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Will Verduzco · Oct 30, 2014

Google Updates Play Games, Wallet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google+, and Camera

While we haven't really had much in the way of consistent "Google Update Wednesdays" in the past few months, Google sure knows how to get back in the groove of things when they want to. Throughout the day yesterday, Google unleashed a massive wave of updates to a good deal of its first party Android apps, including Google Play Games, Wallet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google+, and Camera. So what's new in all of these Google updates and how can you...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 15, 2014

Androidify Receives a Major Update

While most of us are super excited about the Android Lollipop and the new Nexus devices, a few of you might have noticed that Google issued a major update to its Androidify app. This small, yet cool application allows you to create funny avatars that are used by many XDA members such as Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. With this latest update, Androidify has become quite a different application. There are a sheer number of sharing tools that can be used to...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 15, 2014

Chrome Beta 39 Brings Reader Mode and Limited Windowed Mode

This past week has certainly been a good one for Google fans. In the span of the last seven days, we've seen updates to Chrome Stable, Hangouts for Chrome We even got to see a screenshot showing the Material Design-laden future of Google Now. Now, we've got yet another update to share, and this time it's to the Chrome Beta channel. Coming in at version 39.0.2171.25, Chrome Beta 39 brings many new feature additions that one would expect from a major version...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 10, 2014

Google Play Store 5 Brings Added Material Design, New Icon

This past week and a half has sure been busy for first party Google Android application updates. Just a little over a week ago, we started off with a Google Play Newsstand update that brought a complete Material Design makeover. Then just one day later, Google followed up with a Google+ update that brought some additional Material Design goodness to the first application to sport the UI style in the first place. Then two days ago, we were given updates to the...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 8, 2014

Chromecast 1.8 Custom Wallpapers, Chrome Updated to 38

Last Friday, we saw the release of Google+ version 4.6, which brought Google's Facebook competitor a bit more inline with the latest Material Design UI guidelines. Now just a few days later, Google is gracing our Android devices with two new updates, Chromecast 1.8 and Chrome Stable v38. First up, we have an update to the Chromecast companion app, bringing us to version 1.8.22. The Google Chromecast has always been lauded for its aesthetically appealing backgrounds. But now with today's...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 3, 2014

Google+ 4.6 Update Brings Additional Material Design Flair

Just yesterday, we talked about a rather significant update to the Google Play Newsstand app. Perhaps the most noticeable change in yesterday's update wasn't exactly a new feature, but rather a nearly complete Material Design UI overhaul. Today, Google is rolling out an update to the Google+ app to bring even more Material Design flair to the already Material-compliant app. While quite a few first party Google applications have now received the Material Design goodness, many of you will undoubtedly recall that one of the...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 2, 2014

Google Play Newsstand 3.3 Brings Material Design Makeover

In a clear break from the previous practice of delivering nearly weekly Google Update Wednesdays, it's been quite a while since we see a significant update to one of Google's core Android apps. While today's not Wednesday, Google has detailed a rather large overhaul to one of its most popular news content consumption apps, Google Play Newsstand. Today's update brings Google Play Newsstand up to version 3.3. And chief among the changes found in the latest version, is a complete UI...

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Faiz Malkani · Sep 10, 2014

Hangouts 2.3 Brings Free Voice Calls and a Refreshed UI

When Google launched Hangouts last year, it was marketed as a messaging and a video calling service, which allowed you to quickly send a message anywhere in the world or start a group video call at no cost. The service caught on quickly, complemented by its ease of use and the growth of Google+. And since then, it has accumulated a large user base as it stands. Over time, it went on to integrate SMS functionality as well, a step closer to...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 4, 2014

[APK] Chrome 37 Brings Material Design Makeover, Camera Gets Minor Update

Another Wednesday has come, and in most parts of the world gone. As is more often than not the case, the day was marked with a few Google first party Android app updates. Today's updates come in the form of a massive visual makeover for Chrome (Stable), bringing it to major version parity with July's Chrome Beta update, as well as a minor update for Google Camera. Although today's updates aren't too numerous, they're still certainly exciting. Starting off today's updates,...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 27, 2014

[APK] Google News and Weather Gets Material Design Makeover, Minor Maps Updates

Although Google has somewhat gotten out of the habit of their previously unrelenting Update Wednesday sessions, the middle of the week is still prime time for first party Android application updates. Today, we have been graced by not one, but two updates. And surprisingly, one of the two is for an app that hasn't received a formal app update in... well... ever. The first update, which actually started making its way out to devices yesterday afternoon, is for Google News and Weather. For those...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 12, 2014

Google+ Update Brings Chromecast Support; Chrome Beta, Search, YouTube Get Minor Updates

We're one day shy of Google's traditional Update Wednesday, but despite this, the first party app updates for the week have already started rolling in. So far, we have a rather substantial update to the Google+ app, as well as minor incremental updates to Chrome beta, Search, and YouTube. And like always, we've gone ahead and mirrored the APKs for your sideloading pleasure. First off, we have the most significant update, Google+. Today's update brings us to version 4.5.0.72928916 (up from 4.4.1.68642489 just over...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 6, 2014

Google Issues Updates to YouTube, Play Music, and Hangouts

It's Wednesday, and you know what that (most likely, but not always) means. It's time for another Google Update Wednesday. Although we had no formal Google Update Wednesday last week, the fine folks over at Mountain View haven't forgotten about us. Today, we receive two moderately sized updates to Google Play music and YouTube, as well as a minor update to Google Hangouts. First up, we have the update to YouTube, which actually started making its way out to consumer...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 24, 2014

[APK] Chrome Beta 37 Brings First Traces of Material Design

With Android L on the horizon, it's no surprise that Google's preparing itself for the upcoming major changes to its mobile platform. Undoubtedly, much of these changes are due to Android L's new UI paradigm, Material Design. Just two days ago, Google issued a rather significant update to the Play Store that brought with it the first traces of Material Design. Now, Google's given a similar makeover to its Chrome Browser beta channel. Today's update brings Chrome Beta to version number 37.0.2062.39...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 22, 2014

[APK] Google Play Store 4.9 Brings New, Image-Rich UI with a Hint of Material Design

It's not Wednesday yet, but we've got a great Google first party Android app update to share. Rather than an app update in the traditional sense, today's update is actually to the Google Play Store--and this new version packs quite a nice visual makeover that features a new and image-rich UI, as well as a hint of Material Design. Today's update to the Google Play Store brings the virtual storefront to version 4.9.13, up from version 4.8.22 that we shared just six days...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 17, 2014

[APK] Google Maps 8.2 Brings Better Voice Support, Biking Elevation

Yesterday, we had a rather typical Google Update Wednesday, with major updates to Google Wallet and Chrome Stable, as well as a minor update to the Google Play Store. Now, Google is following up on yesterday's updates with a major revision to Google Maps, which brings elevation info when using biking navigation and better support for voice input. Perhaps the most interesting new feature in Maps 8.2 is elevation information in route planning. When viewing route options in biking mode, you now get a...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 16, 2014

[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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 9, 2014

[APK] Gmail Gains Better Drive Support, Google Camera Gets Wear Integration, Search Given Incremental Update

Although Google's first party application update timing isn't quite as predictable as it once was, "Google Update Wednesday" is still a thing. Today, Google has issued major updates to its first party Google Camera and Gmail apps, following up on a minor Google Search update that was issued yesterday. The stars of the show here are Google Camera and Gmail. The update to Google Camera brings us up to version 2.3.017 (up from 2.2.024 a little over a month ago). This update...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 8, 2014

Google Voice Search Now Lets You Correct Misheard Queries

As accurate as Google Voice Search has become over the years, it's still far from perfect--especially for less common words or when issuing search queries in noisy environment such as a car or crowded area. Now, a Google Search backend update update has made Voice Search a bit smarter by allowing you to correct misheard queries. Google Voice Search has demonstrated contextual awareness for quite some time. For example, if you search for "Show me pictures of Renaissance art," it shows...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 3, 2014

Get “OK Google” Functionality on Every Screen without Root

You may recall how last week's update to Google Search brought "OK Google" hotword detection to any screen, something which was previously only available when on the home screen of the Google Experience Launcher or in the Google Search app itself. We've now received one more update to Google Search, but even with this latest update, the revised hotword detection is only available to certain Google accounts. Luckily, root-enabled users were quick to find workarounds, but as we all know, not everyone's running a...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 3, 2014

[APK] Sheets and Docs Updated for Android L; Wear App Added to Play Store; Minor Updates for Slides, Search, YouTube, and Google Play Services

It's still Wednesday in Mountain View, and you know what that means---it's another Google Update Wednesday. Today, we have one entirely new application in the Play Store, two major app updates that bring Android L compatibility, and four other, more minor updates. First off, we have Android Wear. Coming in at inaugural version 1.0.0.1261840, this app allows you to pair with and edit the parameters of your new Android Wear device--provided you're one of the lucky few to already own one....

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