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Google Maps, My Maps, YouTube, Androidify, Slides, Music Updated–Here’s What’s New

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In the last few weeks, Google has been one of the busiest company in tech world. In addition to the floating Android revision releases popping up every couple of days, the developers from Mountain View have also focused on providing updates to proprietary applications commonly known as GApps. You, however, may not be familiar with some of these applications because they aren’t shipped with latest factory images.

The list of updated applications isn’t too long and contains six main entries. Let’s take a closer look on what have changed since the last release.

Androidify :

  • Translated into 13 more languages.
  • Bug fixes
  • Now you can share your Android character with a QR code.

Google Maps:

  • New M
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Google Keep 3 Brings Material Design, Sharing Options

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Google has begun rolling out an update to one of its lesser known (but still amazing) apps: Google Keep. It was fairly easy to predict that the newest version of the note taking app would be re-designed to meet the new Material Design UI instructions, and sure enough, it was.

In addition to the visual changes, Google Keep received a long list of under-the-hood changes. New in version 3.0, users can finally share their notes. This useful feature lets you share items like shopping lists, for example. A note can be shared with multiple people, so this is a nice way to orchestrate collaboration.

Searching notes is also much simpler, as you can now filter the notes by color or status (shared, etc.). The list of changes is q. . . READ ON »

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Google Calendar Complete Overhaul (Update: APK Available!)

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11/5 Update: The APK has just been made available, courtesy of XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai.

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With Android 5.0 Lollipop practically at our doorsteps, most major Google apps (Play Store, Play Books, Gmail, Newsstand, etc) have been getting their Material Design Updates. Up until now, however, there has been one prominent omission: Google Calendar. Luckily, Google Calendar is finally getting a complete overhaul that not only changes its appearance, but also aims to make it your personal assistant.

The new Google Calendar app now integrates with Gmail, automagically turning your emails to events. Booked a flight or made a hotel reservation? You probably got an email confirmation about it, and Goo. . . READ ON »

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Google Issues Small, Wearable-Related Play Store Update

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We can’t say that we’re too surprised to see Google feverishly updating its application before Android Lollipop’s official release. One of Google’s key applications, the Google Play Store, was updated to Material Design quite a while ago. However, a recent minor update has now bumped up the version number to 5.0.37 up from 5.0.32.

This recent update is very minor, but it brings a new Wearable sensors/activity data permission bucket. This was done in order to help explain permissions for apps that can grab data from wearables, such as heart rate monitors or other trackers like Google Fit. Maybe this update isn’t as revolutionary as 4.9.13, which added the material de. . . READ ON »

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

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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 get in on the action a bit early? Read on to find out.

First up, we have Google Play Games. Yesterday’s update brings a rather substantial user interface update that finally makes the app Material Design compliant. The app dons new ani. . . READ ON »

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Google Makes One Minute Hangouts Calls Free Until 2015

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Google Hangouts is a convenient way of staying in touch with your family and friends. With this communicator app, you can send text messages and now even make phone calls. The latter function is not that popular, so Google is trying to advertise the service a little bit. As a result, users from 25 countries will now have a chance to talk for one minute without charge.

The offer lasts until the end of our current year. In other words, from now until the start of 2015, you will be able to make minute-long phone calls for free through Hangouts in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Poland
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Gmail 5.0: Material Design and Multiple Account Support

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Google started to “materialize” many of its applications right after announcing the Android L at Google I/O’s Keynote this year. In fact, Google+ saw some Material Design flair even before Android L was first announced. Since I/O, Material Design has been applied to most first party applications including Google Chrome. Gmail was one of the last applications on the todo list, but finally Google decided to update the app to version 5.0, matching not only Android Lollipop’s version number, but also its aesthetic flair.

With Android Lollipop’s imminent full release, Gmail’s devs have added lots of new functions. The most interesting one is the ability to handle all typ. . . READ ON »

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Androidify Receives a Major Update

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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 promote your avatar. If you are lucky, your small guy can take part in a Google commercial or be a face on a billboard.

Here’s a full changelog of the app:

  • Pick a move and watch your Android character laugh, dance, cheer, rock out, or all sorts of other m
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Chrome Beta 39 Brings Reader Mode and Limited Windowed Mode

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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 number bump. For starters, there’s a new “Reader Mode,” which can be accessed by pressing menu and clicking the Reader mode option (with a dog paw icon). Once enabled, Reader mode strips webpage formatting to make tex. . . READ ON »

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