Tag: downloads

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 Crowdsource app given Material refresh and wants your selfies [APK Download]

Google’s effort to slightly update the look of its apps to match the latest Material Design guidelines (MD 2.0, if you will) continues apace. Crowdsource is the company’s clever way of gamifying data collection for use in its many products, and it now features Google Sans and uses a lot more white (quelle surprise). So […]

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Google’s K-2 reading practice app Rivet adds smartphone support

We’ve recently told you about Rivet, a free reading-practice app for kids developed by Area 120, Google’s experimental product division. Since the software is still in beta phase, it’s continuously improving with better features and interface tweaks. The app was initially designed for tablets because they offer a better experience, and couldn’t be installed on […]

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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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Adobe Photoshop Express adds watermark resizing and enhanced vignette tools [APK Download]

The main reason I don’t use a Chromebook for my work here at AP is that I can’t run full Photoshop on it. Proper watermarking is one use case that hasn’t been possible in the Photoshop Express Android app, but the functionality has been greatly improved in the latest update — even though most people […]

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Chrome 72 adds long-press shortcut to tab history, drops support for old TLS versions, and more [APK Download]

Article Contents It has been nearly two months since Chrome 71 was released, and per Google’s usual six-week schedule, Chrome 72 is now available on desktop and mobile platforms. This release doesn’t have many user-facing changes, but there are plenty of security improvements and new features for developers. Tab history on back button If you […]

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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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[Update: Stable release] Firefox 65 enters beta, adds support for WebP images

Firefox for Android is pretty great these days, and it’s about to get a bit better. Firefox 65 just entered the beta channel, and it includes support for a long-awaited web feature — WebP images. WebP is an image format developed by Google, and is based on the VP8 video codec used by WebM. It […]

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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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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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Latest SwiftKey update lets you remove the Bing search button [APK Download]

Much like Gboard and its Google Search integration, Microsoft-owned SwiftKey added Bing as a search feature in its last big release, which we’re sure wasn’t a popular addition. Thankfully, a new update is now available that changes Bing search to a small button in the toolbar and allows you to remove it if you don’t […]

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Files by Google hits 100 million installs on the Play Store

Google introduced its smart file manager back in November 2017 as “Files Go,” though the Go moniker has since been dropped in favor of a more simple “Files by Google.” In a little over 14 months, Files by Google has managed to get over 100 million downloads on the Play Store, which is pretty impressive […]

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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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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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