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[APK Teardown + Download] Google Play Services 4.2 Refines Play Games, Adds Cast API, Signs Of Auth Enhancements

Today, Google finally opened the Chromecast up to developers in a meaningful way, releasing the Google Cast SDK and integrating the relevant Android API into Google Play Services, the ever-growing backbone of Google's Android-based offerings. The update has already begun its rollout. Of course, that means we're going to look inside and see what's new, and we've also got a download for those who just can't wait for Play Services 4.2 to hit their device.

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Samsung Releases Kernel Source For Galaxy Note 3 (N9005) KitKat Update

Earlier this week, Samsung officially started the rollout of the Galaxy Note 3's update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Appearing first for those in Poland through KIES, the update matched what had been leaked shortly before the rollout began.

Just a few days later, Samsung has uploaded the official kernel source files to its Open Source Release Center.

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Interestingly, the manufacturer told developer Chainfire just yesterday "we only publish open source code of official version," responding to a request for access to the files.

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[APK Download] Gmail 4.7.2 Update Adds Promised Auto-Show Images Feature

Google said it would do it, and now it has. The latest update to Android's Gmail app has enabled images automatically, now made safe because Google is serving up the images after hosting them on its own proxy servers. Users will no longer need to tap the "show pictures" message above the email content.

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Left: old style. Right: 4.7.2.

What's New

We're looking through the application now to see if there are any more changes - this thing is so fresh that Google hasn't even updated the Play Store description.

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Google Glass XE12 System Image Ready For Download

Just a few days ago, Google Glass got a hefty update to XE12 with new Glassware, a new (official) wink gesture for taking photos, a lock screen, and other tweaks.

As expected, the Glass team has made the update's system image available for download from the Glass developers website.

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The download table has also been given a fresh coat of paint with a new column dedicated to checksums. The update, which weighs in at 344MB can be downloaded by hitting the link below.

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Google Calendar Update v201308023 Streamlines Replying To Event Invitations From Within Gmail [APK Download]

Google Calendar has been updated recently, but a quick glance at the change log only finds "Bug fixes and performance improvements." What actually happened? Not much, but what's there is a doozy - replying to calendar events from within Gmail should now be a much less tedious experience.

What's New?

Now when you press Yes, Maybe, or No in an email invite, you will get a toast notification confirming your response.

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Google Keyboard Updated With Accent Color Theme Changer, Now Allows Users To Choose Blue Or White [APK Download]

Google's default Android keyboard has typically emphasized simplicity over anything else, but it has picked up quite a few new nice features over the years. It now offers Swype-style gesture support out of the box, and after the latest update, you can choose what color your swipe trail and accent colors should be.

What's New?

Following the Android 4.4 redesign, the Google Keyboard defaults to a subdued black and white color palette.

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Google Maps 7.5 Gains Gmail Integration - See Hotel, Restaurant, And Flight Reservations Right Inside The App [APK Download]

Last night, Google started a slow rollout of the new Maps with version 7.5. Since the previous version was 7.4, we knew there had to be some key features that prompted the update - it couldn't just be a bug fixer. After thoroughly examining the UI, I was unable to find anything new.

As it turns out, that's because the new feature Google stuffed into the app only shows up upon very specific conditions.

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Google Search App Update (v3.1.24) Fixes Overlapping Icons On Tablets And Changes The Settings Icon [APK Download]

Heads up, Android users: there's a Google Search update that just landed in the Play Store. Google's tendency for staged rollouts means that some of you might not get an automatic update for a few days, but as usual, we've got the APK download below. There are a few noticeable visible changes in the integrated Google Experience Launcher, but that's about it as far as new features go. This is an incremental update after the massive 3.1.8 update from last month.

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4.4.2 Factory Images And Binaries Are Now Available For All Relevant Nexus Devices

No sooner than we got 4.4.1 with camera fixes galore, 4.4.2 started hitting Nexus devices. While most should have already received the update, factory images are now available for download directly from Google. They're not alone in this rollout, as the binaries are also available if you need that sort of thing.

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Gmail 4.7 Is Here With Vacation Responder, KitKat Printing Support, And... Drumroll... Ability To Send And Receive Any File Type (!) [APK Download]

An update to Gmail started rolling out this morning, bringing it from version 4.6.1 to 4.7. We have the APK for you below, as usual, because waiting is for suckers.

What's New

Vacation responder

The most obvious new addition to Gmail 4.7 is the Vacation Responder. You can set start and end dates, enter a subject and some text, and check a toggle to only send the vacation response to your contacts.

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