Each week, I look at someplace within the neighborhood of 100 app updates whereas wanting for modifications. Probably the most fascinating issues flip into APK Teardowns or Obtain posts. Most of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to some bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, and even simply pixel-level changes to layouts and pictures. Nevertheless, there are often a number of updates that land someplace in between. I do not need to spam readers with dozens of brief posts, however I hate to disregard issues that folks may need to find out about, so I’ll wrap up the leftovers for a bit weekend studying and name it Update Notes.
There was quite a bit during the last couple of weeks that I did not even have time to throw collectively for this submit, so I’ll attempt to get one other Update Notes prepared for subsequent weekend.
Particular because of נתנאל מ for the good hero picture on this submit!
- 1 YouTube v13.40
- 2 YouTube v13.41
- 3 YouTube v13.43
- 4 YouTube Music v2.55
- 5 Google+ v10.17
- 6 Google Digital camera v6.1
- 7 Google Photographs v4.three
- 8 Wear OS v2.17
I take pleasure in when the important thing merchandise of a teardown is simply a picture.
Watch celebration [Teardown]
Fb just lately made a function referred to as Watch Social gathering obtainable to everyone after a interval of testing. Briefly, it permits a number of individuals somewhere else to observe a video in sync with one another. Ideally, this lets everyone have the identical expertise on the similar time to allow them to share reactions in unison.
This brings us to the brand new arrival in YouTube, a single icon named ic_watch_party. The icon itself does not actually convey whether or not it is associated to Fb’s function by the identical identify, however I discover it unlikely to be an accident. In fact, if it’s a straight copy of Fb’s function, there’s nothing stopping the builders from utilizing the identical identify for an icon as long as they do not launch the function with the branded identify.
However let’s be trustworthy, YouTube will certainly implement a synchronized video expertise now that Fb has achieved it, and I do not assume anyone wanted to listen to it from a teardown to return to the identical conclusion.
This replace wasn’t very thrilling both, however it did deliver a number of new strings for a subject that has come up a couple of occasions prior to now.
Voice Search for Sensible Distant
We have seen Sensible Distant pop up a few occasions, first with simply the identify showing in an earlier model of the YouTube app, then later with extra strings and the pictures for a D-Pad and mic within the YouTube Music app. Not that there ought to have been a lot doubt, nevertheless it appears like an evidence for the mic button is right here: It ought to make YouTube seek out movies to observe simply through the use of your voice to look.
<string identify=”mdx_smart_remote_mealbar_title”>New! Voice search for TV</string>
<string identify=”mdx_smart_remote_mealbar_detail_text”>Search for movies quicker with voice.10Hook up with your TV to get began.</string>
<string identify=”mdx_smart_remote_mealbar_dismiss_button_text”>NOT NOW</string>
I do know, voice search was the apparent purpose for the mic button, nevertheless it was all the time attainable that it was going for use for different forms of voice instructions. For instance, YouTube TV acquired one thing like that earlier this yr.
And we have got one other one from YouTube. I’ve a sense this might have deserved an entire submit, however there’s not a lot to go together with, so we’ll simply begin with a spot in Update Notes.
I do know, I do know, something associated to stickers looks like a it have to be a joke at this level. Allo was drowning in stickers, the opposite messenger apps ultimately joined it, and Gboard ultimately took the plunge. If a Google app concerned sending a message, it principally needed to have stickers. Go forward and assume that if you’ll, however right here we’re with a string that appears to be about one thing referred to as “super stickers.”
<string identify=”super_stickers_disabled_in_full_screen”>This function shouldn’t be obtainable in full display</string>
In the event you’re conversant in stay streams on YouTube, there’s an opportunity you’ve got heard of Tremendous Chats, a function that permits viewers to pay some cash to offer their feedback additional visibility. Proper now, the only string above does not actually give a ton of context, however I feel it is a protected guess that we’re taking a look at one thing fairly comparable function that may permit paying customers to push a sticker (and perhaps a remark) to the chat window.
Frankly, my instincts make me need to poke enjoyable at this, nevertheless it’s truly a reasonably good concept. It is going to give viewers a solution to contribute to the channel with out having to put in writing a remark. Stickers will slot in rather well with congratulatory moments, like an enormous win in a recreation or the announcement that a child is on the best way. Level is, it’s going to add extra enjoyable to the thought of contributing to a channel.
YouTube Music v2.55
There’s not likely a lot to see right here, however let’s briefly contact on the couple of issues that did occur within the newest replace of YouTube Music.
Left: v2.53. Proper: v2.55.
There’s now a hyperlink to the authorized mumbo jumbo. Let’s not fake it issues.
Audio solely setting… in settings
Get able to have an audio-only mode in YouTube Music. Wait, you have already got that, you say? Sure, you’ll be able to flip off music movies and get simply the audio model in the event you flip a bit of toggle change on the prime of the music participant display. This has been round both since YouTube Music launched, or a minimum of very shortly thereafter.
What makes this totally different is that the setting will seem within the precise Settings display. This implies you do not have to start out a music video simply to show movies off. When you’re on a decent knowledge constraint, even the little little bit of video you must obtain within the means of switching off that toggle might be considerably vital. Moreover, individuals are likely to assume a setting like that might be discovered within the Settings display, and it wasn’t very intuitive that it was solely out there within the participant.
<string identify=”dont_play_video_setting_title”>Don’t play music movies</string>
<string identify=”dont_play_video_setting_byline”>Change music movies to audio-only or album variations of songs</string>
<string identify=”dont_play_video_edu_text”>By no means need to see movies? Activate the “Don’t play music videos” setting to all the time pay attention with out streaming video.</string><com.google.android.apps.youtube.music.ui.SwitchCompatPreference android:title=”@string/dont_play_video_setting_title” android:key=”pref_key_dont_play_video” android:abstract=”@string/dont_play_video_setting_byline”/>
By now, most individuals know that Google+ is just not lengthy for this world… Properly, okay, 10 months continues to be pretty lengthy; and it isn’t truly dying, simply transitioning into a personal social community for firms. However so far as most of us are involved, it will not be round anymore. So my query is, why are they including options that may have been good for an enormous public social community?
It seems to be like there could be a brand new gauge for visibility, however this one could also be preemptively informing customers on tips on how to get a bigger viewership. A metric referred to as Viewers Measurement will probably be proven with posts, and it’ll merely inform customers that an viewers is both giant or small, or if there isn’t any viewers, customers will probably be suggested so as to add tags to extend it. I am unsure if tags are associated to one thing instilled in company networks, however the context makes it sound like posts might solely seem based mostly on filtered tags.
<string identify=”audience_size”>Viewers Measurement:</string>
<string identify=”audience_size_one_content_description”>Viewers measurement is small</string>
<string identify=”audience_size_two_content_description”>Viewers measurement is giant</string>
<string identify=”audience_size_zero”>Add tags to extend Viewers</string>
I am unsure if there’s any relationship, however this jogs my memory somewhat of a function referred to as Ripples that was eliminated in 2015. In case you do not keep in mind it, or perhaps by no means even heard of it, Ripples was an interactive graph that confirmed how a publish was reshared because it branched out by way of different customers. Not solely was this good for seeing that a publish had gained traction, however helped with visualizing the audiences that have been all in favour of or cared about your publish. In early 2017, an altogether much less fascinating alternative appeared beneath the identify Fast Insights. This was principally a generic counter for complete engagement, identical to you may see on Twitter. I am suspicious that the Viewers Measurement metric may be based mostly considerably on these earlier trackers.
Regardless of the rationalization could also be, I am nonetheless baffled that Google+ sat nearly inert for the higher a part of three years — and even misplaced options within the meantime — and then we abruptly began seeing one teardown after one other with vital indicators of latest improvement, however now it is doomed to be shut right down to the general public. Perhaps if any person had bothered to do that stuff three years in the past, Google would not be planning to shut the doorways on G+ subsequent yr.
Google Digital camera v6.1
We have heard lots concerning the Pixel three digital camera and there’s certainly extra to return formally. We have already mentioned a number of the enhancements coming with the Pixel three itself and a couple of of the extra common options out there to older Google telephones with the newest APK, however that is not fairly all there’s to say. A number of issues are floating round on this replace that have not been noticed or mentioned but.
Autofocus: Close to and Far
The movement monitoring autofocus function is certainly an enormous step ahead and might even flip into an enormous win for making smartphones extra engaging than devoted cameras the place autofocus throughout video tends to be iffy even on the most effective days. Nevertheless, it appears you may also get one other approach to set autofocus that includes retaining it set to a basic distance.
Some new strings recommend that you’ll lock autofocus to both Close to or Far. I take this to imply that the digital camera is allowed to autofocus to things that stay inside these common areas, however by no means try and refocus if an object travels from the background into the foreground or vice versa.
<string identify=”af_desc”>Autofocus choices</string>
<string identify=”af_on_desc”>Autofocus on</string>
<string identify=”af_on_acc_desc”>Autofocus on</string>
<string identify=”af_off_far_acc_desc”>Autofocus locked to far</string>
<string identify=”af_off_near_desc”>Close to</string>
<string identify=”af_off_near_acc_desc”>Autofocus locked to close</string>
Time lapse mode
Time lapses make for nice brief movies and establishing photographs. We have anticipated the addition of a time lapse mode within the Google Digital camera app actually because it was launched in 2014. Even then, there have been strings and an icon pointing to a time lapse mode. Since then, minor modifications have occurred in an assortment of updates, however by some means the mode by no means truly got here to fruition.
Nothing actually modified within the newest replace, however a brand new string was added that appears to recommend it now has an fascinating nickname: “Cheetah Mode.”
<string identify=”mode_timelapse”>Time Lapse</string>
<string identify=”mode_timelapse_desc”>Change to Cheetah Mode</string>
So, does this random change imply that a time lapse mode is about to lastly come true within the Google Digital camera app? If I am being trustworthy, I do not assume so. Not that it will not occur, simply that it isn’t going to occur within the subsequent couple of months. Maybe it should occur in 2019, attainable at first of the yr, however extra doubtless towards the center or finish… if in any respect.
Why am I dismissing the likelihood that it is coming quickly? Frankly, I feel time lapses are fairly highly effective, particularly if Google has any particular computational magic to use which may remedy basic challenges like flickering or huge publicity modifications because the solar units or rises. If Google had been planning to allow time lapse mode throughout 2018, it might have been introduced in the course of the Pixel three unveiling together with different options, even when it would not launch instantly — and we noticed that actual factor occur with Night time Sight, which is just simply now rolling out.
We already find out about Night time Sight, however chances are you’ll not know the codename for it’s cuttlefish. It isn’t necessary, however it’s sort of a cute element.
<string identify=”mode_cuttlefish”>Night time</string>
<string identify=”mode_cuttlefish_desc”>Change to Cuttlefish Mode</string>
Sadly, as of the 6.1.zero13 replace, it was renamed to Night time Mode. This additionally got here alongside the addition of some new strings associated to Night time Sight (or is it now Night time Mode?).
<string identify=”mode_cuttlefish_desc”>Change to Night time Mode</string>
<string identify=”cuttlefish_capturing_first”>Maintain nonetheless</string>
<string identify=”cuttlefish_capturing_second”>Amassing mild</string>
<string identify=”cuttlefish_description”>Takes vibrant and brilliant pictures in low mild</string>
<string identify=”cuttlefish_name”>Night time</string>
And eventually, the Google digital camera might begin telling you how one can take higher footage and make higher use of its options. If it detects low ambient mild, it can recommend turning on Night time mode. Likewise, if it looks like you are having hassle getting focus, the digital camera might recommend shifting again to get a bit higher perspective in your topic.
<string identify=”advice_night_message”>🌙 It is darkish, attempt Night time mode.</string>
<string identify=”advice_scene_distance_message”>Transfer again to enhance focus</string>
Google Photographs v4.three
The previous few updates to Pictures have been principally oriented round supporting new options introduced within the Pixel three occasion, however there hasn’t been a lot distinctive to debate in any other case. Nevertheless, the v4.three replace did embrace a number of new strains associated to advised actions. A few of these aren’t precisely new, however their addition may imply there are tweaks or new ways in which they will come out sooner or later.
<string identify=”photos_suggestedactions_editor_a11y_invert_colors”>Convert to greyscale.</string>
<string identify=”photos_suggestedactions_archive_move_to_archive”>Transfer to archive</string>
<string identify=”photos_suggestedactions_editor_adjust_corners”>Modify Corners</string><string identify=”photos_suggestedactions_editor_adjust_corners_done_button”>Finished</string>
Wear OS v2.17
Wear OS 2.1 ought to have rolled out to everyone by now, so it in all probability will not come as a shock that the app updates aren’t popping up with any model new options immediately. Nevertheless, there are a few issues occurring that we will contact on shortly.
Comply with-up: Media controls
Within the v2.16 teardown, I coated some attainable modifications to media controls that might permit customers to determine if they need the management interface to seem routinely or not. Whereas the choice nonetheless does not appear to have gone stay on the watch, textual content for a toggle on the telephone has been added. In different phrases, as soon as this does go reside, you’ll change the setting on both the telephone or the watch.
<string identify=”media_controls_autolaunch_setting_title”>Autolaunch media controls</string>
<string identify=”media_controls_autolaunch_setting_body”>Open media controls routinely on watch when playback begins from telephone</string>
The primary smartwatches with mobile connectivity have been designed with Nano SIM trays. For sure, these are some fairly thick watches. A brand new era is coming quickly, and a few of them can be shifting to a way more sensible eSIM answer that saves fairly a little bit of area and permits watches to be constructed with out detachable doorways. In fact, eSIM requires a setup course of, and this replace seems to be including a few of the UI elements to hold out the steps of establishing service and choosing a knowledge plan.
<string identify=”esim_welcome_header”>Hook up with %1$s</string>
<string identify=”esim_welcome_subtext”>Arrange your eSIM to allow knowledge service in your watch</string>
<string identify=”esim_plan_select_header”>Choose a plan</string>
<string identify=”esim_plan_select_subtext”>If you are going to buy a plan, you’ll use the info instantly.</string>
<string identify=”esim_purchase_a_plan”>Buy a plan</string>
<string identify=”esim_scan_qr_code”>Have already got a plan?</string>
<string identify=”esim_select_plan”>Choose plan</string>
<string identify=”esim_no_plans_available”>No plans obtainable. Please verify again later.</string>
<string identify=”esim_arrow_icon”>Arrow icon</string>
<string identify=”esim_barcode_icon”>Barcode icon</string>
<string identify=”esim_plan_cost_unknown”>Value Unknown</string>
<string identify=”esim_sim_icon”>SIM icon</string><exercise android:identify=”com.google.android.clockwork.companion.esim.EsimSetupActivity” android:exported=”false” android:theme=”@style/EsimTheme” />