Friday, 14 March 2014

Google Maps v7.7 For Android Rolling Out, Adds Public Upcoming Events To Place Cards

Google's begun rolling out an update to the Maps app on Android today, bringing it to version 7.7. While not much seems to have changed, a full 0.X release typically denotes at least some kind of new feature or significant alteration, though thus far we've really only seen one.

What’s New

For the moment, all we're noticing in the new version of Maps are the "Upcoming events" listings populating some place listings. For example, search for "AT&T Park" in San Francisco, pull up the place card, and you'll see a list like the one below.
Update: You can now save pins dropped anywhere you want, even in the middle of an ocean (thanks, Adrián Ayllón):
We're not noticing any other user-facing changes in the update, but we did manage to pull the following new strings from Maps 7.7, so if you notice something that might be related, definitely let us know. One of those strings seems to indicate automatic dimming in turn-by-turn mode will be making a return at some point, though it's nowhere to be found right now:
    <string name="USE_POWER_SAVINGS_TITLE">Save Power</string>
    <string name="USE_POWER_SAVINGS_MESSAGE">Conserve power by dimming your screen between turns.</string>
    <string name="USE_POWER_SAVINGS_ACCEPT">Dim screen between turns</string>
    <string name="USE_POWER_SAVINGS_DECLINE">No thanks</string>
A few others seem to relate to the reviewing system, offering new options (reporting an owner's response to a review) and some new dialogues for exceeding character limits. Woo!
    <string name="REPORT_OWNER_RESPONSE">Report owner response</string>
    <string name="REVIEW_CHAR_LIMIT_INLINE">Character limit exceeded</string>
    <string name="REVIEW_CHAR_LIMIT_TITLE">Over character limit</string>
    <string name="REVIEW_CHAR_LIMIT_MESSAGE">Your review exceeds the character limit. Please shorten and try again.</string>
Otherwise, we haven't seen much in the way of changes. Regardless, you can get the new APK from the mirrors below.


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.
File name:
Version: 7.7 (Android 4.3+)
MD5: abf5be0df4dc21fca562069a05b3584a
Thanks, Peter!

App Chromecast Updated To Version 1.5.3 With New Languages, Hints Of TV Offers, More

One more app that took part in Update Wednesday yesterday is the official Chromecast app, which helps users set up their new Chromecasts to work with their phone or tablet. The app got bumped from 1.3.10 to 1.5.3 and while Google has published its own short change log, we of course couldn't resist doing a quick teardown to see if there were any other goodies. First though, here's what Google says is new.
What's New
- App available in over 50 languages.
- Improved support for Samsung devices.
- Additional Chromecast settings and bug fixes.
There are some more interesting tidbits hiding inside the APK, though. First up is TV offers. It's unclear right now how the offers will function (assuming they make it into the app at all), but the strings suggest that users will be able to check for offers themselves or show available offers.
<string name="toast_offers_tv">Check your TV for offers</string>
<string name="menu_offers">Show offers</string>
Additionally, there are separate strings for 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. Chromecast doesn't seem to support 5GHz yet, but perhaps it will soon.
<string name="wifi_24ghz">2.4 GHz</string>
<string name="wifi_5ghz">5 GHz</string>
There's also a new string for Chromecast's time format, and "Help" and "Feedback" options have relocated to the slide-out navigation bar, fitting with a recent UI trend in Google's apps.

If you haven't grabbed the update already, hit the widget below.

40,113 ratings
by Google Inc.
1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads
Appears in a list of Must Have Apps


Google Play Store 4.6.16 With Batch App Install, New 'Require Password' Option

Hey look, everyone - Google sent us all a treat tonight in the form of the first Play Store update in over 3 months. And we just love new things (hi, Kirill!). As usual, you'll find the apk for v4.6.16 towards the bottom of this post.

What's New?

So, what's new in Play Store 4.6.16 compared to 4.5.10?

Batch install in My apps -> All tab

Update #1: Rather than batch removing (note: I'm talking about removing apps that aren't installed from the All list here, not mass uninstalling) multiple apps in My apps -> All tab, we can now mass install them. This makes installing familiar apps on new devices a whole lot easier, though still very much time-consuming. The batch remove functionality was, well, removed. (Thanks,AudioAw2015 and Jeremy Smith!)

Removing apps from My apps -> All no longer jumps to the top of the list

Update #2: Previously, simply removing an app from the My apps -> All list forced you all the way back up to the top of the list, which was extremely annoying and unnecessary. No longer the case - the app now disappears from the list, but your position remains the same. (Thanks, David Coiner!)

New Require password option

Following the recent class action lawsuit over in-app purchases, we now have a new option to always require the account password for purchases, not just once per 30 minutes. If you have kids, you should probably turn this on now.
Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

Settings and Help finally moved to slideout nav

Settings and Help have moved - you can now find them in the slideout navigation drawer. Other Google apps were updated in a similar fashion recently, so we completely expected the Play Store to follow suit. In related news, this means that the unnecessary overflow menu on the start screen is gone.
Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

Confusing Auto-add widgets setting renamed

The "widget" part of Auto-add widgets was really confusing since it was actually adding icons and not widgets. It's all fixed now, finally.
Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

We can finally force Play Store self-update

Finally, we can trigger a self-update action on the Play Store itself - just tap the Build version in the settings. This will come in super handy for fresh OS installs that ship with outdated Play Stores.

IAPs now included in the App permissions screen

Following the IAP indicator added in the previous version, another warning about IAPs is now included in the App permissions list when you press Install.

Google+ +1 counts are now exact for large quantities

This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you still don't get it... drugs are bad, mkay?
Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

Continuous security verification

There are a bunch of strings and code for continuous app verification that we learned about several weeks ago:
<string name="package_malware_cancel">"Don't install"</string>
<string name="package_malware_install">Install anyway</string>
<string name="package_malware_keep">Keep anyway</string>
<string name="package_malware_uninstall">Uninstall</string>
<string name="verify_app_removed_notification_title">Uninstalled %1$s</string>
<string name="verify_app_removed_notification_message">"This app isn't safe. Touch for details."</string>
<string name="verify_app_remove_request_notification_title">You should uninstall %1$s</string>
<string name="verify_app_remove_request_notification_message">This app may be harmful. Touch for details.</string>

Tweaked styles

Add buttons are now blue, the names are bold, and there's a white border around the profile
Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store
For those of you with multiple accounts, the account selector looks a bit different now and no longer makes all the nav items disappear:
Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store
If you spot something else that I haven't, please drop a comment below.

File Size History

  • 5.89 MB (6,181,458 bytes)
  • 5.75 MB (6,036,474 bytes)
  • 5.76 MB (6,040,792 bytes)
  • 5.76 MB (6,046,580 bytes)
  • 5.84 MB (6,129,144 bytes)
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  • 5.84 MB (6,126,172 bytes)
  • 5.84 MB (6,126,834 bytes)
  • 6.62 MB (6,951,714 bytes)
  • 6.21 MB (6,520,554 bytes)


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.
File name:
Version: 4.6.16 (Android 2.2+).
MD5: de29d98de5f239d844abcaef3b18cc93.
Thanks to Ray Wells for the APK!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Pocket - Applications Android sur Google Play

Time’s Best Android Apps of 2013

*****Google Play Best of the Best for 2014*****
Pocket lets you take your content with you. Whenever you come across an interesting article, video, or website you want to check out later, you no longer have to send yourself links or bookmark items in your browser. Simply put it in your Pocket.
Once something’s in your Pocket, it automatically syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, without an Internet connection. You can read an article during a flight, see a web page while you wait in line, or watch a video while relaxing at home.
Articles, videos, recipes - anything you find online. It’s easy to save to Pocket from your favorite apps or desktop browser.
If it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet, and computer.

See your articles, videos, and everything else in a beautiful, easy-to-view layout.
Calls out the best and most relevant content in your Pocket for quick browsing.
Save to Pocket from any app on your Android device. Just tap ‘Add to Pocket’ when sharing a page.
Easily send to a friend’s Pocket, or share via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
Pocket is free to download and use, and is available on any Android device or tablet.
Save to Pocket with our Browser Extensions for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
Questions about requested permissions? See