Teardown May 24

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.

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Teardown May 23

Android Auto 4.3 preps upcoming ‘Boardwalk’ redesign [APK Insight]

Back at Google I/O 2019, it was revealed that Android Auto would be getting a huge overhaul to its design. In the latest update for the Android Auto companion app, Google is setting the foundation for that “Boardwalk” redesign ahead of its release later this Summer.

Family Link 1.38 preps parental controls for Google Stadia [APK Insight]

When Google first took the wraps off of Stadia during GDC, they promised that the service would have “best-in-class parental controls.” At the time, though, no further details were offered on how this would work. The latest update to Google’s Family Link app, which lets parents manage their children’s Google Accounts, gives us our first clues to how Stadia’s parental controls will work, and other potential Stadia insights.

Google Fit is currently the company’s only consumer-facing health service. Tied with Wear OS and recently rolled out to iOS, Google Fit 2.13 for Android today tweaks the manual activity logging workflow, and preps more changes to improve that process.

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Teardown May 21

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.

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Teardown May 20

At I/O 2019, Digital Wellbeing celebrated the one year anniversary of its unveiling with new features coming later this fall. The latest beta rolling out today confirms Digital Wellbeing for websites in the form of “Site usage data” and “Site timers.” expand full story

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