Google app Stories April 4
Google app Stories March 1
Google app Stories January 11
[Update: Fixed] Google app bug opens all Search, Discover websites in Chrome/browser
With the first beta channel release of 2022, the Google app introduced a bug that sees its Chrome Custom Tab break and all web pages open in your default browser on Android.
Google app Stories December 5, 2021
Google app Stories November 30, 2021
With the Pixel 2, the Pixel Launcher was revamped to place the search field at the bottom of your screen. Four years later, the Google app looks to be readying something similar with a bottom Search bar redesign.
Google app Stories November 29, 2021
Google app Stories November 20, 2021
[Update: Back] Google app bug causes At a Glance to open old Weather UI
While the latest Google app beta introduced some nice updates to the Weather widgets, it also hampered At a Glance in the Pixel Launcher. Namely, it launches the original Google Weather experience instead of the redesign.
Google app Stories November 9, 2021
Google app Stories October 18, 2021
In a very welcome change from what we previously expected, the Google Weather Material You widgets are now live on existing Pixel phones with the latest Google app beta.
Google app Stories September 29, 2021
You can quickly access Google app settings, reminders from the Pixel Launcher’s Discover feed
The Google app recently lost its “More” tab for a unified panel when opening the account switcher. That new settings menu can now be accessed in the Google Discover feed to the left of the Pixel Launcher.
Google app Stories September 28, 2021
Google app Stories September 21, 2021
Google has been working on an in-app browser for Search on Android for quite sometime now. After being widely rolled out to the beta channel for the past few months, it has disappeared and reverted to Chrome Custom Tabs.
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.
Google app Stories September 20, 2021
Google app Stories September 9, 2021
Google app Stories September 3, 2021
Google app Stories September 2, 2021
Google app Stories September 1, 2021
Google app on Android makes it easier to control SafeSearch with ‘Hide explicit results’ setting
SafeSearch, which “filter[s] out explicit content in Google’s search results,” has been around for so long that it has entered the cultural lexicon. The Google Search app on Android is now making it easier to access with a new “Hide explicit results” settings page.
Google app Stories June 24, 2021
Following the latest update, the Google app, Podcasts, and Lens are repeatedly crashing, while Assistant is also unavailable. Users across Google Pixel, Samsung, and Motorola phones are affected.
Google app Stories June 17, 2021
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.
Google app Stories June 15, 2021
Google app Stories June 2, 2021
Google app Stories May 20, 2021
After the Now Playing screen got updated earlier this year, the rest of the Google Podcasts is getting a revamp. The changes aren’t major, but there are a number of great usability upgrades for longtime users.
Google app Stories April 23, 2021
For the past several weeks, we’ve been tracking an Assistant feature codenamed “Guacamole” in the Google app. We can now report that “Guacamole” will let users perform time-sensitive Assistant “quick tasks” like answering calls or silencing alarms on your Android phone without having to first say “Hey Google.”
Google app Stories March 24, 2021
The very first iteration of Assistant for phones was focused on voice commands until Google in 2018 added Smart Display-inspired visual elements like on-screen controls. Last year, a Snapshot feed to show personalized recommendations and upcoming events was added. Overall, Google wants Assistant to be better suited for and take advantage of the phone form factor, and an upcoming “Memory” feature — which we enabled — is the most significant example of that goal to date.
Google app Stories February 11, 2021
Recently, instead of using classic Chrome Custom Tabs, the Google app for Android began using a bespoke in-app browser for search results and more. Now the in-app browser for Google Search on Android is testing handy shortcuts to “Read Aloud” and “Translate.”
Google app Stories February 9, 2021
Google app Stories February 8, 2021
The latest Google app beta is rolling out a redesign to the player screen in Google Podcasts. Simplification is the focus with more spacing given to key controls, while other actions are hidden in the process.
Google app Stories December 30, 2020
Google app Stories December 18, 2020
Google frequently asks users for feedback to improve Search results, and the latest rating example is in the Search app on Android. There is a new “Rate your recent experience” notification that appears to be focused on improving location results.
Google app Stories October 7, 2020
Google app Stories September 16, 2020
An update to the Google app for iOS is making its way to users to deliver a handy new feature. The Google app for iOS can now read articles out loud.
Google app Stories August 17, 2020
One element of Google’s latest design language is having your profile image appear in the top-right corner of every application to emphasize how you’re logged in. This Google Account switcher is now getting tweaked to launch a fullscreen interface.
Google app Stories August 8, 2020
Google weather app disappears for some Android users, probably a bug
For a long time, the Google app on Android has had a not-so-hidden weather “app” built-in. It offers a full UI with limited but useful features. It gets the job done for a lot of people and has a cute little frog too. Now, though, some Android users have noticed that the Google weather app has disappeared off of their phones.
Google app Stories August 3, 2020
Google Lens adds ‘Places’ filter as Podcasts player tests queue swiping
Updated via the Google app, Lens and Podcasts recently picked up some new features. The visual search tool gains a “Places” filter, while Podcasts makes switching to the next episode somewhat faster.
Google app Stories July 30, 2020
Earlier this month, the Google app pulled its custom in-app browser for opening Search results and Discover articles. It was not particularly well liked for eschewing the standard Chrome Custom Tab implementation on Android. The latest Google app beta is now testing it again and made some tweaks along the way.
Google app Stories July 28, 2020
With Android 11, Google is going all-in with Bubbles, a way to “let users easily multi-task from anywhere on their device.” They are primarily used for messaging notifications and quick access to conversation threads, but the latest Google app beta today reveals work on an “Assistant Chat Head.”
Google app Stories July 3, 2020
Google app Stories June 30, 2020
Google app Stories June 24, 2020
Google app Stories June 7, 2020
[Update: Fixed] Latest Google app beta crashes when you customize Discover on Android
A bug with the latest Google app beta today sees the Discover feed available to the left of Android homescreens consistently crash. This issue affects both Google and non-Pixel devices.
Google app Stories May 26, 2020
After several years of evolution, Google Discover has firmly settled into a feed of news and articles that are tailored to your interests. Cards for sports and weather still exists, with the latter on Android seeing a redesign today in the form of a bubble.
Google app Stories May 21, 2020
[Update: Only Android 10+] Google app for Android and iOS adds official dark mode
Google has been rolling out dark mode to its various apps for over a year at this point, but the Google app’s dark mode never fully stuck on Android or iOS. Today, Google has confirmed that rollout is finally happening for all users.
Google app Stories May 19, 2020
Google Discover not loading for some on Android due to sign-in error
Discover provides a feed of personalized articles that are usually relevant to your interests. A sign-in error where no stories load is plaguing Google Discover on Android today.
Google app Stories May 18, 2020
Google tests Lens shortcut in Images search bar on Android
On Android, Google’s visual search tool can primarily be accessed from the homescreen or through Assistant. Google Lens is now testing a shortcut in Image Search.
Google app Stories May 13, 2020
[Update: Fixed] Google app, Assistant dark themes disappear for some after latest beta