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April 23

Google Assistant ‘Guacamole’ will let you ‘snooze’ alarms & ‘answer’ calls without ‘Hey Google’

For the past several weeks, we’ve been tracking an Assistant feature codenamed “Guacamole” in the Google app. We can now report that “Guacamole” will let users perform time-sensitive Assistant “quick tasks” like answering calls or silencing alarms on your Android phone without having to first say “Hey Google.”

April 26

Google Voice for iOS adds ‘Suggested Contacts’ widget, Shortcuts support

Back in November, a slew of Google apps on iPhone and iPad added homescreen widgets. The latest iOS 14 widget is from Google Voice, which now also supports macro creation in the Shortcuts application.

April 19

[Update: Photos] Google releases on iOS resume in earnest with Gmail, Search, Maps

At the start of last month, Google started to release new iOS versions of the YouTube family of applications following a long, unspecified pause. Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, and other apps were updated today in a seeming return to normal for iPhone and iPad owners. 

May 3

Stadia product head John Justice has left Google

Google is a sprawling company with 139,995 employees as of the first quarter of 2021. Recent personnel changes have seen new executives lead Assistant, News/Discover, Search, and Payments, while there have also been a handful of high-profile departures. One of those includes Stadia product head John Justice.

April 23

[Update: Live] Google readies crowdsourced ‘App install optimization’ in the Play Store

Over the past several years, Google has been working to make Android apps smaller in size by optimizing what code and resources are downloaded to devices. The latest initiative on this front is “App install optimization” in Google Play.

April 6

OnePlus Pay could expand to India in the coming months

OnePlus Pay could be expanding outside of China in the coming months as an Indian trademark filing hints that the payment platform is coming to the region.

April 12

[Update: Rolling out] Google adds UV Index to Wear OS Weather app and as complication

At the end of last year, Google modernized the Wear OS Weather Tile alongside other updates to the platform. In that vein, Wear OS is now getting a UV Index complication for watch faces. 

April 8

Samsung launches ‘iTest,’ a new web app for turning your iPhone into a Galaxy device

Samsung is increasing its efforts to win over iPhone customers. The smartphone maker has launched a new website called “iTest,” and it allows iPhone users to “get a little taste of Samsung” through a web application that simulates the Android experience.

May 2

After big moves by Apple & Spotify, what is Google’s plan for podcasts?

Activity and investment in the podcasting industry is currently at an all-time high after Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and others detailed their latest efforts last month. One major player that has yet to respond with new plans of its own is Google Podcasts.

April 12

Android Auto prepares ‘Connectivity Troubleshooter,’ better day/night mode controls

Google’s Android Auto has become an important tool for many users and, soon, it may introduce a new “Connectivity Troubleshooter” which could make it easier to figure out problems with your connection.

April 5

Google opens Android Auto to new navigation, parking, and charging apps

In August of last year, Google announced that it would allow more kinds of Android Auto apps on the Play Store. Developers can now publicly release new navigation, parking, and charging apps for Android Auto.

March 31

Google Play Pass now offers more than 800 Android apps and games

Google introduced Play Pass in 2019 as a subscription service for Android apps and games. As of the last update, users now have access to more than 800 titles as part of the $4.99 monthly membership.

April 7

Material Gallery Android app to be ‘decommissioned’ in favor of web app

Google is set to kill “decommission” their Material Gallery app on Android, pushing designers to the web app.

May 7

Android Auto to add support for Work Profiles, removes Play Music mention [APK Insight]

Google’s Android Auto just picked up another update, and this time around, it seems to be addressing a longstanding issue. Android Auto is about to added support for Android’s Work Profiles feature.

April 4

New Gmail with Google Chat tabs rolling out for free accounts, here’s how to turn on

Last year, Google announced that the future of Gmail will see Chat messaging and group Rooms join the existing Meet video calling integration. This is already available to enterprise Workspace users, and Google is now letting personal Gmail accounts get this “integrated workspace.”

April 1

Google Lens translate chip for Recent Apps screen shows up on Android 12 w/ new design

Even after trawling through almost all aspects of the recent Android 12 Developer Preview, things slip the net. One of those looks to be the long-overdue addition of a Google Lens translate option within the Android recent apps panel.

April 28

Android 12 Developer Preview 3: Hands-on with more big features yet to arrive [Video]

The latest Android 12 Developer Preview 3 build has added a whole heap of features; some are hidden but could soon arrive in upcoming Beta builds — so we’ve been diving in.

April 21

Android 12 Developer Preview 3 hands-on: Top new features [Video]

The Android 12 Developer Preview 3 is set to be the last “full” developer build of the latest OS, and we’ve unearthed a treasure trove of new user-facing features.

March 29

[Update: OnePlus 7/7 Pro] Stable OxygenOS 11 with Android 11 begins rollout for OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro

A mere 24 hours before the release of the OnePlus 9 series, the stable OxygenOS 11 update complete with Android 11 is now finally rolling out for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro.

March 23

PSA: If your Android apps keep crashing, update ‘WebView’ and Chrome [Permanent fix]

A large number of Android users over the past few hours have been encountering continuous Gmail and other app shutdowns, with some finding that uninstalling Android System WebView will stop the crashing.

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