Google Play Movies v4.9 includes several subtle UI tweaks and prepares Watchlist price comparisons [APK Teardown]

While most of Google’s core apps have gone through some pretty monumental changes in their adoption of Google’s Material Theme, many of the other apps have been slower to take on a new look. In some cases, like the latest Play Movies & TV app, the changes are also much gentler, spanning over the course of a few versions.

What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Visual tweaks

Visual tweaks

We can begin the list of changes with a neat change to the splash screen. Read MoreGoogle Play Movies v4.9 includes several subtle UI tweaks and prepares Watchlist price comparisons [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard v7.8 prepares option to clear search history, enhancements to voice typing and clipboard manager [APK Teardown]

 

The latest update to the Gboard app is now out, but it doesn’t appear to be adding any features in this update, or at least not yet. A teardown points to some enhancements to some features we’ve either seen in the past or expect to go live in the near future, including tweaks to the Clipboard Manager, an option to delete search history, follow-ups related to voice typing, and of course, a ton of new languages and localized keyboards. Read MoreGboard v7.8 prepares option to clear search history, enhancements to voice typing and clipboard manager [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto v3.8 adds optional message previews and revamps the music player [APK Teardown]

The latest Auto update is rolling out and it’s making a couple of substantial changes, at least by the standards of an Auto update. You’ll now have the option to see the first several words of incoming messages when they arrive, and the music player has been given a makeover that changes both its looks and a little bit of functionality. It seems this update is rolling out to a pretty small number of people right now. Read MoreAndroid Auto v3.8 adds optional message previews and revamps the music player [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown]

Google began rolling out the traditional friday night update to the beta channel. Like so many other updates, this one brings with it minor tweaks to the interface. Of more interest are the topics for a teardown, which includes changes to Voice Match, migration of more settings for the home screen, and a bit more about KITT.

What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Feed is now truly rebranded to Discover

Feed -> Discover

It has been about a month since Google renamed Feed to Discover. Read MoreGoogle app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Update Notes for YouTube, Google+, YouTube Music, Google Camera, Photos, and Wear OS (October 28, 2018)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don’t want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I’m going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes. Read MoreUpdate Notes for YouTube, Google+, YouTube Music, Google Camera, Photos, and Wear OS (October 28, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Phone v25 may be ready to roll out Dark Theme, prepares to share blocked numbers with other apps [APK Teardown]

The latest Google Phone update is out, but you’re probably not going to spot anything too special right out of the gate. The changes worth noting are to the upcoming dark mode, which appears to be complete as of this version. It still hasn’t gone live, but it probably could at any time. There’s also text describing a tweak that would allow blocked phone numbers to be shared between apps.

Teardown
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Gmail v8.10 may hint at adding Inbox's standard and travel bundles [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Inbox only served to rub some salt in the wound as it was prepared for its impending demise, but maybe clues from the latest Gmail update will provide some solace. There aren’t any changes jumping out after installing, but some hints inside the app to point to early implementations for some of the features people love from Inbox.

Teardown
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Google Duo v41 prepares contact pinning and calling Home devices linked to your account [APK Teardown]

The latest version of Google Duo has landed, but like so many other updates, it doesn’t appear to change anything immediately upon installation. However, as tradition dictates, there are a couple of interesting things to see from a teardown. It looks like Duo will be adding support for pinning contacts to the top of your list for convenient access. You should also be able to begin making calls to smart displays linked to your account for an easy way to call home. Read MoreGoogle Duo v41 prepares contact pinning and calling Home devices linked to your account [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Contacts v3.1 comes with more visual updates and prepares option to erase interaction data [APK Teardown]

The big update to Contacts v3.0 brought with it a significant visual refresh to the Material theme Google has been adopting over the last few months. The latest update to v3.1 continues on that trajectory with more visual adjustments that tune the look even further. Not only does this update sport a few fresh graphics, there’s also the start of a new feature that can clear interaction data.

What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Cosmetic updates

Even more visual tweaks

Left: v3.0. Read MoreGoogle Contacts v3.1 comes with more visual updates and prepares option to erase interaction data [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.24 beta gets closer to allowing services to manage your notes and lists, moves more settings to a General screen, and more [APK Teardown]

An update to the Google app is rolling out a bit earlier than usual for the week. Besides small tweaks, there’s not much to see, but a teardown is turning up some interesting additions to the APK. Google has resumed work on allowing services to stand in for Notes and Lists functionality with Assistant. There are also a few more settings making the jump to a central ‘General’ screen.

What’s New

As always, there are minor tweaks and changes that really don’t need to be enumerated here. Read MoreGoogle app v8.24 beta gets closer to allowing services to manage your notes and lists, moves more settings to a General screen, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.