Google Updates A Slew of Android Apps
Google has pushed out minor updates to a handful of its own applications in the last several days. To start, the Google Play Store itself was updated today. The revised Play Store makes it much easier to view and understand the permissions being sought by each app. It also makes some minor adjustments to the control panel. Google Hangouts has been updated with the ability to hide select contacts, as well as assign unique alerts to individual conversations. Both Google Play Books and Google Play Music were updated during the last week with stability improvements and bug fixes. All four apps are free to download from the Google Play Store.
Google Play Store Update Hitting Android Devices
Google has redesigned the Play Store and is pushing the new version to Android devices this week. The refreshed content store is significantly altered and makes locating apps, games, movies, TV, and music easier on the eyes thanks to new tabs.
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 Hangouts Improves Contact Design
Google this week updated its Hangouts app for Android devices and made a few performance tweaks along the way. Going forward, Google says it should be easier to find the right contacts quickly thanks to a reshuffled contacts user interface.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.