Google announces new features for Play Books

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In January Google launchedPlay Books – a store for audio books and a direct competitor to Audible. Today the company announced a handful of updates on its blog that should bring better user experience. According to the article, you’ll now be able to place bookmarks wherever you want in the audiobook, so you can later get back to it. There are also plenty of new and updated features like Smart Resume, speed control and Family Library. Smart Resume is continuing the book from the sentence you paused it at, instead of the exact word, so that way you won’t feel confused what is going on…

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Moto Z3 Play specs revealed by FCC including Snapdragon 636 and 6.1″ screen

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Google Play rolling out audiobook improvements, like Smart Resume and Bookmarks

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Google Play audiobooks update

A couple of months after launching audiobooks on Google Play, Google is adding new features for folks that like to listen to their books.

Google says that it’s got a handful of improvements for audiobooks, including some that integrate with Google Assistant and Google Home. They are:

  • Smart Resume, which will intelligently rewind you to the beginning of a word or sentence after you pause your audiobook, helping you to remember what was happening before you paused.
  • Bookmarks, which will let you save a spot in an audiobook to help you quickly jump back to a favorite quote or moment whenever you want.
  • Support for Google Assistant Routines, which let your Google Assistant perform multiple actions with a single command from you.
  • Improved speed controls that now let you listen at 3x faster than the normal speed or 0.5x slower than normal.
  • Family Library sharing, which lets you share your audiobooks and ebooks with up to five family members for free, is now available in 13 additional countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Japan (audiobooks only), and South Africa. 

These new features are rolling out today, and they’re available on Android, iOS, and devices with Google Assistant.

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Google Play audiobooks get Smart Resume, bookmarks and Assistant routines support

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Google Play Audiobooks is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to the service that were sorely missing when it launched earlier this year. None of these are groundbreaking, but they’ll help Google reach feature parity with some of its competitors while injecting a bit of its proprietary smarts into the process, too.

Maybe the most useful new feature in today’s release is Smart Resume. Instead of picking up in the middle of a sentence or even word when your audiobook playback gets interrupted (maybe by Google Maps giving you directions or a friendly passerby who is asking for directions while you are clearly listening to an audiobook). Depending on the length of the interruption, this new feature will smartly rewind to the beginning of the word or sentence to help you stay in the flow.

Also new in this update are the ability to set bookmarks so you can easily go back to your favorite part of a book and the ability to speed up the audio — or slow it down so you can really savor your favorite passage in Ulysses. Both of these features were definitely missing in the first release.

If you’re a regular Google Assistant user and are already making use of the recently launched Routines feature, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now choose to continue your audiobooks when you wake up or start your commute.

And if you have family that’s spread around the world, you’ll be happy to hear that support for Google’s Family Library, which allows you to share Google Play purchases like apps, games, movies, e-books and audiobooks, is now rolling out in 13 new countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Japan (audiobooks only) and South Africa.

All of these new features are now available on iOS and Android.

 

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Marvel Strike Force free to play RPG now on iOS and Android

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Marvel Strike Force is now available on iPhone, iPad and Android. The game is a free to play RPG featuring characters from the Marvel universe. In Strike Force, you form teams from a choice of 60 Marvel characters, including superheroes and supervillains. You can choose characters including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Loki, Elektra, Captain America and Iron Man. Once you assemble your squad, you can take on the bad guys using a fairly simple combat mechanism consisting of attacks and combos. You can upgrade your characters for even more damage and unlock…

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Google Play improves audiobook listening experience, including Smart Resume and speed controls

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Audiobooks have only been available on Google Play for barely two months, but Google is already working hard on improving the experience. In a blog post today, Google revealed a few of the new features and improvements it has been adding to make it even more enjoyable to listen to an audiobook with Google Play, whether on the app or through Google Assistant.

With ‘Smart Resume,’ playback will now intelligently resume a few moments before where an audiobook was paused.

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US soccer stars to play with GPS performance trackers

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FIFA has been vocal about its ideas for the future of wearable tech in soccer, and now its vision is coming to life. Statsports is set to become the official on-field performance monitoring device of US soccer, and in the biggest partnership of its k…
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Is this the Moto Z3 Play in these case renders?

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Most of the H1 2018 flagships are already out, but Motorola is yet to show its hand. The expected Moto Z3 Play just appeared in case renders, revealing the modular design will stay for the third generation of Moto Z phones. A big noticeable difference is the fingerprint scanner, finding its way on the right side, probably because there will be no room on the front where a taller display is fitted. The front of the Moto Z3 Play is shown with one camera, while the circular module on the back will house two snappers, coupled with a dual-LED flash. The mods contact module has been…

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Get ready for battle, ‘MARVEL Strike Force’ is officially available on the Play Store

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Two weeks ago I wrote up a piece about a few games that were at that time listed on the Play Store for pre-registration. Well, it would appear that one of those listings has been officially released. That title is MARVEL Strike Force, and you can install it right now for free.

If you are unfamiliar with MARVEL Strike Force allow me to fill you in. This is a free-to-play strategic combat game that is very similar to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and DC Legends: Battle for Justice.

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