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Google Currents is not the only Android app the company updated today as many first-party apps saw relatively minor updates through the Play Store this afternoon. Basically, the next time you check your app list be prepared to wait on those updates to download.

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If you are one of the few still using a Google TV device, the PrimeTime and TV Search apps have been updated. PrimeTime comes with bugfixes and faster access to the channel guide. TV Search should be faster and less prone to crashes. On the phone side of things, Shopper has a shiny new UI and performance enhancements. Meanwhile the very similar Google Offers app gets some bugfixes and a better purchase process.

You might not use the above apps all that much, but Google Drive is a fairly big one. The changes, however, are not very big. Just general bugfixes and speed improvements for Drive. Google Earth is in a similar position with minor bugfixes arriving in this round of updates. The new version of Field Trip is actually a more substantial change. Version 1.07 of this app adds saving of cards, reduced battery usage, reporting wrong locations, and some bugfixes.

Update: Google Search got an update too, but the team didn't even bother with a changelog. Play Magazines, on the other hand, touted mysterious "support for future interactivity." What this interactivity might be remains unknown for the time being.

Even minor updates are appreciated if they improve the experience, right?

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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

    Drive is the only app here that's worthy of being on my teardown list. Nothing's new.

    • nicereddy

      Are you planning on doing a teardown of currents as well?

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

        I wasn't planning on it.

        It displays news. Is there really that much more they could add?

        • mgamerz

          Winning lottery ticket numbers before they are drawn would be a welcome addition

        • nicereddy

          It was a pretty large update, it could hint at integration of Google Reader or Google News to combine them into a single app.

        • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

          Maybe there could be something pointing at a desktop version of Currents? (one can hope..)

    • markmayhew

      Have u used Field Trip (in an urban environment)?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eddy-Morales/673435879 Eddy Morales

        Yeah, and I don't see why I'd use it if Google Now is available on your device.

        • ddpacino

          Totally different popups if you've had it installed. It's called Field Trip for a reason -- it doesn't popup the nearest pizza spot or anything, but historical buildings and the like.

      • Usama Ahmad

        I've been using it in Chicago. It's pretty cool. Often the information is interesting but not all that useful. Good for history lovers, or people who want to know more about their city. I don't think Google Now can replicate the features of Field Trip.

    • nsnsmj

      Google Play Magazines has an update too, and the What's New section only lists "Support for future interactivity".

      • Jamie

        Potential Audiobooks is quite possible!

        A couple of apps have also created ~£2 apps that appeal to children (they seem interactive but I never buy books! )

  • Kchitown77

    Where our wallet update

    • Jamie

      A xmas treat Wallet team - An International Version

  • Kellic

    :( No update to youtube. The damn update keeps me from using it signed in. just comes up with a network error. Looking at the comments on the market I'm not the only one.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    I'm one of them few still using a GoogleTV... :) Plan on buying another too...

    • nicereddy

      It comes with Google Fiber if you pay a bit extra so it looks like you'll be joining a few more soon!

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        Google Fiber? U talking about the service there testing in Kansas city?

        • nicereddy

          Yep, you can buy a Google Fiber/TV package deal. They don't seem to be planning on stopping so plenty of people will get TV along with FIber.

          • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            U need to be in a service area don't u?

    • Aaron Berlin

      Me too! I'm a big fan - though I'd love to step up to something a little more powerful than my Revue (it's a little long-in-the-tooth at this point).

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        I got the first gen Sony blu-ray, when it was still in bata... I was thinking of getting the Revue, but at the time, and still do, I look at Logitech as a cheap accessories manufacturers... Couldn't find the will to buy that one... plus it was still at the $200.0 mark, and the Sony was only $200.0 more with a blu-ray... So I got that one... Haven't had any trouble with it, other then chrome... My experience has been good, and want more... I'm hoping this year at Google I/O, we hear some good news about the future of GoogleTV...

        • ddpacino

          Dont bother with the Revue, wont get all the latest cool stuff, like Voice Search. I need to find me a new box.

          I want a Nexus Q with Google TV (Nexus TV). I hope we see that, a little cheaper, at IO.

          • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            Me too...

  • ScottColbert

    Also looks like Google released maps on iOS too...for those who have it. :P

  • Tim Sheppard

    Currents finally has a widget, bit no link to Twitter for tracking your teenage kids like Flipboard (but Flipboard rubbish on nexus 7 as slow using WiFi).
    Search still doesn't work for what's this song.
    Drive still rubbish for editing, stick to Office Pro and it's direct links to drive and dropbox.
    Everything else either not in UK or only gets used once in a blue moon.

  • Sqube

    I'm still waiting for Google Drive to come a little closer to Dropbox in terms of functionality so that it'll be worth it to use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tj.physicist Tj Hariharan

    currents update is AWESOME, finally get categories, so i can seperate stuff between my google reader based currents and my other currents.