Today may be June 18, which means we got Amazon’s announcement of its Fire phone a little earlier today, and T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 5.0 event is coming up a few hours later on, but more than just being the eighteenth, it’s also a Wednesday. You smartphone users with blood that runs Android green know what that means, as it’s time for Google to make with its latest batch of Android app updates. We haven’t spotted a ton of them this week, but at least a few new releases are on their way out to users, with updated versions of Drive and Hangouts arriving, along with some other new editions.
There’s nothing monumentally new in any of these releases, and they’re more of the incremental-UI-tweaks variety, slowly pushing towards that (unattainable?) goal of app perfection. Drive version 188.8.131.52 picks up some new document creation shortcuts, redesigns its user account switcher, and adds a little color to its refresh animation.
The changes in Hangouts seem to be even more low-key, and so far there’s very little we’ve been able to confirm as new in today’s release of Hangouts 2.1.311 (and of course, the Play Store “what’s new” section is still detailing 2.1.2 changes). The appearance of certain emoji seems to have been updated, and there are likely a few bugfixes lurking within, but there’s not a lot to write home about.
Venturing into beta territory, there was a new Chrome release last night with some bugfixes of its own, and an internal dogfood version of Translate seems to have been accidentally released to the public – just like YouTube back in March.
Finally, we hear about My Tracks 2.0.7, changing the way it exports data to Maps. Look for all these updates (with the possible exception of Translate, assuming that gets pulled) to start hitting your Android devices soon.