Tag: teardown

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 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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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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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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Google Pay v2.80 adds notification setting for places to use loyalty cards, prepares automatic imports from Gmail [APK Teardown]

Article Contents If you haven’t already seen enough activity with Google Pay in the last month, there are a few notable things happening in the last couple updates. Version 2.80 brings changes to the notification settings screen by dropping the long list of loyalty cards and adopting a new setting to notify you about places […]

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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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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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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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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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