Update Notes for YouTube, YouTube Music, Gmail, Wear OS, Google Assistant, and Creator Studio (Mar 24, 2018)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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Update Notes for YouTube, YouTube Music, Gmail, Wear OS, Google Assistant, and Creator Studio (Mar 24, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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10 very cool augmented reality apps (that aren't design or shopping tools)

Augmented reality is having a moment on Android. Thanks to ARCore, which now works on more than a dozen device models—Google says that's more than 100 million individual devices—we've seen a ton of new applications that insert virtual objects into our real surroundings. A lot of them are shopping and interior design apps, which makes sense—AR's ability to make items appear in your home is a great way to see what a couch looks like in your living room without actually lugging it in there.

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OnePlus 5T no longer being sold in North America

After four months on the market, OnePlus has run through its entire stock of OnePlus 5T smartphones for North America. The upstart Chinese company practices business a little differently than its competitors, relying on buzzy marketing strategies, rabidly loyal fans, and limited production runs for one device at a time. When the stock of a device is depleted, that’s the end of the line.

For OnePlus, the success of the OnePlus 5T is an important vote of confidence from the North American market. The company saw 139 percent growth in North America last year, and the trend is continuing, with unexpectedly high demand causing the OnePlus 5T to sell out sooner than anticipated. Because of its production schedule, the company currently has no flagship smartphones on sale in North America, leaving potential customers high and dry until its next release.

If you were in the market for a OnePlus 5T in North America, it looks like luck isn’t on your side this time. That being said, rumors are pointing to a powerful new OnePlus flagship coming later this year. Just make sure to act quickly when you decide to purchase.

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Android Auto v3.1 prepares to show message previews and HD graphics [APK Teardown]

Android Auto has been making a lot of news lately with preparations for wireless projection support and recently enabling users to unlock a phone while it's connected to the car. The latest version began rolling out earlier today, and it's coming with a few smaller changes already live, plus a few clues about settings that may become available to us in the future.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • System information available by tapping on version number
  • Developer mode now shows values for multi-select settings

System info


If you ever run into an issue with some software, developers will often ask about some system details while they're diagnosing the problem.

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Snap introduces Explore to make it easier to find content on its Snap Map

Snapchat's Snap Map, the heatmap overview of Snaps shared around the world, was introduced last summer, letting users get a better sense of where their friends were sharing from. However, unless you zoomed out and looked around for Snaps and Stories outside your area, you would likely miss out on content that hadn't been shared nearby. Today, Snap has introduced a feature called 'Explore' that will bring more prominence to content on the Snap Map, regardless of where it's shared from.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Journal, TIDAL

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Fitbit - Version 2.68.0



What’s new in this version:

  • You can now use @ to tag your friends in Feed posts and comments, to start a conversation or reply to them
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


eBay – Version 5.18.2



What’s new in this version:

  • Use Augmented Reality (AR) to see which box fits your item. Currently available on compatible devices in the U.S.


Plex - Version 6.14.1


Plex for Android

What’s new in this version:

  • ExoPlayer v2: configure MediaCodec decoders correctly on devices like the Fire TV.
  • ExoPlayer v2: ensure software decoding detects the available PCM channels correctly.


Amazon Key – Version 1.0.200


Amazon Key

What’s new in this version:

  • You now have the ability to enable fingerprint authentication in settings for additional security in the app.
  • Improved stability – fixed app crashes.


Files Go by Google - Version 1.0.189


Files Go by Google

What’s new in this version:

  • Search for files to find files even faster.
  • Remove photos that are already backed up.
  • See duplicates’ locations when deleting duplicate files.
  • Get smarter notifications with higher relevancy.


Journal – Diary Journal - Version 2.2.0C



What’s new in this version:

  • Added timezone information
  • Add up to 10 photos per entry (Premium only)
  • New Sync Mechanism
  • Skip Sign in to Google Drive


Audiobooks from Audible - Version 2.22.0


Audiobooks from Audible

What’s new in this version:

  • Listen on Sonos – Now you can play your audiobooks at home on your Sonos speakers directly from your Audible app.


Google Assistant – Version 0.1.1879


Google Assistant Go

What’s new in this version:

  • We’ve added shortcuts to make it easy to launch Assistant actions. Long press on the Assistant launcher icon to try them out.
  • Expanded support to Android L and Android tablets
  • Bug fixes and improvements


TIDAL - Version 2.4.0



What’s new in this version:

  • Now you can use TIDAL with Android Auto.


Fleksy Keyboard - Version 9.5.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Now just by using your Fleksy you’ll get not only achievement badges, but also fleksycoins, which have monetary value!


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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may feature in-display fingerprint sensor after all

Later this year, Samsung is expected to introduce the Galaxy Note 9, the successor to last year’s popular phablet. And now that the Galaxy S9 is official, the rumor mill has turned its attention to the next flagship smartphone from Samsung.

The Korea Herald reports that Samsung is still working on in-display fingerprint sensor technology and that, despite some initial rumors to the contrary, it may have worked out the kinks to introduce the feature with the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. According to the report, Samsung is “seriously considering” including the in-display fingerprint reader and that the company has “three or four” options for including the feature.

However, while Samsung might be moving in that direction, it has yet to make a final decision on the matter. That is expected to happen sometime this month.

Companies like Samsung and Apple have been rumored to launch a smartphone with an in-display fingerprint reader for quite some time now. Samsung is still working on the feature if the rumor mill is to be believed, but it looks like Apple has given up on it and has fully adapted facial recognition with its Face ID technology.

Vivo has already introduced a smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, so we know the technology is possible.

Do you think Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note 9 with an in-display fingerprint reader?

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AT&T Prepaid deal includes the second month of service for free

If you have been on the look out for a new prepaid deal, then AT&T might have an offer worth checking out.

AT&T is running a limited time promotion that’ll give anyone who signs up for a new line of prepaid service their second month of service for free. To be eligible for that second month of free service, you will need to buy a new device or a $0.99 SIM kit  and activate a new line on a plan that costs $35 per month or more. Lastly, you will need to enroll in AT&T’s autopay feature, which will automatically take out your monthly bill when it’s due (or on a date you choose).

That SIM kit can make it easy to bring over your own device, as long as it’s compatible with AT&T’s network.

As far as plans go, the bottom of the barrel is the aforementioned $35 per month which includes 1GB of high-speed data allotment per month as well as mobile hotspot and HD video streaming. At the other end of the spectrum is the $75 per month option, which includes unlimited high-speed data on a monthly basis, 6GB of mobile hotspot data, and HD video streaming. These prices reflect the monthly fee with autopay switched on.

AT&T Prepaid’s latest offer will be around until April 9.

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