APK Insight Overview Updated November 30, 2021
456 'APK Insight' stories
January 2018 - November 2021
APK Insight Stories November 30
The latest update to Stadia for Android, version 3.44, is rolling out now via the Play Store and includes early work on a revamped search feature, livestream spectating, and more.
APK Insight Stories November 22
With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Now Playing gained a manual lookup capability that appears as a search button on the homescreen. The next Pixel update to Now Playing will introduce the ability to favorite songs and a bottom bar redesign.
APK Insight Stories November 21
APK Insight Stories November 9
APK Insight Stories November 8
The latest update to the Stadia app for Android offers our first hints at Dolby surround sound coming soon to the streaming service.
APK Insight Stories October 16
Stadia 3.38 has begun rolling out to Android devices via the Play Store, and in it, we’ve found “playability tips” to help improve your connection, along with a hint at deeper support for the Stadia Controller in the Android TV app.
APK Insight Stories October 15
Each year, Pixel phones gain a set of live wallpapers that try to stay in-theme with what the device is trying to accomplish. The only new live wallpapers for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are a set of “Bloom” floral backgrounds that should look familiar.
APK Insight Stories October 6
APK Insight Stories September 29
The latest addition to Google’s rapidly growing catalog of Android homescreen widgets is a handy search widget for Google Maps.
APK Insight Stories September 28
New Pixel phones released in the fall usually launch with exclusive software features that later become available on older Google phones. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be the first to feature Material You weather widgets powered by the Google app.
APK Insight Stories September 24
The latest version of Stadia for Android includes continued work toward adding voice chat, “Instant Trials” for Stadia store games, and more.
APK Insight Stories September 21
After redesigning the Weather app, Google’s next step is introducing Android 12 homescreen widgets. We enabled the first one last week, and the second Google widget coming is straight from the Pixel 6’s Material You advertising.
APK Insight Stories September 16
The latest update to the Google TV app, in many areas still known as Play Movies & TV, gives us our best look yet at the upcoming phone-based remote for Android TV devices.
Update: As of version 4.28, we’re now able to preview the Quick Settings tile for the Google TV app’s upcoming remote.
APK Insight Stories September 14
Google is working on a redesign of Android Auto that borrows elements from Material You and makes your notifications more easily accessible.
APK Insight Stories September 13
APK Insight Stories September 12
For the past few years, Google has been working on a “Better Together” initiative to make the experience of owning an Android phone and Chromebook more seamless. Integrations today include a prominent Phone Hub, Instant Tethering, and Smart (Un)Lock. As we reported in February, the latest feature in this family is codenamed “Eche,” and we now know a lot more about the Android side of things. Google Pixel phones look to be the first devices that can “Push” and mirror apps to Chromebooks.
APK Insight Stories September 10
Ahead of Android 12’s launch later this year, our team has discovered that Google Translate has a Material You revamp in the works, it’s first major redesign in over five years — here’s an early look.
APK Insight Stories September 1
APK Insight Stories August 25
The latest update to the Stadia app, version 3.31, includes continued work toward a touch gamepad for Android TV, a new “magic linking” method for controllers, and more.
APK Insight Stories August 22
APK Insight Stories August 20
Peloton app confirms rower, prepares scenic waterways
The latest update to the Peloton app confirms that a rower is on the way and offers hints of what sorts of rides you’ll be able to take and what metrics will be saved.
APK Insight Stories August 12
Google is preparing to upgrade its “Find My Device” system to use other Androids to anonymously find your lost phone, as well as gain the ability to protect data on a lost vehicle.
APK Insight Stories August 10
APK Insight Stories August 5
The latest update to Stadia for Android, version 3.28, works toward taking screenshots and accessing Assistant with third-party controllers, joining parties from your phone, and more.
Google One, Google’s subscription service that gives you increased storage for Drive and Photos, is set to become available in a discounted bundle with Play Pass.
APK Insight Stories August 3
One of the more whimsical aspects of Waze is the ability to see your car represented on the map with a 3D model. It seems Waze is getting ready to celebrate the upcoming release of Halo Infinite by including two of the game series’ classic vehicles.
Update: Almost two weeks after being spotted by our team, Waze has made Halo vehicles officially available in the app.
APK Insight Stories July 27
Google is developing a new iOS app called “Switch to Android,” which should be able to copy the most important data from your iPhone and bring over your apps.
APK Insight Stories July 26
Google’s Data Transfer Tool, the standard tool for copying files from one Android to another or from iOS to Android, is preparing to offer a way to copy your WhatsApp chats from your iPhone.
APK Insight Stories July 20
One of the most exciting promises of Stadia on Android TV is that you can get great video games directly on your smart TV, all you may need to buy is a controller. The latest update to Stadia for Android continues working toward playing games on your TV using your phone as a controller.
The latest Android Auto beta points to the app being able to automatically open itself on more cars’ infotainment centers.
Google is preparing to shut down its My Maps app on Android this October in favor of only supporting the web app.
APK Insight Stories July 15
Despite the numerous leaks, there are still quite a few things we don’t know about the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The latest Google Camera update offers some insight into the Pixel 6 series specs, including screen resolution, flash for the selfie camera, and more.
APK Insight Stories July 13
The writing has been on the wall for Google Hangouts for some time now, but soon Hangouts will begin warning of the app’s upcoming shutdown and migration to Chat.
APK Insight Stories July 12
APK Insight Stories July 1
APK Insight Stories June 30
This year, in response to iOS 14, Google has begun a new push for more and better home screen widgets in Android apps. It seems Google Photos will be the next first-party Android app to get a widget, showcasing your images from one year ago.
APK Insight Stories June 28
The latest update to Stadia for Android points to a promo for YouTube Premium members and includes more work toward using your phone as a controller for Stadia on your TV.
APK Insight Stories June 22
Yesterday, Google launched a new app in preparation for Stadia to be available on Android TV and Google TV devices. We’ve found that the new Android TV app is designed completely differently from how Stadia for Android works.
APK Insight Stories June 18
Android 12 this fall will introduce support for digital car keys. With our phones growing ever more capable, losing them will become a greater and greater inconvenience. As such, the Find My Device process will incorporate deleting and suspending car keys if you misplace your phone.
The latest beta version of Play services rolled out last evening to reveal that Google is working on a “Find My Device network” capability named “Spot” that leverages your Android phone to locate other devices.
APK Insight Stories June 17
One of the key aspects of the Pixel Launcher experience is “At A Glance,” which has seen a handful of weather-related tweaks in recent months. Google is now planning to overhaul the capability into “Live Space” and better integrate it on with Assistant on Pixel phones running Android 12.
APK Insight Stories June 10
APK Insight Stories June 4
The latest update to the Stadia app for Android includes work toward filters for the store, the ability to voice chat with friends, the much-anticipated Google TV app, and more.
APK Insight Stories June 3
Ahead of the June Pixel Feature Drop, code in the Pixel Tips app points to Google Camera’s astrophotography potentially getting upgraded to offer time lapse video.
APK Insight Stories June 2
APK Insight Stories June 1
Google TV appears to be getting ready to support separate profiles on its home page, complete with tailored recommendations.
APK Insight Stories May 27
The latest update to the Fitbit app contains the beginnings of nighttime snoring and noise detection, along with a cute way to think about your sleeping habits.
APK Insight Stories May 21
Google Weather readies Material Theme redesign, new menu
For years, Google’s “Weather” applet on Android has used a fairly straightforward design with elements from the original 2014 Material Design. Now, Google Weather is in the process of being updated to be more in line with the Google Material Theme.