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[APK Teardown] Google Play Services 4.4 Explodes With Android Wear Support, Firmware Installer, And Much More

There should be no doubt, Google is getting ready to make a lot of announcements at I/O. If we've learned anything from past experiences, Google starts packing its apps full of surprises in the weeks leading up to the big show. The latest update to Play Services started rolling out yesterday and it has grown by a whopping 4 MB, almost 30% larger than the previous version. There's obviously a lot of stuff to look at, so let's just jump right in.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Teardown

New Permissions And Features

The first thing many of our readers noticed before installing the apk manually is that it requires a stack of new permissions.

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[APK Teardown] Google Search 3.4 Hints At Timer Integration, Cards For Your Friends' Photos, And Much More

The latest version of Google Search rolled out yesterday with a couple of pretty great new features. We already know that 3.4 offers a new parking reminder, mall directories, and the start of voice commands for system settings. But there are still a few secrets worth exploring, so let's get to it!

See Your Friend's Photos

The content of Google Now tends to focus heavily on your current or future location, and as a close second, it tries to be helpful with reminders about TV shows and events. What it hasn't really done is hook into the events generated by your friends.

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[APK Teardown] Glass XE16 Part 2: Location Sharing, Toast Notifications, New Voices, And So Much More

Last week I posted a teardown of the Settings app from XE 16. That was really just a teaser, because this update is huge. This time I'm ripping into the guts of every app on Glass. That's over 100 apks (counting multiple version updates from the last month), and there's plenty to see. I'm not going to waste time on a long intro, you know what you're here for!

New APKs

One of the biggest changes to hit Glass with the update to XE 16 can be seen without even cracking open any apks. The total number of apps went up from 44 to 52.

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[APK Teardown] Glass XE16 Settings App Exposes New Languages, Sync Settings, And Detects When You're Looking At The Screen

It seems like forever since we did our last teardown for Google Glass, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of things happening for the former Google[x] project. XE16 brought the first ever change in OS version, taking Glass from 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) all of the way to 4.4.2 (KitKat). A minor hotfix from build followed with an undisclosed set of changes and a minor bump in build number.

Since this is such a massive update to Glass and the changes are so substantial, this teardown is going to come in multiple parts. I'll start with the GlassSettings.apk and we'll hit some more over the next few days.

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[APK Teardown] Glass XE11 Reveals Progress On New Functionality, Music, And Boutique

In our last Glass Teardown, we found a ton of new commands hidden in the resources of GlassVoice.apk, pulled from the XE10 update. Just a couple of days ago, XE11 rolled out to Explorers, and it's got even more to tell us about future Glass functionality.

In this teardown, we'll take a look at progress on functions XE10 hinted at, new resources that clarify some of our previous discoveries, and a couple of new things as well.

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GlassVoice.apk

GlassVoice.apk was full of goodies last time. It revealed voice commands for lots of things, from "Capture a Panorama" to "Play a Game" to "Record a Recipe." It was our speculation that these commands were serving as hooks for third-party glassware to latch onto, putting their functionality in the "ok glass" list in much the same manner as apps like Evernote already do.

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[APK Teardown] Play Store 4.4.21: Google Play Newsstand Adopts Purple Brand Color, Set To Replace Play Magazines

Recently, we tore down an unreleased version of Google's Play Store 4.4 update and discovered that Newsstand, an upcoming Play service we first learned about back in March, had made some progress.

When we first saw Newsstand, it was in the midst of Javascript and CSS in the web Play Store. At the time, it looked like Newsstand would be an addition to the existing apps, books, tv/movies, music, and magazines categories, adopting its own yellow brand color (#FFD700 to be exact).

Of course today we got a new Play Store APK (which you can download here) that had a bit more to say about Google's impending news service.

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