Lawnchair Launcher v2 exits beta, brings latest Pixel-style home screen to any phone (APK Download)

Lawnchair Launcher is the go-to home screen replacement for many looking to duplicate the Pixel experience on other phones — once you get used to things like Google Discover and the “at a glance” widget, it can be hard to go back.  The updated V2 version has been around for a while in alpha and Play Store beta releases, though folks have been clamoring for and bothering the developers about a stable release on the Play Store for ages. Read MoreLawnchair Launcher v2 exits beta, brings latest Pixel-style home screen to any phone (APK Download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard 8.4 rolling out with taller emoji keyboard and dictionary import/export for some [APK Download]

Gboard has long become more than a simple keyboard app. It also allows you to send rich media files like GIFs, emoji, ASCII symbols, stickers, and even little Google Search cards for quick reference when chatting. So many different options to choose from threaten to make the keyboard feel overcrowded; to help alleviate that, Google is testing a taller media picker for the new Gboard 8.4 release.

As you can see in the screenshots below, the taller keyboard lets you view many more emoji, stickers, and GIFs at once, although the added space naturally comes at the expense of real estate for the rest of the screen — Google Keep looks outright cramped. Read MoreGboard 8.4 rolling out with taller emoji keyboard and dictionary import/export for some [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 65 enters beta, adds support for WebP images

Firefox for Android is pretty great these days, and it’s about to get a bit better. Firefox 65 just entered the beta channel, and it includes support for a long-awaited web feature — WebP images.
WebP is an image format developed by Google, and is based on the VP8 video codec used by WebM. It supports both lossy and lossless compression, making it a competitor to JPEG and PNG, respectively. Read MoreFirefox 65 enters beta, adds support for WebP images was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: APK Download] Google Fit gets a home screen widget and improved activity tracking in latest update

Update 1: 2018/12/12 5:43am PST

The update is starting to roll out now as part of version 2.06.32, but if you can’t wait for it to hit your device, we have it on APK

Google says it has been paying attention to your feature requests since the redesigned Fit app was launched in the summer and it has a new update just in time for the holidays — ready for you to watch the pounds pile on thanks to yet another leftover-turkey sandwich your body didn’t ask for. Read More[Update: APK Download] Google Fit gets a home screen widget and improved activity tracking in latest update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes [APK Download]

Google Keep is getting a small update today on both Android and the web, but it’s an important one if you use hand-drawing notes a lot. From now on, you won’t be constrained to a single screen for your drawing — instead, Keep will add more space at the bottom of the note so you can keep going.

The first time you get to the bottom of the screen while drawing, you’ll see a pop-up explaining that more space has been added. Read MoreGoogle Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.