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PSA: Gmail can now preview Docs, Sheets, and Slides even if the corresponding app isn't installed

Posted: 17 Dec 2016 05:56 AM PST

One thing I have often found annoying was how Google Drive could at least preview Docs, Sheets, and Slides, even if the corresponding app wasn't installed, but Gmail couldn't. Gmail used to try routing these links to the different apps if they were installed, but in case they weren't, it would open the file in the browser.

That's changed in the latest versions of Gmail. I tested it on v 6.11.6.14 and compared with v 6.9.25.13 on another device.

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PSA: Gmail can now preview Docs, Sheets, and Slides even if the corresponding app isn't installed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Search is testing new Recent tab, Offline and Lite search modes

Posted: 17 Dec 2016 05:06 AM PST

Google is on a testing spree with server-side changes in the main Search app. Based on feedback from several readers, it looks like there might be changes afoot to the side menu, introducing a new feature and improving on ones we've seen before but that haven't been widely implemented yet.

Recent search tab

Whenever you perform a search within the Google app or widget, you have a couple of ways to access it again: you either remember the exact words you used and try the same search, or you access your Google activity dashboard, or you use the trick of tapping the Google icon to open a consequent search as a separate page to leave the previous one lurking.

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Google Search is testing new Recent tab, Offline and Lite search modes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Update: Official] Google Keyboard is now Gboard with v6.0 update—includes integrated search, dedicated number row, multiple active languages, and more [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Dec 2016 02:46 AM PST

  • GBoard is now official. Google announced it on its Keyword blog, focusing on the new search and share options, multilingual support, and GIF insertion.

Google released a keyboard app for the iPhone some months back called Gboard, and everyone was wondering if it would come to Android. Well, now it has as the v6.0 update to Google Keyboard. It's not only a name change, though.

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[Update: Official] Google Keyboard is now Gboard with v6.0 update—includes integrated search, dedicated number row, multiple active languages, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Amazon resumes BLU R1 HD sales after taking it down over spyware controversy

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 05:22 PM PST

The BLU R1 HD was previously taken down from Amazon after a controversy over Chinese spyware being installed on many devices, including the R1 HD.

BLU has updated the R1 HD to remove the spyware, and now Amazon has put the device up for sale once again. The 1GB+8GB model is $100 while the 2GB+16GB model is $110. If you don't mind ads, they go down to $50 and $60, respectively.

If you still want a cheap device, the R1 HD is a decent option. But has the spyware situation scared you off from BLU devices? Leave a comment!


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Google+ v9.3 reveals plan to move Location Sharing to Google Maps and make a more useful cropping tool [APK Teardown]

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 04:51 PM PST

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This week has been busy with updates, but many are just checking bugs off the list before everybody takes off a couple of weeks for the holidays. The web interface was given adjustments for how frequently Recommended and Trending  posts are shown, and there are now better recommendations and a new horizontally scrollable view on the mobile site, but only the improved recommendations made it over to the app (so far).

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Google+ v9.3 reveals plan to move Location Sharing to Google Maps and make a more useful cropping tool [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Auto finally gets support for “OK Google” hotword

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 04:22 PM PST

"OK Google" hotword detection is a staple of many people's driving routine. Not having to touch your phone to perform actions is a great way to use your phone (in a strictly responsible fashion, preferably) in a safer way.

Strangely, Android Auto didn't have support and you'd have to press the microphone icon to speak to it. Thankfully, a new update fixes that, adding support for the "OK Google" hotword. Now you can perform many actions without taking your hands off the wheel (and shifter if you're cool) and without taking your eyes off the road.


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