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SwiftKey and Google Keyboard: Ever Heard of User Privacy?

A few days ago, I wrote an article here discussing some changes in Google Play Store permissions handling, and how these changes may have adverse privacy risks for users. The comments on that article indicated an overwhelming amount of concern from readers as to the permissions being used by applications, with many looking to use App Ops or...

Google to Acquire Satellite Manufacturer Skybox Imaging to Improve Maps Imagery and Global Internet Access

Google is an incredibly large corporation with equally diverse set of projects. While many of these have originated inhouse, an even larger number have come through strategic acquisitions. Recent acquisitions have included smart thermostat manufacturer Nest, AI startup DeepMind, sound-based authentication pioneers SlickLogin, and drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace. But of course, the primary acquisition on the minds of...

[APK Compendium] Chrome, Hangouts, and Google+ Receive Bugfixes, and the Rest of This Week’s Updates

Two weeks ago today, we saw some rather substantial updates to Chrome stable and Google+. The former brought better fullscreen video and the ability to undo closed tabs out of beta, while the latter featured an all-new UI, Auto Awesome Stories, and much more. Then more recently, we saw Hangouts receive a rather substantial update just two days...

[APK] YouTube 5.7 Finally Lets You Pick Streaming Resolution

Although we're approaching the end of the day here on the Eastern seaboard of the US, Google Update Wednesday still continues strong. Earlier today, we talked about rather substantial updates to Chrome Remote Desktop, Google Hangouts, and Google Translate. Now, we've got one more update to share, and that's YouTube 5.7. The last time we saw a...

[APK] Chrome Remote Desktop 36 Brings Immersive Mode, Google Translate Now Supports Phonetic Input for Indian Languages, and Hangouts Offers SMS Blocking

Update: Looks like Google Translate 3.0.7 is now starting to roll out. It seems to be only a minor bugfix release compared to 3.0.6 from yesterday. We've gone again and mirrored it on our DevHost account. Thanks again to MihirGosai for the APK! ___ Android 4.4.3 is undoubtedly the main thing on any Android fan's mind ever since...

XDA Xposed Tuesday: ‘Ok Google’ for 3rd Party Launchers – XDA Developer TV

"Ok Google, write my article for me." Well I guess it was worth a try. Users on the Google Experience Launcher have now gotten used to being able to say "OK Google" to launch Google Voice Search. Wouldn't it be nice to have this functionality on third party launchers? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday,...

[APK] Google Maps 8.1.0 Brings Terrain View to Mobile App

Yesterday, we had all the makings of a classic Google Update Wednesday. In the morning, we first saw a rather significant update to Google Camera to version 2.2, which brought us 16:9 capture, self-timer support, and two new panorama modes (fisheye and wide-angle). And then a few hours later, we were greeted by several updates...

[APK] Google Issues Updates to Chrome, Goggles, Docs, Sheets, Device Manager, and Books

Just a few hours ago, we talked about how Google issued a major update to its Google Camera app. This update, which brought the app up to version 2.2, added two new panorama modes, 16:9 capture, and self-timer support. While this app update itself offered a great increase in functionality, it fell a bit short from...

[APK] Google Camera 2.2 Brings Self-Timer, 16:9 Capture, and Two New Panorama Modes

About a month and a half ago, Google launched their Google Camera app in the Play Store. The app brought many new features such as a faux depth-of-field blur feature similar to what we've seen in the HTC's Duo Camera System, but without the need for a separate sensor. While innovative, Google Camera was far from perfect,...

Google Search Now Lets You Set Reminders Entirely by Voice

Just yesterday, we talked about a Google Search backend update that brought the ability to set a timer when asked. Before this feature was added, timer requests were instead handled with an alarm. This may not sound like a very big change, but for frequently timer users, it's significantly more convenient. It seems, however, that timer functionality isn't...

Google Ups Ante on Enterprise BYOD Adoption Following Divide Acquisition

Although Android currently reigns supreme when it comes to overall, worldwide smartphone market share, this doesn't exactly hold true in all market segments. One key area in which Google's mobile juggernaut is lacking is enterprise. This should come as no surprise, because the nearly limitless diversity available within the Android ecosystem can also lead to...

[APK] Chrome 35.0.1916.122 Brings Undo Tab Close and Better Fullscreen Video out of Beta Channel

You may recall that early last month, Chrome Beta for Android gained better fullscreen video support, as well as the ability to undo closed tabs when it was updated to version 35.0.191634. Now one and a half months later, this feature has made it out of beta and into the 35.0.1916.122 stable build. So what does Chrome 35.0.1916.122 stable...