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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 may recall that yesterday, a dogfed version of Translate unintentionally made its way out to certain consumers via the Play Store. This version, which came in at 3.0.8, has been promptly followed up by a non-dogfood 3.0.10. This unfortunately means the loss of the cute dogfood icon in both the application icon, as well as when switching translation direction in the app. Aside from that, there are no known changes between this and yesterday’s release.

Next, we have Play Movies & TV, which actually began rolling out late last night. Just like most of the app updates we saw yesterday, this one is pretty minor by bringing only one noticeable user-facing feature, which is wishlist support. This list can be viewed both in the app’s Watch Now section, as well as in the slide-out “hamburger” menu on the left panel.

All of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

Google Email 6.3-1218562

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 of Google Play Services. Google also recently brought the Camera app to the Play Store, along with a whole lot of added functionality.

Now, Google has added the company’s “other” first party Email client to the list, which you may be familiar with if you use a POP3 or IMAP Email account in addition to Gmail. According to the Google Play Store, in addition to simply bringing the app to the Play Store, the update to version 6.3-1218562 brings increase security for Gmail accounts, easier account setup, KitKat printing support, and various other bugfixes. In addition, we’ve also noticed a refreshed UI that brings it inline with Google’s recent UI paradigms including that ever-present slide-out “hamburger” menu. Finally, this likely means that we’ve unfortunately lost yet another formerly open source application to its closed source counterpart.

This update should be available to the vast majority of Nexus and Google Play edition devices (other than the M7 and S4) through its Play Store listing. Unfortunately though, this means that if you’re rocking any other device, you’re out of luck for the time being. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK over on our Dev-Host account for your sideloading pleasure. However, compatibility will surely be hit or miss for unauthorized devices.

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Google Android Apps

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 app up to version 36.0.1985.81 (up from last month’s 36.0.1985.36). This update brings fixes for quite a few bugs including problems with the built-in translation functionality, as well as a few less noticeable issues. The full list of changes can be found on the Chromium SVN revision log.

After the Chrome Beta update late last night, we then received app updates to Google Drive, Hangouts, and My Tracks. The Drive update brings the app to version 1.3.222.29 (from last month’s update to 1.3.144.26), and according to the Play Store listing, it brings performance enchancements and bugfixes. In addition, it also packs a few other new tricks such as a tweaked multi-user menu, new refresh animation, and floating document creation shortcuts at the bottom of the window. Hangouts is now at 2.1.311 (up from last week’s update to 2.1.224s), with no visible changes that we’ve noticed thus far. My Tracks is now at 2.0.7, and has changed the way it interacts with Google Maps by allowing you to export to Google Maps Engine, instead of the previous export to Google Fusion Tables and Google Maps. Additionally, though this may be simply a coincidence, GPS tracking seems to be more robust on my personal Nexus 5 with smoother Maps tracking as I took the updated app for a test run earlier today.

Last but certainly not least, we have the dogfood version of Google Translate 3.0.8. You may recall that a few months ago, a dogfood version of the YouTube app mistakenly made its way out of Google’s test labs and onto the Play Store. The same has now happened with Translate 3.0.8, which features a cute app icon and playful swap translation direction button. We’ve not noticed any hidden functionality that is now available in this dogfood version, but please let us know in the comments if you see anything we’ve missed!

All of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the APKs!]

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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 be created in the Calendar app, or they can be ignored and forgotten. This is similar to functionality added to Gmail in May of last year–except now, it’s done with one fewer steps, and on mobile.

As this is a backend update, there’s no app update to install. In addition, the new feature doesn’t seem to be live in all regions or for all users (yours truly included) just yet. However, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see this make its way to other users and regions soon.

Are you a fan of Google’s omniscient presence in your life, or has this crossed the boundaries into the creepy realm? Would you like for Google to also pull data like this from Hangouts, or has the company’s assault on user privacy gone too far? Let us know in the comments below. Personally, I know that I’m going to be a bit more careful with how I use my Gmail account going forward.

[Via AndroidPolice]

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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 the first party call routing app brings us to version 0.4.3.8 (40308) from the previous version 0.4.2.82. This is the first time that we see an update to Google Voice since November of last year. There are practically no visible changes available in this new version, with the exception of additional information when placing international calls. Upon updating, users are shown a dialog that lets them know about the new policy change. And then when placing calls, users are given rate information.

In addition to Google Voice, YouTube also saw another minor update from 5.7.38 (up from 5.7.36). This is primarily a bugfix release, as the update brings no user-facing changes. But hopefully, this includes fixes for the bugs that prevented certain devices from being able to stream in HD, despite having adequate connection speed.

These app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

It’s certainly strange to see Google Voice updated after such an extended time without an update. And even though the update is pretty insignificant, it’s nice to see that Google is apparently not canning the project altogether. Are you a Google Voice user? Would you like to see Voice integrated into Hangouts? Let us know in the comments below.

[Thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai!]

Google Android Apps

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 applications. The update for Google+ comes in at version 4.4.1.68642489 (up from 4.4.0.67636377), Chrome Browser is now up to Google Chrome Browser 35.0.1916.141 (up from 35.0.1916.138), and Hangouts is now at 2.1.224 (up from 2.1.223). The updates for all three of these applications are essentially minor bugfix releases, without any user-facing changes that we’ve noticed. However, users have reported that the Google+ update brings improved app fluidity and performance.

All of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

And in reverse chronological order, here are the latest versions of all of the Google first party application updates we’ve seen over the last few weeks:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the APKs!]

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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 feature: user-selectable streaming resolution. As pointed out by XDA Forum Member  RedInuYasha, this is something that the iOS version of the app has had for quite some time.

For the last several years, ever since HD resolution support was added to YouTube, web users have been able to select the exact streaming resolution for their videos. Unfortunately, however, mobile users only had the option to enable or disable HQ/HD. But with this update, the HD/HQ button has been removed, and instead it has been replaced with a cog wheel that once clicked, allows users to select their streaming resolution manually. Just like the webapp, the YouTube 5.7 defaults to “Auto.” But if you’re feeling brave about your bandwidth and monthly data quota, you can now manually stream in HD goodness as long as you’d like. Unfortunately, though, several highly anticipated features such as background audio are still apparently on the backburner.

As always, this update is gradually making its way out to consumer devices via Google Play Store. But of course, not every device will get the update in the initial wave. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the update on our Dev-Host account for your early access, sideloading pleasure.

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the tip!]

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Update: Looks like Google Translate 3.0.7 is now starting to roll out. It seems to be only a minor bugfix release compared to 3.0.6 from yesterday. We’ve gone again and mirrored it on our DevHost account. Thanks again to MihirGosai for the APK!

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Android 4.4.3 is undoubtedly the main thing on any Android fan’s mind ever since its initial release just two days ago. Since then, we’ve seen a flurry of 4.4.3-related news such as OTA updates for various Nexus and GPe devices, as well as a full developer changelog.

Luckily, none of the 4.4.3-related shenanigans change the fact that today is still Wednesday, and you know what that (often, but not always) means! In this installment of Google Update Wednesday, we have significant updates for three first party Google applications. These are Chrome Remote Desktop, Google Translate, and Google Hangouts.

First up, we have Chrome Remote Desktop. For those who don’t remember, this app was first introduced back in the middle of April. Ever since then, we haven’t seen any updates for the app, but that’s OK, as it’s worked pretty well thus far. Today, however, the app has been updated to 36.0.1985.39 (up from 35.0.1916.37), and it brings a substantial new trick. Version 36 offers a new immersive full screen mode on devices running Android 4.4.x KitKat. And once you’re in immersive mode, you are given a new button that takes you back out of immersive mode. Obviously, the traditional swipe from the top of the screen gesture still works as well.

Next up, we have Google Translate 3.0.6. Not much has changed in 3.0.6 compared to the previous 3.0.5 build for users in most regions. However, users translating from Hindi and other Indian languages will be pleased to find that 3.0.6 now offers phonetic input for these languages.

Finally, we have Google Hangouts. The last time we saw an update to Hangouts was when it was updated to version 2.1.100 nearly one month ago. Now, it’s made the jump to 2.1.223, and in doing so, it’s gained the ability to block SMS messages from specific senders. This is particularly useful if you change phone numbers and get plenty of unwanted messages. In addition, you’re also able now able to set individual notification sounds on a per-hangout basis, whereas before users could only block participants and mute notifications.

All of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the Translate APK and info!]

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Yesterday, we had all the makings of a classic Google Update Wednesday. In the morning, we first saw a rather significant update to Google Camera to version 2.2, which brought us 16:9 capture, self-timer support, and two new panorama modes (fisheye and wide-angle). And then a few hours later, we were greeted by several updates to Chrome, Chrome Beta, Goggles, Docs, Sheets, Device Manager, and Books.

With eight application updates, you’d think that Google was done for the day. Well, not quite. Just a few hours ago, Google also managed to update its maps app to version 8.1.0 from the previous 8.0.0, and with it comes one big new feature that we haven’t seen in the Google Maps for Android app ever since the update to version 7 back in the middle of last year.

For the most part, Google Maps 8.1.0 looks and feels just like the previously released 8.0.0 that we first saw back in early May. We still have the same interface, and for the most part the same features. But in addition to the previous versions arsenal, we now have terrain view. For the uninitiated, terrain view displays the 3D elevation of various geographic features such as mountains and canyons. This becomes essential when performing various activities outdoors such as biking, hiking, or trail walking.

The Google Maps 8.1.0 update will make its way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. But naturally, not every device will be in initial wave, and it may be some time before your device is updated. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure.

Are you a fan of the newly restored terrain view, or is this just another piece of application “bloat” that you’ll never use? Will terrain view encourage you to get off your derriere and enjoy the great outdoors? Yeah, it didn’t work for me either. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the APK!]

Google Android Apps

Just a few hours ago, we talked about how Google issued a major update to its Google Camera app. This update, which brought the app up to version 2.2, added two new panorama modes, 16:9 capture, and self-timer support. While this app update itself offered a great increase in functionality, it fell a bit short from what we’ve come to expect from Google Update Wednesdays. But although it is already Thursday in most parts of the world (including XDA HQ here on the US Eastern Seaboard), it’s still Wednesday evening over in Google land, and as such, we’ve got more Update Wednesday app updates to share.

First up, we have Google Goggles. Today’s update brings Google’s image recognition app up to version 1.9.4, and it offers a few new tricks. For starters, the UI has been cleaned up a bit, bringing it more inline with the Google Camera UI when accessing settings and different capture modes. In addition, users now have the option to upload images directly from a gallery or photo editor app, which can certainly come in handy in various situations.

Next, we have updates for Chrome Browser and Chrome Browser Beta. The former’s update brings it to version 35.0.1916.138, while the latter’s comes in at 36.0.1985.36. The update for Chrome stable seems to offer no visible changes, though the Play Store listing says that it packs performance improvements and bugfixes. However, the update for Chrome Beta offers quite a bit more. According to the official Chrome Releases blog, it brings improved text rendering on non-mobile optimized sites, the return of doodles on the new tab page, better search suggestions, and various bug fixes and performance improvements.

Now, let’s look at Docs and Sheets. The updates to both of these apps come in at version 1.3.144.18, up from 1.3.144.15 and 1.3.144.17, respectively. As alluded to by their minor version number increases, these two app updates are most likely simply bugfix releases. We’ve noticed no visible changes, but would love to hear from you if you spot anything different.

Finally, let’s take a look at Google Play Books and and Android Device Manager. Today’s updates bring these apps to versions 3.1.49 and 1.2.12, respectively. Just like the Docs and Sheets updates, there doesn’t appear to be much different in Play Books. As such, it’s highly likely that this update only brings bugfixes. But as pointed out by XDA Senior Member y2whisper in the comments section, Device Manager has gained guest mode login, which allows you to sign into other devices from your own device.

All of these app updates will make their way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure:

Which of these updates are you most interested in? Did you spot any feature additions that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the APKs!]

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About a month and a half ago, Google launched their Google Camera app in the Play Store. The app brought many new features such as a faux depth-of-field blur feature similar to what we’ve seen in the HTC’s Duo Camera System, but without the need for a separate sensor. While innovative, Google Camera was far from perfect, something that can be expected from any new application release. However, Google quickly filled in some of the gaps by releasing an update earlier this month that brought back the ability to take snapshots while recording video.

Now, Google has updated its camera app to version 2.2.024, and once again, they have ported previous camera functionality to the app. The two main features that today’s update brings are support for a camera self-timer (either three or ten seconds) and a new option to change your image capture aspect ratio from the default 4:3 to 16:9. In addition, there are a few other, more minor tweaks such as a new prompt upon first launch that lets you select between full sensor (4:3) and cropped sensor (16:9) capture, as well as a new pop-up that lets you know about the camera settings menu when switching between modes.

This app update will make its way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. Naturally, not every device will be in initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure.

Are you a fan of the new cropped capture mode, or are you like I am and would you rather capture at full resolution and crop later? What about the new self timer mode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Update: As it turns out, this update also adds two new panorama shot modes: fisheye and wide-angle. Thanks to XDA Forum Member razdiver for the heads up!

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You may recall that early last month, Chrome Beta for Android gained better fullscreen video support, as well as the ability to undo closed tabs when it was updated to version 35.0.191634. Now one and a half months later, this feature has made it out of beta and into the 35.0.1916.122 stable build.

So what does Chrome 35.0.1916.122 stable bring to the table? Just like last month’s beta build, we now have undo tab close on the stable Chrome release channel, as well as improved fullscreen HTML5 video with support for subtitles and controls. Finally, multi-window works on compatible (i.e. certain Samsung) devices. According to the official Chrome blog:

  • Undo Tab Close
  • Fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls
  • Support for some multi-window devices

Chrome 35 will be making its way to consumer devices through the Google Play Store via a staged rollout. As such, your device may not be in the initial wave to receive the update. Luckily, we’ve found and mirrored the update on our Dev-Host account for your sideloading pleasure.

[Source: Google Chrome Blog]

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Update: The mirror for API11 (Android 3.0+) is now live, and can be found at the bottom of this post.

Just yesterday, we saw Google release Gmail 4.8, which brought many new features such as the ability to save attachments directly to Google Drive. Now, Google has released yet another seemingly out-of-band update to another first party Android app. This time we have Google+, which has been bumped up to version 4.4, from the previously available 4.3 build that we first saw three months ago.

So what do we gain in the point revision from 4.3 to 4.4? Quite a bit, actually. For starters, we have Auto Awesome Stories and Movies. The former combines your photos, videos, and visited locations into handy travelogues, as seen in the left two screenshots, while the latter creates video highlight reels from photos and videos. In addition, you can create animated auto awesome-style GIFs on demand by tapping the new “plus button” in photos and selecting motion or mix.

Also on the photo front, very large photo libraries are now supported, and you can also browse these large libraries and highlights by date. In addition to supercharged photo support, Google+ 4.4 also brings a dramatically different UI. This is evident both in a new, red-themed UI, as well as a new navigation menu that allows you to easily switch between circles.

The complete change list, as described by VP of Engineering for Google+ Dave Besbris:

9 new features in Google+ for Android

1. Auto Awesome Stories now combine your photos, videos and the places you visit into beautiful travelogues. You can read more at http://goo.gl/JGgzil.

2. Auto Awesome Movies are now available on Android, iOS and the web, so lots more people will receive highlight reels of their photos and videos. Here’s one example: http://goo.gl/9ljcdj.

3. You can now create animated GIFs and photobooth-style images on demand. Just tap the new plus button in Photos, and select either Motion or Mix.

4. Really big photo libraries are now supported on Android, so you can access your many thousands of photos quickly and easily.

5. You can now browse your entire photo library, as well as your highlights, by date. Just drag the new scroll bar to move forwards or backwards in time.

6. Profiles now display total content views on both Android and the web. (You can choose to show or hide this number via settings.)

7. A new navigation menu makes it easier to switch between your favorite circles and communities, as well as other places in the app.

8. It’s a lot easier to share content from your phone or tablet. To give it a try, just tap the new pencil icon at the bottom right of the stream.

9. The app menu now slides away as you move down the stream, letting posts fill the entire screen.

Look for the new app as it rolls out gradually to Google Play (http://goo.gl/ruuHW), and let us know what you think!

The update is gradually making its way to consumer devices in the form of a staged rollout. Understandably, not every device will be in the initial wave. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs for your sideloading pleasure:

[Source: Official Google BlogDave Besbris | 4.4+ APK Courtesy of kautionwirez, 3.0+ APK Courtesy of AndroidPolice]

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