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Try Google Lens out right now with Google Lens Launcher for Google Photos

Last night, Google began rolling out version 3.5.0.168271220 of the Google Photos app. As with any point upgrade to a Google application, we like to perform what's been called an "APK Teardown" of the app. By decompiling the app, we can view hidden strings and assets that are not yet public. These bits of information help...

Google Lens is Functional in Google Photos v3.5, Here’s How to Access it

Google Lens was announced at this year's Google I/O. The feature was shown off briefly, and it basically uses the power of Google's machine learning technology in order to provide contextual analysis of pictures. While the product was initially stated to eventually integrate with the Google Assistant, it was also revealed that Google Lens integration...

Exclusive: Hands-on with Google’s Visual Search for Android

With so much information out there in the world, Internet search engines are crucial for acquiring knowledge. Accessible through the web browser on your desktop or laptop PC, a dedicated app on your smartphone or tablet, or through your voice on a smartwatch or home assistant device - you have so many options available to find...

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...