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PSA: Google Search v3.2 Also Fixed The Hotword Detection Broken By Chrome Beta

An update to Chrome beta a few weeks ago came with the bizarre side effect that hotword detection no longer worked in the Google search app or in the Google Now Launcher (GNL). The next version of Chrome beta didn't do anything to fix it, either. Well, Google Search to the rescue – yesterday's big search update seems to have fixed hotword detection.

2014-02-06 14.57.51

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Mozilla Shows Off Firefox Launcher For Android, Its Rebranded Version Of EverythingMe Launcher

Today Mozilla showed off something that seems like it's an amazing addition to its software portfolio: a Firefox Android homescreen launcher. That would be huge news, if it weren't for the fact that Mozilla invested in the promising launcher Everything.me (later rebranded EverythingMe) in November of 2012, eventually making its search-focused interface a core part of the Firefox mobile OS, which is just now getting off the ground. Now Mozilla and EverythingMe are showing off a tweaked version of that app, rebranded as Firefox Launcher for Android.

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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of January 2014

January is generally held as a gloomy month, a time when there's nothing but slush on the ground and crap in the movie theaters. But it gave us more than a few fine apps, which you should take the opportunity to peruse. If you don't feel like meticulously combing through our massive bi-weekly app roundups, we've gathered the best of the best right here. Dig in, why don't you?

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12Hours

12Hours is one of those ideas that's so brilliantly simple you wonder why no one has done it already.

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[Closer Look] Google Search 3.2 Adds Gorgeous Animation To Bundled Cards

We've been pawing through today's Google Search update and one item in particular deserves a little more attention. Some of the cards in Google Now are getting an interesting tweak – they're bundled and have a cool animation when opened.

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Yahoo Kills Yet Another Product - IntoNow, Video Identification App, Has Already Disappeared From Google Play

Do you use your smartphone while watching TV? Yeah, put your hands down. We're all guilty here. Yahoo hoped to take advantage of this habit of ours with IntoNow, an app that could identify whatever show was on and provide extra information about it (think SoundHound for TV). Yeah, the end result was still distracting, but it could be less disruptive than performing a Google search. Regardless, it doesn't matter anymore.

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Google Play Newsstand 3.1 Adds Widget, Mini Cards, And Translation Options [APK Download]

Newsstand is one of the younger apps in Google's portfolio, but today it's getting a significant update to version 3.1. The biggest change - and a welcome one for at-a-glance newshounds - is a brand-spanking new widget. It's a pretty basic 4X3 affair - the widget will display a single story at a time, complete with headline and embedded image. Tap the arrow button to advance to the next headline, or anywhere else to go directly to the story in Newsstand.

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[APK Download] Google Search Updated To v3.2 – Meet The Google Now Launcher [Update: A Lot More]

Google has pushed out an update to the Google Search app, which now means there's also an update to the Google Experience Launcher. We've got the APK for you to install below, and this is looking like a substantial update – it looks like the new (and probably official) name for the Google Experience Launcher is Google Now Launcher.

2014-02-05 19.23.27 BfvN1y6IQAEIDxj

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[APK Download] Hangouts Updated To v2.0.303, Fixes More MMS And SMS Bugs

Update: Here's the official changelog.

2.0.3

● More fixes for sending/receiving MMS

● Fixed a bug that prevented some from sending SMS longer than 160 characters

The latest version of Google Hangouts for Android, 2.0.303, has begun rolling out to handsets this morning. This new version doesn't appear to bring much in the way of changes; the only thing we've spotted so far has been a new option to enable or disable sending of usage statistics to Google to improve the app.

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Google Drive Update Brings New 1x1 Quick Scan Widget And Support For Animated GIFs [APK Download]

Looks like another big "Update Wednesday" for Google, starting with the Drive app. Today's update brings just a couple of small-ish changes... unless, like the rest of the internet, you have an obsession with animated GIFs. Or you scan a lot of documents. Or both.

What's New

  • New 1x1 widget for faster document scanning
  • Support for animated GIFs
  • Bug fixes

It's worth noting that the widget doesn't actually show up under the widgets menu on launchers like Nova, but rather under the "shortcuts" option.

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[APK Teardown + Download] Google Maps 7.6 Brings Improved Offer Management, Transit Options, And More

Google's begun rolling out an update to Maps, bumping it from version 7.5 to version 7.6 just after flipping the switch on dynamic rerouting. Officially, what's new in the update hasn't been laid out, but as usual we've managed to get the APK and take a quick peek inside. In this post, we'll outline some of the new, interesting bits we've found in the new app, and those who don't want to wait for the update can grab the APK themselves at the bottom of the post.

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