Android App Updates 9/26/13: Gmail, Google Voice, Speedtest and More


Speedtest 3.0 on its way!

The popular app, Speedtest by Ookla is in a real need for a UI update. We've already seen the iOS version of the app get an update, but the Android version has been left in the cold for quite a while. Well that might not be the case much longer. Ookla announced that version 3.0 fo Speedtest is coming this week. So let's hope for a better launch than BBM.

Google Voice Updated



This week, Google Voice was updated. It wasn't a huge update, but they did add support for short codes and some bug fixes. So at least Google hasn't totally forgotten about Google Voice yet. Here's the changelog from Google Play:

What's new:

  • Added warning when attempting to send text messages to 911
  • Support for new short codes
  • Bug fixes

Gmail Gains Cards!

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Google was really busy on Wednesday. They updated just about all their core apps. Gmail was next on the list and got a pretty big update:

What's New

– Delete and archive actions appear by default – control this in Settings
– Tap sender images to select multiple emails in the conversation list
– Bug fixes
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up.

YouTube Updated to v5.1.10



Along with Gmail and Google Voice, YouTube also saw a nice update. It brings new video notifications and Google ads. Here's the full changelog from Google Play:

What's New

What's new:
* Watch a video while searching for the next one
* Search for playlists and use the "play all" button for endless entertainment
* Enjoy a new cleaner design

Skype Updated



Next up for an update was Skype. I know many of you probably don't use Skype, but it was updated this week. Some of the changes include:

  • Your screen will remain active while your call is connecting. Once the call has started, everything will work normally
  • Added support for 14 additional languages
  • A number of general fixes and improvements

 Facebook Updates As Well


Today, Facebook began pushing out a new update to the app. This is not for the beta version, but the actual stable version. Here's the changelog:


-Use icons in status updates to express what you're feeling or doing

-See upcoming events at a glance on your favorite Pages

-Create and share new photo albums from your phone