Will Verduzco · Jul 16, 2014 at 08:00 pm

[APK] Google Wallet Now Handles Gift Cards and Money Requests, Chrome Improves Text Rendering, Minor Play Store Revision

It’s Wednesday once again, and more often than not, that means that it’s time for another set of Google first party Android app updates. Today, we have major updates to Google Wallet and Chrome Stable, as well as a minor point revision to the Google Play Store.

First up, we have Google Wallet. Today’s update brings us to version 2.0-R172-v18 (up from the 2.0-R163-v17 update about two months ago). Despite not escalating much in terms of version number, it brings one key feature that has been in the works for some time: gift card management. In addition, it also allows you to ask for money directly within the app and send money for free using your debit card.

Next up, we have an update for Chrome Stable. This update brings the stable release channel to version 36.0.1985.122, up from last month’s 35.0.1916.141. It doesn’t add much in the way of user-facing features other than something we spotted in Chrome Beta last month when it was updated to version 36: improved text rendering on non-mobile sites.

Finally, we have a minor update to the Google Play Store, bringing it to 4.8.22 (up from 4.8.20). This update should proceed in the background for most people, and if not, you can manually request it by going to Play Store settings and tapping on the version number. However, this doesn’t always work for everyone, so we’ve gone ahead and mirrored it (and the other two updates) below for your sideloading pleasure:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the Play Store APK]


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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