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[APK Teardown] Google Search 3.6 Prepares For Notes 'Sent From Your Computer,' Probably Coming Soon

Last week, Google pushed out an update for Google Search, bringing the version number up to 3.6.13. While it added support for deep linking into apps and a few more of the bits to make hands-free operation a little more convenient, most people probably felt like they didn't get too much out of this update. As it turns out, we found one more addition that might interest a few more people.

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[APK Teardown] YouTube v5.9.0.10 Shows Signs Of Chapter Bookmarks, Stats For Nerds, And Some Crazy Thing Called Warp. Go Leakercats!

A couple of days ago, Google fulfilled its obligation to prevent me from sleeping by releasing a stack of newly updated apps for me to examine. Some of them were pretty straight forward, like the latest version of Android Device Manager, and others turned out to be pretty mind-boggling. That's how the YouTube update turned out. The apk grew by 2 MB, and Google certainly packed in quite a bit, but many of the additions don't make much sense.

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You Can Now Play Chess On Your Face Using Just Your Voice And Google Glass

Do you remember when Windows Vista came with a pre-installed 3D version of chess? It was a good way to show off what computers were capable of, and it sure beat playing another tired round of 2D, pixelated solitaire (if only for a few moments). Aside from that, there aren't many modern examples of digital chess being all that impressive. Even in a high resolution and covered in great textures, it's still a slow-moving board game.

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Google Brings Street View To 36 Universities Across The US And Canada

Street View has come to 36 universities across the US and Canada. As we approach the start of another academic year, students and their parents (and everyone else) now have the option to get to know campuses by taking a virtual tour. The list is admittedly not comprehensive, but it contains beautiful views of Georgetown University, the University of Miami, and the University of Regina, to name a few.

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Though Google explicitly points out the three universities above in its announcement, it has provided a list of others so that we don't have to go through the effort of hunting for these campuses ourselves.

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How To Fix Missing Home And Recents Buttons, And Notification Shade That Refuses To Pull Down After Android Update

There is a really annoying bug in Android that makes your Home and Recents buttons disappear and prevents the notification shade from working. It only happens after flashing an OS update without wiping, but since I've now run into this issue at least 3 times after updating my Nexus devices, and it's a pain to find any info on how to fix it online, it's time for a quick post.

Specifically, I just flashed the updated LPV81C L preview build on top of LPV79 (again, I did it without wiping data - just open the flash-all script and remove "-w" to do so) and observed the Nexus 5 boot into this:

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If the buttons disappear for you for the first time, you will be stumped.

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Google Posts Updated Android L Preview Images (LPV81C) For Nexus 7 (Razor) and Nexus 5 (Hammerhead)

The Android L release is the first time Google has offered a developer preview of an upcoming version of the platform, so no one knew how it would handle things. Would there be updates? Could we watch L evolve over time? It was unclear before, but now Google has posted new versions of the images for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5.

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Google Releases Google Fit Preview SDK, Opens Google Fit Developers Community

At Google I/O, we heard a little bit about Google Fit - Google's renewed effort at quantified, managed health data. We heard that multiple partners had signed on and got a taste of what Google Fit would be able to accomplish, but beyond that details were a little hazy.

We were however told a preview SDK would be made available in "coming weeks," (a dreaded phrase to any Google user) and today that promise has been fulfilled.

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[Deal Alert] Nexus 5 D821 (International LTE) On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals For $329.99

The Nexus 5 isn't being retired just yet, so you can still have the latest and greatest Nexus for a few more months. It seems kind of silly to pay full price for it at this point, though. Luckily, the international LTE variant (D821) is on sale today for $329.99 with free shipping in the US. There's no tax unless you're in Missouri, where it's 8%.

2014-08-07 11_58_44-New LG Google Nexus 5 16GB Black Factory Unlocked D821 Inetrnatioanl Model _ eBa

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Google Just Rickrolled Me Via An APK Teardown, And I'm Not Even Mad

Last night, YouTube received what looked like a substantial update v5.9, and, of course, I rushed to start digging through the APK in hopes of finding all sorts of under-the-hood changes. Imagine my excitement when I saw the following new string buried, among other things, inside res/strings.xml:

<string name="music_pass_onboarding_tutorial_uri">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ</string>

Music Pass! Onboarding! Tutorial! Video!!one1 Of course, I clicked it. Did you?

Wait, don't. Because you'll get rickrolled, just like I did.

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Google Hands-Free Shows Up Again, This Time In Google Search

Quite a while ago, we wrote about an upcoming hands-free (and eyes-free) interface code-named KITT. The interface - intended for use in the car or in other places where looking at your phone isn't wise - would be stripped down, displaying a black screen and large iconography, and would have the ability to read notifications aloud, among other things. More recently, an icon for an app called Google Hands-Free showed up in a promotional gif posted to Google's Google+ page, hinting that the service was still under development.

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