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Today’s Google App Updates: Search, Play Games, and Chrome Beta

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Update Wednesday is in full swing today, with Google pushing out new apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, before moving on to some less amazing matters. Three other Google apps have been updated today (Search, Play Games, and Chrome Beta), to our knowledge – here is what’s new.

Google Search (3.4)

The Search update brings a new card in Google Now for automatically detecting where you parked, which is a pretty cool feature. The reminders interface has also seen a minor facelift, allowing for better sorting of what you have asked to be reminded about in the past. We have also noticed (the hard way) that there is a redesigned look for when you are offline and using Now.

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The other changes are not too major — find the full list of modifications, courtesy of Android Police, right down below.

What’s New

  • New parking card in Google Now
  • New reminders interface with better arrangement of past reminders
  • Centralized list for nicknames under Accounts & privacy
  • ‘Help’ and ‘Send feedback’ are now ‘Help & feedback’ (one item)

Play Link | Download

Play Games (1.6)

Google’s social gaming app has received an update allowing players to “see requests and gifts from friends all in one place,” and some minor UI enhancements are to be had, of course. We’ve got an APK on hand for this one as well, so the sideloaders among you can help yourselves.

Play Link | Download

Chrome Beta (35.0.1916.86)

Bugfixes, that’s all. To quote Google’s blog post, the update contains “stability, accessibility, and cast(ibility?) fixes”. The APK can be found below, but the update is likely live for all on Google Play.

Play Link | Download

  • RAZR_FANN

    Waiting for national soccer team support with the World Cup approaching and all…

  • http://www.google.com/+patrickchapman Patrick Chapman

    Also, if you’re using Google Search by Voice, you can say “turn off wi-fi” or “turn on airplane mode” and it will open up the setting for you. Not quite there yet to be able to control everything by your voice but it’s a start.

  • IrishSid

    I’d love to use chrome, but the way it renders text man…
    Some is tiny, other bits are huge. It’s a real eyesore.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    Google Voice update?! Said no one ever

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      I just cried a little.

  • JesseMBaldwin

    Google’s social gaming app has received an update allowing players to “see requests and gifts from friends all in one place,” and some minor UI enhancements are to be had, of course. We’ve got an APK on hand for this one as well, so the sideloaders among you can help yourselves. http://sn.im/28v6jxa

  • Grandchild David

    Google needs to seperate the OEM skins and codes from the core of Android and make it possible to update your Android version via Google Play Services. :c

    • Cory Corrupted

      THIS.

    • Eric R.

      Couldn’t work with all the different drivers and internal parts. It seems great written but in reality it just wouldn’t work.

      • Grandchild David

        Is it possible to make those drivers work like the drivers on PC?

        • Eric R.

          You’re phone would need way more memory and an SD card wouldn’t be reliable. It’s to hard to do and to much money considering Android is Open source free platform.

    • Hershel

      I think its fine the way it is…

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        Shut your hole Hershel. You don’t have a leg to stand on.

      • Chief738

        Leave it be

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      We can only hope.

  • coolsilver

    Seriously needs to be a Google Pack for Android. Download all the APKs at once.

    • ph0oky

      ….its called gapps

      • coolsilver

        Gapps doesn’t include all the individual apps just the most common for Android functions.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      What they need to do is continue with the staggered rollouts, but allow users to download from the Play Store immediately, if we so choose. It pisses me off if know there’s an update and I go into the Play Store and it shows nothing. If I know about it, let me download it dammit.