Google Adds New Features to Drive, Sheets, Slides and Docs


In the last few months, Google has been working very hard to adapt all its apps to the new Material Design UI paradigm. Overhauling the UI was a big deal, but one of the main goals in app development is adding new features. Everyone loves features, so Google stepped up and delivered quite a few to several of its first party Android apps.

Google has pushed out updates of the following applications: Docs, Sheets, Drive, and Slides. The first thing you’ll notice are full hamburger menu icons. In addition, Docs now allows users to specify line spacing in the paragraph section, where users select one of the predefined values. Unfortunately, they can’t be edited manually. Sheets also received some tweaks. . . READ ON »

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Play Store Update Brings Full-Height Navigation Drawer and More


Downloading an application in Android is an effortless task. Everything can be done through the Google Play Store, the main app store on the platform, and consequently one of its most frequently used applications. It’s hard to imagine a full day going by without opening Google’s Play Store app to install new apps, buy a video, or simply update your existing apps.

Google is constantly updating its applications, like Messenger which was also updated today. The newly published Google Play Store 5.1.11 brings a few of interesting features that are visible to the naked eye. The navigation drawer now takes up the full screen height. Android 5.0 Lollipop users will also see shadows of the real-t. . . READ ON »

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


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


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!)

Redesigned Google Calendar

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


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


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

Google Android Apps

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


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


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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