Mar 12th, 2014

Google app update

It’s another crazy “Google Wednesday” in the Play Store. This is the day Google typically pushes out updates to a handful of their apps on Google Play, and we wait patiently with our forks and knives. So, what’s on the menu for today? Well, for the most part, relatively minor updates, a few we’ve already covered in earlier posts from today. Bug fixes are always a given, but here are a few other tidbits you can expect to find in these new Google app updates…

  • Chrome Beta: Probably the most  boring out of the bunch, seems to be little here than a regular ‘ol stability update. More can be found here.
  • Chromecast: The 3-dot settings has been moved from the overflow bar, to the sidebar menu falling in line with the rest of Google’s recently updated apps.
  • Google Maps: Maps now shows event results when searching for businesses, along with a new navigation feature that dims the display in between turns to conserve battery. Nice.
  • Google Search: Image search has been tweaked, along with options to toggle hotword detection only while on the homescreen, while still keeping it enabled in Google Search (or vice versa).
  • Google Translate: Adds handwriting for Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, and Telugu.
  • Google Wallet: Google added a new “Orders” section in the sidebar menu for tracking packages. You can read more about it in our previous post here.
  • YouTube: The dogfood version accidentally slipped out, but it’s now been replaced by the official 5.5.27. You can read about all the changes in our previous post here.

And that just about concludes all the Google updates for Wednesday (at the time of writing). If you guys find anything new, feel free to shout ’em out below. Until next Wednesday!

Thanks, Sam and everyone else for the tips!

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