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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Nova Launcher, Instagram, Google Keyboard

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Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most upgraded apps for the week. I’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to look at what people are actually updating, not focus on which apps have the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but I’m going to make an exception for apps that had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and discover some apps that you might find useful.

Google+ – Version varies


What’s new in this version:

  • Automatically refresh friends’ locations.
  • A variety of Photos improvements.
  • Additional bug fixes.
View in Google Play

Google Maps – Version 7.5

Google Maps

What’s new in this version:

  • See your flight, hotel and restaurant reservations from Gmail.
  • Bug fixes.
View in Google Play

Androidify – Version 1.14


What’s new in this version:

  • Improved UI.
  • Added new holiday outfits.
View in Google Play

Nova Launcher – Version 2.3

Nova Launcher

What’s new in this version:

  • KitKat font (Look and Feel – Icon Font – Condensed, Android 4.1+).
  • KitKat app drawer icon.
  • Google KitKat icon theme (Look and Feel – Icon Theme).
  • Small autohiding tabs in app drawer (Drawer – Small Tabs).
  • Transparent system bars on KitKat (Look and feel – Transparent Notification Bar. Requires KitKat).
  • Backup/Restore from external SD card.
View in Google Play

LivingSocial – Version 2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Full Redesign: Our brand new look is much easier to use (and easier on the eyes, too).
  • Faster: Browse and purchase great local deals faster than ever before.
  • Search: Use our new search feature to quickly and easily find the deals you’re looking for.
  • Bug Fixes: We addressed an issue with notification settings as well as other minor bugs
View in Google Play

Google Hangouts – Version 2.0.2

Google Hangouts

What’s new in this version:

  • Fixes for MMS sending/receiving.
  • You can turn off group messaging (MMS) in Settings to send SMS to multiple people.
View in Google Play

Google Keyboard  - Version 2.0.1913

Google Keyboard

What’s new in this version:

  • Add a new advanced option to switch keyboard color scheme (white and blue).
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
View in Google Play

PushBullet – Version 12.2.3


What’s new in this version:

  • Should fix “OK Google”.
  • More reliable notifications.
  • Select duration for mirror notifications.
  • Tap notification to cancel file downloads.
View in Google Play

Yelp – Version 5.2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Search for specific phrases within reviews.
View in Google Play

Instagram – Version 5.0.1


What’s new in this version:

  • We’re excited to introduce Instagram Direct, a new way to send photo and video messages to your friends.
View in Google Play