Google app 7.9 prepares for Home calling & proactive notifications, adds new ‘Bisto’ string [APK Teardown]

The latest beta of the Google app rolled out last night and brings along with it a number of new strings. Announced at I/O, there are more references to making calls through Google Home. There are also mentions to the proactive notifications that are coming to the device later this year.

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About APK Teardowns: In this ‘APK teardown,’ we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that was uploaded to the Play Store. When an app (or an APK, to be specific, in the case of Android apps) is decompiled, we’re able to see various lines of code within it that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. With that in mind, read on.

Phone calls with Google Home

At I/O 2017, Google announced that the ability to make phone calls was soon coming to Home. The Assistant portion of the Google app now includes strings that detail how the feature will work. First off, Google broadly notes that the Assistant will be able to make calls from “Assistant speakers, like Google Home.” While the feature has only been announced for Home, maybe speakers running Assistant will soon be able to benefit from it as well.

The code reaffirms that users can either link their own phone number or have outgoing calls use an unlisted number. Assistant settings will soon add an option to set this preference and link numbers.

Your linked services

Your calls will now use an unlisted number
Your calls will now use %1$s
Your number appears unlisted to others
Your Assistant can make calls from Assistant speakers, like Google Home, using your preferred service. Calls to 911 are not available.

Phone number

Proactive notifications in Google Home

Another announced Google Home feature is the ability to receive proactive notifications for important alerts. Version 7.9 includes strings — under the name “smartspace” —  that describe that feature’s initial set of capabilities exactly, including alerts for meetings, calendar events, traffic, and flights.

Next upcoming meeting alerts
Calendar events
Unusual traffic change alerts
Traffic information
Boarding times and flight alerts
Upcoming flight information
No Available Smartspace Settings
No available settings
At A Glance

Bisto returns with new string

References to a new “Bisto” device type surfaced in version 7.0. They were subsequently removed and have now returned with a new string that makes an explicit reference to headphones. This further suggests the audio nature of what this device will be.

Finish headphones setup

Version 7.9 of the Google app is now rolled out to those enrolled in beta program. It will rollout to the stable channel in the coming weeks.

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