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Dec
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In addition to Google Search, the Google Translate, Authenticator, and Voice apps - along with five others - have been updated today as well, though these revisions aren't quite as exciting as new Google Now cards.

First, the Translate app received a bump to 2.5.3, adding text recognition via the camera translate function for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Handwriting recognition has been added for a number of new languages, as well, including: Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Welsh.

Google Voice is now at 0.4.2.75 (which just made me realize, Google still considers this a pre-1.0 app after over 2 years, yikes), and adds a much-needed fix for a bug that caused duplicate notifications to appear until cleared on each device with the Google Voice app installed (Update: as far as I can tell, the inbox syncing issue across devices remains unfixed - bummer). I am very happy about this one, personally. It also fixes delayed SMS notifications, if you were having that issue.

Google Authenticator has been updated to 2.35, and includes bug fixes in the account setup area, as well as UI improvements. Hit up the Play Store links for each of these to grab the updates now, if you're not finding them on your device.

Finally, Zagat got a bug fix update that fixes crashes on launch on some hardware.

On the less notable front, updated to Google Apps Device Policy (link), YouTube for Google TV (link), Google Catalogs (link), and My Tracks (link) were also issued. The YouTube for Google TV update adds ad skipping, so that's definitely worth checking out if you're a GTV owner.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Kchitown77

    Hmmmmm Google on an update spree hopefully wallet is next and becomes compatible with the LGOG from sprint

    • Julio M

      They have a bigger plan for wallet I think.

      • Mike Loomis

        Yeah, where is that Wallet Card?

  • Julio M

    I am so glad about those fixes for GV. Those annoyances bothered me so much on my N7 and GN.

  • youareme7

    I have been hoping for years that Google takes Voice more seriously; I'm considering porting my number over next year but it's still not a great service. Needs MMS and a wifi VOIP app bigtime.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      I didnt port my number over but I have been running it for some time. Having it "forward" my calls through that number, etc. I love it. Its like supercharging a phone. My GV number is my "new" number.

    • Christopher Saylor

      After porting I realized MMS isn't so important to me. I can just as easily post any photo to G+ or Fbook. Less immediate direct satisfaction, but I quickly realized the mass popularity is what was really driving me, and posting the picture is really more effective than sending out 5-10 MMS.

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    I was having that duplicate notification problem with Google Voice, so this update is good news!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Looks like it actually doesn't fix it.

      • Carlos Baldera

        As much of a bummer it is if it's not fixed. I am really glad you wrote this article as I thought my issues with double notification was probably a setting I missed as I had not seen many people complaining about this bug.

  • omegavesko

    Croation.. did you mean Croatian?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Croation: (n) the act of croating.

      But seriously, @rdr0b11:disqus's going to fix that.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        Holy crap you can @ people on disqus? cool.

  • omegavesko

    s/croation/Croatian?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Does anyone have a problem with Voice where it starts playing voicemails and stops at 1 second. Only plays all the way through after trying a few times. This annoys the crap out of me.

    Happened on both AT&T and Sprint devices, so it's not the phone or the network.

    • Eric Hoch

      This happens almost every time I click on a voicemail notification on my EVO 4G LTE. Returning to the list and then selecting the VM again usually fixes it, although that may just be causing me to delay long enough for it to finish loading. I never bothered reporting it since my tolerance for issues like that is remarkably high. I'm glad to hear that it's not just me.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I have the same phone that it happens on. Now I have the One X+ on AT&T, and same shit.

    • Josh Legoza

      I get it almost every time too. Drives me nuts because I'm almost always driving when I listen to voicemail and I don't want to have to diddle around with it. Also hate that they got rid of the ability to make speakerphone your default sound output a few updates back.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        :-[

    • http://www.whatupgoingon.com Greg Macek

      I always thought it was because my phone didn't sync the message yet, but it couldn't (or won't) play and download at the same time. At least that's my theory.

      But it irritates me quite a bit. That and the transcription always takes forever to show up in my inbox on the phone.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Yeah, but it happens even to older voicemails that have been sitting there for hours or days. I mean, it downloaded the call info, now get the voice file too at the same time.

        Argh.

      • John O’Connor

        I have had the same problem Artem / Greg. I always thought it was a sync issue but it doesn't seem to happen as often anymore (although 50% of the time is pretty frequent in my book)

  • Freak4Dell

    I don't think "lest" was the word you were looking for. Maybe try "less"?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Pretty sure you're right, it did rub me the wrong way originally when I read it but I didn't follow up. Fixed it, thanks.

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