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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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 9, 2014

New Hangouts for Google Chrome Brings Chatheads, Refreshed UI

Hangouts is an application that needs no introduction. Google's instant messenger and texting app is perhaps the most popular way to communicate on Android. Just a few hours ago, the desktop client of Hangouts received a major overhaul that changed practically everything we have seen in the app thus far. The new version of Hangouts introduces a concept similar to chat heads on Facebook for Android. Conversations with certain people or groups can be moved freely on the screen. This looks incredibly...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 9, 2014

Screenshot Reveals Google Now’s Material Design Future

Over the past several months, we've seen quite a few Google applications receive a Material Design makeover. This new UI paradigm first began showing its head far before its official unveiling alongside Android L in June of this year, starting with the Google+ application. Since then, we've seen several other Google apps such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides receive Material Design makeovers. And in this past week, we even saw Material Design updates to Chrome Stable and Google+. What's one extremely prominent Google...

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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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 3, 2014

Google Wanted to Buy Cyanogen, Inc.

Google has reportedly tried to acquire Cyanogen, Inc., maker of one of the most popular multi-device custom ROMs, CyanogenMod. According to a report prepared by The Information, Google's SVP Sundar Pichai had a meeting with Cyanogen's CEO Kirt McMaster, but the interest from the Android and Google Chrome head honcho was shrugged off with no further notice. It's unclear why Google wanted to buy Cyanogen. Perhaps they wanted to have an in-house Android distribution and a team of skilled engineer capable of bringing Android to another level....

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Will Verduzco · Oct 3, 2014

Google+ 4.6 Update Brings Additional Material Design Flair

Just yesterday, we talked about a rather significant update to the Google Play Newsstand app. Perhaps the most noticeable change in yesterday's update wasn't exactly a new feature, but rather a nearly complete Material Design UI overhaul. Today, Google is rolling out an update to the Google+ app to bring even more Material Design flair to the already Material-compliant app. While quite a few first party Google applications have now received the Material Design goodness, many of you will undoubtedly recall that one of the...

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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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 23, 2014

Google Play Store to Show Price Ranges for In-App Purchases

Google recently announced a change to Google Play Store policy that requires developers to provide a physical address if they want to sell their applications in Play Store. This change was pretty significant for the app developer community, but it's not the only interesting modification that Google has in store for us. Another big change is waiting right around the corner, as Google decided to put information about in-app purchase prices on the application installation screen. Users will now see how much they...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 18, 2014

Paid Android App Developers Will Soon Have to Provide Physical Address

Google has now changed its policies regarding paid app developers. Every developer who opened the developer console today was greeted with a message stating that a physical address must be added in account settings. The change will influence primarily developers who distribute paid apps or allow in-app-purchases. Developers were shown the following message stating the required changes: Add a physical contact address Beginning September 30, 2014, you need to add a physical address to your Settings page. After you've added...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 11, 2014

Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 25%, 2.x Down to 12%

As we've by now become accustomed, the beginning of the month marks when Google updates its Android Developer Dashboard website with updated Platform Distribution Stats. These numbers, which show the current state of Android ecosystem fragmentation both in terms of version/API adoption and graphics capabilities, become an incredibly valuable resource for Android application developers looking to better target their development efforts. When we took a look at the Android Platform Stats back in August, we were pleased to see that KitKat was...

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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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 5, 2014

Samsung vs Google: A New War in Mobile?

It appears that the long standing marriage between Samsung and Google may be coming to an end. According to Forbes, the Galaxy line creators will allow its users to download a beta version of Nokia Here Maps in October 2014, when the rounded Samsung Galaxy Gear S hits store shelves, and this might be the beginning of the end for Google's OS on Samsung devices. Samsung is pushing hard to replace Android with Tizen, their own, Linux-based operating system, which is as much Google-free...

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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,...

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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...

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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 4.5.0.72928916 (up from 4.4.1.68642489 just over...

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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...

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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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Jimmy McGee · Jul 22, 2014

MaR-V-iN to Talk Google and Android APIs at XDA:DevCon 2014

Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 is a celebration of all things mobile. The most popular sect of mobile development is perhaps software development. There are many different ways to develop software. You can use libraries and APIs to help advance your skills, among other things. Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. MaR-V-iN is a computer science student, privacy enthusiast and hacker. MaR-V-iN started coding...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 19, 2014

Google Project Zero Aims to Keep the Internet Safe

Software is never completely secure. If you think otherwise, you are in for a rude awakening. Every now and then, hackers will find a way to take control of an app or expose private data--for money, fun, or fame. Motives varies, but these types of hackers are extremely talented, and often their potential is wasted to illegal activities. One of good guys in finding and neutralizing security flaws is Google. Current efforts have been focused mainly on their own products like Chrome OS or Chrome browser. But...

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