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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Android Auto is meant to simplify your phone experience so that you can keep your eyes on the road, but that simplification can sometimes be taken too far. For this reason, Google is adding the ability to view your full contacts list. That means that there are now four ways to call someone while connected to Android Auto.

Previously, you could use Assistant, choose from your call lists (favorites, recently placed calls, received calls, missed calls), or manually dial the number to call someone.

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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Contacts v2.6 redesigns labels and continues building toward a new Cleanup Wizard [APK Teardown]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Welcome to a brand new update to Google Contacts. It's actually not all that different, but there are a couple of tweaks to contact pages, particularly to labels. They look a bit better and take less space. A teardown also turns up more progress for an upcoming Cleanup wizard feature. We're still looking for more changes, and as always, you can join in by grabbing the latest update from the download link at the bottom.

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Contacts v2.6 redesigns labels and continues building toward a new Cleanup Wizard [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo v30 hints at user-created contact groups, continues work on adding Google accounts and screen sharing [APK Teardown]

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Just one day after the Duo team completed the rollout of video messages to all users, a new version of the app is hitting the scene. In a side-by-side comparison, it looks like the interface of the app hasn't gone through any changes with this new release, but we're still looking for additional changes. However, a teardown of the APK has turned up some topics to discuss, including an upcoming feature that will allow users to create contact groups.

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Google Duo v30 hints at user-created contact groups, continues work on adding Google accounts and screen sharing [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Contacts adds ability to send money via Google Pay Send

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Back in November, Google added money transfers to Android Messages via Google Wallet (now known as Google Pay Send). We noticed some strings in our teardown of the Google Contacts app last week that suggested the same addition would be coming soon, and it's now hit at least one reader in Canada.

Our tipster noticed the addition thanks to a new 'Send' icon that appeared, courtesy of one of Google's server-side updates.

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Google Contacts adds ability to send money via Google Pay Send was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Update Notes for Android Wear, Play Store, Maps, YouTube and YouTube Kids, Project Fi, and more (Mar 4, 2018)

Sunday, March 4th, 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 Android Wear, Play Store, Maps, YouTube and YouTube Kids, Project Fi, and more (Mar 4, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo is getting an updated contact panel with suggestions and full contact list merged into one

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

One thing is certain in life: Google apps are going to get regular interface tweaks. Okay, somebody might have said something about death and taxes, but we all know at least one of those can be avoided with the right accountant, but I digress. Google appears to be testing some new interface changes to the contact list in Duo. These are essentially cosmetic changes, but they serve to make the list a bit more fluid and streamlined, as well.

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Google Duo is getting an updated contact panel with suggestions and full contact list merged into one was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Contacts v2.4 readies multi-SIM support and prepares a new suggestion to fix nameless contacts [APK Teardown]

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A new version of Google Contacts came out yesterday, but it unfortunately doesn't seem to solve the recent issue with contact syncing that some Oreo users are reporting. This update appears to mostly fix bugs, but it does come with a couple of minor tweaks and some preparation for new feature additions in the future.

What's New

Left: v2.3. Right: v2.4.

I rarely bother with pointing out phrasing changes when they don't actually change any functionality, but since the Suggestions screen will be immediately relevant to the teardown and this change speaks to the nature of what's to come, it's worth giving a mention to this one.

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Google Contacts v2.4 readies multi-SIM support and prepares a new suggestion to fix nameless contacts [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Contacts sync is breaking on some devices running Android Oreo

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

One of the most basic and convenient features of life in Google's ecosystem is contacts sync. From email to phone numbers and Google+ profiles, you know that whatever platform you are on, you'll be able to reach out to the people you need to with a minimum of fuss. But for some this essential feature isn't working correctly, and contacts aren't being successfully synced to their Oreo-powered Android devices.

Reports are varied.

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Contacts sync is breaking on some devices running Android Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Contacts v2.3 may add real-time location sharing [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Google is starting off the week with an update to the Contacts app. After poking around for quite some time, it looks like there aren't any notable changes on the surface, but changes to the resources suggest that we'll soon be able to turn on real-time location sharing with other people directly from within the Contacts app.

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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 Contacts v2.3 may add real-time location sharing [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Many Galaxy Note8 phones are freezing when the contacts app is opened, even for texting and speed dial

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Believe it or not, Google isn't the only company with issues on its flagship devices. We've been informed that many units of Samsung's Galaxy Note8 are completely freezing when the contacts app is opened, and that includes when other apps like 'Messaging' and 'Phone' use it as well. Basically, these Note8s are refusing to function as phones.

According to replies on a post entitled 'Note 8 Freezing and unresponsive' in Samsung's forums, many variants of the Note8 are having this problem.

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Many Galaxy Note8 phones are freezing when the contacts app is opened, even for texting and speed dial was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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