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Chrome Stable Boosted To v39 With Lollipop Tweaks, Support For Colored Status Bars, And More [APK Download]

After seeing the update to Chrome's beta channel recently, it was inevitable the same build, slightly improved, would reach the stable version. So here we are, Chrome for Android v39. It's not a huge update, but not like you're going to skip it or anything.

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Koush's New Helium Chrome App Lets You Back Up And Restore Android Apps And Data Without Root, Even On Linux And Chrome OS

Developer Koushik Dutta, Koush for short, is well known around these parts for any number of apps. There's the ClockworkMod ROM Manager. There's AllCast. And if you want to back up specific apps and the data that goes with them, there's Helium (formerly known as Carbon).

Helium scratches a real itch for the platform. If you purchase a new device or wipe an old one, Google can re-install your previous apps, but it usually won't pull down your settings or game saves.

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Lyft Further Readies Android App For Lollipop, Also Launches Lyft For Work

Android 5.0 is heading out to select Moto devices, Nexus owners are firing up fastboot, and the sweet smell of candy and tangibly designed interfaces are in the air. Feeling the spirit, Lyft has updated its app with a slightly more up-to-date look.

The biggest change here is the introduction of a new sidebar. It now pops out over all other UI elements.

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New, old.

Lyft has also removed the separator underneath the action bar and whitened things up a tad.

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Google News & Weather App Updated To Version 2.1 With A Couple Of New Animations [APK Download]

There's not much that's new in News & Weather 2.1. This update is all about making the interface and animations consistent with other recently-Materialized apps. We've seen exactly three new things: one, the statusbar changes color to match the action bar on Lollipop, like an increasing number of Google apps. Two, the pull-to-refresh action uses the newfangled circular refresh animation instead of a horizontal bar. And three, the hamburger menu now animates into an arrow when the slide-out menu is activated.

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Raising Google's Gingerbread-Era Finance App From The Dead In An Unsolicited Redesign

Google's Finance app is in desperate need of attention. If you haven't checked in on it lately, it's still stuck with Gingerbread design. No seriously, go look. Tiny header bars, legacy menus, odd layouts, and assets that look tiny or pixelated (or both) on today's high resolution devices.

Just for fun, I decided to take a look at the app and see if I could give it a fresh coat of paint, inspired by material design.

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Google Cloud Print Gets Its Own Material Makeover [APK Download]

Google Cloud Print has recently received a material redesign of its own. You would be forgiven for thinking that the printing service wasn't its own app, given how it's tucked away with your device's other settings. But when you do go to "add a printer," you are, in fact, kicked out to a different app.

It just doesn't look like it.

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Cloud Print has gone Material. Everything's bright white, the sidebar slides out on top of the action bar, and the new color palette matches the settings menu in Android 5.0.

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Humble Bundle Announces It Will Be Pulling Its App From The Play Store To Add Mysterious New Features

Humble Bundle offers great deals on apps and games, but it can be a little more work to make use of the content you buy. The Humble Bundle Android app has made it easier to access your stuff, but the app itself is going to be making itself scarce soon. Humble Bundle has announced it's pulling the app from the Play Store so it can add new features that are not welcome in Google's sandbox.

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YouTube Android App Now Sports A White Sidebar For Some Users, Without An Update

Google has given a bunch of its apps the Material Design treatment. Thus far, YouTube isn't one of them, even if you're running Android 5.0. But a few users have noticed a UI change that nudges things in that direction. They've fired up the app and slid out the sidebar, only to see that it's now white. With their avatar in the top left atop a colorful background, YouTube is starting to look ever-so-slightly more like what Lollipop users would expect.

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Android Wear App Updated To 1.0.4 With Semi-Material Makeover And Fixed Lollipop Media Notifications [APK Download]

We saw a leak recently that showed off a new version of Google's Android Wear companion app, and now here it is. The design is certainly more in-line with Android 5.0 aesthetics, but it's not quite material. Also, you'll only get the new UI on Lollipop.

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Google Keep Gets Update To Version 3.0 With New Material Touches [APK Download]

Cross one more item off your list of Google apps in need of material facelifts! Next on this bountiful Update Wednesday, Google Keep is receiving a bump to version 3.0 with some new material-inspired touches, the most obvious one being its launcher icon. Instead of a realistic stack of sticky notes, we now have a single dog-eared sheet of paper with a lightbulb cutout sitting on top.

Once you're inside the app, there's plenty to look at.

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