App Roundup: Google updates Maps, YouTube, Inbox, Play Music, more

Google Inc. - Android Apps on Google Play 2015-03-19 09-29-00

Google tends to push several updates to its apps in the middle of the week, and this week has been a particularly eventful one. Updates have landed over the last 24 hours for several apps in Google’s Android inventory, including Inbox, Google Docs (Sheets and Slides, too), YouTube, Quickoffice, Google Maps, and Google Play Music.

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Google Play adds human review team for apps, age-based ratings

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Google is rolling out two new features for Google Play today that it says will improve the experience for both users and developers. First, the company is introducing a new age-based rating system that Google noted includes considerations for the fact “different countries have different ideas about what content is appropriate for kids, teens and adults.” It’s using industry standard rating systems and requiring devs to submit information about their apps by May: Read more

Google releases Calendar for iPhone app

Google just announced its much anticipated Google Calendar app for iPhone is now available on the App Store. The app is essentially an iPhone version of the standalone Calendar mobile app previously only available for Android devices. Google first unveiled the latest version of its Calendar app alongside the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop late last year. 

The Google Calendar app for iPhone works with your Exchange and iCloud calendars and also integrates with Gmail to automatically turn events from emails into Calendar entries. Here’s a rundown on features from Google:

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Gmail for iOS updated w/ share sheet support, ability to archive & reply to email via notifications

Google this morning has released a major update for Gmail on iOS. The update bumps the app to version 4.0 and packs a handful of new features. First off, Gmail on iOS now supports the ability to archive and reply to messages directly from a notification, a feature many have been requesting since iOS 8 launched.

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Google releases preview of revamped Contacts experience

Google today announced a preview of a redesigned Google Contacts experience for the web that it says “makes it easier to keep track of the people you know and get the info you need, fast.”

Some of the new features include the ability to quickly get rid of duplicates, automatically updating contacts, and recent email/event details right in Contacts. Those are in addition to a brand new Material Design-inspired UI.  Read more

VLC pushes new Android & Android TV apps as part of massive cross-platform release

VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework! 2015-02-27 09-32-14

VideoLAN has today launched several updates to VLC across its apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and every other platform where the app is available, marking the first time that the company has pushed such a massive coordinated release.  The new versions (with the main app numbered 2.2.0), include several features across the various platforms, and VLC says it took more than a year of volunteer work to put them together…

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