"Updates for everyone!" she said, as the improvements seemingly fell from the sky. Suddenly, she realized the updates weren't actually for everyone, but rather Google's Field Trip app, as well as Play Books. While she was embarrassed at her initial mistake, no one actually appeared to notice as they all stared silently at their digital devices, exploring the new goodies bestowed upon them.

That's a small excerpt from a wonderful story about a girl and a pair of Google apps, which is ironically very appropriate for today, because both of those apps just happened to be updated. Call it fate. Call it a lucky guess. Call it whatever you want, but I'm going with "update Wednesday."

Google's Field Trip app received a nice bump to version 1.0.8 this evening, which brings a number of fixes and enhancements to the exploration app:

What's in this version:

* New content from Art Nerd New York, Cultureist, Mad Girl Eats, Weekend Sherpa, Wilderness Press and more.
* When receiving a notification, unlock slider lets you swipe right to unlock, left to dismiss, up to snooze.
* When snoozed Field Trip will not send notifications for the rest of the day.
* Configuration option to keep screen turned off. When you hear the notification sound, press power button to read.
* Configuration option to get notifications via standard Android notifications.

Of course, El Goog didn't stop there. Oh, no. They gave Play Books the update of its life, with over 90 issues fixed.


What's in this version:

Improved performance.
Fixed over 90 issues, including crashes.
Implemented a number of UI improvements, including an added drop-down menu in the library to filter books by type, and identifying place names on the current page when the reading controls are showing.

So, both apps are now better, and in turn, you should use them more. You know where to find 'em.