The latest version of the Google app is rolling out this evening with a number of small tweaks and features. Google app 8.65 details more about Podcasts episode search, Google Image Search filters, and more.
About APK Insight: In this ‘APK Insight’ post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.
Google Image Search filters
Google Images was recently revamped on the web with the Google Material Theme, while mobile added Google Lens integration. Image Search in the Google app might be gaining filters to refine results, just like on the web. Existing ones already present in the app include Latest, GIF, HD, Product, Clip Art, and a handful of different colors. The search engine could soon recognize Black & White, Face, Memes, Quotes, and Recipe.
<string name=”corpus_name_images_black_and_white”>Black & White</string>
<string name=”corpus_name_images_clip_art”>Clip Art</string>
Google Podcasts episode search
Back in July with version 8.12, Google Podcasts added a string suggesting “Episode results” in search are coming. While still not live, Google app 8.65 notes that development of the feature is still underway.
<string name=”episode_search_results_title”>Episode search results</string>
<string name=”no_episode_search_results”>No episode search results</string>
Meanwhile, one new string notes how streaming is not available for some episodes, with downloading the only option.
<string name=”prompt_download_podcast_episode”>”Streaming isn’t available for this episode. Try downloading to listen.”</string>
Google Lens: Material Theme photo import icon
Google Assistant’s car integration that involves a paring process is codenamed “herbie” — after the famous movie vehicle. Work on that is still underway, with Google app 8.65 featuring a new icon in the shape of a DC adapter charger.
How to update?
You can sign-up for the Google app’s beta program here or by heading to the Play Store listing on Android and scrolling to the bottom. The latest beta version of the Google app is immediately rolled out when it’s available.
We do not post APKs to download directly given the legal challenges associated with copyright and possibility of removal. Meanwhile, that model is perilous given Android App Bundles and Google Play’s Dynamic Delivery.
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Dylan contributed to this article