Android Police - google app https://www.androidpolice.com All the latest mobile tech news, deals, reviews, guides, editorials, and more. True Android fans come to Android Police! Tue, 26 Sep 2023 07:36:27 GMT en-US hourly 60 <![CDATA[How to fix 'Google keeps stopping' error]]> While the Android OS delivers a robust experience most of the time, occasional errors like "Google keeps stopping" can spoil your mood in no time. Such errors can appear out of nowhere and prevent you from using your budget Android phone until you dismiss it. If you frequently run into such errors, read along to troubleshoot it. However, before we go through the tricks below, let's understand more about this annoying problem.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2023 07:36:27 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/goole-keeps-stopping-warning-fix/
<![CDATA[Google Lens: What is is and how to use it]]> In the ever-evolving world of Android, Google continues to push the boundaries of innovation with its remarkable features. Among these, Google Lens stands out as a game-changer, redefining how we interact with our smartphones.

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Tue, 22 Aug 2023 22:57:37 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-lens-guide/
<![CDATA[Google Search adds a new gesture for saving and sharing results]]> Browsing the web on your phone tends to take a bit more work than browsing on your computer. Screen real estate is limited and there's no right-click option, so things like saving bookmarks and sharing links are just a little harder to do. In general, it's safe to say we need something more intuitive and fluid. In that vein, Google has introduced a way to save and send links using touchscreen gestures.

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Tue, 11 Jul 2023 19:01:50 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-search-swipe-gesture/
<![CDATA[Here's how Google can find the song that's stuck in your head]]> Few things in life are as irritating as slow internet speed or a song stuck in your head. While you install these Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers in your home to solve the slow internet speed issue, let us tell you how you can find a song's title, even if you only partially remember the tune, using Google. So next time you are at a party and want to add the groovy music blasting in the background to your playlist, or you can't remember the song stuck in your head, you can use the steps below to identify the song.

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Sat, 01 Jul 2023 00:25:11 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-find-song-title-google/
<![CDATA[Google Lens: 5 simple ways to use Google's visual search tool]]> Google Lens is a powerful tool that can translate text from images in real time, identify objects, find an item in a reverse image search, scan QR codes, copy text from images, and more. It's available on most Android devices, including our favorite tablets, and there are various ways to access it, depending on your device.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2023 08:44:19 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/ways-to-access-google-lens/
<![CDATA[How to create Google Collections]]> Google Collections is a nifty web browsing tool that can save you the headache of combing through your Google search history. It allows you to save links, images, and more in conveniently organized virtual folders. Think of it like a powerful bookmarking tool that's hooked to your Google Account.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2023 08:53:18 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/create-google-collections/
<![CDATA[Google experiments with drag-and-drop for your search results]]> Generative AI is everywhere right now, and Google isn't exempt from the phenomenon. The company is incorporating the tech into Search as part of Search Labs, with SGE, or Search Generative Experience, entering public preview recently. Meanwhile, the Google app for Android recently picked up a dedicated finance widget that shows information on stock prices, indexes, and other relevant data. The company is now experimenting with a new drag-and-drop search experience within the app, allowing users to drag a search result (link, text, or images) to the top of the screen.

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Fri, 09 Jun 2023 14:17:08 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-app-android-search-drag-and-drop-results/
<![CDATA[How to turn off Google Search's dark mode]]> It's important to be able to turn off dark mode on Google Search to increase productivity. Studies show most people have better reading performance when using a light theme. However, a dark theme offers some advantages, such as retaining night vision, extending battery life on a mobile device, and perhaps looking more aesthetically pleasing.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2023 09:31:20 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-turn-off-dark-mode/
<![CDATA[Tables: What you need to know about Google's Airtable alternative]]> The pandemic has made digital business tools and apps popular for companies around the world. From the rise of Zoom to the frequently updated Microsoft Teams platform, several online resources can make life easier for professionals who work remotely. An increasingly popular type of business resource during and after the pandemic has been collaboration platforms that allow for remote communication while facilitating work. Google Tables is poised to be one of the more popular options available.

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Thu, 13 Apr 2023 12:33:59 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-tables-guide-airtable-alternative/
<![CDATA[Google will add a proper shortcut to its password manager on Android, at last]]> It’s October, and that doesn’t only mean it’s the Halloween season, no — it’s also the Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Google is using the opportunity to share a few updates on its security measures for accounts and apps. The highlight is likely the announcement that the company is finally adding an easily accessible shortcut to its password manager right to the Google app.

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Tue, 05 Oct 2021 13:00:48 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-will-add-a-proper-shortcut-to-its-password-manager-on-android-at-last/
<![CDATA[Google makes it easier to find the stuff you left all over the web]]> One of the many things that set Google's search capabilities apart from the rest is its excellent personalized results. While that might make some users feel a little unsure about their privacy, it does make for a more accurate search engine. If you're not interested in having your results customized and tailored to your history, Google has added a new toggle in its app to disable it altogether.

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Tue, 21 Sep 2021 17:29:37 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/09/21/google-adds-a-personal-results-toggle-to-its-search-settings-menu/
<![CDATA[The Google app is getting a new Assistant weather widget]]> At-a-glance weather has to be one of the most popular options for homescreen widgets out there. So it's strange that Google doesn't have a self-branded option, beyond the tiny little nugget in the Google News widget. It looks like that's about to change: code in the Google app indicates that a new Assistant-branded weather widget.

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Tue, 14 Sep 2021 19:12:37 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/09/14/the-google-app-is-getting-a-new-assistant-weather-widget/
<![CDATA[Google app beta update makes it easier to hide (or enable) explicit results]]> Google's SafeSearch keeps you from stumbling into the seedier side of the internet without warning. It's a super useful tool, especially if you're sharing your devices with younger family members. On Android, SafeSearch's toggle is buried within the Google app settings, but it's about to get a whole lot easier to access.

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Wed, 01 Sep 2021 18:47:15 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/09/01/latest-google-app-beta-makes-it-much-easier-to-disable-explicit-search-results/
<![CDATA[Google Discover's latest makeover takes its cues from Material You]]> Google Discover is a key part of the Pixel Launcher, even if it isn't everyone's cup of tea. While some people still miss Google Now years after its replacement appeared, many users rely on it to access a curated list of recommended news stories and topics. With Android 12 bringing a whole new look to your phone, Discover just wouldn't feel complete without an extra splash of color to match your device.

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Wed, 18 Aug 2021 23:10:12 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/08/18/google-discovers-latest-makeover-takes-its-cues-from-material-you/
<![CDATA[How to find your Google account settings in the Google app for Android]]> Google has been in the process of redesigning its Android apps for a while now. Specifically, it's been moving individual app settings into the account switcher in the top right corner of most of its applications. The Google search app is among the last outliers with its settings living in a More bottom tab in the bottom right corner. But now, a Reddit post suggests that this layout might not be there for long.

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Fri, 02 Jul 2021 15:28:44 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/07/02/the-google-app-finally-moves-settings-to-the-place-where-youd-expect-them/
<![CDATA[Google app crashing constantly? Here's how you could fix it]]> Several users have taken to social media to report that the Google app on their Android phone is constantly crashing. While there's no clear reason why this is happening, a new update seems to be causing the problem.

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Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:32:36 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/06/22/google-app-crashing-constantly-heres-how-you-could-fix-it/
<![CDATA[Google Discover will get a major theming overhaul in Android 12]]> Google is focusing on the visual experience of Android 12. The latest fruit of that endeavor is a bit of fresh paint on the Discover feed. Google Doodles, the little shifting variations on the Google logo, have appeared at the top of the feed for a while now. But with the latest version of Google search installed on Android 12, Doodles now theme the background of the feed itself. Neat.

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Wed, 26 May 2021 15:16:27 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/05/26/google-doodles-can-theme-your-entire-discover-feed-in-android-12/
<![CDATA[Google Assistant on phones is learning to act without a 'Hey Google' prompt]]> Unlike most other developers, unfinished features constantly appear in Google's updates, hinting at plenty of new content in the works. Following an update to the Google app on Android, a new "Guacamole" menu is appearing in the Assistant settings list for some users. Once active, it'll let certain tasks be performed without saying "Hey Google" at all.

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Fri, 23 Apr 2021 22:43:00 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/04/23/googles-guacamole-isnt-just-a-delicious-dip-its-a-mysterious-new-assistant-feature/
<![CDATA[Google is working on a way to make automating Assistant easier for the rest of us]]> Google Assistant is arguably the best voice assistant on a smartphone right now — from making restaurant reservations to holding calls for you, it can do so much. But if you're not in the mood for talking, an upcoming feature will give you a handy, speech-less way of getting Assistant to help you out.

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Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:44:02 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/04/21/google-is-working-on-new-shortcuts-for-your-favorite-assistant-commands/
<![CDATA[Google is testing a bottom bar for its in-app browser on Android]]> Last year, Google swapped Chrome custom tabs for an in-app browser in the Google app for Android. While the new browser was flashier, it was sort of a downgrade as it lacked certain features. It seems like Google is working on improving the experience with a bottom bar in the latest Android beta.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:54:51 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/01/15/google-is-testing-a-bottom-bar-for-its-in-app-browser-on-android/
<![CDATA[Baby Yoda in AR is just a Google search away]]> You won't have to go to a galaxy far, far away to meet a beloved character who has been an internet sensation since it first featured in Disney's The Mandalorian show last year. Thanks to Google, you can now virtually place a life-sized Grogu — colloquially known as Baby Yoda — right in your room.

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Fri, 18 Dec 2020 13:13:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/12/18/baby-yoda-in-ar-is-just-a-google-search-away/
<![CDATA[Google's new Aussie AR animals include adorable 3D koalas, kangaroos, and quokkas]]> AR animals came to the Google app at just the right moment earlier this year, when many of us were stuck inside due to the pandemic and in need of cheering up. Since the feature first launched in April, Google has steadily added to the available creatures with various mammals, insects, fish, birds, and even several species of dinosaur. The latest critters all have one thing in common: they hail from down under.

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Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:44:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/11/11/googles-new-aussie-ar-animals-include-adorable-3d-koalas-kangaroos-and-quokkas/
<![CDATA[Get a tease of Google Maps dark mode inside the Google app]]> Although Google Maps still doesn't have dark theme support, a workaround as been spotted that could give us a glimpse of what the feature will look like when it does arrive. Some searches in the Google app load their own stripped-down Maps view, and if you can get the app to work in dark theme on your phone, that Maps view is dressed up in a snazzy dark theme, too.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2020 15:50:12 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/06/22/get-a-tease-of-google-maps-dark-mode-inside-the-google-app/
<![CDATA[Google finally fixes widespread connection error plaguing Assistant on Android Auto]]> After a large number of complaints about a bug affecting Assistant on Android Auto, Google has finally released a fix along with the latest version of the Google app that should put the issue to bed. A post outlining the problem on the Android Auto support site received more than 1,200 upvotes and a similar number of replies from other afflicted users.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:52:55 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/06/22/google-finally-fixes-widespread-connection-error-plaguing-assistant-on-android-auto/
<![CDATA[Google Search's custom in-app browser is rolling out to more people]]> Google introduced Chrome custom tabs five years ago, and most apps use them these days. Instead of creating their own custom browsers, developers can just hand over websites to a Chrome tab without the added bulk of a regular browser interface. The advantage is that devs don't have to spend resources on creating their own webview implementations and that users can quickly open these custom tabs in proper Chrome without reloading or losing their scroll position. It's a great system. But Google wouldn't be Google if it stuck with a great system (looking at you, YouTube Music). The company began experimenting with a custom browser for its Google Search app around six weeks ago, and it's now rolling out to more people. While it looks snazzy, it comes with more downsides than upsides.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:50:47 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/06/03/google-app-new-custom-browser-more-problems-than-solutions/
<![CDATA[The Google app's dark theme is officially rolling out in stable this week, but only on Android 10]]> Last year, both Google and Apple added dark theming options into their mobile operating systems, with many system apps supporting the feature. Some apps took longer than others, though, like Google's own search app. We reported that its dark theme was available through the Play Store Beta program earlier this year, and now the feature is rolling out to all users on Android 10.

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Thu, 21 May 2020 09:55:59 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/05/21/the-google-apps-dark-theme-is-rolling-out-for-everyone/
<![CDATA[You can now video record Google's 3D animals and objects]]> You can turn your home into a zoo thanks to Google's AR animals, but so far, you haven't been able to video record your interactions with tigers, alligators, bears, and others. As reported by 9to5Google, the company saw fit to change that and has silently introduced a video recording feature to its 3D viewer that lets you capture your AR visitors on video. That also works for other Google objects like skeletons, cars, planets, and more.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:37:00 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/04/28/video-record-google-3d-animals-objects/
<![CDATA[Google app adds a shortcut to open an incognito tab in Chrome]]> It's been nearly a year since the Google app added an incognito search mode, but anyone who's used that option noticed one major oversight: Once you tap on a search result, it opens in a Chrome Custom Tab, which is saved into your Google account, and thus gets logged into your browsing history. If you'd like your entire search to remain incognito, you need another solution, and that's what the Google app is now starting to offer.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2020 15:39:53 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/03/09/google-app-adds-a-shortcut-to-open-an-incognito-tab-in-chrome/
<![CDATA[The Google app's dark mode should now be available to all beta users]]> The dark mode rollout was a pretty smooth experience for some of Google's apps, which received a single update with a new toggle for dark/light/automatic theme and that was the end of it. For other apps, it's been a rollercoaster of updates, rollbacks, server-side switches, and inconsistent experiences across Android versions and phone brands. Google's search app is one of the latter, but the company now claims dark theme is available to everyone on the app's beta channel.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:01:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/02/17/the-google-apps-dark-mode-should-now-be-available-to-all-beta-users/
<![CDATA['Google voice typing' now has. Automatic punctuation, and it's screwing up. People's messages. (Update: Fixed)]]> While many bilinguals have their issues with Google's speech-to-text algorithms, native speakers or those who have their phones set to one language only generally don't suffer from too harsh inconsistencies. But Google has started adding an incredibly error-prone automatic punctuation feature to its voice typing input method that can't be turned off, and it's driving. People. Nuts.

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Mon, 10 Feb 2020 21:08:07 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/02/10/google-voice-typing-automatic-punctuation/
<![CDATA[New Google notification gives you a daily overview of the stocks you follow]]> Google and Google Assistant's relationship with stocks has been messy, to say the least. Even though you can add stocks and view your portfolio in the Assistant's settings, you can't ask it to tell you what your shares are at without integrating third parties. But there's some movement, as the Google app has begun sending out neatly bundled daily stock notifications to some people, giving them an overview of how their investments are doing.

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Fri, 31 Jan 2020 14:59:38 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/01/31/google-daily-stock-watchlist-notifications/
<![CDATA[Google finally lets you share and collaborate on bookmarks, hides the feature somewhere you won't find]]> For years now, I've lamented the lack of an easy way to share and collaborate on bookmarks in Google Chrome, which would streamline researching and saving relevant webpages for any couple, family, group of friends, or colleagues. Unfortunately, the option was available in 2015 but was later removed never to surface again. Given Google's prowess at making much more complicated things shareable, like Play Store family purchases or Drive documents, it was and still is surprising that Chrome doesn't support collaboration. But Google has just added a way to collaborate on bookmarks, you just won't suspect where it's located: the Google search app's Collections.

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Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:03:38 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/01/22/google-finally-lets-you-share-and-collaborate-on-bookmarks-hides-the-feature-somewhere-you-wont-find/
<![CDATA[Google app's new Labs lets you disable Doodles in the homescreen widget]]> A few days ago, a new Labs section showed up in Google's search app on Android. In it, users are able to choose which upcoming features they want to enable and which ones they're not interested in. At first, only two options were there: Pinch to zoom on search results and Screenshot editing, sharing, and actions. Now, a third one has joined them: Search Widget Doodles.

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Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:30:43 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/01/18/google-apps-new-labs-lets-you-disable-doodles-in-the-homescreen/
<![CDATA[(Update: Official) Google Assistant Ambient Mode arrives on more phones, brings smart display features]]> When Google first introduced the Google Assistant Ambient Mode, it was initially limited to smart displays. Then at IFA 2019, Google introduced a version for portable devices, such as tablets and phones, turning them into something like a Google Nest Hub when they're docked or being charged. After being initially available for only a handful of tablets and phones, the Assistant ambient mode is starting to roll out to more phones. 

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019 08:26:54 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/11/26/google-assistant-ambient-mode-arrives-on-more-phones-brings-smart-display-features/
<![CDATA[Contacts no longer appear in Google app or Search widget autocomplete results]]> It feels like there are a thousand ways to find the information you need these days, but folks set in their workflow may rely on at most one or two of them to get the job done. Unfortunately for fans of "basic" search, we recently lost a pretty useful one: Contacts no longer appear in autocomplete when searching via the Google app or Search widget.

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Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:10:56 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/21/contacts-no-longer-appear-in-google-app-or-search-widget-autocomplete-results/
<![CDATA[Google app and Keep add account-switching gesture [APK Download]]]> A few weeks ago, several Google apps added a nifty gesture that allows you to quickly switch between your accounts. It started with Maps, then Drive, Contacts, and Gmail followed suit. Now two other apps are bringing the same change: Keep and the Google app.

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Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:00:20 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/18/google-app-and-keep-add-account-switching-gesture-apk-download/
<![CDATA[The Google app's built-in screenshot editing feature just received an upgraded UI]]> All screenshots aren't created equal, specifically if you snap images directly within the Google application. In February 2018, we discovered that an in-app photo editor had been included in a beta build of the Google search app. After a year and a half of silence regarding its development, this built-in editing feature is showing new signs of life with a revamped UI, rolling out now to the stable version of the Google app.

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Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:45:39 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/09/google-app-screenshot-built-in-editor-markup/
<![CDATA[Update Notes for Gboard, YouTube, Android Auto, and more (Sept 14, 2019)]]> 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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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 13:23:43 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/09/14/update-notes-for-gboard-youtube-android-auto-and-more-sept-14-2019/
<![CDATA[[Update: Rolling out again] Google app getting full dark mode for Search, Assistant, and in-app Discover feed [APK Download]]]> About a month ago, the Google app started showing early signs of a dark mode implementation, but users who had the design only saw it interspersed throughout the interface in some sort of chimera mode that mixed white elements, dark ones, and illegible text in many instances. Now, the proper dark mode is showing up for some users, with the entire interface dipped into darkness, from the entire Google app to Assistant and all of its settings.

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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 08:55:27 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/09/13/google-app-full-dark-mode-search-assistant-discover-feed-apk-download/
<![CDATA[The Google app's new Interests section replaces Customize Discover]]> If you own an Android phone running a largely stock experience or use a launcher that mimics it, the chances are you have the Google Discover feed to the left of your home screen. The artist formally known as Google Now/Feed is now just a selection of articles (and, more recently, ads) from around the web according to what Google thinks you're into. Aside from the controls on each post, there's also a place in the Google app's settings to customize your content. It's been given a makeover and also a new name — Interests.

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Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:27:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/08/28/the-google-apps-new-interests-section-replaces-customize-discover/
<![CDATA[[Update: Google clarifies] Google is forcing reminders to go through Assistant]]> A few days ago, we told you about one big improvement with Google's reminders, which now finally use unbundled notifications and let you act on each one separately. Part of that article also showed off a new interface for reminders, which looks more in line with Google's recent Material Design approach. However, there are a few other aspects in that interface that we didn't delve into, chief among them is the fact that Google's reminders now require Assistant and won't work without it.

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Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:16:50 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/08/14/google-is-forcing-reminders-to-go-through-assistant/
<![CDATA[[Update: Screenshots] Google Assistant updates might soon live on the Ambient Display]]> Google Assistant has quickly grown from a simple voice control app to a full-blown product that encompasses many elements of Google's software strategy, proactively providing people with data about themselves. After showing off the super-fast, hardware-specific next-gen Assistant at I/O, Google is still looking to improve the experience for everyone. It appears that the company is working on bringing Assistant updates to the Ambient Display.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:10:43 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/07/16/google-assistant-updates-ambient-display/
<![CDATA[Google app starting to show 'in this video' bookmarks for YouTube search results]]> Search is Google's bread and butter, its raison d'être, and almost certainly the company's most widely used product. Last month Google revealed a new focus on instructional how-to content in Search, and we've received reports that Google is showing "in this video" bookmarks below YouTube video results in searches made from the Google app.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:28:42 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/06/15/google-app-starting-to-show-in-this-video-bookmarks-for-youtube-search-results/
<![CDATA[[Update: Rolling out] Google tests a more compact Discover feed design with no topic bubbles]]> It's been over a year since Google started testing topic bubbles in the then-called-Feed, and many months since that design rolled out as part of the rebranded Discover. In the time since, we haven't noticed any major changes in the interface and we had almost started believing that server-side tests may have stopped on the app. But no, they've been resurrected (perhaps they never even died?) and are back now thanks to a new Discover that sheds off its signature topic bubbles.

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Wed, 05 Jun 2019 12:27:44 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/06/05/google-tests-a-more-compact-discover-design-with-no-topic-bubbles/
<![CDATA[Google Search gets new account picker with Incognito mode]]> The Google Search app has been getting a lot of love from its developers lately. The beta version is currently testing an incomplete dark mode while the stable release has seen the addition of the account switcher we see in many other Google apps. Recently, another new feature has rolled out to many users – the app now includes an incognito mode, depicted in the screenshot above as "Use without an account."

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Tue, 14 May 2019 14:37:54 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/05/14/google-search-gets-new-account-picker-with-incognito-mode/
<![CDATA[Google's new offline Easter egg game is like Flappy Bird, but with a cute cloud]]> Google's witty side has been showing up more frequently over the past few weeks. First, it rolled out animated doodles in the homescreen Search widget, then yesterday we discovered an adorable elephant in the Go app, and today we've come across another hidden Easter egg. This one is like a game of Flappy Bird that you can play anytime. Think of it as the equivalent of the dino game in Chrome, but for mobile search.

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:00:58 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/03/29/googles-new-offline-easter-egg-game-is-like-flappy-bird-but-with-a-cute-cloud/
<![CDATA[After YouTube and Maps, Google app becomes third app to get 5 billion downloads on the Play Store]]> Over the weekend, the Google Maps app reached 5 billion downloads on the Play Store and we celebrated that momentous occasion with virtual champagne and confetti — well, just a short post really. However, our eyebrows were a little raised when we noticed that the Google app still hadn't made it to that coveted number, but now they're dropping as it has just caught up.

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Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:57:22 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/03/11/after-youtube-and-maps-google-app-becomes-third-app-to-get-5-billion-downloads-on-the-play-store/
<![CDATA[Google app v9.10 beta update reveals Face Match for Assistant-enabled devices with multi-user support [APK Teardown]]]> 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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Sat, 26 Jan 2019 02:39:10 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/01/25/google-app-v9-10-beta-update-reveals-face-match-for-assistant-enabled-devices-with-multi-user-support-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[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]]]> 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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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:03:33 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/01/17/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/
<![CDATA[Latest Google beta update fixes At A Glance widget weather]]> Over the weekend, an update to the Google app beta accidentally broke weather for the At A Glance Widget, affecting Pixel owners, some third-party launcher users, and anyone who manually added the widget since that became an option. Thankfully, an update (v9.0.4) which is rolling out today fixes the problem.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:00:59 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/01/16/latest-google-beta-update-fixes-at-a-glance-widget-weather/
<![CDATA[Missing the weather in your At A Glance widget? Latest Google beta (v.9.0) broke it]]> If you've noticed that the so-called At A Glance widget — a stock part of the Pixel experience that's also available as a standalone widget and built into some third-party launchers — has been missing the weather for the last few days, you aren't alone. It turns out a major version beta update to the Google app is responsible for the loss in functionality — though only those who sideloaded the update or are in the beta testing program should be affected.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:35:55 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/01/14/missing-the-weather-in-your-at-a-glance-widget-latest-google-beta-v-9-0-broke-it/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.91 beta prepares Continued Conversations in German, tweaks to Slices and Collections, and more [APK Teardown]]]> Ever since the Google app moved to weekly releases, often with several minor updates along the way, notable changes have been spread out. This update brought the rollout of Android Auto integration for Google Podcasts, but aside from that, the last few updates have been pretty conservative with their changes. As a result, teardowns from the last few versions are getting bundled together in a single post to keep things cleaner for our readers.

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Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:08:24 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/01/10/google-app-v8-91-beta-prepares-continued-conversations-in-german-tweaks-to-slices-and-collections-and-more-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Update Notes for the Google app, Gmail, Translate, Home, Play Books, and Fit (November 21, 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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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:07:24 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/21/update-notes-google-app-gmail-translate-home-play-books-fit-november-21-2018/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.49 beta prepares Collection sharing, Lens image search history, and Workspaces [APK Teardown]]]> 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.

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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:25:15 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/12/google-app-v8-49-beta-prepares-collection-sharing-lens-image-search-history-workspaces-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown]]]> 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.

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Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:15:31 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/29/google-app-v8-39-beta-prepares-change-voice-match-lockscreen-continues-work-home-screen-settings-kitt-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.33 beta gets closer to opening up notes and lists, prepares personalized news and home screen settings, and more [APK Teardown]]]> The latest Google app update is rolling out to the beta channel, but as usual, you're probably not going to see much in the way of changes after installing it. The version number lept from 8.27 to 8.33, which looks odd, but I assure you, it makes total sense if you think about it. Today we'll be talking about a new page for home screen settings, more about linking services to notes and lists, personalized news settings, and more.

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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:26:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/20/google-app-v8-33-beta-gets-closer-opening-notes-lists-prepares-personalized-news-home-screen-settings-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.28 beta prepares for manually hiding Slices, more changes for a general settings page, and more [APK Teardown]]]> 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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Tue, 16 Oct 2018 01:37:11 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/15/google-app-v8-28-beta-prepares-manually-hiding-slices-changes-general-settings-page-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[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]]]> 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.

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Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:04:35 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/05/google-app-v8-24-beta-gets-closer-allowing-services-manage-notes-lists-moves-settings-general-screen-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google Assistant redesign is official: bigger visuals, fresh controls, and new tools for developers]]> 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.

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Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:00:24 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/03/google-assistant-redesign-official-bigger-visuals-fresh-controls-new-tools-developers/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.23 beta is upgrading the floating sports tracker, adds a new collection for experiences, and more [APK Teardown]]]> 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

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Sat, 29 Sep 2018 02:22:53 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/28/google-app-v8-23-beta-may-upgrade-floating-sports-tracker-adds-new-collection-experiences-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google Feed is now 'Discover,' and it's coming to the mobile Google homepage]]> 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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Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:18:12 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/24/google-feed-now-discover-coming-mobile-google-homepage/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.22 beta adds new Sound Search widget, prepares auto-download for podcasts, Contributions page, Pixel Stand promotion, and more [APK Teardown]]]> 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.

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Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:17:00 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/21/google-app-v8-22-beta-adds-new-sound-search-widget-prepares-auto-download-podcasts-contributions-page-pixel-stand-promotion-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google Podcasts finally starts rolling out Cast support]]> 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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Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:56:17 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/17/google-podcasts-cast-support/
<![CDATA[Update Notes for YouTube, Duo, Drive, the Google app, and more (September 16, 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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Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:40:22 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/16/update-notes-youtube-duo-drive-google-app-september-16-2018/
<![CDATA[Personal Search results resurface in Google app as dedicated section and app shortcut]]> Searching for your personal information inside the Google app has been possible for a while. It first showed up as the In Apps tab back in 2016, but was later renamed to Personal and started appearing on the desktop as well, then disappeared again. But recently, Google seems to have given personal searches more prominence inside the Google app on Android by dedicating a shortcut to them in the menu and on the app icon.

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Tue, 04 Sep 2018 13:00:50 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/04/personal-search-results-resurface-google-app-dedicated-section-app-shortcut/
<![CDATA[Google app testing 'Top Apps' section resembling Google Go interface]]> If you feel like you're pretty comfortable with the navigation in the Google app, you'll be sad to learn that a shake-up might be on its way. Google introduced bottom tabs last year, settling on five options: Home, Upcoming, Search, Recent, and a hamburger menu leading to more. The latest UI being tested replaces Recent with a new Top Apps section that looks like it's been borrowed from the Google Go app.

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Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:44:20 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/16/google-app-testing-top-apps-section-resembling-google-go-interface/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.16 beta hints at spoken notifications in more places with 'Eyes-free' project [APK Teardown]]]> An update to the Google app landed early Saturday morning, but as is standard, there aren't any recognizable changes. The teardown reveals about a dozen minor tweaks to text, but only a little bit of it actually has anything to do with upcoming features and changes.

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Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:59:16 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/13/google-app-v8-16-beta-hints-spoken-notifications-places-eyes-free-project-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google Feed tests an option to request more or less content like the one you're viewing]]> Most social and news aggregation services nowadays offer you an easy way to request seeing more or less of something to tune the content to your liking. When Google News launched, the "More stories like this" and "Less stories like this" options for every article immediately caught my eye because such a setting doesn't exist in Google's other news-like service: the Feed. But it seems that Google is aware of that omission and is already testing a way to implement these granular controls.

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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:10:37 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/09/google-feed-tests-option-request-less-articles-like-one-youre-viewing/
<![CDATA[Google Assistant's Now-like visual snapshot is getting gesture activation, among other tweaks]]> The one-swipe convenience of the old Google Now was one of the most magical parts of using Android back in the day, and its devolution into the Feed was a reason of sadness for many, including myself. Although most of its features were still hidden away in the Google app, checking your calendar, packages, or flight status was no longer just a swipe away. Thankfully, Google pretty much brought it back last month in something it calls "visual snapshot" via the Assistant. And now Google is testing a new, more convenient way of accessing it with a swipe up on the Assistant overlay.

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Sat, 04 Aug 2018 19:50:09 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/04/google-assistants-now-like-visual-snapshot-getting-gesture-activation-among-tweaks/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.15 beta hints at 'Memory Aid Locker,' conversational translation on smart displays, and categories in Top Apps [APK Teardown]]]> It's Friday afternoon and that means there's probably going to be a Google app update. The latest version doesn't appear to change much on the surface, so we'll be looking to the teardown for more information. Details are a bit thin with this update as most of the topics are little more than breadcrumbs, but we'll take a look at a new feature called the Memory Aid Locker, the first substantial pieces of a Top Apps view, and a cut-and-dry implementation of Google Translate for smart displays.

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Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:34:25 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/03/google-app-v8-15-beta-hints-memory-aid-locker-conversational-translation-smart-displays-categories-top-apps-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[[Update: Pulled] Latest Google app beta (v8.14.12) repeatedly crashing for many]]> Developer previews aren't always the most stable, and they aren't meant to be. They are the process by which a stable is created. Because of that, sometimes it's possible to run into a few issues when using them, and it appears many are seeing a repeated force close problem with the latest version of the Google app beta (v8.14.12).

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Tue, 31 Jul 2018 04:24:40 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/30/latest-google-app-beta-v8-14-12-repeatedly-crashing-many-android-p/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.13 beta prepares car-specific settings, new app shortcut to Assistant, and more [APK Teardown]]]> Google set loose a beta update to its namesake app this weekend, but like most versions, there's not much to see after updating. The most interesting things are only visible through the lens of a teardown, although they're mostly minor notes about topics we already know about or expect to be coming. Nevertheless, we can look forward to a new app shortcut to launch Assistant, car-specific Assistant settings, a couple of name changes, and more.

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Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:18:40 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/23/google-app-v8-13-beta-prepares-car-specific-settings-new-app-shortcut-assistant-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[The terrible Google Feed UI we all hoped would die is now rolling out to more people]]> Back in the spring, Google started testing a bubbly new interface for the ubiquitous content-promoting Feed. It was a confusing mixture of empty space and (still un-swipeable) cramped cards. The general reaction at the change could be accurately characterized as "revulsion" or "horror," but regardless of what our readers or we thought last time, Google has apparently decided to roll it out to a larger audience anyway.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:35:33 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/16/terrible-google-feed-ui-hoped-die-now-rolling-people/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.12 may bring an end to the Feed widget [APK Teardown]]]> Updates to the Google app have been rolling out at a faster rate for a little while now, and each brings fewer and fewer overall changes. The latest update has remarkably few changes or additions, but it has shed a lot of old and unused text, which isn't a bad thing. However, one of the additions speaks to one other thing that might be going away soon: the Google Feed widget.

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Sat, 14 Jul 2018 01:32:31 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/13/google-app-v8-12-may-bring-end-feed-widget-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.10 beta prepares image search from screenshots, Routines to lock doors, and much more [APK Teardown]]]> The Google devs are at it again with another late-night rollout of the Google app. Like most others, this update doesn't appear to bring any specific live changes, but it does include clues for a lot of the upcoming changes. There's plenty here to talk about, so let's just jump into it.

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Sat, 30 Jun 2018 18:59:17 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/30/google-app-v8-10-beta-prepares-image-search-screenshots-routines-lock-doors-much-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[[Update: Trim Silence is live] Google app v8.9.9 beta prepares search bar for settings and corrects mismatched Podcast icon [APK Teardown]]]> Google is rolling out its first significant update since launching Podcasts this week. For the most part, this appears to be primarily a bug fix and polishing release. There are little tweaks here and there related to Podcasts, including a corrected icon. There's also the start of a search feature for settings so people won't have to wander through several screens to configure the app as they want it.

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:49:02 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/26/google-app-v8-9-9-beta-prepares-search-bar-settings-corrects-mismatched-podcast-icon-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[[Update: App is available] Google Podcasts ready to launch globally on Android with 2 million indexed podcasts]]> Changes have been afoot with Google and podcasts for many months. Cody has discovered sign after sign of the Google app adding podcast support, there was a long exposé of Google's podcast plans a couple of months ago, and podcast subscription and management then downloads started showing up. The wait is over now and it seems that Google is finally ready to reveal its podcast app and plans.

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:59:16 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/19/google-podcasts-ready-launch-globally-android-2-million-indexed-podcasts/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.8 beta prepares to arm your security system with a routine, mentions 'Dreamliner' codename [APK Teardown]]]> After the last update to the Google app brought very little to discuss, version 8.8 is now in circulation and it is continuing the trend of smaller but more frequent updates. In this round, the teardown brings up the curious "dreamliner" name that was also spotted in AOSP after Android P Developer Preview 3. We can also see that there's a new command in the works for Routines that will allow users to control their security systems.

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:10:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/18/google-app-v8-8-beta-prepares-arm-security-system-routine-mentions-dreamliner-codename-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google will help you keep track of all the 2018 FIFA World Cup action]]> Unless you've been living under a rock in recent weeks, you may have heard about some soccer thing that's happening soon (football, to those of us this side of the Atlantic). The 2018 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, and Google has some tricks up its sleeve to assist fans around the globe. As the tournament kicks off with Russia vs Saudi Arabia next Thursday, new features in the Google app will help you keep up with all the action. Other Google products will also be on hand to improve the experience, including Assistant, News, Trends, and Maps.

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Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:50:59 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/08/google-will-help-keep-track-2018-fifa-world-cup-action/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.6 beta prepares to add useful details to friends and members of your household, hints at something called Dragon Glass [APK Teardown]]]> Google is gearing up for the weekend with another beta update to its self-named app. The latest version brings some very minor visual tweaks, but as usual, it's the teardown where the real activity can be found. The latest update expands a bit on the previously seen Your People screen and Google Assistant for Households by adding personal details to contacts. There will also be an option to enable or disable Assistant on the Pixel Buds while your phone's lockscreen is active. And finally, something called Dragon Glass is in the works.

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Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:24:03 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/01/google-app-v8-6-beta-prepares-add-useful-details-friends-members-household-hints-something-called-dragon-glass-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[[Update: Possible solution] Google Assistant screen search isn't working for some]]> Long before Google Lens could be used to understand text and objects in photos you take, a feature called Now on Tap was introduced to analyze what was on your screen and bring you relevant search results relating to what it found. Of course, Google Now is no longer, and Now on Tap has morphed into a screen search function as part of the Google Assistant. It appears to be broken for some people at the moment, however.

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Tue, 29 May 2018 10:11:48 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/29/google-assistant-screen-search-isnt-working/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.4 beta reveals more details about Read Later feature [APK Teardown]]]> It doesn't matter that it's Friday night, Google is still readily rolling out updates to its apps. The latest is a beta release for the Google app, bringing us up to v8.4. Changes are pretty sparse on this one, but there are a few cosmetic tweaks, plus we're getting some more details on the nature of the Read Later feature discussed in the previous teardown.

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Sat, 19 May 2018 03:00:57 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/18/google-app-v8-4-beta-reveals-details-read-later-feature-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.3 beta prepares Read Later feature, Direct Reply notifications for messages, and much more [APK Teardown]]]> Google began rolling out a more-beta-than-usual update to its search app a couple days ago. Despite following the rush of I/O announcements, it doesn't look like this version brings any new features to users. However, like almost every update, it comes with an assortment of clues about upcoming changes.

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Sun, 13 May 2018 20:07:16 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/13/google-app-v8-3-beta-prepares-read-later-feature-direct-reply-notifications-messages-much-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.2 beta prepares switching note and list services in Assistant, trimming silence from podcasts, and more [APK Teardown]]]> Google has been rolling out updates to its flagship app at a record pace, with significant updates landing only a few days apart. The latest may be a sign that the developers are nearly done, as the additions appear to be slowing down. In this update, we can see small visual tweaks, but nothing else too major. As usual, it's in the teardown where the changes are racking up, including signs that users will get to choose their own services for lists and notes taken by Assistant, an ability to trim the silence from podcasts, and a small follow-up regarding Google Doodles.

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Fri, 04 May 2018 20:15:19 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/04/google-app-v8-2-beta-prepares-switching-note-list-services-assistant-trimming-silence-podcasts-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Stocks are live in Google Assistant, though they don't do anything new yet]]> For years now, it's been possible to follow your favorite stocks through Google Now / Feed, or by searching for certain stocks and adding them to your list. However, Assistant currently only understands general questions about stock prices, but doesn't yet know which ones you're interested in. Contrary to regular Google Search which knows what "my stocks" are, Assistant comes up with "I can't do this yet." No bueno. (Yet another symptom of the terrible transition between Google Search and Assistant.) But Google is working on bridging the gap by adding stocks to your Assistant settings.

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Tue, 01 May 2018 13:50:10 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/01/stocks-live-google-assistant-though-dont-anything-new-yet/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.1 beta adds 'At a glance' widget and Explore page with Your Stuff, hints at adding penalties to floating sports scores, and more [APK Teardown]]]> Google has been pumping out significant updates pretty fast recently, likely as the finishing touches are put down on new features that will be cut loose in a couple of weeks during I/O. The latest update brings with it the 'At a glance' widget that debuted in the Pixel Launcher, making it available to many more devices and in different launchers. We've also got a few small topics to cover in a teardown.

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Fri, 27 Apr 2018 20:57:02 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/27/google-app-v8-1-beta-adds-glance-widget-hints-adding-penalties-floating-sports-scores-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google Collections start rolling out, replacing Saved pages]]> If there's ever one constant in life as an Android fan, it's that nothing is constant with Google. Last September, the company started rolling out My Saves (or Saved pages), a mish-mash of your saved images on Google Search, saved bookmarks while browsing search results in the Google app, and Maps lists. But just a few days ago, Cody discovered that changes were afoot with Saved pages, and now Google is starting to implement those and switch to "Collections."

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:30:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/23/google-collections-start-rolling-replacing-saved-pages/
<![CDATA[Google app v8.0 beta adds a screen for Your People, prepares custom routines to run on a schedule, switch Lens to the selfie camera, and more [APK Teardown]]]> The Google app just leapt up to version 8.0 late last night, but despite the shiny new version number, most things are looking about the same. A new screen has been added for "Your People," while a teardown tells us that it will be possible to set regular schedules to run custom routines (when they launch), the Google Lens will be able to switch to the front-facing selfie camera, and more.

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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:17:38 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/21/google-app-v8-0-beta-adds-screen-people-prepares-custom-routines-run-schedule-switch-lens-selfie-camera-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[[Objectively terrible] Google Feed is testing a new design with large topic bubbles and lots of wasted space]]> Raise your hand if you're tired of hearing the same story. We've barely adjusted to Google's new Feed look and its un-swipeable cards, upcoming contextual data hidden behind a button, and 5-tab bottom layout inside the Google app, that the company decides, "no, scratch that, we're changing again." For the umpteenthgazillionthest time. And if you thought the current new layout is annoying, wait until you see the new new layout. It's a doozy.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:13:22 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/19/objectively-terrible-google-feed-testing-new-design-large-topic-bubbles-lots-wasted-space/
<![CDATA[Google app v7.26.16 beta may be preparing Collections to replace Saved pages [APK Teardown]]]> It has been nearly two weeks since the first beta of v7.26 began rolling out with several hints about what we can look forward to, but a minor update just started rolling out that appears to contain something else of some interest. It seems like something called "Collections" is coming to Google that looks mighty similar to the Saved pages feature, but with a few improvements already emerging.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:27:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/17/google-app-v7-26-16-beta-may-preparing-collections-replace-saved-pages-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app kills the last remnants of Voice Search, completely switches to Assistant (Updated)]]> Google Voice Search is dead. Cue in somber music.

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:01 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/16/google-app-kills-last-remnants-voice-search-completely-switches-assistant/
<![CDATA[Google app v7.26 beta tweaks Assistant's Action details screen, prepares bookmarking Actions, inspecting stored data, and more [APK Teardown]]]> Google has been pushing out new updates to its self-named app with unusual vigor over the last few weeks. Despite an aggressive release schedule, there are still quite a few additions and clues about future changes. The latest update actually brings some visible changes if you look into Actions on Assistant; but more importantly, there are a handful of clues about future enhancements to Actions, the home screen widget, and more.

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Sat, 07 Apr 2018 19:07:45 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/07/google-app-v7-26-beta-tweaks-assistants-action-details-screen-prepares-bookmarking-actions-inspecting-stored-data-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v7.25 beta teases Google Assistant for Households, email and payment access with Google Home, and more [APK Teardown]]]> After an unusually busy week of updates, Google capped it off with a late-Friday rollout of its central app. As we should expect, there aren't any immediately obvious changes to the interface from installing this update – those will appear in the coming weeks as Google switches them on remotely. However, we've got a teardown of the APK that covers some of what we'll be seeing in the future.

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:57:21 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/02/google-app-v7-25-beta-teases-google-assistant-households-email-payment-access-google-home-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app v7.24 beta prepares floating sports scores, Doodles in the search box, Project Valyrian, home automation, and much more [APK Teardown]]]> A beta update to the Google app has been making the rounds. As usual, there's not much new to see after installing this release, but many changes are awaiting Google to flip a switch before going live. Also following the usual pattern, there's a teardown of the APK that provides plenty of hints about what's to come. Version 7.24 reveals plans for a floating bubble with current sports scores that remains visible on top of other apps, an effect for the Google search box, a mysterious new project called Valyrian, assorted follow-ups for the Pixel Buds, home automation, and more.

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:21:21 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/26/google-app-v7-24-beta-prepares-floating-sports-scores-doodles-search-box-project-valyrian-home-automation-much-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google app starts rolling out podcast subscription and management]]> It must be a happy Cody day today. After Google Maps' Shortcuts, another feature he has been tracking for months in his teardowns is starting to go live: podcast subscription and management in the Google app.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:00:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/19/google-app-starts-rolling-podcast-subscription-management/
<![CDATA[Google app beta's screenshot editing and sharing popup is now working in other apps for some]]> For those who edit a lot of screenshots, an on-demand editor can be a godsend. It's one of my favorite things about my Galaxy S8+. Google recently added the option for a quick editor and sharing options to pop up when screenshots were taken in the Google app beta, but it looks like that functionality is spreading to other apps as well now.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:27:04 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/24/google-app-betas-screenshot-editing-popup-now-working-apps-well-least/
<![CDATA[Google app v7.22 beta prepares page for purchases through Assistant, revised search widget editor, and more [APK Teardown]]]> Google has begun rolling out the latest update to its signature search app to the beta channel. Version 7.22 appears to be a bit less ambitious than most recent updates, as existing features don't seem to be changing and most of the upcoming features aren't getting any major changes. Actually, most of the teardown is about follow-ups to things we've already known about. Nevertheless, there are new topics to discuss, so let's get right into it.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:08:07 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/23/google-app-7-22-beta-prepares-page-purchases-assistant-revised-search-widget-editor-apk-teardown/
<![CDATA[Google has killed the shortcuts at the top of the Feed]]> Remember those shortcuts at the top of the Feed in the Google app for things like weather and restaurants? They've been missing from the app for the past week or two. Turns out, their absence isn't an oversight. Google has intentionally removed those shortcuts from the Feed. 

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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:23:36 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/07/google-killed-shortcuts-top-feed/
<![CDATA[Google app update fixes laggy Android Wear behavior when Ok Google detection is enabled]]> Back in December, we made a surprising discovery: if you had Ok Google detection enabled on your Android Wear watch, it could cause a lot of lag and jittery behavior all the time. Disabling the setting completely turned the behavior around and made it so that the watch was smooth and stutter-free. I recorded a video back then to show the night and day difference and many of you chimed in reporting that disabling the detection had the same beneficial effects on your watch as well.

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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:43:09 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/05/google-app-update-fixes-laggy-android-wear-behavior-ok-google-detection-enabled/
<![CDATA[Google app v7.20.16 beta hints at new Google Temperature feature related to Assistant [APK Teardown]]]> Version 7.20 of the Google app rolled out just a few days ago with an assortment of new features and minor changes. Today, a minor update to v7.20.16 hit the Play Store, and in typical fashion for an update without a major version bump, it looks a lot like a typical bug fix update. However, this one does include a few new strings that are slightly interesting. There are mentions of something called Google Temperature that might be worth watching out for.

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Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:10:15 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/01/google-app-v7-20-16-beta-hints-new-google-temperature-feature-related-assistant-apk-teardown/