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Google Maps now features Lime bike and scooter transit in 13 cities

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The shareable scooters and bikes from Lime have taken over dozens of cities around the world. You've probably seen them yourself, sometimes being ridden and other times discarded like trash. Now, Google Maps will help you find Lime bikes that haven't been dumped in a lake. Lime is now a Google Maps transit option in 13 cities.

Lime offers bikes and electric scooters for rental, but they can drift around a city as people take them from point A to B.

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Google Maps now features Lime bike and scooter transit in 13 cities was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google testing new Cast UI for Chrome, with new icons and a source toggle

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The original function of the Chromecast was to mirror a Chrome tab to your TV. Even though it's hardly ever used for that purpose anymore, now that most media services support native casting, the feature has always left room for improvement. Google is now testing a new Cast interface for Chrome, with updated device icons and a source toggle.

The current Cast interface on Chrome

The new interface is already rolling out to some users on the Beta channel, but you might also be able to force it by enabling the #upcoming-ui-features option in chrome://flags.

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Google testing new Cast UI for Chrome, with new icons and a source toggle was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Latest Philips Hue app update finally adds power-on behavior

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The Philips Hue is the largest and most well-known smart light ecosystem. If someone has connected light bulbs, there's a good chance they're Hue. However, those lights would always flip to full brightness when powered. Now, you've got options. The latest app update finally adds power-on behavior settings.

There are some other features in the new app, but nothing as important as the power-on behavior. Here's the changelog.

  • Affected products (Hue Bulbs (E26/E27/E12/E14/BR30/GU10), Hue Lightstrips, Hue Lamps);
  • Reliability, behavioural and security improvements;
  • Smoothening of light transitions in entertainment mode;
  • Enabling power-on behavior feature.
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Latest Philips Hue app update finally adds power-on behavior was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Microsoft releases Hummingbird, a personalized news app powered by AI

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Everyone is trying to crack the curated news segment. From Google News to Apple News to Facebook and Twitter's algorithmic feeds, some of the biggest companies out there are doing their best to find the news you want to read, but if I'm being honest, few of them manage to do it. They get close, but I often find articles in my feeds that I have no interest to check. Microsoft is throwing its hat in the ring with a new app, Hummingbird, and my first-run experience with it has left me with the same mixed feelings.

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Microsoft releases Hummingbird, a personalized news app powered by AI was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Weather Channel v9.0 forecasts a fresh UI with 100% chance of weather “stories” and trending conditions

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Weather apps are a dime a dozen on the Play Store, but few are as popular or as religiously used as The Weather Channel's app. Over the past few days, the app has received an update that refreshes the entire interface and adds a few new features.

The new homescreen shows important alerts on top, matches the background hue to the current conditions, and offers quick access to multiple graphs. If you're missing your usual Weather Channel content, all you have to do is swipe up and you'll get today's details, the seasonal hub indexes, radar, videos, and more cards. A new bottom tab also lets you quickly switch between these, and a side menu on the left has temperature unit and notification toggles, plus access to more settings.

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The Weather Channel v9.0 forecasts a fresh UI with 100% chance of weather "stories" and trending conditions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Many more countries] Google One’s storage plans start rolling out in the UK and Canada

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

After tentatively launching in the US in May, Google One, aka Google's new unified storage plans and service, has been shyly expanding.

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[Update: Many more countries] Google One's storage plans start rolling out in the UK and Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download]

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The Google Home app only gets an update around once a month, but that generally means that more changes are implemented each time. With version 2.8, a Routines button has been added to the home screen, and there's now a deep link to the Nest app in the Thermostat and Camera sections.

 

Left: v2.7. Right: v2.8. Yes, Artem has a TV in his bathroom.

The Routines button is the highlight here, allowing for quicker access to the various routines you've set up.

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Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download]

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The Google Home app only gets an update around once a month, but that generally means that more changes are implemented each time. With version 2.8, a Routines button has been added to the home screen, and there's now a deep link to the Nest app in the Thermostat and Camera sections.

 

Left: v2.7. Right: v2.8. Yes, Artem has a TV in his bathroom.

The Routines button is the highlight here, allowing for quicker access to the various routines you've set up.

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Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download]

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

When the Pixel 3 debuted two months back, Google made sure its new flagship lineup was adorned with all the latest bells and whistles, introducing us to a whole bunch of new features in the process. From the get-go, we were curious to learn which of these might also make their way to older Pixel phones, and when. Over the past few weeks more and more have been expanding to new devices, and the latest to spread the love is Playground and its Playmoji packs, now formally available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

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Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Every few months, Google adds some new language variants to Gboard. This time around, a whopping 50+ language varieties have been added, most of which you probably haven't heard of. Unfortunately, Google hasn't divulged every single addition, though there are some that are name-dropped.

Without further ado, here's the list of 31 mentioned:

  • Alas
  • Amis
  • Brahui
  • Choctaw
  • Gayo
  • Giryama
  • Gorontalo
  • Gusii
  • Hehe
  • Iban
  • Jingpho
  • Kadazandusun
  • Kamba
  • Kekchi
  • Konkomba
  • Konzo
  • Kumyk
  • Lugbara
  • Luo
  • Makasaar
  • Meru
  • Nande
  • Nkore
  • Nyaturu
  • Sasak
  • Teso
  • Tooro & Wayuu
  • Karelian
  • Komi-Permyak
  • Eastern Oromo
  • Trinidadian Creole English

Unfortunately, because Google didn't provide all of the names in the changelog and the support page hasn't yet been updated, we're still missing over 19 entries from that list.

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Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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