Developers are freshly back from a long holiday break and the first of Google’s updates are starting to trickle out of Mountain View. The first to make an appearance is a new beta release of the Google app itself. Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t appear to be a particularly feature-laden build, at least not from a user’s point of view. However, there are a couple of topics to discuss through the lens of a teardown.
Google Assistant settings, Calendar. Left: v7.17. Right: v7.18.
Strictly speaking, there are some smaller visible tweaks to the UI in a few places. There’s no point in a deep dive on the changes, but the Calendar screen in the Google Assistant settings shows the most noticeable differences. There’s less whitespace and most of the labels and text line up cleanly. There are also divider lines between list items. We saw similar changes appear last month with the v7.17 update.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android’s application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. It’s possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. Even when predictions are correct, there is always a chance that plans could change or may be canceled entirely. Much like rumors, nothing is certain until it’s officially announced and released.
The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, don’t expect to see these features if you install the apk.
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