Google App beta review (6.15.17.21)

Last week, Google introduced “Visual Search” and “Saves” to some people through a server-side update. This last update brings even more interesting features.

Visual Search update

The first time I’ve tested Visual Search, I’ve “scanned” the box of a smartphone from a well-known brand, and the result was pretty satisfying. This week, they’ve updated Visual Search by bringing some fun emojis to show us what we can clearly do. That’s a feature a lot of people will love ❤.

Edit and Crop before sharing a screenshot

While comparing two versions of an app, we can see if there are new strings or not. In this case I’ve noticed some strings about Editing, and Cropping screenshots:

<string name=”sharebear_color_black”>Black color</string>
<string name=”sharebear_color_blue”>Blue color</string>
<string name=”sharebear_color_green”>Green color</string>
<string name=”sharebear_color_purple”>Purple color</string>
<string name=”sharebear_color_red”>Red color</string>
<string name=”sharebear_color_white”>White color</string>
<string name=”sharebear_color_yellow”>Yellow color</string>
<string name=”sharebear_crop”>Crop</string>
<string name=”sharebear_crop_screenshot_activity_label”>Crop Screenshot</string>
<string name=”sharebear_done_button_description”>Done</string>
<string name=”sharebear_edit”>Edit</string>
<string name=”sharebear_edit_screenshot_activity_label”>Edit Screenshot</string>
<string name=”sharebear_edit_undo_no_effect”>Nothing to undo</string>
<string name=”sharebear_link”>Screenshot from %s</string>
<string name=”sharebear_save_failed_no_permission”>Did not receive permission to write to device storage. Please try again.</string>
<string name=”sharebear_screenshotter_activity_label”>Share Screenshot</string>
<string name=”sharebear_share_saved_screenshot_chooser_title”>Edit and share screenshot</string>
<string name=”sharebear_share_subject”>Screenshot shared from Google</string>
<string name=”sharebear_storage_permission_request_info”>The Google app needs permission to access device storage to improve the way we handle screenshots you take in the app</string>
<string name=”sharebear_storage_permission_request_info_not_now”>Not now</string>

We can also found 2 new pictures that correspond to the strings:

Edit and Crop icons

App Shortcuts

This picture is a representation (this is not a real screenshot)

Google has also implemented some dynamic app shortcuts (for Android 7.1+). We can notice that “Search In Apps” shortcut, which means this shortcut won’t be reserved to the LG V20 anymore.

Download

You can now download the latest beta from APKMirror, or directly from the Play Store by following these steps: 
1. Go to this page and click on the “Become a tester” button.
2. Update or install it from the Play Store by clicking on this link.