Google Hangouts 2.0.122 With SMS Integration Rolling Out to All

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The new Google Hangouts with SMS integration, animated GIFs, and location sharing is now rolling out to the masses. First announced last week at a Google+ event, we were told it could be a “few” weeks before the update was officially ready for all. As of this morning it appears as if it is indeed ready since a number of readers have already received it. This is a newer version (2.0.122) than we saw pulled from the Nexus 5 last week, so you’ll definitely want to update.  (more…)

Download: New Google Apps From the Nexus 5 Dump (Search, Launcher, And More)

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Well, we’ve had a chance to pick through most of the apps in the Nexus 5 factory image system dump, so here they are for you to install if you’d like. Most are minor updates, but there are a couple worth looking at, like the new Google Search (it’s awesome), Launcher (“Google Home”), Keyboard, and Clock. We’ve got some screenshots, special instructions for installing the launcher (since it’s tricky), and then all of the download links.  (more…)

Download: New Google+ 4.2.0 With New Photo Features

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A new Google+ update has already begun to rollout as build 4.2.0.55778941, and we’re only a couple of hours removed from Google’s event. The update changes up a couple of items, most notably the photo area. That’s no surprise since today’s announcements all surrounded photo and video handling through the social network. If you want to start taking advantage of things like Auto Awesome Movie and better photo searching, feel free to sideload the update through one of the links below.  (more…)

Download: Google Play Version 4.4.21, Features Pullout Navigation Bar

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A new version of Google Play is currently circulating, so we figured we should give our readers the heads up and ability to try out the latest update for themselves. This is version 4.4.21, which brings a new navigation menu to the entire application. Much like many other Google apps, simply pull the navigation bar out from the left side of your display to access your apps, wishlist, redeem menu, and other Google accounts.  (more…)

Get the Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” Look With These Icons and Wallpaper

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Ever since we saw the massive leak of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” from last week which showed new UI elements, we have been awaiting the arrival of mock-ups of the icons and wallpaper from themers. This weekend, a couple of wallpapers and icon sets have emerged, helping us all take a step closer to the next version of Android a little ahead of Google’s schedule.  (more…)

Hands-on With the New Google Wallet, Download Available

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Google shocked us a bit this morning with the announcement of a new Google Wallet app that works on almost any device, as long as they are running Android 2.3 and above. The app may not be able to make NFC payments through all devices, but it does bring a loyalty cards locker, money-sending between email addresses, and Google Offers to your fingertips.

The update was supposed to begin rolling out as early as today, and sure enough it has. A handful of readers were able to grab the update immediately following Google’s announcement, which means we have it for you to sideload should you be on the slow end of this staged rollout.  (more…)