POSTS TAGGED: Google Apps
Posted October 11, 2014 at 02:00 pm by Will Verduzco
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 a granular level. Now according to the Android Developers Blog, the rollout has finished making its way to all devices connected to Google Play, which means that developers can now feel free to use these updated . . . READ ON »
Posted October 10, 2014 at 03:30 am by Will Verduzco
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 Chromecast companion app and Chrome Stable. But if you thought that Google was all done with updates for the week, you were wrong. There’s (at least) one more in store, and it’s a doozy: Google Play Store 5.
Today’s update to the Google Pl. . . READ ON »
Posted October 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm by Will Verduzco
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 update, users are finally allowed to personalize their Chromecast devices with custom backgrounds. You can also enable weather updates, satellite images, and news headlines, just like what was mentioned ba. . . READ ON »
Posted October 2, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Will Verduzco
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 overhaul that brings many elements of Material Design to the app. This is mainly seen as part of the new magazine reading experience, which brings bigger images, more contextual headers, and smoother . . . READ ON »
Posted September 10, 2014 at 09:30 pm by Faiz Malkani
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 the unification of all of the company’s communication services.
Earlier today, Google announced Hangouts v2.3, which takes the service even closer to the goal of unification by integrating free voice calls. The calls work over the Internet using VoIP, and will be avail. . . READ ON »
Posted September 4, 2014 at 02:30 am by Will Verduzco
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, we have Chrome Stable 37.0.2062.117. Similar to the beta channel update we saw a little over a month ago, today’s update to Chrome (stable) 37 brings us the Material Design UI elements and feel . . . READ ON »
Posted August 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Will Verduzco
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 who don’t remember, this application has essentially remained unchanged ever since the Android 2.x days. Although over the years it received a minor color scheme update, its core funct. . . READ ON »
Posted August 12, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Will Verduzco
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 220.127.116.11928916 (up from 18.104.22.168642489 just over two months ago). As you would expect in a jump from 4.4 to 4.5, today’s update packs quite a bit of new functionality. Most notably, today’s update . . . READ ON »
Posted August 6, 2014 at 06:30 pm by Will Verduzco
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 devices late last night. Coming in at version 22.214.171.124 (up from 5.7), today’s update brings a few new tricks to the table. Given the rather large version number jump, one would expect a major increase in user-facing featur. . . READ ON »