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Google Keep Gets Update To Version 3.0 With New Material Touches [APK Download]

Cross one more item off your list of Google apps in need of material facelifts! Next on this bountiful Update Wednesday, Google Keep is receiving a bump to version 3.0 with some new material-inspired touches, the most obvious one being its launcher icon. Instead of a realistic stack of sticky notes, we now have a single dog-eared sheet of paper with a lightbulb cutout sitting on top.

Once you're inside the app, there's plenty to look at. There's a new search interface that (like Keep's web update) allows users to search by type of note (list, voice, image, or reminder), or by color.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Images And Binaries Are Live For Nexus 5, 7 (2012 And 2013), 9, And 10

It's the moment you've been waiting for. Google just announced the Nexus devices are getting OTA updates to 5.0, and now the full system images have been posted on the Google Developers site. With these files, you can flash your device back to stock even after you've done unspeakable things to it.

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Google Keyboard 4.0 Is Rolling Out With Material Themes And The Return Of Configurable Long-Press Delay [APK Download]

It's update Wednesday, and you know what that means. Well, yeah... updates. I guess it's sort of in the name. But at any rate, lately that specifically means material themes are coming to all your favorite Google apps. Today the new version of Google Keyboard is available to all in the Play Store. Or rather, it will be soon. You don't have to wait for it to reach your account, though. We've got the APK below.

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[Update: APK] Material Redesign Of Google Maps App Rolling Out "Over The Next Few Days" - Here's What It Looks Like

Google Maps. Material design. That's pretty much all I need to say, right? Here it is.

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The new version of maps isn't just a visual overhaul, though - a few functional tidbits are packed in as well. Deeper Uber integration will allow you to see the estimated pickup time for an Uber, as well as the estimated fare based on the directions you're currently seeking under the transit or walking direction modes.

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OpenTable integration is packed in, too, allowing you to reserve a table right from a restaurant's Maps info card, which is certainly pretty nice. Otherwise, most of the changes are design-oriented, and you can read a bit more about them in the LatLong blog post, right here.

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Google Calendar 5.0 Is Ready For Your 4.0.3+ Devices [APK Download]

Yes, you read that right. We took an early look at it a couple of weeks ago, then Google formally announced its existence, and now Google Calendar 5.0 is here and ready for download, working on devices running Android 4.0.3 and up.

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The app itself is exactly what you'd expect having seen our previous coverage - a super smart "schedule" layout at the front, with supporting day and 5-day views on phones, with a month and week view appearing on tablets. (Week view also appears on phones in landscape.)

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Google's new Calendar app integrates events from Gmail and your reminders, adding them in just like any other appointment, and putting in smart imagery where appropriate - including a map snippet when your event has a location set.

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Google Officially Introduces Gmail 5.0, And You Can Get It Here [APK Download]

The Gmail 5.0 APK was, for many users, the sweetest thing they tasted on Halloween. But that release was just a very thorough preview, a test build that was essentially complete. Now Google is officially rolling the stable version of the app into the Play Store.

What's New

The changes here are predominantly bug fixes, but there is at least one user-facing tweak. Gmail has traditionally displayed an image in the background whenever you load up an empty folder. The last build we shared didn't show that picture. Now Gmail does again.

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We don't have an updated Exchange APK to go with this release, so I'm going to have to point you back to the aforementioned post for that.

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Google Inbox 1.1 Tweaks The Material Design Layout, Especially On Lollipop [APK Download]

Google Inbox has been available for only a week, and Google is already tweaking the Android app. Not much, of course - sweeping changes don't come that fast. But as with the recent updates to Newsstand and other apps, Google is getting a little more consistent with its Material Design standard. There don't appear to be any huge shifts in functionality in this update, though users with multiple email accounts will certainly appreciate at least one.

What's New

If you happen to be using Android 5.0, either on a shiny new Nexus device or via the developer preview, Inbox now blends the color of the action bar into the status bar.

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Google Play Newsstand Update Adds A Few More Material Design User Interface Tweaks [APK Download]

If you're as frustrated at Google's somewhat inconsistent implementation of the new Material Design user interface as our own Liam Spradlin, you'll be happy to see the latest small change to the Google Play Newsstand app. Newsstand got its major Material re-design early last month, but version 3.3.1 adds a few more tweaks to the UI. This demonstrates that Google intends to keep working on Material Design in general and its look in individual apps in particular.

Before we go any further: as far as we can tell, this is a purely visual refresh, and version 3.3.1 of Newsstand doesn't contain any notable new feature additions.

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Gmail 5.0 With Exchange Support And Material Design Has Landed [APK Download]

The day is finally upon us - the Gmail 5.0 APK has landed, and we have it for your (production-signed) downloading pleasure.

As we've expected since we first saw the app more than a week ago, the new Gmail is very... "material." It's got a FAB, the beautiful thread interface we've come to know and love from Inbox, and a drawer that complies with guidelines.

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But Gmail's beauty isn't only skin deep - the app holds some new features, too. The first one we noticed is of course support for corporate/exchange accounts, a capability that obviates the stock email app and promises to unite all your inboxes under one roof (unless of course you're using Inbox, which supports neither Exchange nor Google Apps accounts).

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[Update: 5.0.37] Google Play Store 5.0.31 Adds More Material Design, Moves "What's New" To The Top [APK Download]

Update 10/17/14: Play Store 5.0.32, a small bump over 5.0.31, is now available for download.

Update 10/31/14: Play Store 5.0.37, a bump over 5.0.32, is now available for download. It comes with at least one new change - a new permission bucket called Wearable sensors/activity data to help explain permissions for apps that can grab data from wearables, such as heart rate monitors.

Of course, as I have to pick up my son from daycare, breaking news had to hit, and Google had to start pushing out the Play Store 5.0 update (5.0.31, to be exact). We'll start looking at every corner in just a bit.

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