Tag: app

Google Play Games v5.14 enables Dark Theme for all, prepares Minesweeper, and… ┴┬┴┤( ͡° ͜ʖ├┬┴┬ a pointless side project? [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google Play Games is officially going dark. Well, the latest update is making its dark theme accessible to everyone. But that’s not the only thing this update brings, there are now app shortcuts and a new sorting feature for achievements coming soon. A teardown also shows the team is preparing to add Minesweeper […]

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Microsoft’s Hummingbird app uses AI to be your news editor

Microsoft’s new curatorial news app aims to cut through the deluge with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Hummingbird, which was first spotted by Android Police, has quietly launched on Android in some countries. It’s a straightforward affair. After signing in with a Microsoft account, you’re instructed to create a personalized feed […]

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Google Duo v45 prepares pre-call notifications, continues work on Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos [APK Teardown]

Article Contents A new update to Duo is out in the wild, but like many others, there’s not much to see upon installation. We’re all about the teardown on this one, which hints at some kind of pre-call notification and adds follow-ups on the topics of Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos to somebody […]

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Google Allo v27: It’s about to be history, and now you can export yours [APK Download]

Google’s fling with Allo is officially coming to an end, and as we’ve seen with many other products in the past, that usually means it’s time to grab your data and go. A new update to the Allo app is rolling out today that will make this much easier. Using a simple tool, you’ll be […]

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Messages v3.9 prepares to launch spam protection, working on support for sending calendar and office documents, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google is sending out a new version of Messages, the one chat app everybody expects to live at least to the end of 2019. So far, there’s not a lot to see on the user-facing front after the update, but there is at least one change to message attachments. The teardown is more […]

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Google Play Movies v4.9 includes several subtle UI tweaks and prepares Watchlist price comparisons [APK Teardown]

Article Contents While most of Google’s core apps have gone through some pretty monumental changes in their adoption of Google’s Material Theme, many of the other apps have been slower to take on a new look. In some cases, like the latest Play Movies & TV app, the changes are also much gentler, spanning over […]

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Google News v5.7 is testing restrictions to prevent data abuse, prepares music playback for Grammy Awards [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google made some big changes back in May with the launch of Google News, bringing both Play Magazines and the News & Weather app together in a new format and completely redesigned app. A few months later, Google announced several new automatic features for the Google News app that would make it even […]

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Gboard v7.8 prepares option to clear search history, enhancements to voice typing and clipboard manager [APK Teardown]

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Google Photos v4.6 prepares new Express backup and daily data caps for slow and limited connections [APK Teardown]

Article Contents A new update for Google Photos is rolling out, and this one is taking aim at making backups possible in regions where data connections are generally slow and expensive. A new Express backup mode is in the works that automatically downscales images and video for more timely and less costly transmission to the […]

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Android Auto v3.8 adds optional message previews and revamps the music player [APK Teardown]

Article Contents The latest Auto update is rolling out and it’s making a couple of substantial changes, at least by the standards of an Auto update. You’ll now have the option to see the first several words of incoming messages when they arrive, and the music player has been given a makeover that changes both […]

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Apple prepares to release ECG app for Watch Series 4

Back in September, Apple announced that it had added new heart monitoring hardware to the Apple Watch Series 4, enabling the wearable to produce electrocardiogram (ECG) readings — with an FDA-approved ECG app that would be released “later this year.” Nearly three months later, the ECG app is about to […]

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Google Duo v44 is working on a Low Light mode and gets closer to launching its improved Data Saving mode [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Now that we’re deep into the holiday season, plenty of people will be talking with their families, even if they can’t necessarily travel long distances to reunite in person. Video calls will be skyrocketing for the next few weeks, and for many people, that will be happening with Google Duo. The latest update […]

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Sam Ruston’s Weather Timeline has a new developer listed on the Play Store

Pulled from the Play Store two months ago, Sam Ruston’s much-loved indie weather app Weather Timeline has reappeared, sort of – with a different developer listed as the publisher (the listing still isn’t visible if you never installed the app, so you can’t get it if you never had it). The new publisher, ACME AtronOmatic, is […]

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Update Notes for the Google app, Gmail, Translate, Home, Play Books, and Fit (November 21, 2018)

Article Contents Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and […]

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Google Pay v2.78 prepares group pay and nicknames for payment methods [APK Teardown]

Article Contents As we get ready to wear out our credit cards buying gifts for family, friends, coworkers, and probably ourselves, it’s a good time to talk about Google Pay and what’s in store for it in the future. Unfortunately, we won’t be building on the holiday shopping theme with any of the teardown topics, […]

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Google Phone v26 dark theme is here [APK Download]

Article Contents You’ve been asking for it, and asking for it, and asking for it, and… well, you get the point. Just after the Google Contacts app brought in the long-awaited, long-demanded dark theme, the Phone app is now following closely behind with the dark theme we’ve seen for the last couple versions. It’s finally out […]

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Messages v3.8 brings updated camera interface, new camera and gallery shortcut, and UI tweaks [APK Teardown]

Article Contents An update to the Messages app (formerly Android Messages) has begun making the rounds, and unlike so many other updates lately, this one has a few standout changes after installation. There are a handful of smaller UI tweaks floating around, but a more significant change has been made to the camera interface for […]

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[Update: Reverting to old UI for many] Facebook Messenger’s massive UI redesign is widely rolling out and people aren’t loving it

If you weren’t among the select few that began seeing Facebook Messenger’s massive redesign (otherwise known as Messenger 4) in late September, you should see the changes shortly. Facebook is now rolling out Messenger’s new, simplified UI more widely through a server-side update.  When Facebook announced the design overhaul for Messenger during its F8 developer […]

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Facebook Messenger’s massive UI redesign is widely rolling out now and people aren’t loving it

If you weren’t among the lucky few that began seeing Facebook Messenger’s massive redesign in late September, you should see the changes shortly. Facebook is now rolling out the new, pared down UI  more widely through a server-side update.  When Facebook announced the design overhaul for Messenger during its F8 developer conference in May, it […]

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Mindfulness app Simple Habit raises $10 million

Meditation’s benefits are well-documented. A recent study by neuroscientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that people who regularly practice yoga and other mindfulness programs have measurably more gray matter in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that assists in learning, cognition, and memory. In fact, meditation […]

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Google app v8.49 beta prepares Collection sharing, Lens image search history, and and Workspaces [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Friday evening brought us another update to the Google app. Unlike the previous version, there are a fair number of topics to discuss from a teardown. Google is preparing a screen for viewing your image searches from Lens, Collection sharing, a few changes to the layout of settings, and there are even hints […]

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