September 15

Google Messages readies voice memo transcripts and full emoji reactions [Gallery]

Upcoming features for Google Messages will let you read transcripts of voice memos, react to messages with any emoji you’d like, and more.

July 10, 2018

Gboard 7.4 preps Spell Check, ‘Minis’ avatar stickers, dark theme w/ battery saver, floating keyboard, Google Material Theme [APK Insight]

The last stable update to Gboard introduced more options to edit custom GIFs, expanded sticker search, and more. This afternoon, the latest beta introduces a number of in-development features including Spell Check and a floating keyboard, as well as another expressive feature called ‘Minis.’ Version 7.4 also offers the first details on a possible Gogole […]

August 16, 2018

Android Messages 3.5 preps custom ‘Minis’ avatar stickers, revamped search [APK Insight]

After we first enabled it in June, Android Messages 3.5 is rolling out this morning with the Google Material Theme in tow. Meanwhile, a teardown of the latest version reveals work on customized stickers — a given for any Google product that is vaguely social — and revamped search that is still under development.

August 17, 2018

Gboard 7.5 beta preps clipboard manager, floating keyboard, ‘smarter’ search [APK Insight]

The latest beta of Gboard is rolling out ahead of the weekend with a number of useful utilities in development. Version 7.5 reveals a built-in clipboard manager, while there are more details about the floating keyboard we spotted last month and a “smarter” search feature.

March 29, 2018

Gboard 7.1 preps new emoji, handwriting settings, GIF making, and more [APK Insight]

The Gboard 7.1 beta began rolling out last evening with the notable addition of auto-spacing after punctuation. Meanwhile, the app is working on a number of other features like new emoji and handwriting settings, as well as preparing the ability to make GIFs.

October 26, 2018

[Update: Clipboard rolling out] Gboard 7.7 preps ‘Clipboard,’ on-device voice typing, Sand theme, more [APK Insight]

Over the weekend, several beta Gboard features went live, including the Floating keyboard on Android. Gboard 7.7 is now rolling out and we’ve enabled a built-in Clipboard manager, on-device voice typing, new Sand theme, and more in this update.

October 25, 2018

Google Phone 25 preps dark theme that syncs w/ Contacts, sharing blocked numbers [APK Insight]

At 10/9, the Google Phone added a Call Screen feature where Assistant can answer calls on your behalf and interact with the person on the other end. Google Phone 25 is now rolling out and details more about the in-progress dark theme.

February 8, 2019

APK Insight top stories: January 2019 brings Face Match, Android Q, YouTube Music UI tweaks

In this month’s APK Insight top stories: In January 2019, we uncovered new in-the-works features including Face Match in the Google app, various tidbits from the Android Q System UI, and interface changes in YouTube Music. Keep reading for the biggest Google app secrets we uncovered this month…

March 11, 2019

[Update: Sharing languages] Gboard 8.0 preps Clipboard & Material Theme emoji, emoticon pickers [APK Insight]

Gboard 8.0 is now in the beta channel and continues work on the built-in Clipboard manager by refining the feature ahead of launch. The Google keyboard is also working on a sharing capability that includes the language you’re using, as well as exporting the personal dictionary.

April 2, 2019

[Update: Clipboard rolling out] Gboard 8.1 lets you delete search history, tweaks tools/shortcuts menu [APK Insight]

Earlier this month, Google rolled out on-device, real-time speech transcription in Gboard for Pixel phones. Gboard 8.1 entered beta this afternoon with a new look for the growing menu of shortcuts and the ability to delete old searches.

January 18, 2019

[Update: Faster, offline voice typing live] Gboard 7.9 preps more Emoticons/Kaomoji, more [APK Insight]

The latest Gboard beta is rolling out and continues work on a handful of features we’ve been tracking in recent months. Gboard 7.9 is preparing for more emoticons/kaomoji, faster voice typing, and predictive content search.

January 11, 2019

[Update: Google Material Theme] Gboard 7.8 preps redesigned emoji panel, voice typing history, language, more [APK Insight]

Gboard 7.8 rolled out last night in beta with a handful of new voice typing features and changes. In addition to last version’s on-device voice recognition, users will soon be able to associate a Google Account and manually select a language. We’ve also enabled a redesigned emoji selection interface.

November 14, 2018

Messages 3.8 features revamped camera and gallery UI [APK Insight]

In recent months, Google’s default Messages app has received a number of major updates including the Google Material Theme with dark mode, and advanced search filters. Now, Messages 3.8 is rolling out today with a revamped camera and gallery interface.

October 19, 2018

[Update: Floating keyboard live] Gboard 7.6 briefly enables floating keyboard, preps Smart Reply, more [APK Insight]

Following the last beta revealing that Google was developing a new floating keyboard, the new mode is momentarily visible to users after installing this latest update. Meanwhile, version 7.6 of Gboard also features more work on Smart Reply for notifications and other minor tweaks.

June 5, 2018

Gboard 7.3 beta preps battery saver theme/mode, OCR tool, and more [APK Insight]

After adding the ability to quickly “Make a GIF” and a new sticker gallery last month, the latest Gboard beta is rolling out this morning. Version 7.3 reveals development on a number of exciting features including a battery saver theme and a possible OCR tool that could be used to extract text from images. 

June 11, 2018

This is Android Messages’ Google Material Theme redesign, search filters, and GIF search [Gallery]

Along with the upcoming Messages for web feature, the latest version of Android Messages reveals that Google is working on a Material Theme for its default RCS client. We’ve managed to enable this under development look that brings the app in line with other recently updated Google services. There is also an in-progress revamp to search functionality that includes […]

June 10, 2021

Gboard 10.7 preps support for Android 12’s Material You ‘Dynamic Color’ theming [Gallery]

Android 12 Beta 2 launched yesterday with the wallpaper-based theming announced at Google I/O. We already provided a preview of the upcoming support in Google Messages, and now here’s an early look at the Material You “Dynamic Color” theme in the works for Gboard.

May 21, 2019

Gboard 8.3 widely rolls out Material Theme settings, trending searches, more [APK Insight]

Over the past several beta releases, Gboard has been A/B testing a slew of new features. Gboard 8.3 enables many of the server-side changes, including Material Theme settings, trending GIF searches, and others.

May 24, 2019

Google app 9.94 details Face Match privacy & child setup, federated learning [APK Insight]

The latest Google app beta is rolling out this Friday in a return to the usual release cadence after a few disruptive weeks following I/O. Google app 9.94 reveals continued work on the Nest Hub Max with Face Match privacy and the possible addition of federated learning in the Search app.

April 23, 2019

Gboard 8.2 preps ‘Federated learning’ and ‘Personalization,’ ‘Make a GIF’ deprecation [APK Insight]

Gboard in recent weeks began rolling out a built-in Clipboard, while the iOS client received advanced theming options. The latest beta rolled out yesterday, with Gboard 8.2 revealing work on Federated Learning and Personalization.

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