Teardown July 13

The latest beta version of the Google app is rolling out this afternoon after skipping a release last week. Version 8.12 details how the last remnant of Google Now will soon be killed, while there are minor tweaks to Podcasts and Lens.

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Teardown July 11

Last month, we learned that the Google Home is preparing a Material Theme redesign with a handful of new features. Till that launches, version 1.30 is rolling out this evening with support for Assistant Smart Displays and other smart home devices.

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Teardown July 10

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 Material Theme for the keyboard.

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Teardown July 9

The revamped YouTube Music began rolling out last month in 17 countries, while users in the United States and other regions should have full access to it by now. Features like Google Play Music’s cloud locker are slated for future updates, but in the meantime the latest version of the Android app is now available.

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Google Phone 22 preps real-time transcription feature to ‘screen unwanted calls’ [APK Insight]

The latest beta version of Google’s Phone dialer app is rolling out with another handy feature aimed at minimizing and filtering spam calls that is limited to Pixel, Nexus, and select other devices. A real-time and on-device transcription service will allow users to “screen unwanted calls.”

Teardown June 29

The latest Google app beta is rolling out this evening with more details about Assistant Smart Display functionality ahead of next month’s launch. Other features under development include disabling YouTube access for unrecognized Voice Match users and adding a smart lock Action for custom Routines.

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