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Update Notes for the Google app, Gmail, Translate, Home, Play Books, and Fit (November 21, 2018)

Wednesday, November 21st, 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, Gmail, Translate, Home, Play Books, and Fit (November 21, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.49 beta prepares Collection sharing, Lens image search history, and and Workspaces [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Friday evening brought us another update to the Google app. Unlike the previous version, there are a fair number of topics to discuss from a teardown. Google is preparing a screen for viewing your image searches from Lens, Collection sharing, a few changes to the layout of settings, and there are even hints of a mystery feature named Workspaces.

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 v8.49 beta prepares Collection sharing, Lens image search history, and and Workspaces [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown]

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Google began rolling out the traditional friday night update to the beta channel. Like so many other updates, this one brings with it minor tweaks to the interface. Of more interest are the topics for a teardown, which includes changes to Voice Match, migration of more settings for the home screen, and a bit more about KITT.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Feed is now truly rebranded to Discover

Feed -> Discover

It has been about a month since Google renamed Feed to Discover.

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Google app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.28 beta prepares for manually hiding Slices, more changes for a general settings page, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

There's a new beta for the Google app rolling out, and this one takes a sizeable leap in version number to 8.28 from the 8.24 that came out just about a week and a half ago. There's not a lot to see in the way of changes, and even the teardown is on the soft side. Nevertheless, there are a few things to look through. And as always, we're still watching for more changes.

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Google app v8.28 beta prepares for manually hiding Slices, more changes for a general settings page, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.24 beta gets closer to allowing services to manage your notes and lists, moves more settings to a General screen, and more [APK Teardown]

Friday, October 5th, 2018

An update to the Google app is rolling out a bit earlier than usual for the week. Besides small tweaks, there's not much to see, but a teardown is turning up some interesting additions to the APK. Google has resumed work on allowing services to stand in for Notes and Lists functionality with Assistant. There are also a few more settings making the jump to a central 'General' screen.

What's New

As always, there are minor tweaks and changes that really don't need to be enumerated here.

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Google app v8.24 beta gets closer to allowing services to manage your notes and lists, moves more settings to a General screen, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant redesign is official: bigger visuals, fresh controls, and new tools for developers

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

As some of you may have noticed, the Google Assistant on phones started receiving some visual tweaks in recent weeks. The new look has been rolling out to select users, including fresh material design elements and much bolder cards. Google has now officially announced these Assistant updates and published two blog posts outlining the changes.

Google wants Assistant to be easily controllable by voice, whether you're holding your phone or further away from, so bigger visuals are one part of this update.

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Google Assistant redesign is official: bigger visuals, fresh controls, and new tools for developers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.23 beta is upgrading the floating sports tracker, adds a new collection for experiences, and more [APK Teardown]

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Like clockwork, the latest beta release of the Google app began rolling out just about the time the developers are headed out for the weekend. We've yet to see any live changes on this release, but there are some interesting additions to be found in a teardown. The floating sports tracker bubble appears to have some enhancements coming just in time for the Fall schedule, there are small additions to Collections and Google Assistant for Households, and a previously spotted General settings screen is growing larger

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 v8.23 beta is upgrading the floating sports tracker, adds a new collection for experiences, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Feed is now ‘Discover,’ and it’s coming to the mobile Google homepage

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Today Google announced that it's rebranding its well-known Feed — a source of news for consumers and referral traffic for providers like Android Police — under the new name "Discover." With the change in name comes the formal announcement of the redesign that's been in testing for a while now, plus more granular control on topics, and multi-language support for different types of content. By far the biggest change, though, is the addition of the new Discover to the Google homepage on mobile.

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Google Feed is now 'Discover,' and it's coming to the mobile Google homepage was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.22 beta adds new Sound Search widget, prepares auto-download for podcasts, Contributions page, Pixel Stand promotion, and more [APK Teardown]

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Google is rolling out v8.22 of its self-titled app. You'll now find a new widget for Sound Search hidden away, and a teardown includes several topics related to auto-downloading podcasts, Google Assistant for Households, a page for your contributions, and an animation to promote the upcoming Pixel Stand.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • New Sound Search shortcut

Sound Search shortcut

A new Sound Search widget has been added to the Google app, though it doesn't appear to differ in any functional way from the older widget, which is also still present.

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Google app v8.22 beta adds new Sound Search widget, prepares auto-download for podcasts, Contributions page, Pixel Stand promotion, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Podcasts finally starts rolling out Cast support

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Google Podcasts received a fair amount of criticism at launch for a variety of valid reasons, but the biggest issues stemmed from a lack of support across Google's ecosystem. The app, somewhat absurdly, launched without proper Android Auto or Cast support — and offered little else to recommend it, including no option for creating podcast playlists. Now, after addressing the Android Auto issue, the app is beginning to roll out support for Cast.

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Google Podcasts finally starts rolling out Cast support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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