Google has rolled out a great new update to the Google Files Go app for Android. The update brings three key new features to the lightweight file management and storage clean up for all Android phones, not just Android Go devices.
First, Files Go now has Google Search built into it and it is proper Google Search. It gives you instant results, search history, autocomplete and filters to file management on your phone. The search feature is found on the Files tab at the bottom of the page and it works offline.
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For those of you who are running the Chrome for Android Beta app, there is a new update for you this morning. The new build is the second build in the Chrome 66 train for the mobile browser and carries the updated version number of 66.0.3359.46.
The second build comes a week after the initial Chrome 66 build was released which is slated to be released on or around April 17th. As a reminder, with the Chrome Beta app is a seperate app in the Play Store which you can download without having to join a formal beta program. You can use it along side your stable version of Chrome on your phone with no problem.
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A new update to Microsoft Cortana for Android is rolling out today and it brings the ability to send a voice activated call or text from your phone. The feature isn’t necessarily earth shattering as other assistants can do this too. But it does give a clear indicator that Microsoft is continuing to develop and push Cortana feature-wise for their customer base.
The update in question is version 126.96.36.1995 for those keeping score at home and it is already in the Play Store. If you have Microsoft Cortana installed on your phone, you likely already have the update – but double-check.
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Microsoft has released a new update of Bing for Android that brings a handful of new features and improvements. The new build is version 8.2.26177804 for those keeping score at home. If you have Bing installed on your phone, you should get the OTA update over the course of the next few days.
Among the new features is the ability to sync your search history across devices on which you use Bing. The most vivid example of this would be your Android phone and your Windows 10 PC. If you search for something in the Bing for Android app, you can go to Bing on your PC browser and get that search history there too.
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The Google Phone app for Nexus and Pixel devices has a minor update rolling out today that streamlines the sound settings of the app. Version 18.0.187698947 is the new build for those keeping score at home and on the surface, you won’t find anything new.
The only note of change is the Sound & vibration settings found in Settings. In previous builds, this was located directly within the app so settings were somewhat independent of the system sounds. That has changed in this build. Now when you tap the sound settings, you are sent to the System sound settings, providing a bit more control but also a simplified experience.
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The Chrome for Android beta app has been updated today in the Play Store, upping the base code to Chrome 66 for the mobile browser. The new version is build 66.0.3359.30 and represents the first Chrome 66 beta for Android.
Unlike other beta programs in the Play Store, there is no sign up to get the Chrome beta for Android. You can download it here and install it on your compatible devices. Like all beta software however, its not recommended to run it as your daily browser or deploy it into production as there are likely still bugs to be found and there could be performance issues.
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The Google Camera app for the Google Pixel lineup of phones has a new update rolling out that brings some UI changes as well as some new features. The update is version 5.2 for those keeping score at home and has been released to the Play Store. You should see the update over the course of the next few days.
From a UI perspective, the top menu bar has been cleaned up with the grid control settings moved to the menu in the app as a setting. Given that the grid view is normally something you set and forget, this makes sense and makes the upper bar in the app a bit less cluttered.
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