobe Revel, which has been on iOS for three years now, looks to fix this by coming over to Android with a nifty suite of features.