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Hangouts Updated To v2.1.223 With SMS Block List, Per-Contact Notification Tones, Contact Hiding, And More [APK Download] [Update]

You didn't think you'd get through an update Wednesday without a new Google app APK, did you? Hangouts is getting a version bump today from 2.1.100 to 2.1.223. Despite the small version number change, there are a few new things of note going on.

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Chrome Web Store Gets New 'Available For Android' Filter And Label For Apps That Are Also On Google Play

The Chrome Web Store may not be the first place you hit up in your search for Android apps, but that doesn't mean it isn't there to help you out. Google's centralized location for all things Chrome - apps, extensions, themes - now has a label that marks whenever something you're looking at is also available for Android. If you click the corresponding hyperlink, it will shoot you straight out to the correct Play Store page.

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Google Translate 3.0.6/3.0.7 Improves UI, Adds Phonetic Input For Hindi And Other Indian Subcontinent Languages [APK Download]

Today's update to Google Translate probably won't affect most of our American readers, but if you live in or frequently travel to India, you're going to get a lot of use out of it. The update to version 3.0.6 adds spoken translation support for Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu, all widely spoken in different parts of the Indian subcontinent and other locations in Southeast Asia.

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Many in the western hemisphere think that Hindi is the official language of India, and it is (along with English).

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Don't Feel Like Driving? Google Maps Easter Eggs Let You Travel By Dragon Or Loch Ness Monster

Some days driving just takes too much effort, taking the train takes too long, and buying a plane ticket takes too much forethought. Thankfully Google has made the option available to take two radically different and arguably faster forms of transportation: riding atop a dragon or cruising on the back of the Loch Ness Monster.

A dragon can get you from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons in just 21 minutes. That's not bad considering it's a journey of over 100 miles.

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Google Play Movies Info Cards Rolling Out In All Supported Countries

If you've ever wondered who the heck that actor was, a Play Movies info card might have been able to tell you. However, support was previously limited to the US and a few other territories. Starting today, info cards are working everywhere Play Movies is available.

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Google Partners With DVF To Provide New Google Glass Frames And Shades Due Out June 23rd

One big complaint regarding Glass is that the accessory simply looks too weird for public use. Google started to address this by introducing a small selection of prescription frames and shades earlier this year, and now the company is ready to partner with fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg to provide more in a new DVF | Made for Glass collection.

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The set will provide five new frames and eight new shades, giving Glass owners a few more ways to be fashionable while wearing their expensive accessory.

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Google Adds A View Permissions Link To The Web Play Store

Remember the most recent Google Play Android client update? One of the features in that one was a new way of viewing permissions. As of that version there's a link to open the list instead of only being able to see it from the installation dialog. Well, now the web Play Store has pretty much the same thing. It's called consistency.

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Google Expands Chromebook Availability To Nine More Countries In The Next Few Weeks

Chromebooks are normally a little outside of our wheelhouse here at Android Police, but we figured that enough of our international readers would want to hear this that it warranted a post. According to this unaccountably rhyming entry on Google's official Chrome blog, Chromebooks will be available in nine new countries in the next few weeks.

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Chile, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, and the Philippines should have models coming in a matter of days (Google says "starting today"), and Belgium, Italy, and Spain will get them in the next few weeks.

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Wall Street Journal: Google Plans To Send 180 Satellites Into FREAKIN' SPACE To Offer Internet Service To Remote Areas

Recently, Google's ambitious and public-spirited ventures are sounding less like the careful expansions of an international megacorp and more like the pet projects of Dr. Benton Quest. Self-driving cars, medical contact lenses, industrial robots - seriously, we're just waiting on a Walking Eye and Steve Ballmer in a villain costume at this point. The latest report from the Wall Street Journal (which tends to be spot-on when it comes to Google's plans) says the company is preparing a fleet of low-orbit satellites that will deliver Internet access.

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Rumor: Google Exploring 'KITT' For Eyes-Free Functionality In The Car, Always-On Listening

A while ago, we posted about information we'd received indicating that sometime soon, Google's search functionality (and other actions) would be expanding beyond the Search app, moving into other apps for device-wide search interaction and - eventually - app-specific functionality.

It appears that isn't the only Search trick Google is working on, though. According to the information available to us, Google is working on functionality for now known as KITT (get it?) or "Android Eyes Free" internally.

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