Google Android app updates: Wallet, Camera

Yesterday we saw Google deliver a pretty substantial update to Maps, not just for Andorid, but iOS as well. And while that was a well-appreciated update, it also felt like it landed a tad bit early; as we mentioned at the time, Wednesdays tend to be Google’s big days for app updates. Well, Maps may have jumped the gun, but Google’s still got some new software it was saving for us today, and we’re hearing about new updates on their way for both Google Wallet and Google Camera.

Wallet’s changes aren’t too major, but we think they’re worth mentioning nonetheless. The UI sees some tweaking, but that’s mainly just shuffling the deck – same stuff in subtly different places. More substantially, you can now select between multiple Google accounts, as well as get shipping notifications for packages ordered through Wallet. We also see one feature get the ax, with Google removing Explore Offers – though with the ability to do just as much from Maps directly, that’s no major loss.

The Camera update is also pretty low-key, but it does bring back one feature that you might have been missing: the ability to grab still photos while shooting video. There’s also some minor UI polish, like keeping the shutter button in place during device rotation.

Both updates should be hitting users shortly, or you can dive into those source links to grab the APKs if you just can’t wait.

Source: Android Police 1,2

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