Google app v8.23 beta is upgrading the floating sports tracker, adds a new collection for experiences, and more [APK Teardown]

Like a clock, the latest beta version of the Google application began to be implemented just as the developers were heading to the end of week. We have not yet seen any live changes in this release, but there are some interesting additions that can be found in a disassembly. The floating sports crawler bubble seems to have some improvements coming just in time for the fall calendar, there are small additions to Collections and Google Assistant for Homes, and a previously speckled General Setup screen is getting bigger


Disclaimer: The disassemblies are based on the evidence found within the apks (Android application package) and are necessarily speculative and are generally based on incomplete information. It is possible that the assumptions made here are erroneous or inaccurate. Even when the predictions are correct, there is always the possibility that the products change or cancel. Like the rumors, nothing is certain until it has been officially announced and published.

The features described below are probably not yet live, or can only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, do not expect to see these features if you install the apk. All screenshots and images are true unless otherwise indicated, and the images are only modified to delete personal information.

Sports tracker bubble improvements

In June, Google added a small floating bubble to track sports scores in real time. This was perfectly programmed for fans to start following the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Now that the football season is upon us, Google will return to improve the bubble and data in real time.

There are new chains that tell us that the bubble may show start times, penalties and possibly have a button to expand to show statistics, news and the timeline of the games. There is also an informative line to indicate that the bubble can be discarded by dragging it to the bottom of the screen.

< string name = " bubble_more_info_text " > Statistics, News and Timeline </ string >
< string name = " bubble_altalties " > Penalties </ ] ] string name = " bubble_starts_at " > Starstars </ string ]] ]
< string name = " bubble_loading " Loading </ [1945913] >
< string name = " bubble_inactive_state_text " > Updates to matches are not available [19659013] </
] string name = " bubble_dismiss_text " > ] 19659010]] > 19659010]]
< string name = " bubble_feedback_link [1945901890]] [196590009013]]] string >
] < string name = "]]] 19659010]]] 19659010]]] – </ string > [19659012]

Be alert, because this may already be live. I tried to find a game while this publication was in progress, but I could not find any game that would admit the bubble.

Monitoring: general configuration

Back in v8.21 version, the design A new "general" configuration screen appeared, but it had not been used yet. There was not much to say about it, since the settings described on the screen were not new options, and the screen looked like it was just a new house for those configurations. The trend now seems to continue in the latest update, since three more configurations are duplicated on this screen:

  • Autocomplete with trend searches
    Search suggestions will include popular searches in your area.
  • Open web pages in the application [19659075] Stay in the Google application when you open search results or stories from the source.
  • SafeSearch
    Block the appearance of inappropriate images, videos, and sites in search results.
< string name = ] [ pDeagua and Autocomplete with trend searches [19659013] </ string >
< string name = " suggest_trends_summary_hub " > Search suggestions will include popular searches in your area. </ string >
< string name = " suggest_trends_preference " > suggest_trends_enabled ] / / string ]> ] [196590106] string [196590106]] [196590106] string [196590106] string [196590106]] [196590106] string [196590106] ] string [196590106]

< string name = " use_custom_tabs_title_hub " > Open web pages in the application </ string >
< string name = [1965909494] [1945911] use_custom_tabs_summary_hum [1999] items [1945] [] > Stay in the Google application when you open search results or stories from the information channel. </ string >
< string name = " use_custom_tabs_preference " > use_custom_tabs [es] < string name = " safe_search_title_hub " > SafeSearch </ string > [19659012]
< string name = " safe_search_summary_hub " > Blocks images, videos and inappropriate sites so that they do not appear in the search results. </ string >
< string name = " safe_search_preference " > safe_search </ string [19659010]>

excerpt from /xml/general_hub.xml
<SwitchPreference android: persistent = " true " android: title = " @ string / suggest_trends_title_hub ] android: key = " @ string / suggest_trends_preference " [19459034)]

] string / suggest_trends_summary_hub " android: defaultValue = " true " [196590106] /> [196590126] / 19659012] android: persistent = " true " ] "

] ] @ string / safe_search_title_hub " android: key = ] products hand in hand products products family products of the game family, 19, 19, 19, 19, 19, p.] android: abstract = " @ string / safe_search_summary_hub " ] ] ] defaultValue] false " />
< SwitchPreference [196590006] =

true " [19659008] android: title = " @ string / use_custom_tabs_title_hub " android: key [1965900tppPP]. android: summary = " @ string / use_custom_tabs_summary_hub " android: defaultValue = " true " />

These are your current locations:

At this stage, it seems that this will become the home of the configuration that most people will want to access, while most of the other screens settings are more likely to have By default, people are more likely to leave. At least that is my interpretation of the pattern that is emerging, but there could be a different logic.

New collection: Experiences

This is just a small detail, but the title for a new type of automatic collection has been additional. It seems that "Experiences" will join the list of types such as: images, places, recipes, itineraries and others.

< string name = " collections_item_type_experience cells] string >

I can only assume that experiences will contain things like events and attractions, but the term is vague enough to be destined for something else.

Follow up: Google Assistant for Homes

There's really nothing important. here, but a new background image was added and it has a really smart design with several icons that take the form of buildings in a neighborhood.


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