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[Update: Dead, RIP] Google is preparing to shut down the Trips app [APK Teardown]

[Update: Dead, RIP] Google is preparing to shut down the Trips app [APK Teardown]

For travelers that loved the Google Trips app for its travel planning and helpful discovery features, it's probably going to come as disappointing news that the search giant is making preparations to discontinue the app. The latest version update to Trips includes messaging that will inform users that the app is scheduled to be shut down and encourages users to seek out the features in other Google products.

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Hundreds of albums and tracks free on Google Play Music right now

Hundreds of albums and tracks free on Google Play Music right now

Ever been at a local record shop or a charity store for some treasure hunting? You might find some obscure pieces of ephemera like no-name 70's cover discs or the odd Muppets comedy track or two. Well, we've got the digital equivalent of that today as Slickdeals has run up a list of hundreds of albums and songs that are free on Google Play Music right now.

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YouTube v14.31 resurrects screencasting from the abandoned YouTube Gaming app [APK Download]

YouTube v14.31 resurrects screencasting from the abandoned YouTube Gaming app [APK Download]

The YouTube Gaming app was officially shuttered at the end of May, and with it... well, not too much was lost. The app itself was basically a heavily skinned alternative to the regular YouTube app, but with a strict focus that limited video suggestions to game-oriented content. While most things were moved to the main YouTube app a while ago, one core feature didn't make it over before YouTube pulled the plug: Screencasting. That oversight has been corrected in the latest update to the YouTube app, so you can livestream your gaming sessions (or whatever else) like before.

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Digital Wellbeing integrates with Chrome Canary to enable website usage limits

Digital Wellbeing integrates with Chrome Canary to enable website usage limits

There have been previous reports that Digital Wellbeing would be coming to Chrome in Android Q, and we now know what this integration is going to look like. The least stable of the publicly available Chrome builds is the Canary channel and a recent update has added a flag that allows sharing of usage stats with the Digital Wellbeing app and also allows limits for individual sites.

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Google Pay v2.94 is preparing Incognito mode [APK Teardown]

Google Pay v2.94 is preparing Incognito mode [APK Teardown]

A new version of Google Pay is rolling out, but outside of minor tweaks here and there, you're probably not going to spot any big changes. The big news this time is that we're probably going to see an Incognito mode added to Pay in the future, making it a bit easier to make purchases in private without tipping off anybody with your transaction history.

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Google Play Store v15.9 may hint at in-app reviews [APK Teardown]

Google Play Store v15.9 may hint at in-app reviews [APK Teardown]

Google never stops tweaking the user experience throughout Android. One of the goals that has cropped up over time has been making certain interactions between apps and the OS feel seamless, usually by eliminating context switches between apps. One area where that many people recognize as a huge improvement was a new flow for in-app purchases that put the interface directly into the app where the purchase was made. Now it looks like the Google Play Store might be extending similar treatment to the ratings and reviews interface.

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Gboard v8.5 prepares Google Assistant integration and enhanced auto-complete [APK Teardown]

Gboard v8.5 prepares Google Assistant integration and enhanced auto-complete [APK Teardown]

The latest release of the Gboard app doesn't seem to be reshaping much of the landscape for many users, that is unless they were serious fans of the GIF Camera, but it does bring hints about some potentially significant additions in the future. A teardown brings hints that Google Assistant will be able to offer up even more value in messaging apps soon, plus there's a reason to suspect you'll begin getting auto-complete suggestions from other apps installed on your phone.

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Google Voice v2019.28 prepares Driving Mode support, updates account switcher [APK Teardown]

Google Voice v2019.28 prepares Driving Mode support, updates account switcher [APK Teardown]

The latest version of Google Voice is available and it's bringing both cosmetic changes and making preparations for new features. For those that use Voice with multiple accounts, the account switcher has been repositioned to a more convenient location. A teardown also shows upcoming support for vCard attachments and Android's Car Mode, which will make it easier for users to make calls with Google Voice while driving.

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Nest Hello doorbells will send alerts when packages are dropped off at your door [APK Teardown]

Nest Hello doorbells will send alerts when packages are dropped off at your door [APK Teardown]

One of the best things about modern technology is that it's taking over some of the tasks that we simply shouldn't have to make time for. I can't count the number of times I've posted up next to my front door with my laptop to make sure I was around when a package was delivered. Google is preparing to introduce a new feature for Nest Hello units that will let us know when packages are left at the door and when they're picked up.

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[Update: APK available] Google Camera will promote Pixel's Night Sight to the main interface, at the expense of Panorama

[Update: APK available] Google Camera will promote Pixel's Night Sight to the main interface, at the expense of Panorama

A build of Android Q beta 5 leaked yesterday with a new sensitivity setting for the back gesture, and hidden within it is a new version of Google Camera 6.3. The current stable build we all have is v6.2, so 6.3 is still an unreleased update and could change in the future before it reaches the public. But it does give us a glimpse into what Google is working on with its Camera app.

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