GOOGLE APPS Posts on XDA

Google App Prepares to add Support for making Payments through Google Assistant

Google Assistant is proving to be rather useful with its robust Google services integration. Plus, with the expanding availability of third-party APIs, the platform is shaping up to make for a killer Home Assistant. But the success of Google Assistant does not lie with its more complex functionality, rather it begins and ends with how...

Taking and Sharing Screenshots Returns to Google Assistant

A feature once present in Google Now on Tap finally makes its way into Google Assistant - the ability to take and share screenshots. What once felt like a feature regression should now make the Google Assistant service feel more at home with fans of Now on Tap. Google Assistant - Now with Screenshots! Google touted their advancements...

Comparing Battery Life with and Without Google Services: A Week of Minimal Idle Drain

It's no secret that battery life on smartphones these days are not the best. Most will consider it mostly a hardware issue, seeing companies trading battery size for aesthetic design. But that's not the entire reason, with a large part being attributed to the software used on our phones. In the XDA Virtual Office, many of...

Tearing Down Google Apps Updates: What’s (Possibly) Coming!

Hello readers of our portal! As you might know, many applications are updated or released during the week of Google I/O. Most of these updates are pretty major and most of their features are detailed by the developer teams in the changelog. However, not every upcoming feature gets noted, so we're here to teardown the APKs...

Google Adds New Features to Drive, Sheets, Slides and Docs

In the last few months, Google has been working very hard to adapt all its apps to the new Material Design UI paradigm. Overhauling the UI was a big deal, but one of the main goals in app development is adding new features. Everyone loves features, so Google stepped up and delivered quite a few...

Play Store Update Brings Full-Height Navigation Drawer and More

Downloading an application in Android is an effortless task. Everything can be done through the Google Play Store, the main app store on the platform, and consequently one of its most frequently used applications. It's hard to imagine a full day going by without opening Google's Play Store app to install new apps, buy a video, or simply...

Google Maps, My Maps, YouTube, Androidify, Slides, Music Updated–Here’s What’s New

In the last few weeks, Google has been one of the busiest company in tech world. In addition to the floating Android revision releases popping up every couple of days, the developers from Mountain View have also focused on providing updates to proprietary applications commonly known as GApps. You, however, may not be familiar with...

Google Keep 3 Brings Material Design, Sharing Options

Google has begun rolling out an update to one of its lesser known (but still amazing) apps: Google Keep. It was fairly easy to predict that the newest version of the note taking app would be re-designed to meet the new Material Design UI instructions, and sure enough, it was. In addition to the visual changes,...

Google Calendar Complete Overhaul (Update: APK Available!)

11/5 Update: The APK has just been made available, courtesy of XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai. ___ With Android 5.0 Lollipop practically at our doorsteps, most major Google apps (Play Store, Play Books, Gmail, Newsstand, etc) have been getting their Material Design Updates. Up until now, however, there has been one prominent omission: Google Calendar. Luckily, Google Calendar...

Google Issues Small, Wearable-Related Play Store Update

We can't say that we're too surprised to see Google feverishly updating its application before Android Lollipop's official release. One of Google's key applications, the Google Play Store, was updated to Material Design quite a while ago. However, a recent minor update has now bumped up the version number to 5.0.37 up from 5.0.32. This recent update is very...

Google Updates Play Games, Wallet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google+, and Camera

While we haven't really had much in the way of consistent "Google Update Wednesdays" in the past few months, Google sure knows how to get back in the groove of things when they want to. Throughout the day yesterday, Google unleashed a massive wave of updates to a good deal of its first party Android...

Google Makes One Minute Hangouts Calls Free Until 2015

Google Hangouts is a convenient way of staying in touch with your family and friends. With this communicator app, you can send text messages and now even make phone calls. The latter function is not that popular, so Google is trying to advertise the service a little bit. As a result, users from 25 countries...