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Google App v7.3 Prepares to Add a Notification Listener Service to Intercept Notifications

Google App v7.3.16 beta is rolling out to users on the Play Store, and while our traditional APK teardown hasn't revealed much information that we think is interesting, there is one feature that I thought would be worth sharing. Within the Android Manifest file are new strings that implement a Notification Listener Service which hints at...

Google Home v2.3 Prepares to add Cloud Device Casting, Support for 3rd-Party Assistant Speakers, Listing Reminders, and much more

As Google I/O 2017 approaches, we're going to start seeing little tidbits of information release from many different sources. This time, one of those sources is coming from within the APK file of the most recent update of the Google Home application. Version 2.3 is now rolling out to users on the Play Store, and...

Android Auto 2.3 Hints at adding New Experimental Home Cards

Back during Google I/O 2016, Google announced that they would be rolling out an update to the Android Auto app to bring a driver-friendly user interface without needing an Android Auto compatible vehicle. This update didn't roll out until November, several months after Google I/O, though. But it did eventually be released, as promised, even...

[Update: Feature is Live] Google Allo 11 Hints at Allowing you to Add Members to Group Chats via QR Codes

Earlier today, Google officially announced an update to the Google Allo application that would bring users the ability to create their own sticker packs from selfies using the power of neural networks. That update is now arriving in version 11 of Google Allo, but an APK Teardown of the app reveals that another feature may...

Google Play Store 7.8.15 Prepares for Instant Apps Support

Google Instant Apps is a feature that allows users to "stream" parts of existing Android applications so they can try the app out in its native look without having to install the app. Instant Apps requires small modifications from the developers' end, but once approved by Google to implement these changes these applications will be able to...

Google App 7.0.4 Prepares for Multi-User Hotword Detection, Rating Services, and References a Device Called “Bisto”

Google has recently started releasing beta updates for some of their more popular applications; the Google App being one of them. Today, a new beta version of the Google App, version 7.0.4, began rolling out to some users. This being a major version bump, we decided to install the app to see if there's anything...

Gboard v6.2 Adds Cursor Control, Cut/Copy/Paste Buttons, and Prepares for Handwriting Support

Just a few short days after we published a tutorial on how to add keyboard cursors to the navigation bar in Android O, it appears that Google is finally taking the initiative to bring this feature, and more, to all users of the Gboard application. Gboard version 6.2 is now rolling out in the Google...

Google App v6.16 Prepares for Phone Authentication for Assistant Payments, Creating IFTTT Actions, and Screenshot Crop/Edit

The Google App is one of the most frequently updated applications, especially thanks to its beta channel, and it's one of the more interesting apps to pay attention to because of how many functions it supports. Google App is necessary for the Google Assistant to work on your device, and with the beta release of...

Gmail v7.2 Prepares to Add Support for S/MIME Enhanced Encryption

If there's one lesson everyone learned thanks to a certain high profile election, it's the importance of e-mail security. Gmail is the most widely used e-mail service in the world, and thanks to Google's stranglehold on smartphones, its Android application is perhaps the most common way people read and send their e-mails. Thus, it is critical...

Hangouts v17 Prepares for Better Integration of Chat Messages During Voice Calls

While it's fun to rag on Hangouts, the Google application is still a powerful instant messaging app for casual users. Due to its wide installation base (from being pre-installed on millions of Android devices), Google Hangouts makes it easy to chat or voice call with a large number of people. Version 17 of the Android application...

Android Pay v1.14 Hints at Improving the Linked Offers Interface

Back during Google I/O 2016, Google introduced the "Save to Android Pay API" which would allow companies to digitize their loyalty programs, gift cards, or other offers. Companies were now able to add special links to text messages, e-mails, their website, or their Android app that would quickly save a new card to Android Pay in a...

Google Photos Prepares to Allow for Editing the Date and Time of a Photo

Google Photos has always been one of Google's more useful services. The photo backup service has garnered widespread praise for its unlimited, free backup features as well as its robust sharing capabilities. But one area that Google Photos has always lagged in is the ability to edit your photos. Luckily over time, Google has been...
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