Google app v8.28 beta prepares for manually hiding Slices, more changes for a general settings page, and more [APK Teardown]

There is a new beta version for the Google application deployment, and this takes a considerable leap in the version number to 8.28 from 8.24 that came out about a week and a half ago. There is not much to see in the way of the changes, and even the knockdown is on the soft side. However, there are some things to look at. And as always, we keep looking for more changes.


Left: v8.24. Right: v8.28.

It's just a change, but the button on the Google Lens screen that turns the flash on or off has moved from the right side of the screen to the left.

And yes, I discovered some of these mint bark bars hidden from last year – are delicious.


Disclaimer: The disassemblies are based on evidence found within apks (Android application package) and are necessarily speculative and generally based on incomplete information. It is possible that the conjectures made here are incorrect 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 is officially announced and published.

It is likely that the features discussed below are not yet active, or that they are only active for a small percentage of users. Unless otherwise stated, 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.

Notification for alarm-based routines

In case you have forgotten, the Google Clock application will add (finally?) The routines of the Google Assistant, and it seems that one of the side effects will be a notification that appears after you discard an alarm initiated by Clock. This does not seem to be any different from the notification you already receive when a routine is started, only the text will explain that it is starting after an alarm.

Current notification that is displayed after a routine starts.

< string name = " opa_wuwa_notification_title " ]> [196590006]] [19[]
< string name [19659013] = " opa_wuwa_notification_description ]

] ] This notice is found at the time you are in this configuration indicating the time you use this security setting is this product when found, start a Google Assistant routine after you dismiss the alarm from your clock application </ string >

For clarity, the expression seems to infer that this will work with any clock application that registers alarms with the system, not just those in the Google Clock application.

Hiding segments

You may have forgotten Slices, or maybe they decided they are not as good as they never you have used, but you will feel relieved to discover that they simply … have not yet left. Yes, although they were announced almost six months ago, they are still flying with an SDK for developers, but in reality they are not operational so that developers can get something out of the work they have done when building these things.

Regardless, when The day that segments begin to appear in your search results, you have the option of hiding individual applications so they do not show your segment if you find they are not so useful.

< string name = " suggest_slice_removal_title

] ] ] Observe on this page: 19659017] </ string >
< string name = of [1945] 19659014]> This content comes from an installed application and is related to what you are typing in. Hiding this suggestion will be removed from this list. </ string >

Monitoring: Next page of the General Configuration Center

We have discussed the next page of the General Configuration Center several times in the past. In summary, it seems that Google is moving some high-value common access settings from their original locations to this screen where they will be easier to find. The latest update adds two more settings to that list: Always try again offline searches and Manage pending searches .

< string name = " offline_retry_preference_title

] [196590160] ] string >
[19659022] < string name = "[194500006] offline_retry_preference_summary 19659016] You will receive a notification with the results once you are back online. </ string >
< string name [19659013] = " offline_retry_preference " >
background_retry_global_opobal_optin_pell / 9999109 / en / px / wiz / web.png
name = " manage_pending_searches_hub " > ]] ] ] of /xml/general_hub.xml[19459026◆◆19659017] < SwitchPreference
android: persistent = " true ] android: [194590006]] 19659013] = " @ string / offline_retry_preference_title " android: [19459146]] " android: ] summary = " @ string / offline_retry_preference_summary [194590006] ] ]] defaultValue = " true " / >
and : [19459206] persistent = " true " android: layout = @ layout / link_sub_preference " android: title = " @ string / manage_pending_searches_hub " android: key = Crop [offline] [1945900] [] />

This move seems to contradict the theory that this page will be for major adjustments, since most people probably do not change the default values ​​for these two things; but I suspect that this is more about simply getting them out of the way. There is currently a page in the top-level configuration list dedicated to these two, so placing it in another place could be more information about cleaning the list of categories.


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