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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...

[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...

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...

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,...