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If you haven't heard, Google makes a ton of Android apps. It can be a real hassle to keep up with them all, as the company is occasionally prone to updating a handful of them at once. So today we're lumping together new versions of My Tracks, Google Fiber, Google TV Search, Google Shopping Express, and Voice Search for Google TV all in one post. Links and changelogs for all five apps are available below.

My Tracks

My Tracks lets you see where you've been, how you got there, and how long the journey took you. Now it can track your calories too. It's the first app on this list, because it's the only one that most of you will be able to download.

What's new:

  • Insert photo markers
  • Calculate calories burned
  • Play multiple tracks in Google Earth

Google Fiber

You need to be in Kansas City for this one. Yeah, that's not something you read often.

What's new:

  • Improved Netflix and Vudu control
  • Power TV on & off via HDMI-CEC (requires TV support)
  • Status icons in guide (recording, smart recording, streamable, etc.)s
  • UI improvements
  • Bug fixes

Google Shopping Express

Google Shopping Express is only marginally less exclusive than Google Fiber, so most of us can gloss over this one too. It's a nifty service for those who can use it, and today it just got slightly better.

What's new:

  • Order statuses can now be viewed from the Featured screen
  • UI improvements
  • Bug fixes

Search for TV

It wouldn't be a Google TV if you couldn't search for things, right?

What's new:

  • Better handling of diacritic characters.
  • Display date/time badge when no thumbnail is available.
  • Ensure focus is correct when using a pointer device.

Voice Search for TV

Voice Search for TV provides quick access to your TV shows by responding to your verbal commands. It's like your own personal genie.

What's new:

  • Match app names more aggressively
  • Supports catchup TV content search provider

There you have it, five updated Google apps. Admittedly, you're only going to be able to download four of them at most - unless you happen to own a home in both Kansas City and San Francisco. In which case, what were the odds?

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Sweet! Updates for apps that 95% of us probably don't use!!

    • Bariman43

      An Android journalism site covering Android apps? Unheard of!

      • Anthony Tyson

        Its blasphemous!!! Also I'm just jealous of anyone with fiber...

        • CoolCustomer

          aren't we all...

        • Simon Belmont

          Have some shredded wheat. There's your fiber.

          Mmmm. Fiber.

          • Ryuuie

            This comment chain just got funnier.

        • Matthew Fry

          Freakin' KC. Freakin' Provo.

    • Indianajonze

      you use my tracks. or you should at least...

      • Anthony Tyson

        Nope. No need

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Too bad though that GTV is not that widespread...

  • Alonso Tucati

    Good joke: "You need to be in Kansas City for this one. Yeah, that's not something you read often."

  • annoanalyst

    They are testing the waters for success rate in Kansas City and San Francisco. We cannot wait till the trials end. We have to look for the best alternative to the fiber now and not a foreseeable future date.