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Google Handwriting Input App Enters The Play Store With Support For Handwriting In 82 Languages [APK Download]

Update Wednesdays are always exciting, but particularly so when Google releases a new app. Today, Google has hit "publish" on Google Handwriting Input, a new keyboard option that - as the name implies - allows users to type by handwriting text in 82 languages.

Google says the app supports print and cursive, written with or without a stylus.

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[OTA Link] 174MB Android 5.1 Update (Build LMY47O) For Nexus 4 Is Rolling Out Now

If you've got a Nexus 4, your days on Android 5.0 are numbered: because you're going to Android 5.1! Assuming you, you know, want to. The OTA link is right here, allowing you to upgrade from LRX22C to LMY47O. The update clocks in at 174MB.

You can check out all of the new Android 5.1 features in our various feature spotlight posts, and there are actually quite a few.

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[APK Download] Amazon Prime Music Version 4.4 Adds Streaming Stations With No Ads And Unlimited Skips

Amazon's Prime Music service is demonstrably behind competitors like Spotify and Google Play Music. Maybe that's why it's thrown in with Amazon Prime (which most people get for the shipping discounts) as a freebie. But never let it be said that Amazon rests on its laurels when it comes to new features: the latest update to Prime Music adds streaming music stations, like...

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Google Calendar 5.2 Brings Back The Month View On Phones [APK Download]

Google Calendar is meant to be precisely that, a calendar. The app serves as the default way you keep up with events and appointments on a stock Android device. As a result, some users were a little miffed when the big 5.0 redesign stripped the app of its ability to display a month's worth of events on a phone's screen at once.

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[Update: OTA Link] HTC One M8 Google Play Edition Is Being Updated To Android 5.1 Now, M7 GPE Coming Soon

The Google Play Edition program seems to have been mostly forgotten by Google and its hardware partners, but at least those devices that were released are still getting steady updates.

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[APK Download + Teardown] Google App v4.4 Finally Adds Nicknames For Everyone (Maybe), Also Shows Progress On Trusted Voice And A New 'Seamless Hotword' Experiment

A fresh update to the Google App, formerly Google Search, just started rolling out. Don't get too excited yet, it looks like the only user-facing change today is that Nicknames has finally gone into wide release for the users that didn't already have it. The good news is that a quick teardown shows that Trusted Voice might be launching soon, possibly even with this version.

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[Update: OTA Link] Android 5.1 OTA Update Now Rolling Out To The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

Before you ask, yes, this article is basically just another excuse for me to use Android Police's favorite device abbreviation, LGGP83GPE. (That's the short-lived Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, from way back in 2013.) According to at least one Twitter user and, hey, my own tablet, the LGGP83GPE is getting its Android 5.1 update right about now.

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Play Store 5.4 Makes The Notification Bar Transparent On App Pages [APK Download]

The Play Store is where you go to watch your other apps get updated, but occasionally it's nice to sit back and watch as the store gets its own renovation. Sometimes the changes are stark. Other times, there are just a few new lights here or there.

What's New?

In version 5.4, it's not about what's been added, but what's been taken away.

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[Update: Changelog Added] Google Wallet 9.0 Adds Search To The Transactions Screen, Drops Orders Screen Entirely [APK Download]

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Google Reader Rises From The Grave With New (Material) Update v2.0 [APK Download]

For any readers visiting this post on or after April 2, check the post date before continuing :)

In 2013, Google announced the death of its RSS reading platform Google Reader. At the time, Google cited declining usage as the official reason for Reader's closure, wrapping it up along with things like Cloud Connect, Voice for Blackberry, and Building Maker as part of a second round of "spring cleaning."

It comes as a huge surprise then to see the app back in the Play Store almost two years later with a new icon and brand new interface, jumping from version 1.1.8 up to 2.0.

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