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Google+ v10.14 plans termination of Events and prepares bookmarking for favorite posts [APK Teardown]

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

A new update to Google+ struck yesterday, but it doesn't appear to include any visible changes. However, a look through the APK points to a new built-in feature for bookmarking posts to open again in the future. There's also a warning that the Events feature is likely to be shut down sometime soon, and one line raises some questions about the upcoming titles feature.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Google+ v10.14 plans termination of Events and prepares bookmarking for favorite posts [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gmail v8.8 removes follow-up reminders and quick replies, also readies the return of Inbox’s snooze until someday [APK Teardown]

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Gmail's latest update began circulating a few days ago. This version is uncommon in that it's removing features rather than adding them. The 'nudges' feature on Gmail accounts and quick responses for other types of accounts appear to have been removed entirely.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Removed: Reply and follow-up reminders (Gmail accounts)
  • Removed: Quick responses (non-Gmail accounts)

Removed: Reply and follow-up reminders

Having only launched earlier this year, the "nudges" feature was intended to help users remember to send replies to message or follow up on messages that had been sent but never got a response.

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Gmail v8.8 removes follow-up reminders and quick replies, also readies the return of Inbox's snooze until someday [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Update Notes for the Google app, Google Pay, Google Fit, ARCore, and Lens (August 25, 2018)

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

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 images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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Update Notes for the Google app, Google Pay, Google Fit, ARCore, and Lens (August 25, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Update Notes for the Google app, Google Pay, Google Fit, ARCore, and Lens (August 25, 2018)

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

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 images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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Update Notes for the Google app, Google Pay, Google Fit, ARCore, and Lens (August 25, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard v7.5 prepares clipboard integration, hotkey shortcuts for Chrome OS, and more [APK Teardown]

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The latest Gboard update landed a couple of days ago with "Minis" sticker packs, a feature developed originally  for the Allo messenger. However, as the story often goes with Gboard, there's still more to be seen with a teardown. There are the first hints about clipboard integration and some kind of hotkey support for Chrome OS. Follow-ups are also here for a previously spotted floating keyboard and the morse code input introduced earlier this year.

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Gboard v7.5 prepares clipboard integration, hotkey shortcuts for Chrome OS, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Games v5.11 brings redesigned game icons and prepares a new hidden mini-game [APK Teardown]

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Play Games app is riding high with a series of recent changes and still a few more things to come. The latest update doesn't bring any revolutionary changes, but it does change the icons adorning the built-in games so they can all share a uniform style. Buried within the APK are also signs that a new easter egg is in the works that will probably launch another new mini-game.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • New icons for built-in games

New icons for built-in games

Top: Old icons.

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Google Play Games v5.11 brings redesigned game icons and prepares a new hidden mini-game [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FDA okays ‘digital birth control’ app Natural Cycles despite ongoing European investigations (and some unexpected pregnancies)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time ever, allowed an app to market itself as a contraceptive. Natural Cycles brands itself as "digital birth control" and offers a return to the age-old rhythm method, albeit with the addition of technology that promises to make the process more accurate. But global regulators are casting doubt on that promise, and the company's aggressive marketing taglines.

The rhythm method — in which women track past menstrual cycles to predict when they might be fertile, in order to either avoid or encourage pregnancy — has largely been eschewed in the modern day, in favor of more reliable methods (like the pill or condoms).

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FDA okays 'digital birth control' app Natural Cycles despite ongoing European investigations (and some unexpected pregnancies) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo v38 removes all signs of screen sharing, reveals referral rewards for India, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

A new version of Duo is making the rounds with some interesting changes both on the surface and behind the scenes. There are some visual tweaks that bring a slightly updated look to Duo, and an option was removed from settings. Sadly, it looks like screen sharing may be dead for the foreseeable future. And if you're interested in scoring some rewards in trade for signing friends up to Duo, you'll have something to look forward to.

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Google Duo v38 removes all signs of screen sharing, reveals referral rewards for India, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Inbox v1.76 may be bringing back the ‘Someday’ snooze option [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Were you personally wounded when Google declared that Inbox would no longer include 'Someday' among its list of Snooze options? It's likely you weren't alone. The latest update to Inbox doesn't appear to bring back the recently removed feature, but a couple lines from a teardown suggest it might be coming back.

Teardown

Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Inbox v1.76 may be bringing back the 'Someday' snooze option [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Monday, August 13th, 2018

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 found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Google app v8.16 beta hints at spoken notifications in more places with 'Eyes-free' project [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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