Google updates Messages app to fix bug that broke search functionality [APK Download]

Some of you may have recently encountered an annoying bug in Google’s SMS app Messages (formerly Android Messages) whereby the search function would no longer work — ironic when your company is primarily known as a search engine. Thankfully, a fix has now been released and the issue should no longer present itself.

Hey @Google, thanks for updating the #Pixel operating system so now I can’t search my text messages by anything other than the people in the conversation. Read MoreGoogle updates Messages app to fix bug that broke search functionality [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

Opera Browser Beta can now block those annoying cookie dialogs [APK Download]

When browsing the web these days, it’s common to see a big banner or dialog asking for cookie consent every time you visit a site. Thanks to GDPR, this is now a legal requirement in the EU, so you’ll encounter it multiple times a day. Opera Browser Beta is offering you chance to get rid of them.

It’s an extension of the app’s ad blocker, with a new toggle to “Block cookie dialogs” and a further check box letting you “Automatically accept cookie dialogs,” which, let’s be honest, we all do anyway without even reading them (To be clear: this is not what I’d advise you to do — it’s always best to read before accepting). Read MoreOpera Browser Beta can now block those annoying cookie dialogs [APK Download] 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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Playground 2.0, Marvel Studios Avengers pack, and more Playmojis can be installed on older Pixels [APK Download]

The evolution of AR Stickers, Playground, was announced during the Pixel 3 event, and along with it came four new Playmoji packs for Weather, Signs, Sports, and Pets, with two more promised for Marvel and Childish Gambino. However, these were all supposed to be exclusive for the Pixel 3. But as we have learned over the years, the word “exclusive” might be very accurate sometimes, but could be circumvented with a simple APK file in others. Read MorePlayground 2.0, Marvel Studios Avengers pack, and more Playmojis can be installed on older Pixels [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.