Tag: app

Gboard v8.0 brings back the clipboard, prepares tool for helping other users enable languages [APK Teardown]

Article Contents A new version of Gboard hit last night and it appears to be taking a second run at enabling the clipboard that began going live a few months ago. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Gboard is also taking a run at adding a feature to help your friends and family enable additional […]

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Google sets new Android API level requirements to ‘improve the security of the app ecosystem’

Google today said that it’ll require Android apps in major app stores from third-party manufacturers like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent to target API level 26 (Android 8.0) or higher in 2019, in a bid to “improve the security of the app ecosystem.” It also said it’ll […]

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YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto [APK Download]

There’s probably no other feature that’s more often cited as missing from YouTube Music than Android Auto support. Sure, you can manually start and control the app on your phone while it’s connected to the car and get music, but this is clearly not what people are asking for. Hints about in-car support were added […]

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Google Hangouts v29 adopts notification channels while dropping some ringtone customization, and more [APK Download]

Article Contents Hangouts “Classic” is set to retire somewhere around the end of 2020, at which point users will be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Meet. That leaves quite a bit of time that people will get to continue on with regular communications. Unlike Allo, Hangouts seems to be getting more attention now that there’s […]

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Google Messages v4.0 enables renaming of group chats, changes colors for unpictured contacts, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google’s Messages app came out with a brand new update this week, and while it’s sporting a major new version number, the changes are fairly moderate. It’s now possible to give custom names to your group chats, and there’s a tweak to the UI that makes Messages look a lot more like Google’s […]

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YouTube v14.06 prepares to raise the limit for offline video quality, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents If you’re just about to leave the comfort of Wi-Fi to risk expensive data fees and dead zones — or, you know, get on a plane for 2 hours — you might plan ahead and download some YouTube videos to kill some time. If you’re like most people, you still want to see […]

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Google Duo v47 prepares a drawing mode to doodle on your video messages [APK Teardown]

Google’s video chat app Duo has always been a pretty lightweight app, seemingly focused primarily on keeping the interface simple and prioritizing video and audio quality over flooding it with features. We’ve seen a few features slowly emerge over the last couple of years, and just about as many have been implemented and subsequently removed […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure books enter the world of voice AI with new Amazon Alexa skill

Netflix’s recent interactive film Bandersnatch received mostly mixed reviews, but was wholly successful in driving interest in Choose Your Own Adventure-style (CYOA) stories. That was both a boon and a frustration to Chooseco, the owner of the CYOA registered trademark and publisher of the famous book series of the same name. There was finally a […]

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Google app v9.10 beta update reveals Face Match for Assistant-enabled devices with multi-user support [APK Teardown]

At this point, it’s no mystery that Google is digging deeper into facial recognition technology. Earlier today, XDA posted details found in a leaked Android Q build that contains code related to facial recognition, and now a beta update to the Google app adds its own details to the story. It’s safe to say that […]

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Gmail v8.12 begins testing Dynamic Email (AMP) support [APK Teardown]

We don’t hear much about new technology making an appearance in email, which makes it all the more interesting when it happens. The latest Gmail update includes a sign that Google has begun testing a feature called Dynamic Email in the Android app, and once it goes live for regular users, this may be effectively turning […]

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Samsung Galaxy Wearable app update brings watch face preview tab, new settings, and more

Following the Gear S3’s substantial Tizen update, Samsung has begun rolling out a server-side update to its Galaxy Wearable app. The update delivers a variety of new features and fixes, including a new tab for previewing watch faces and the ability to toggle more settings from the user’s phone. The update, which many users began […]

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Google Duo v46 adds partially working ‘Favorites’ list, prepares Valentine’s Day video effect [APK Teardown]

Article Contents An update to Google’s Duo app began rolling out earlier today, and unlike many other recent app updates, there’s actually a brand new feature that doesn’t appear to be locked behind a server-side switch. Unfortunately, it also appears that it may not be working properly, and might have been left enabled by accident. […]

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Google app v9.0 beta is working on account detection with third parties, adds bits for CES announcements, and says hello from the lab [APK Teardown]

Article Contents If you’ve been living on the beta distributions of the Google app, you probably spent the weekend (and a couple days into the week) with a broken At A Glance widget that couldn’t display the weather. The issue has been resolved with yesterday’s update, and it seems like things are running smoothly again. Bugs […]

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Google Photos v4.8 is preparing a new suggested sharing feature based on your interactions [APK Teardown]

Article Contents In a busy week of updates, Google Photos is joining the pack with the v4.8 release. As is fairly usual, the visible changes appear to be limited mostly to minor tweaks to wording. However, a teardown does point to some of the things we might expect in the future, including a new or […]

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Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents The holidays (and CES) are over and the many of Google’s app teams are back in the full swing of releasing updates. Gboard’s latest version hit this morning few directly visible changes outside of minor wording and color changes. However, there are some interesting things that can be gleaned from wandering through a […]

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Google app v8.91 beta prepares Continued Conversations in German, tweaks to Slices and Collections, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Ever since the Google app moved to weekly releases, often with several minor updates along the way, notable changes have been spread out. This update brought the rollout of Android Auto integration for Google Podcasts, but aside from that, the last few updates have been pretty conservative with their changes. As a result, […]

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Android Auto v3.9 improves visibility for currently selected apps [APK Download]

Things are really happening for Android Auto this week. They’re not necessarily big things, but they are things, and that’s pretty cool. In addition to yesterday’s news that Google Podcasts is finally integrated with Auto, meaning we can stop fiddling with our phones to listen to podcasts and start fiddling with the screen built into […]

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[Update: Rolling out again] 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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Google is rolling out Android Auto support for Podcasts

When Google released the all new Podcasts app (again), many people were surprised its stark lack of features. Many things were missing, like auto-downloading, Cast support, and Android Auto integration. While many of these things have either trickled in, or are obviously on the to-do list, Google v8.91 is finally checking Auto support off of that list. […]

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YouTube TV app now available on all Vizio SmartCast TVs

After roughly six months of slow and steady rollout, the YouTube TV app is now available on all Vizio SmartCast TVs. The $40 per month cable alternative first arrived on a selection of newer, high performing Vizio models about half a year ago, with a YouTube engineer on Reddit noting that the company would add […]

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Fake Alexa setup app climbs Apple’s App Store charts

There’s a fake Amazon Alexa setup tool for iOS masquerading as a legitimate app, and it’s climbing the charts alarmingly quickly. One World Software’s duplicitously named “Setup for Amazon Alexa” — it went live this week — is the sixth-most-downloaded app in the Apple App Store’s “Utilities” category and the […]

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