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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...

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

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...

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

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...

[APK] Gmail Gains Better Drive Support, Google Camera Gets Wear Integration, Search Given Incremental Update

Although Google's first party application update timing isn't quite as predictable as it once was, "Google Update Wednesday" is still a thing. Today, Google has issued major updates to its first party Google Camera and Gmail apps, following up on a minor Google Search update that was issued yesterday. The stars of the show here are...

Get “OK Google” Functionality on Every Screen without Root

You may recall how last week's update to Google Search brought "OK Google" hotword detection to any screen, something which was previously only available when on the home screen of the Google Experience Launcher or in the Google Search app itself. We've now received one more update to Google Search, but even with this latest...

[APK] Sheets and Docs Updated for Android L; Wear App Added to Play Store; Minor Updates for Slides, Search, YouTube, and Google Play Services

It's still Wednesday in Mountain View, and you know what that means---it's another Google Update Wednesday. Today, we have one entirely new application in the Play Store, two major app updates that bring Android L compatibility, and four other, more minor updates. First off, we have Android Wear. Coming in at inaugural version 1.0.0.1261840, this app allows...

Google to Take Back Platform Control with Android Wear, Auto, and TV–That’s a Good Thing, But Questions Remain

Android OEM customizations like Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense are undoubtedly a love-it-or-hate-it affair. There are certainly users out there who care for the added features that these skins introduce. But on the other side of the coin, there are more than a fair share of users who despise the aesthetic nightmares found in some skins. What's more,...

Google to Finally Do Away with QuickOffice in Favor of Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Approximately two years ago, Google acquired Quickoffice, Inc. Then about nine months ago, the QuickOffice suite was re-released as a free app in the Google Play Store. At the time, many were quick to criticize the redundancy of having editing capabilities in Google Drive, as well as a standalone office suite. Complicating matters further, Google also decided to release standalone Docs and...

Google Nexus Line Not Going Anywhere, Will Live Alongside Android Silver

You may recall that about a month and a half ago, there was a widespread rumor that the Nexus program would come to a halt in favor of Android Silver. This rumor originated with a set of tweets by famed leaker @evleaks, stating that there would be no Nexus 6. This rumor can be put to rest for now,...

[APK] Google Keep 2.3 Gets Android Wear Support, YouTube and Play Services Also Receive Update Love

Even with all of the I/O 2014 and Android L commotion, Google still managed to give us a healthy Update Wednesday yesterday, with app updates to Google Drive, Search, and Maps, as well as the arrival of Slides and Android TV Remote in the Play Store. But not content in simply delivering 5 new APKs for us, Google...

[APK] Google Issues Updates to Drive, Search, and Maps; Slides and Android TV Remote Released to Play Store

Despite all of the Android L craziness we've seen today (from its unveiling to the permissions changes and UI improvements) it's still Wednesday, and you know what that means. It's time for another Google Update Wednesday, folks. This time, we've got major updates to Google Drive and Google Search, a more modest update to Maps. In addition, we also...

Don’t Forget to Tune in for the Google I/O 2014 Live Stream!

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks---and that's OK if you have---you're undoubtedly aware that we are just two short days away from Google's yearly I/O conference. Google I/O 2014 is set to kick off at 9 AM PDT (UTC-8) with a two-hour event keynote. This two-day conference will cover topics such as the...