Google reworks Snapseed, makes minor tweaks to Play Store, Calendar, and Play Movies apps

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Android aficionados usually pine for "Update Wednesday," when Google typically graces us with new features and bug fixes to its core suite of apps.

They often spill over into the next day, as is the case this week with several Google apps getting some new features and needed tweaks.

First up is photo-editing app Snapseed, which is finally getting some attention after going stagnant for over two years. The new version adds in several new tools, such as lens blur, "intelligent" perspective transform, tonal contrast, and spot healing. 

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The newest edition of Snapseed brings in lens blur, darkening capabilities, and a host of other editing features.

Google also is bringing back the month view to Google Calendar. The current default is a schedule layout, which forces you to slide the month view down from the top if you want an overview of future dates.

An update to the Google Play Store and Play Movies & TV app hint at critic reviews making their way into both. This would add some more perspective for show quality other than the usual hit-and-miss customer reviews.

An APK teardown also reveals Google is working on movie bundles, making for another way to push sales and rentals for similar titles.

All the updates are hitting the Play Store, or you can find the latest version at APK Mirror.

The impact on you: This is another good batch of updates for anyone who sticks close to the Google ecosystem. It helps that Google keeps its core apps in the Play Store, so it can do do quick reversals like bringing back the monthly view in Google Calendar.

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