Apps & Updates September 17
Every app open on Android 12 is accompanied by a launch animation to make “startup a more consistent and delightful experience.” One aspect of this is an animated icon on the splash screen, with Drive being the first Google app to support this on Android 12.
Apps & Updates September 16
Compared to other redesigns, Material You for Google Calendar is very straightforward, but the widgets do benefit from one handy tweak.
Google has been working on an in-app browser for Search on Android for quite sometime now. After being widely rolled out to the beta channel for the past few months, it has disappeared and reverted to Chrome Custom Tabs.
Apps & Updates September 15
Apps & Updates September 13
Apps & Updates September 12
Assistant Driving Mode was announced at I/O 2019 to replace Android Auto on phones. It was supposed to launch that summer but was delayed, and is now happening with Android 12. Ahead of that, the homescreen UI unveiled over two years ago is finally appearing in Assistant Driving Mode.
“Device Personalization Services” is the method through which Google delivers and updates features like Now Playing (on Pixel), Live Caption, and smart actions in notifications to Android devices. This app, updated via the Play Store, is now being renamed to “Android System Intelligence,” at least on Google Pixel phones.
Apps & Updates September 9
Google Meet adds visual effects panel to set background blur, images on the web
Video effects are useful for both personal and work calls. Google Meet is now making it easier to set visual effects on the web with a new settings panel.
Apps & Updates September 8
Google Pay for Wear OS is now available in 10 more countries for grand total of 37
With the launch of Wear OS 3 on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, Google announced a wearable redesign of Pay as well as expanded international availability. Google Pay on Wear OS is now coming to 10 more countries.
Google’s rename of ‘Rooms’ in Chat and Gmail to ‘Spaces’ is now underway
Back in June, with the announcement that Workspace is available “for everyone,” Google revealed that “Rooms” in Chat would soon be renamed to “Spaces” and gain a slew of new features. That rebrand is now underway.
Apps & Updates September 7
Wallpaper-based theming is the main highlight of Android 12 and Material You. However, Dynamic Color did not initially work with the Pixel Live Wallpaper collection/category, and an app update rolling out this week remedies that.
Apps & Updates September 3
While people like desktop Tab Groups, the reception is much chillier in Chrome for Android. Google is fortunately listening to feedback and is “experimenting with changes to this feature’s behavior.”
Apps & Updates September 2
When enabled, Drive today lets you view/edit recent Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in Chrome without an internet connection. Google Drive’s offline mode now works with PDFs, Office files, and images.
Apps & Updates September 1
Google continues to add more features to Chat as it becomes available for more and more people ahead of the classic Hangouts depreciation. The Google Chat web app is now integrating Tenor GIF search.
Google app on Android makes it easier to control SafeSearch with ‘Hide explicit results’ setting
SafeSearch, which “filter[s] out explicit content in Google’s search results,” has been around for so long that it has entered the cultural lexicon. The Google Search app on Android is now making it easier to access with a new “Hide explicit results” settings page.
Apps & Updates August 31
Apps & Updates August 30
To help employees better manage their day, Google Calendar is introducing new “Time Insights” that let paid Workspace users see “how [their] time is spent across meetings and collaborators.”
Apps & Updates August 27
Apps & Updates August 26
The rise of remote work and video conferencing has boosted webcam sales over the past year. It has also led some to connect their DSLRs and other dedicated cameras to their PCs, while people are doing the same with their smartphones. Reincubate Camo is one of the more popular PC webcam solutions for iPhone, and it’s now available on Android in beta.
Apps & Updates August 25
Google News Showcase launching in Colombia, third Latin American country
Apps & Updates August 24
Google bringing Smart Reply suggestions to comments in Docs