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Hangouts 2.3 Brings Free Voice Calls and a Refreshed UI

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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 »

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[APK] Chrome 37 Brings Material Design Makeover, Camera Gets Minor Update

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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 »

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[APK] Google News and Weather Gets Material Design Makeover, Minor Maps Updates

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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 »

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Google+ Update Brings Chromecast Support; Chrome Beta, Search, YouTube Get Minor Updates

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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 4.5.0.72928916 (up from 4.4.1.68642489 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 »

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Google Issues Updates to YouTube, Play Music, and Hangouts

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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 5.9.0.10 (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 »

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[APK] Chrome Beta 37 Brings First Traces of Material Design

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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 (up from 36.0.1985.81 last month). As one would expect from a major version number change, Chrome Beta 37 brings a few new tricks to the table. According to the official rel. . . READ ON »

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[APK] Google Play Store 4.9 Brings New, Image-Rich UI with a Hint of Material Design

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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 ago. And as you can expect from a relatively significant version number change, 4.9 brings a few very noticeable visual changes. For starters, when you access any particular Play Store entry–be . . . READ ON »

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[APK] Google Maps 8.2 Brings Better Voice Support, Biking Elevation

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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 visual representation of route altitude This feature is currently reserved for those using biking directions, as it wouldn’t be of much use to those driving to their destination.

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[APK] Google Wallet Now Handles Gift Cards and Money Requests, Chrome Improves Text Rendering, Minor Play Store Revision

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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 has been in the works for some time: gift card management. In addition, it also allows you to ask for money directly within the app and send money for free using your debit card.

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