Apps and Updates Stories May 11

GOOG: 930.60

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Google has a reputation for the constantly-evolving aesthetics of its software products, despite the thankfully otherwise stabilizing influence of Material Design. The latest version of the Play Store app changes its app icon once again, ditching the shopping bag of old…

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Apps and Updates Stories May 2

GOOG: 916.44

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The latest version of the Google Play Store is beginning to roll out with strings that point to a new security feature that will alert users when installing apps from unknown sources. Version 7.8 also points to Instant Apps support, pre-registration rewards, and more. expand full story

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Apps and Updates Stories April 26

GOOG: 871.73

-0.57
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The Google Play Store app is notorious for its countless A/B tests, and today we’re seeing yet another. New “Similar apps” and related developer apps sections that some are beginning to see have been revamped to allow for easier, smoother left-to-right scrolling… expand full story

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Apps and Updates Stories March 30

GOOG: 831.50

0.09
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Google Allo has received countless updates since launch, adding a variety of features — most of them involving stickers in some way. Now, we’ve managed to enable some features that Google is actively working on within Allo that haven’t yet been enabled. These include a new button for quickly capturing a selfie and the ability to add stickers as decoration on photos…

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Apps and Updates Stories March 28

GOOG: 820.92

1.41
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Google announced last week that it intends to deprecate SMS functionality in Hangouts, and now an update is rolling out which prepares users of the messaging platform to switch SMS apps. Hangouts 18 doesn’t seem to have any functional changes, but it does add the necessary components to help educate users on the forthcoming transition…

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Apps and Updates Stories March 27

GOOG: 819.51

5.08
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Google Translate received a minor update today to version 5.8, bringing easy-to-access definitions for translated words, a quick account switcher like that found in most of Google’s other first-party Android apps, some new strings referencing China, and (assumably) the usual bug fixes…

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