Betas will now appear in Play Store search, localized suggestions for Brazil & India, more

The Play Store is adding a few features for both developers and users. Betas are now easier to find and join from the Play Store with Google even highlighting beta apps in a new Early Access section. The store also has new smart collections for tasks that require a combination of apps.

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Keyboard in Google Assistant adds suggestions row w/ full search phrases, replaces Gboard’s

While typing support in Google Assistant only began rolling out last week at I/O 2017, the feature is already seeing its first update. The initial iteration kept Gboard’s native suggestions row, but Assistant now uses a customized bar that lists full search phrases.

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Google Allo gets expected background themes, emoji suggestions, Fantastic Beasts stickers

We were the first to tell you that Allo would be getting background themes in a future update, and today that update has arrived. The update also brings a feature called “Smart Smiley,” which is basically recommended emoji, and some nifty new Fantastic Beasts stickers…

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Google adds tappable search suggestions to recipe searches on mobile

Update 2/2/17: More than a month after we told you about this, Google has made this new feature official on its blog.

It seems like Google is always playing with its search interface both on desktop and mobile, and today one eagle-eyed Alex Chitu spotted another addition on mobile: search suggestions when searching for recipes. The feature lets you refine searches for a food you might want to make…

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