Google pushes updates to YouTube, Search, Maps, Wallet, and Chromecast

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Yesterday was Google Update Extravaganza Wednesday, so if you're wondering what all those app updates popping up in your notifications are all about, we've broken it down for you.

Google Wallet & Translate

Google pushed forth menial updates to several of its core Google apps, including Maps, Search, and YouTube, as well as Google Wallet, which we reported on yesterday, and Translate, the latter of which now lets you draw symbols and foreign alphabets in 13 new languages, including Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, and Telugu.

Maps

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Google Maps has been updated to version 7.7 and its most apparent new feature is that it now displays upcoming events at places of interest near you.

Android Police writes that there's a string of code that indicates that automatic dimming will return to turn-by-turn navigation sometime in the future, but that it's not readily available right now.

Google Search

Google Search—essentially the brains behind Google Now—now features full-fledged Cricket updates. Yes, we're talking about the bat-and-ball sport that's mostly popular in Southeast Asian countries like India. There are also other minor sports card-related updates, as well as expanded information for Stocks.

YouTube

Google initially released the "dogfood" version of the YouTube app (the one meant for internal testing at Google) before sending out another update to remedy that folly. The Google Play Store now has the actual version of YouTube you're looking for and it features a few minor interface changes, including an updated slide-over menu and the ability to reply to a comment by selecting it. 

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Chromecast & Chrome Beta

We figured we'd lump the "Chromes" together. Chromecast received a few minor bug fixed and its settings menu has been moved for "easier navigation," while Chrome Beta also received a few unspecified bug fixes.

You can pick up all these updates in the Google Play store, or wait patiently as their rollout reaches your Android devices. 

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