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Google app v7.11 beta suggests the next Android version is 8.1, adds battery levels for Bisto headphones, prepares to tweak user-defined actions, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest update to the Google app is rolling out to beta channel members right now. There aren't any immediately obvious changes on the surface, but as the tradition often goes, there are some things under the hood worthy of discussion in a teardown. This version brings a pretty good indicator that 8.1 will be the next version of Android. There are also signs that user-defined actions are going to get some changes in the future. We're also going to hit an option to turn off the built-in screenshot handler and a little bit more about Google's upcoming "Bisto" headphones.


Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8 (because it's different now)

You may have just read the title of this post and stormed immediately to the comments, about to write an essay about how Android Police is just fishing for page views. Surely there's no need for an article about how to take a screenshot, right? Actually, in this case, yes. Taking screenshots on the Galaxy S8 requires a different button combination than previous models, causing confusion for some buyers.

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Google brings On Tap's screenshot feature to Assistant on the Pixel

Google got in a habit of dumping all sorts of features and incomplete ideas into Google Now on Tap. With the move away from On Tap, Assistant focused more on voice control and connected services. However, some of the useful features of On Tap were left behind too. In the case of screenshots, it looks like Google is bringing it back in Assistant.

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Google App v5.10 Includes A New Wait Animation And Will Soon Solicit Users To 'Donate' Screenshots [APK Teardown + Download]

The Google app has gone through some fairly rapid-fire updates over the last month or so, with new versions popping out every few days. Just yesterday, a somewhat buggy v5.10.22 rolled out in the morning, only to be replaced in the evening by a minor v5.10.23 update to fix some issues with crashing. The changes from v5.9 to v5.10 appear to be rather minor, but a close examination turned up a couple of little things we couldn't ignore.

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Cardboard v1.7 Adds A Slick Welcome Video And New Demo Screen, Photospheres For App Screenshots, Drops Windy Day [APK Download]

Google surprised everybody back in 2014 with an unusual project called Cardboard, a low cost and simple viewer that could work with a smartphone to create simple virtual reality environments. Cardboard has quickly grown into a very engaging tool and it has been adopted in many classrooms as a result. The latest update to the demo app polishes up the experience as well as makes it a bit easier to find new apps to play with. Sadly, Windy Day is no longer included.

What's New

Welcome Video

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The first time you launch Cardboard after the update, you'll be greeted immediately by one of the big changes: a brand new welcome video.

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Leaked Screenshots Purportedly Show The Android Version Of Apple Music

We already knew that Apple is working on an Android app for its new Apple Music service (the descendant of Beats Music, which Apple acquired along with the headphone maker last year). We've also heard that it's due sometime this fall. If screenshots posted by German site MobileGeeks can be believed, work on the Android version of the Apple Music app is progressing nicely. We can't verify the shots, but they seem to line up with Apple Music on iOS.

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According to the screenshots, Apple Music on Android will feature the same dynamic radio stations as the current Beats app, plus individual music downloads and curated playlists.

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Device Art Generator Updated With Nexus 5X And 6P Shells

The Android Asset Studio is an indispensable tool that offers quick icon and nine-patch generation, along with a device art generator that graduated to Google's official Android Developers site. And since there are new Nexus devices (hopefully shipping soon), it's time for new shells to frame your screenshots. Today, the Nexus 5X and 6P joined the lineup.

Of course older devices are still available under a separate dropdown - the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2012), and 10 are all represented though interestingly the Nexus 7 (2013) has fallen out of the selection.

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Google still advises developers not to use device frames in their Play Store collateral, since materials with device frames may end up looking dated and may distract from things like screenshots, but then again Google itself doesn't always follow this advice, right?

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Second M Preview Adds Delete Option To Screenshot Notifications

Ever since Android added support for native screenshots way back in Ice Cream Sandwich, there's been a handy notification after the screenshot has been saved. In the new M preview the share button on that notification is joined by something else—a delete button. Fantastic.


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LG Shows Off The Leather-Clad G4 And Most Features In A Huge Web Leak

Thanks to the fanatical culture that's grown up around mobile technology, we haven't been truly surprised by a new device in years. Even LG knows this: the company has been slowly revealing its upcoming G4 flagship, piece by pedantic piece, in the weeks leading up to the April 28th launch event. Last night an LG "micro site" was briefly published and removed, and it leaves very little of the G4 to the imagination.

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[Android Wear 5.0.1 Feature Spotlight] You Can Take Screenshots From The Wear App, But It's Pretty Weird (And Broken On The G Watch R)

Taking screenshots of Android Wear has been doable since it launched with a wired or Bluetooth ADB connection, but the Lollipop update added screenshot functionality to the Android app exactly as rumored. Great, this should make us all very happy. The only problem, though, is that Google's implementation is bizarre and a little buggy. Here's how you do it.

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