Google Updates Android Media Apps
Google recently published updates to several of its media-related Android applications. First, Google Play Music has been updated to version 4.3.609 and includes bug fixes, support for Google TV devices, and expandable notifications in Jelly Bean. Second, Google Play Magazines has been updated to version 1.0.1. The new app includes home screen and library performance improvements, better recognition of available space, bug fixes for the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean users, and app crash fixes. Both app updates can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for free.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.
Google Maps and Google Home Updated for iPhone X
Google today delivered updates to its Google Maps and Google Home applications for the iPhone X. Both apps have been adjusted to account for the iPhone X's taller screen aspect ratio.
Google Sends Security Patch to Pixel Phones
Google has sent a fresh security patch to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. Google says the update "fixes critical bugs and improves the performance and stability" of the Pixel smartphones.
Skype for Android Adds Media Bar
Skype today pushed out a small update to its Android app that puts a media bar in the message composition tool. This way, explains Skype, users can more easily insert media such as photos or video into their conversations.