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Google Play Store To Finally Get a Dark Theme

With the new update all apps on the Play Store are set to gradually get a dark mode of their own

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Huawei smartphones are seen in front of displayed Google Play logo in this illustration picture, May 20, 2019. VOA

With the new update all apps on the Google Play Store are set to gradually get a dark mode of their own. US based search engine giant Google has finally started rolling out the dark mode update for its Play Store, after the release of Android 10.

A black-themed Play Store is being rolled out on Pixel handsets at present. The new design only seems to be available for a few users so far, but would be rolling out globally very soon, news portal Tech Radar reported on Thursday.

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In addition, Gmail app has already started receiving the dark mode update and is said to be available with version 2019.08.18.267044774, which is currently available on Play Store.

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With Android 10’s system-wide dark mode, not only do Google’s own apps cross over to the dark side, but other third-party apps that have the feature also go dark. Prominent third-party apps with a dark mode include Pocket, Amazon Kindle and Gboard.

Google has published the Android 10 OTA update files for all Pixel smartphones. One can check for new updates via Settings > System > System updates. (IANS)

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Google Plans To Bring Live Transcription Feature To Its Translate App For Android

Interestingly, the feature is similar to how the real-time transcription works in Google's "Recorder" app, barring that it's also translating the speaker's words

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The feature will allow users to record audio in one language and have it rendered in another in real time. Pixabay

In a bid to make its translation tech even more powerful, Google is now mulling to bring live transcription feature to its Google Translate app for Android.

The feature will allow users to record audio in one language and have it rendered in another in real time.

It’s still in the prototype stage, but Google gave a demonstration of the technology during a series of artificial intelligence demos at its San Francisco office, The verge reported on Tuesday.

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In a bid to make its translation tech even more powerful, Google is now mulling to bring live transcription feature to its Google Translate app for Android. Pixabay

Interestingly, the feature is similar to how the real-time transcription works in Google’s “Recorder” app, barring that it’s also translating the speaker’s words (into whatever specified language) rather than simply transcribing them.

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It will not work with audio files, at least at first; it will have to be live audio captured through a smartphone microphone, although Google says you could always play recorded audio through a speaker and capture it that way, the report added. (IANS)