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Latest Google Drive Update Adds Instant Edit FAB, Reverse Sort Option [APK Download]

Files in Drive aren't actually stored on your device, but Google is continuing its effort to make the experience feel as though they were by giving you quicker access and more control.

The latest version of Drive lets you dive into editing a file straight from the preview screen. This is thanks to a new floating action button hovering in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

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Photos v1.16 Includes Hints Of A Burst Mode Manager, Comment Sections, And Something About Albums With Maps [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Photos was fairly light on new features, but that's not always what makes an update interesting. Sometimes the most exciting part about a new release is seeing the ingredients that will make up the next great iteration. This update is packed with clues about new things in the pipeline including support for comments, a new screen to manage shots taken in burst mode, and a feature on shared albums that will suggest links to locations around the world.

Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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[Update: More Changes Found] Google App v5.11 Tidies Up The App Drawer A Little Bit [APK Download]

A late-night update to the Google app turned up last night, bringing the current version up to v5.11. The changes in this release are pretty subtle, but there are a few good things to see if you know where to look. (And some commenters definitely knew where to look this morning.) There are UI and functional updates hidden in a few spots, particularly on the app drawer, but also in text selection and probably some other corners of the app. As always, there's a download link at the bottom.

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App Drawer Changes

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Left: previous version. Right: latest version.

The most visually distinct modification was made to the app drawer.

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Maps v9.22 Shows Plans To Support Saving Offline Maps Based On Routes, Also Takes Us Down To Funky Town For A New Easter Egg [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Maps v9.22 included a respectable number of new features and improvements, but that's not all it had to show off. A teardown reveals that the developers are preparing a feature that users have been requesting for quite some time: saving routes for offline use. But that's not the only item on the teardown docket, we've also got the makings of an easter egg that might just take us back to 1979 for some disco.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Photos v1.16 Adds Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons To Its Video Player [APK Download]

Today has been pretty slow for updates, so far, but sometimes that's just how Google rolls. There is at least one notable feature from this morning's release of Photos v1.16, and it brings a neat little improvement to the built-in video player: fast forward and rewind buttons. There are also a couple of odd UI tweaks related to album sharing. A new bug also snuck into this version, so be wary. As always, we've got a link to the download at the bottom. Oh, and stay tuned for a teardown with even more stuff from this version.

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Fast Forward and Rewind

2016-03-16 19.33.23

The app may be called Photos, but it handles videos, as well.

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Maps v9.22 Brings Improvements To Your Places And Timeline, Custom Icons For Home And Work, And More [APK Download]

Earlier today, Google let us know that a tab for ride sharing would soon find a prominent place in the route planning screen. It looks like Maps v9.22 is responsible for bringing that feature... Sorta. Google is doing a staged rollout of the ride sharing tab with a server-side switch, so you may or may not see it after updating to the latest version.

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Cardboard v1.8 Includes Cool New Arctic Journey Demo [APK Download]

It's time to get out your Cardboard viewers, there's an update to Google's demo app for the lil' VR platform that could. Version 1.8 came out yesterday with a brand new demo called Arctic Journey. It's a brief tour through some of the experiences we can have in VR, set in the frozen landscape of the very, very far north. As you might expect, words are inadequate to describe the scenery, so here's some idea of what you might encounter on a trip to the North Pole.

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The tour starts with a cute arctic fox and continues through different scenes as it introduces themes like flight, playing, learning, creating, and relaxation.

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Netflix 4.3 Update Delivers A Brighter Experience For Kids Using Android Tablets

Netflix is filled to the brim with shows people want to watch, including children. Thing is, the default experience is pretty dark, and that remains the case if you sign into the kid portion. The little ones may be flipping through pictures of Curious George and The Land Before Time, but they're doing so against a dark backdrop of black and red.

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Nest Introduces Family Accounts For Up To 10 People, Now Guesses Whether You're Home Or Not Using Home/Away Assist

Nest products are attractive because of their brains. They're not bad-looking, don't get me wrong, but its the smart things they do that keep people interested. The company's latest inclusion gets Nest interacting with your entire family.

The products now support family accounts, which can manage up to ten people. This way anyone in the house can change the temperature or receive notifications without needing the master password. Each person can interact with a Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, or Nest Cam.

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Google+ v7.4 Brings Back Pinning For Regular Profile Posts And Makes Circles Streams A Little Easier To Use [APK Download]

We're deep in the woods with Android N news, but that doesn't mean everything else has stopped. This is still Update Wednesday and there are apks to be investigated. Earlier this morning a new version of Google+ turned up and it has at least a couple of changes worth looking at. The post pinning feature is back after a long hiatus, and the Circle Streams feature might be getting a few improvements of its own. If you're just looking for the update, a link is at the bottom of the post.

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Pin to profile returns

2016-03-09 23.25.51

The one definite feature of this release is the return of 'Pin to profile' for non-collection, non-community posts.

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