August 12

Gboard preps new round of Material You: Shortcuts bar, text editing, and settings [Gallery]

Last August, Google rolled out a handful of Material You flourishes to Gboard for Android, and a few more are now coming to the keyboard, including the shortcuts bar.

March 10

Google’s Nearby Sharing can now send to multiple Android or Chrome OS devices at a time

Nearby Sharing, Google’s answer to AirDrop, is gaining the ability to send files and more to more than one Android or Chrome OS device at the same time.

May 12, 2018

This week’s top stories: Google I/O 2018, Pixel-branded smartwatch, Material Design grows up, more

In this week’s top stories: Everything Google announced and showed off at I/O 2018, rumors of a Pixel-branded smartwatch and second-generation Pixelbuds at this year’s fall Google event, Google makes it easier for developers to incorporate Material Design, and much more.

April 1, 2018

This week’s top stories: ‘Image obstruction removal’, Google debuts Chromes OS tablets, Wear OS developer preview, more

In this week’s top stories: Google’s promised “image obstruction removal’ feature for Google Photos is still unreleased, Google announces the first Chrome OS tablet, and Google launches a developer preview for Wear OS.

October 27, 2018

This week’s top stories: Removing Android’s voice unlock, Google’s ‘Night Sight,’ OnePlus 6T leaks, more

In this week’s top stories: Google might be removing voice unlock from Android, Night Sight makes an early debut with impressive results, more OnePlus 6T leaks hit the web, and much more.

November 8, 2018

Google encouraging dark themes in Android apps to conserve battery life

Users have long requested a dark theme within apps. With demand only rising due to the inherent brightness of the Google Material Theme, Google’s apps have begun to adopt night modes. Now, the company’s own research can quantify the battery savings involved with darker interfaces.

February 16, 2019

This week’s top stories: Assistant features list redesign, Made by Google 2019, Playmoji during the Grammys, more

In this week’s top stories: Google Assistant’s built-in list of features gets a visual redesign, Nikkei reports the Made by Google 2019 lineup, an ad for the Pixel’s Childish Gambino Playmoji airs during the Grammys, and more.

March 30, 2019

This week’s top stories: Google Pixel speed from N to Q, new Play Store icons, $599 Pixel Slate is still MIA, more

In this week’s top stories: we learn how fast the four most recent versions of Android are on the original Google Pixel, preview how the Play Store’s new “squircle” shaped icons will look, lament the seemingly permanent disappearance of the $599 Pixel Slate, and more.

January 19, 2019

This week’s top stories: Android Q leak, Note 8 Pie beta, leaked Pixel 3 Lite review, more

In this week’s top stories: we got an early, leaked look at Android Q with system-wide dark mode, saw Android Pie arrive for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and witnessed a surprise early review of the Google Pixel 3 Lite.

October 6, 2018

This week’s top stories: Google Maps ‘Commute’ tab, new LG devices, and a whole lot more Pixel leaks

In this week’s top stories: Yeah, there were a lot more Pixel 3 leaks, Google Maps adds a “Commute Tab” and native music integration, LG unveils new devices, and more.

December 1, 2018

This week’s top stories: Buying a Pixel at launch, Hangouts shutting down, Xiaomi Mi Band 3, more

In this week’s top stories: We ponder whether getting a Pixel phone on launch day is worth your time and money, uncover the inevitable demise of Google Hangouts, and check out an affordable way to get started with Google Fit from Xiaomi.

September 14, 2018

Strange Gboard bug temporarily breaks glide typing, here’s how to fix it [Update]

Over the past 24 hours or so, users have started noting a strange issue with Google’s Gboard keyboard on Android, and it essentially breaks glide typing.

September 11, 2018

Gboard testing ‘smarter’ search that contextually suggests cards, stickers, and GIFs

Last month, our APK Insight of Gboard 7.5 revealed Google’s work on “smarter” search. This functionality highlights “relevant content”, and it’s now being A/B tested for some users.

Rootless Pixel Launcher returns to the Play Store after ditching installation prompt

Rootless Pixel Launcher was removed from the Google Play Store earlier this month due to a violation of Google’s policies, but just a few days later, an updated version has returned…

October 20, 2018

This week’s top stories: Pixel 3 review, RED Hydrogen One hands-on, new Huawei devices, more

In this week’s top stories: We review Google’s latest smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Huawei launches three new smartphones and more, we spend some hands-on time with the RED Hydrogen One, and more.

June 9, 2018

This week’s top stories: Real-life photos of the Pixel 3 XL, Android P Developer Preview 3, more

In this week’s top stories: Two sets of in-hand Pixel 3 XL photos, official rollout of Android P Developer Preview 3, Google Assistant’s visual redesign.

May 16, 2019

Gboard now rolling out theme-matching dynamic navigation bar for some users

Over the past couple of years, Google has built out Gboard to be one of the best keyboard options on Android, and iOS too. Now, Gboard for Android appears to be adding support for a dynamic navigation bar that matches the theme of the keyboard itself.

July 4, 2020

This week’s top stories: Moto G 5G leaks, OnePlus Pods, Google Photos stops social media backups

In this week’s top stories: Renders and specs arrive for the upcoming Motorola Moto G 5G / Plus, “OnePlus Pods” true wireless earbuds leak looking like AirPods, Google Photos stops backing up saved photos from social media apps, and more.

July 11, 2020

This week’s top stories: Pixel 4a 5G + Pixel 5 confirmed, Android 11 Beta 2, more

In this week’s top stories: the Google app confirms the “Pixel 4a (5G)” and “Pixel 5,” Android 11 Beta 2 arrives for Pixel phones, more Nest controls previewed for the Google Home app, and more.

December 17, 2019

Gboard update causes crashing issue on some Android phones

Google’s keyboard for Android, Gboard, is full of useful features and works really well. However, the latest update to Gboard is causing a crashing issue for some Android smartphones which is even going as far as locking some users out of their devices.

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