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Apr
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Sometime last month, the beta version of SwiftKey gained the ability to pull from Evernote and Google+ to learn which words a user's trying to say. These joined the already long list of supported sources ranging from SMS and Gmail to Facebook and Twitter. The core functionality remains the same - just permit SwiftKey to access your social accounts and let those fingers fly.

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SwiftKey learns a user's typing habits by scanning through their emails and posts, ultimately improving the quality of text predictions.

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Apr
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The third part in Google's update troika today is Play Newsstand. This app is getting some subtle changes to organization and not so subtle color tweaks. If you're anxious to get your hands on the latest version of Google's news reader, head down below to grab the APK.

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02
Apr
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Google Keep isn't the only app getting an update today – a new version of Play Movies is rolling out as well. This one comes with some UI refinements, news seeking behavior, and a few new settings. You want it? We can help.

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02
Apr
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Google is rolling out an update to Keep today, and it's a pretty big one. With the push to v2.2 Keep is gaining a few new features, but probably the first thing you'll notice is that wacky orangey-yellow action bar.

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02
Apr
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It's hard not to be excited about the future of Google Now. It's already an incredibly powerful tool, on its way to being a do-anything personal assistant, and we've heard tell of even more functionality from bill pay reminders to inferred events entries to contact-based reminders.

Today, though, we've heard about something that many have asked for from Google Now for a long time now - actual timer functionality. Search may not be getting its own built-in timer, but it won't be side-stepping your request to set an alarm, either.

01
Apr
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A new item just popped up in the Play Store sidebar called My Play Activity. Once it's fully deployed, this will act as a list of all the Play Store content you have reviewed and shared. It's essentially the web-based version of the recent activity page in the updated Play Store app.

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01
Apr
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Google has been posting versions of most of its first-party apps to the Play Store in an effort to update key features of Android (or at least Google's branded additions to the platform) without having to wait for carriers to push out software apps. According to a report from Engadget, the standard camera app will soon get an upgrade, presumably following the same path. At this point we'll consider this a rumor, since Engadget only cites "sources aware of Google's plans."

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The report says that the updated camera app will include many of the bells and whistles that newer devices are getting, like the fake depth of field effect shown off on the HTC One M8.

01
Apr
2014-04-01 10_48_13-Chromecast_ A New Era of Squirrel Entertainment - YouTube

Google is really heavy on the joke content this year. There's the Photobombing, Pokémon Maps, Signature Apps, and now Chromecast for Squirrels. What? Small mammals have video they want to watch on bigger screens too.

The video really drives the point home that Chromecast is all about squirrel empowerment and choice. No longer will squirrels have to watch human video content, because now there's Chromecast. As for the paw-friendly app situation, Google is working on that.

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Apr
2014-04-01 09_32_05-Introducing_ Google Play Signature Edition - YouTube

App developers are getting their own little April Fools prank from Google today in the form Signature Apps. What is a Signature App? Well, rather than a cold, impersonal download, developers can ship apps to customers on a thumbdrive inside an ornate package ready for unboxing. Efficiency be damned.

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Apr
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Google releases new Auto Awesomes all the time. Sometimes it makes pictures snow. Sometimes they sparkle. On certain days, pictures even fall in love. These are amusing, but today's new addition is something more. Nothing can turn an average picture into something memorable like a celebrity photobomb. So Google and David Hasselhoff are here to deliver.

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