Google has really upped its game ever since the first introduction of Android OS. With each and every upgrade, the OS brings quite a number of new nifty additions as well as improvements to the best ones already available.
The newest member to join the party is Android 7.0 Nougat. Announced earlier than usual, the stable version is set to be released in less than a month’s time. In order to ensure that every single Google app is ready for this new OS, the search engine giant has been shaping its collections as it aligns them with updates meant to take advantage of the great features available on Android Nougat. The latest victim is the former Google Search app, which is now known as Google app.
In case you didn’t know, the Google app plays home to several other features on Android devices. With Android Marshmallow came the likes of Google Now on Tap, which is one of the features you find baked deep inside this Google app. In addition, you will also find the likes of Now stream as well as voice commands. In the latest version, the search engine giant will also be including the newly introduced Google Assistant, a platform that came to life at this year’s Google I/O event in May.
The update brings the Google app to v6.2, however, be warned that this version is still in beta, which means only the APK file can be found online. You will enjoy using voice commands in a host of Google’s services, among them Maps, Android Auto as well as the general Google app. Now that the new update has added Google Assistant to Google app, users of newer versions of Android will finally be able to make queries and receive the best possible responses even with multiple questions asked.
The same Google Assistant will also be integrated into Google Allo as well as Google Home, all of which should be here before the end of this year. Other changes that you will also come across on the latest v6.2 of the Google app include adjustments to the preferences screens as well as an additional Google Assistant setting included in the Settings page.
As noted earlier, the current Google app version 6.2 is still in beta and can only be downloaded as an APK file. It is recommended to wait for the stable version to show up via the official Google Play Store. However, you can also choose to manually install the APK file on your phone, but first, you must enable installation from Unknown sources via your phone’s Security settings. Once this is done, proceed to the above link and download the Google app APK file, which you should be able to install when done with downloading.