Tag: google app

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 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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Google app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google began rolling out the traditional friday night update to the beta channel. Like so many other updates, this one brings with it minor tweaks to the interface. Of more interest are the topics for a teardown, which includes changes to Voice Match, migration of more settings for the home screen, and a […]

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Google app v8.28 beta prepares for manually hiding Slices, more changes for a general settings page, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents There’s a new beta for the Google app rolling out, and this one takes a sizeable leap in version number to 8.28 from the 8.24 that came out just about a week and a half ago. There’s not a lot to see in the way of changes, and even the teardown is on […]

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Google app v8.24 beta gets closer to allowing services to manage your notes and lists, moves more settings to a General screen, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents An update to the Google app is rolling out a bit earlier than usual for the week. Besides small tweaks, there’s not much to see, but a teardown is turning up some interesting additions to the APK. Google has resumed work on allowing services to stand in for Notes and Lists functionality with […]

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Google Assistant redesign is official: bigger visuals, fresh controls, and new tools for developers

As some of you may have noticed, the Google Assistant on phones started receiving some visual tweaks in recent weeks. The new look has been rolling out to select users, including fresh material design elements and much bolder cards. Google has now officially announced these Assistant updates and published two blog posts outlining the changes. […]

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Google app v8.23 beta is upgrading the floating sports tracker, adds a new collection for experiences, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Like clockwork, the latest beta release of the Google app began rolling out just about the time the developers are headed out for the weekend. We’ve yet to see any live changes on this release, but there are some interesting additions to be found in a teardown. The floating sports tracker bubble appears […]

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Google Feed is now ‘Discover,’ and it’s coming to the mobile Google homepage

Today Google has announced that it’s rebranding its well-known Feed — a source of news for consumers and referral traffic for providers like Android Police — under the new name “Discover.” With the change in name comes the formal announcement of the redesign that’s been in testing for a while now, plus more granular control […]

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Google app v8.22 beta adds new Sound Search widget, prepares auto-download for podcasts, Contributions page, Pixel Stand promotion, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google is rolling out v8.22 of its self-titled app. You’ll now find a new widget for Sound Search hidden away, and a teardown includes several topics related to auto-downloading podcasts, Google Assistant for Households, a page for your contributions, and an animation to promote the upcoming Pixel Stand. What’s New Unofficial Changelog: (the […]

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Google Podcasts finally starts rolling out Cast support

Google Podcasts received a fair amount of criticism at launch for a variety of valid reasons, but the biggest issues stemmed from a lack of support across Google’s ecosystem. The app, somewhat absurdly, launched without proper Android Auto or Cast support — and offered little else to recommend it, including no option for creating podcast […]

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Update Notes for YouTube, Duo, Drive, the Google app, and more (September 16, 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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Personal Search results resurface in Google app as dedicated section and app shortcut

Searching for your personal information inside the Google app has been possible for a while. It first showed up as the In Apps tab back in 2016, but was later renamed to Personal and started appearing on the desktop as well, then disappeared again. But recently, Google seems to have given personal searches more prominence inside the […]

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Google app testing ‘Top Apps’ section resembling Google Go interface

If you feel like you’re pretty comfortable with the navigation in the Google app, you’ll be sad to learn that a shake-up might be on its way. Google introduced bottom tabs last year, settling on five options: Home, Upcoming, Search, Recent, and a hamburger menu leading to more. The latest UI being tested replaces Recent with a […]

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Google app v8.16 beta hints at spoken notifications in more places with ‘Eyes-free’ project [APK Teardown]

Article Contents An update to the Google app landed early Saturday morning, but as is standard, there aren’t any recognizable changes. The teardown reveals about a dozen minor tweaks to text, but only a little bit of it actually has anything to do with upcoming features and changes. Teardown Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence […]

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Google Feed tests an option to request more or less articles like the one you’re viewing

Most social and news aggregation services nowadays offer you an easy way to request seeing more or less of something to tune the content to your liking. When Google News launched, the “More stories like this” and “Less stories like this” options for every article immediately caught my eye because such a setting doesn’t exist […]

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Google Assistant on Phones Picks Up Smart Display Styled Smart Home Controls

With the arrival of the first Google smart display devices, we got to see a new visual control style when you requested that the Google Assistant adjust smart home settings. That meant a slider to manual set temperature, adjust lighting brightness, or turn something on or off. At least one of our readers is […]

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Google Assistant’s Now-like visual snapshot is getting gesture activation, among other tweaks

The one-swipe convenience of the old Google Now was one of the most magical parts of using Android back in the day, and its devolution into the Feed was a reason of sadness for many, including myself. Although most of its features were still hidden away in the Google app, checking your calendar, package tracking, […]

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Google app v8.15 beta hints at ‘Memory Aid Locker,’ conversational translation on smart displays, and categories in Top Apps [APK Teardown]

Article Contents It’s Friday afternoon and that means there’s probably going to be a Google app update. The latest version doesn’t appear to change much on the surface, so we’ll be looking to the teardown for more information. Details are a bit thin with this update as most of the topics are little more than breadcrumbs, […]

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[Update: Pulled] Latest Google app beta (v8.14.12) repeatedly crashing for many

Developer previews aren’t always the most stable, and they aren’t meant to be. They are the process by which a stable is created. Because of that, sometimes it’s possible to run into a few issues when using them, and it appears many are seeing a repeated force close problem with the latest version of the […]

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Latest Google app beta (v8.14.12) repeatedly crashing for many on Android P

Developer previews aren’t always the most stable, and they aren’t meant to be. They are the process by which a stable is created. Because of that, sometimes it’s possible to run into a few issues when using them, and it appears many are running a repeated force close problem with the latest version of the […]

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Google app v8.13 beta prepares car-specific settings, new app shortcut to Assistant, and more [APK Teardown]

Article Contents Google set loose a beta update to it’s namesake app this weekend, but like most updates, there’s not much to see after updating. The most interesting things are only visible through the lens of a teardown, although they’re mostly minor notes about topics we already know about or expect to be coming. Nevertheless, […]

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The terrible Google Feed UI we all hoped would die is now rolling out to more people

Back in the spring, Google started testing a bubbly new interface for the ubiquitous content-promoting Feed. It was a confusing mixture of empty space and (still un-swipeable) cramped cards. The general reaction at the change could be accurately characterized as “revulsion” or “horror,” but regardless of what our readers or we thought last time, Google […]

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