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APK Insight Stories December 1

Here’s an early look at new features coming to the Play Store including the ability to archive unused Android apps to save space and includes preparations for a floating bubble for download progress.

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APK Insight Stories November 21

The other change Google is making to Nearby Share are UI tweaks that infuse Material You to the main sheet you interact with.

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APK Insight Stories November 16

While Search results and the Discover feed are visually tweaked from time to time, other parts of the Google app are often slow to change. Fortunately, Google is now working on a Material You redesign of the Search app.

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APK Insight Stories November 3

Back in April of 2016, Google updated Calendar for Android and iOS with a tool to help you find time for personal goals. Amid another upcoming removal, Google Calendar is planning to get rid of “Goals.”

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APK Insight Stories November 1

Google is preparing to shut down the dedicated Street View app on Android, keeping the feature in Google Maps.

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APK Insight Stories October 26

With recent updates to the Google Search app, Google has been steadily preparing redesigns of Discover and the Assistant for the Pixel Tablet.

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APK Insight Stories October 23

Like on phones, many Wear OS features are delivered via Google Play services, and the latest version reveals what backups on watches will cover, as well as more features for Google Wallet.

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APK Insight Stories October 5

Ahead of the Pixel event, a pre-release Google Home update includes early signs of two distinct docks for next year’s Pixel tablet.

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APK Insight Stories October 3

The latest update to the Fitbit app prepares for the launch of Google Maps on the Versa 4 and Sense 2, but you’ll still need your smartphone handy.

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APK Insight Stories September 28

Square appears to be preparing to allow merchants with Android devices to accept “Tap to Pay” contactless NFC payments without a dedicated card reader.

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APK Insight Stories September 27

Google has begun rolling out Android Auto version 8.2 to those enrolled in the beta, bringing a revamped dock to the much-anticipated “Coolwalk” redesign.

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APK Insight Stories September 21

Previously announced by Google, the latest update to the dedicated app for the Pixel Buds Pro brings us closer to having a built-in, customizable five-band equalizer.

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Watch faces that let people set pictures of their family and friends are quite popular. Ahead of the Pixel Watch, Google Photos is readying support for such an integration.

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APK Insight Stories September 16

Google Messages is finally catching up with other chat apps by preparing a way to directly reply to RCS messages — here’s a first look at replies in action.

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APK Insight Stories September 15

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

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APK Insight Stories September 14

Just last week, the Nest Hub Max was updated with another way to skip “Hey Google.” This currently only works for certain commands, but Google Assistant will eventually let you make custom Quick Phrases.

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APK Insight Stories September 10

Google is preparing to open a “Preview Program” for the Home app on Android, which would give early access to new features for your smart home — here’s how to sign up.

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APK Insight Stories September 8

Our team has found signs that Google may be working on a second Pixel tablet for next year, labeled as a “Pro” variant.

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Back in April, we reported that the Pixel 6 Pro was supposed to launch with Face Unlock, and we’ve since detailed Google’s continued development of the capability. Android 13 QPR1 reveals what the end user Pixel Face Unlock experience will be like.

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We’ve now gotten our best look yet at the dock accessory for the 2023 Pixel tablet thanks to new animations in the latest Android 13 Beta.

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Stadia 4.33 for Android is rolling out now via the Google Play Store, and in it, our team has found early signs of Party Stream coming to Android, as well as a potentially upcoming Ubisoft+ promotion.

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APK Insight Stories September 2

Back in May, it emerged that Google was working on built-in snore and cough detection for Android, and new evidence shows that this tracking capability will be offered through Digital Wellbeing.

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APK Insight Stories August 31

With the Pixel 6 last October, Assistant debuted “Quick phrases” to skip the hotword for two specific actions, and you might soon be able to “silence” incoming calls.

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APK Insight Stories August 23

Ahead of iOS 16 launching next month, Apple Music for Android has been updated with the latest features to ensure parity as part of version 4.0, which is currently in beta.

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APK Insight Stories August 18

Google Fi, the company’s competitor to Mint and Visible, is preparing for the upcoming launch of the Pixel Watch, making it the first smartwatch supported by the carrier.

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APK Insight Stories August 12

Ahead of the Pixel Watch’s launch later this year, the Fitbit app is readying support for Google’s Wear OS smartwatch, including seemingly confirming its battery life.

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APK Insight Stories August 10

The latest update to Google Stadia’s Android app, version 4.26, is rolling out now and includes work on a “Claim all” button for Stadia Pro members and new languages for the app.

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APK Insight Stories August 5

After first being reported nearly a year ago, Google TV is now making tangible progress toward launching 50 channels worth of free, ad-supported streaming content, and we have your first look at the channel list.

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APK Insight Stories August 4

The latest update to Google Meet paves the way to do more than just get work done in video meetings, with support for YouTube, Spotify, UNO, and more.

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APK Insight Stories July 29

The Pixel Buds Pro launched earlier this week in four delightful colors, but it should come at no surprise that Google considered many more during the development process. Here are some variants that we believe came closer to launching, but ultimately didn’t.

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APK Insight Stories July 28

Just in time for the Pixel 6a’s launch, Google has released a new update for the Pixel series Camera app, which includes early work on a new mode for foldables, as well as preparation to offer selfie-taking advice.

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APK Insight Stories July 22

Google is preparing to expand Pixel’s support for showing At A Glance notifications from smart doorbells to also include alerts from Ring products.

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APK Insight Stories July 20

A sleep timer to pause playback after a specified increment is in the works for YouTube Music. This has been a long requested feature, especially since Google Play Music offered one ages ago.

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APK Insight Stories July 14

Google Maps is preparing to expand its fuel-efficient routing options by specifically tailoring to electric vehicles, hybrids, and more.

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APK Insight Stories July 12

The latest update to Stadia’s Android app, version 4.22, includes preparations for reactions on the Explore tab, a warning about “too many players,” and more.

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APK Insight Stories July 8

Google has updated Android’s Data Restore Tool with a handful of new animations in preparation for the upcoming Pixel tablet.

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APK Insight Stories July 7

As of today, At a Glance on Pixel has 14 distinct capabilities and Google is readying three more, with ridesharing status being the most notable.

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APK Insight Stories July 6

Google appears to be working on a new device that — at the very least — has the functionality of the classic “Chromecast Audio,” which helped make normal speakers “smarter.”

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APK Insight Stories July 5

Last month, we reported how Google Calendar was laying the groundwork to replace Assistant Reminders with Tasks. More details on how the Reminders-to-Google Tasks migration in Calendar should work are now available. 

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Last month, Google updated At a Glance with flashlight reminders and Nest Doorbell alerts. The Pixel At a Glance widget could soon get a “Cross Device Timer” capability that integrates with Google Home.

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APK Insight Stories June 30

To make it easier to get started with a new smart TV or dongle, Google TV may soon automatically log in to your previously connected apps and services.

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APK Insight Stories June 29

Google Meet is set to gain a new feature, “stereo separation” of call audio, ahead of the app being merged with Google Duo.

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APK Insight Stories June 28

Google seems to be preparing for car crash detection and other Pixel-exclusive Personal Safety features available on other Android phones.

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As early as 2018, Google had been readying an Assistant-adjacent feature that supercharges saving and reminders on Android. It now appears that Google is no longer working on “Assistant Memory” as the company’s reminders strategy becomes ever more muddled. 

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The latest update to the Google Camera app, version 8.5, includes new details about the photography and videography features of the Pixel 7 and next year’s Pixel tablet.

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APK Insight Stories June 20

At the start of this month, it emerged that Google Assistant is losing the ability to set both location-based and assigned reminders. A bigger change looks to be underway as that old Assistant Reminders system in Google Calendar is being replaced by Google Tasks.

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APK Insight Stories June 16

Google Messages is set to get a bit more customizable in the near future, allowing you to choose what happens when you swipe a conversation to the left or right.

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APK Insight Stories June 14

Google launched its Android, iOS, and web note-taking app in March of 2013. Now, over nine years later, Google Keep is about to add text formatting that will let you bold, italicize, and underline text. 

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