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[Update: Money transfers & Duo calling are live] Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators and RCS support for dual-SIM phones, drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown]

Monday, November 20th, 2017

It's time for a new version of Android Messages. The latest update takes a slightly larger than average jump from v2.5 to v2.7, but no obvious changes to the UI are really popping out. However, the apk did get much smaller with this release, and there are some things visible through the lens of a teardown.

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[Update: Money transfers & Duo calling are live] Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators and RCS support for dual-SIM phones, drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Details on lock codes] SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more

Monday, November 20th, 2017

One of the most requested features in the SmartThings app has been scene support. I'm new to the system, so I'm sure there were some enterprising solutions to the lack of scenes, but there wasn't any native and easy way to do it.

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[Update: Details on lock codes] SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard update adds support for 40 additional languages, sticker packs

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Gboard—the virtual keyboard app from Google—has received an update adding support for 40 additional languages, including Japanese. Although Google has long offered a separate input method for Japanese and other languages which do not have a writing system based on Latin script, support for additional languages has been added in gradually since Gboard launched on Android in December 2016. With this update, Gboard now supports over 120 languages.

This update also adds support for stickers by default.

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Gboard update adds support for 40 additional languages, sticker packs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators, RCS support for dual-SIM phones, and drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown]

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

It's time for a new version of Android Messages. The latest update takes a slightly larger than average jump from v2.5 to v2.7, but no obvious changes to the UI are really popping out. However, the apk did get much smaller with this release, and there are some things visible through the lens of a teardown. We'll keep watching for other changes, but let us know if you see anything.

What's New


Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
  • Smaller APK

Smaller APK

We just saw it happen a few days ago with a Google Play Music update, and now Android Messages is following in its footsteps by eliminating the bundled micro-APK for Android Wear.

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Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators, RCS support for dual-SIM phones, and drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opera’s Android TV browser renamed to ‘Vewd Browser’

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Several years ago, Opera Software spun off its TV division as a separate company, fittingly named 'Opera TV.' While the company was responsible for the various TV ports of the Opera browser, it also developed an entire software platform designed for media players, car head units, and smart TVs - similar to Roku OS and Android TV.

Opera TV was purchased by Moore Frères & Company in 2016, and in August of this year, the company announced it was rebranding itself as 'Vewd.' Now the Android TV browser, which is included on some Sony Smart TVs, has changed to 'Vewd Browser.'

The only change in the latest update is the new name, so it's still the same Opera TV browser that people know and love.

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Opera's Android TV browser renamed to 'Vewd Browser' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

CVS Pharmacy v4.0 lets you turn photos into photo cards, offers same-day in-store pickup

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

CVS has offered photo printing for some time now on its Android app, but photo card printing from your phone has just arrived. Starting with version 4.0, you'll be able to purchase 4" x 8" photo cards of your photos via your phone, and then pick them up on the same day in-store.

WHAT'S NEW

Just in time for the holidays! Turn your phone snaps into beautiful photo cards the same day.

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CVS Pharmacy v4.0 lets you turn photos into photo cards, offers same-day in-store pickup was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google demands Cerberus anti-theft app to be less stealthy

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

While Google provides its own tracking and anti-theft service through Android Device Manager, some users prefer third-party tools. One of these is Cerberus, a powerful and customizable anti-theft app that has been around for years. While in operation, it can completely hide any evidence that the phone is being tracked (even faking a shut-down), thus giving owners more time to get their stolen devices back.

The developer shared an email from Google on the app's Google+ account, which states that Cerberus is in violation of the Play Store's Malicious Behavior Policy.

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Google demands Cerberus anti-theft app to be less stealthy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Cartoon Network app now works on Android TV

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Cartoon Network has an impressive legacy, with shows like Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Regular Show under its belt. At this point it's mostly a 24/7 channel for Teen Titans GO, but you're into that, you might be excited to hear that the official app now supports Android TV.

Like most applications for cable networks, the CN app allows you to watch select on-demand content from your mobile device (and now, your TV).

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Cartoon Network app now works on Android TV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TIDAL Android app adds support for Sonos speakers

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Tidal, the music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z, has yet to really take off. Despite the backing of several major artists (Beyoncé, Kayne West, etc), the high subscription price and lack of a major quality difference for most listeners has kept the user base low.

If you're part of the (likely small) cross-section of people with both a Tidal subscription and Sonos speakers, then I have some good news for you.

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TIDAL Android app adds support for Sonos speakers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lens is now rolling out to Google Assistant

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Lens was announced at Google I/O 2017, and began rolling out to Photos a few weeks ago. If you're not aware, Lens is a machine-learning powered spiritual successor to Google Goggles, as it can identify objects and landmarks in photos. Google said it would eventually arrive in Assistant, and now it looks like the time has come.

  

Some users are seeing a new Lens button in Google Assistant, and tapping on it opens the camera.

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Lens is now rolling out to Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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