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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 16, 2014

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 4, 2014

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 20, 2014

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....

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 18, 2014

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...

GermainZ · Nov 5, 2014

Google Calendar Complete Overhaul (Update: APK Available!)

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 1, 2014

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...

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...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 28, 2014

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,...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 20, 2014

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...

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...

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...

Will Verduzco · Oct 11, 2014

Google Play Services 6.1.71 Updates Icon, 6.1 Rolled Out

A little under a month ago, we wrote about how Google Play Services had begun receiving a version bump to 6.1. Chief among the enhancements brought forth by the new version are added e-commerce analytics support through Google Tag Manager and improved APIs for Google Fit and Google Drive, including a new Material Design compliant file picker for the latter. With this update's improved tag support, developers were then able to better understand how various user acquisition campaigns perform at...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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 (up from just over...

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...