Unlike the previous batch of updates for Google’s apps, there are no directly user-facing changes that we have observed thus far. The UI and menus all appear to be the same, as well as gross functionality. However, the update brings a couple of crash fixes that could potentially make your browser experience a tad better, as well as a more mysterious fix:
We first talked about Slide2wake with Touchcontrol in June of last year. Back then, the app only supported the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and many users wanted this functionality extended to other devices. XDA Recognized Developer bponury released a substantial update to his Touchcontrol app, adding support for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2013) as well.
Back at XDA:DevCon 2013, Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon gave a talk about the future of Ubuntu on mobile devices. Also at the conference, Ubuntu coder Michael Hall held a Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop aimed at spurring and fostering application development for the soon-to-be-ready platform. Both of these presentations can now be viewed online. Fast forward a few months, and Ubuntu for phones is now available for its first two devices.
It looks like Google isn’t done adding goodies to the latest round of updates for the official Search app. The hotword for activating the voice search function is now “Ok Google,” and it also works while looking at results, not just from the standard search screen. You’ll need Search 2.8.7 (grab the APK here if you don’t have it yet) and an updated English (US)language pack to see the new functionality.