More Google Android app updates: Hangouts, Maps, Drive, Newsstand

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Google is having a busy day when it comes to Android apps, with update after update hitting the Play Store. A little earlier we told you about the changes to Google Search, and what that meant for the Nexus 5’s launcher, but that’s merely the tip of the iceberg. We’ve also spotted updates going out for a number of additional apps, so let’s take a moment to look at what’s new:

Maps’s official changelog just mentions bugfixes, but it also delivers changes to how it presents Offers, and routing controls get some expanded options for both preferences and things to avoid.

Drive sees the arrival of a widget to easily scan new documents, and also adds support for animated GIFs, because who doesn’t love those?

Hangouts gets a bugfix release, addressing problems related to MMS and oversized SMS content.

Newsstand benefits from some interface changes, like introducing a new option to display mini cards when previewing articles, new translation tools arrive, and the app gets a homescreen widget.

Look for all these updates to hit your Android device soon, assuming you haven’t installed them already.

Source: Android Police 1,2, Android Spin 1,2

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!