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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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Will Verduzco · Jun 30, 2014

Google Issues Updates to Play Music, Keyboard, Drive, Sheets, Gmail, and Play Services (Update: Newer GPS Version)

Update: As it turns out, a new version of Google Play Services rolled out while we were compiling this post. We've added the appropriate links down at the bottom of this page. ___ It's not quite (Google Update) Wednesday just yet, but we've got a bunch of Google first party app updates to share with you today. Most significantly, we have an update to Google Play Music. In addition, we have smaller, bugfix updates for Google Keyboard, Sheets, Drive, Gmail,...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 28, 2014

Google to Finally Do Away with QuickOffice in Favor of Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Approximately two years ago, Google acquired Quickoffice, Inc. Then about nine months ago, the QuickOffice suite was re-released as a free app in the Google Play Store. At the time, many were quick to criticize the redundancy of having editing capabilities in Google Drive, as well as a standalone office suite. Complicating matters further, Google also decided to release standalone Docs and Sheets apps at the end of April. But two days after the release of Docs and Sheets, Google Drive 1.3 removed its built-in editing capabilities in...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 26, 2014

[APK] Google Keep 2.3 Gets Android Wear Support, YouTube and Play Services Also Receive Update Love

Even with all of the I/O 2014 and Android L commotion, Google still managed to give us a healthy Update Wednesday yesterday, with app updates to Google Drive, Search, and Maps, as well as the arrival of Slides and Android TV Remote in the Play Store. But not content in simply delivering 5 new APKs for us, Google has now issued updates to Keep and YouTube. The Play Services 5 update that we talked about yesterday has also begun rolling out. First up, we have...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 25, 2014

[APK] Google Issues Updates to Drive, Search, and Maps; Slides and Android TV Remote Released to Play Store

Despite all of the Android L craziness we've seen today (from its unveiling to the permissions changes and UI improvements) it's still Wednesday, and you know what that means. It's time for another Google Update Wednesday, folks. This time, we've got major updates to Google Drive and Google Search, a more modest update to Maps. In addition, we also have two new apps in the Play Store: Slides and Android TV Remote Control. First up, we have a significant update to Google Drive, which brings...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 20, 2014

Google Search Backend Update Brings Music App Integration

While yesterday was certainly the day of Android 4.4.4 thanks to a rather unexpected security update, a new Android version isn't all that Google had in store for Android users. Yesterday evening, Google began the rollout of a Google Search backend update that makes it easier than ever before to go from searching for an artist to listening to their music. With this latest backend update, Google Search now integrates with several Android media player apps. When searching for a particular musical...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 19, 2014

[APK] Google Replaces Dogfood Translate Version and Updates Play Movies & TV App

Yesterday, we had a rather healthy dose of Google Update Wednesday, thanks to updates to Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate. This was promptly followed by a new Google Email app, which unfortunately also meant the potential loss of yet another formerly open source application. Now, we have an incremental update to Google's Play Movies & TV app, as well as yet another update to Translate--this time without the dogfooding. First up, Google issued yet another update to its Translate app. You...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 18, 2014

[APK] Google Email 6.3 Now Available through the Play Store

Earlier today, Google gave us yet another "Update Wednesday" with new versions of Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate. Seemingly not content with simply updating the above, Google has now given us one more: Google Email---no, not Gmail. Over the past couple of years, Google's made efforts to make much of the core Android independent of any particular Android version. Google's done this by bringing many first party apps to the Play Store such as Gmail, Chrome, and Hangouts, as well as the introduction...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 18, 2014

[APK] Google Issues Updates to Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate

We're now halfway to Friday, and you know what that means. Just as we've grown to expect on Wednesdays, we’ve got our hands on quite a few first party Google application updates. Today’s updates come in the form of primarily bugfix updates to quite a few of Google's first party Android apps--namely, Chrome Beta, Hangouts, Drive, and My Tracks--as well as a dogfood version of Translate. First up, we have Chrome Beta, which actually received its update late last night. This release brings the...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 12, 2014

Google Now Automatically Parses Calendar Events

Over the past year or so, Google Now has gained some surprisingly useful and intuitive capabilities. Most of these haven't made their way to users through Google Search application updates, but rather through transparent backend updates. In addition, many of these new capabilities have involved integration with other Google products, and today's addition is no exception to either. Today, Google has added a new feature to Google Now that allows it to automatically detect potential calendar events from Gmail messages. These potential events can either...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 11, 2014

[APK] Google Voice and YouTube See Minor App Updates

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means. As is often the case on humpday, we've got our hands on some first party Google application updates. Today's updates come in the form of minor updates to Google Voice and YouTube. And although they aren't quite as numerous as on previous Google Update Wednesdays, the Google Voice update is particularly noteworthy because the application hasn't seen an update in quite some time. First up, we have an update to Google Voice. Today's update to...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 6, 2014

[APK Compendium] Chrome, Hangouts, and Google+ Receive Bugfixes, and the Rest of This Week’s Updates

Two weeks ago today, we saw some rather substantial updates to Chrome stable and Google+. The former brought better fullscreen video and the ability to undo closed tabs out of beta, while the latter featured an all-new UI, Auto Awesome Stories, and much more. Then more recently, we saw Hangouts receive a rather substantial update just two days ago that brought the ability to block incoming SMS numbers and set per-contact notifications. Now, Google is back with updates for all three of these first party...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 4, 2014

[APK] YouTube 5.7 Finally Lets You Pick Streaming Resolution

Although we're approaching the end of the day here on the Eastern seaboard of the US, Google Update Wednesday still continues strong. Earlier today, we talked about rather substantial updates to Chrome Remote Desktop, Google Hangouts, and Google Translate. Now, we've got one more update to share, and that's YouTube 5.7. The last time we saw a YouTube update was version 5.6.36 in the middle of last month. Today's update brings us up to version 5.7.36, and it packs one very important...

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