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Google Hangouts v29 adopts notification channels while dropping some ringtone customization, and more [APK Download]

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Hangouts "Classic" is set to retire somewhere around the end of 2020, at which point users will be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Meet. That leaves quite a bit of time that people will get to continue on with regular communications. Unlike Allo, Hangouts seems to be getting more attention now that there's a ticking clock on it. A new version of the Hangouts app is out and it's making some noteworthy changes.

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Google Hangouts v29 adopts notification channels while dropping some ringtone customization, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Messages v4.0 enables renaming of group chats, changes colors for unpictured contacts, and more [APK Teardown]

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Google's Messages app came out with a brand new update this week, and while it's sporting a major new version number, the changes are fairly moderate. It's now possible to give custom names to your group chats, and there's a tweak to the UI that makes Messages look a lot more like Google's Contacts and Phone apps. There are also several things to discuss in a teardown, particularly with regards to RCS.

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Google Messages v4.0 enables renaming of group chats, changes colors for unpictured contacts, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube v14.06 prepares to raise the limit for offline video quality, and more [APK Teardown]

Friday, February 8th, 2019

If you're just about to leave the comfort of Wi-Fi to risk expensive data fees and dead zones — or, you know, get on a plane for 2 hours — you might plan ahead and download some YouTube videos to kill some time. If you're like most people, you still want to see the highest possible quality, so you might have been disappointed that YouTube caps offline downloads at a measly 720p.

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YouTube v14.06 prepares to raise the limit for offline video quality, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo v47 prepares a drawing mode to doodle on your video messages [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Google's video chat app Duo has always been a pretty lightweight app, seemingly focused primarily on keeping the interface simple and prioritizing video and audio quality over flooding it with features. We've seen a few features slowly emerge over the last couple of years, and just about as many have been implemented and subsequently removed before launching. While we wait to see the eventual launch of a favorites list for contacts, there's another new feature in development that may liven up your video chats: Drawing mode.

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Google Duo v47 prepares a drawing mode to doodle on your video messages [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v9.10 beta update reveals Face Match for Assistant-enabled devices with multi-user support [APK Teardown]

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

At this point, it's no mystery that Google is digging deeper into facial recognition technology. Earlier today, XDA posted details found in a leaked Android Q build that contains code related to facial recognition, and now a beta update to the Google app adds its own details to the story. It's safe to say that Google will not only support per-device recognition, but will also support it across Assistant-enabled devices with the proper hardware and even allow detection for multiple users where appropriate.

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Google app v9.10 beta update reveals Face Match for Assistant-enabled devices with multi-user support [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gmail v8.12 begins testing Dynamic Email (AMP) support [APK Teardown]

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

We don't hear much about new technology making an appearance in email, which makes it all the more interesting when it happens. The latest Gmail update includes a sign that Google has begun testing a feature called Dynamic Email in the Android app, and once it goes live for regular users, this may be effectively turning email into an app platform.

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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Gmail v8.12 begins testing Dynamic Email (AMP) support [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo v46 adds partially working ‘Favorites’ list, prepares Valentine’s Day video effect [APK Teardown]

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

An update to Google's Duo app began rolling out earlier today, and unlike many other recent app updates, there's actually a brand new feature that doesn't appear to be locked behind a server-side switch. Unfortunately, it also appears that it may not be working properly, and might have been left enabled by accident. Duo is also preparing a special video effect in honor of Valentine's Day.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Added: Add to Favorites

Favorites

If you call more than a handful of people through Duo, your list of recent contacts might be overflowing.

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Google Duo v46 adds partially working 'Favorites' list, prepares Valentine's Day video effect [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v9.0 beta is working on account detection with third parties, adds bits for CES announcements, and says hello from the lab [APK Teardown]

Friday, January 18th, 2019

If you've been living on the beta distributions of the Google app, you probably spent the weekend (and a couple days into the week) with a broken At A Glance widget that couldn't display the weather. The issue has been resolved with yesterday's update, and it seems like things are running smoothly again. Bugs aside, not much changed in the jump to 9.0 for users, but a teardown does show some of the things to come.

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Google app v9.0 beta is working on account detection with third parties, adds bits for CES announcements, and says hello from the lab [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos v4.8 is preparing a new suggested sharing feature based on your interactions [APK Teardown]

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

In a busy week of updates, Google Photos is joining the pack with the v4.8 release. As is fairly usual, the visible changes appear to be limited mostly to minor tweaks to wording. However, a teardown does point to some of the things we might expect in the future, including a new or enhanced feature for automatically suggested sharing, a new option for photobook cover imagery, and more.

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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 Photos v4.8 is preparing a new suggested sharing feature based on your interactions [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The holidays (and CES) are over and the many of Google's app teams are back in the full swing of releasing updates. Gboard's latest version hit this morning few directly visible changes outside of minor wording and color changes. However, there are some interesting things that can be gleaned from wandering through a teardown of the apk.

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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Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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