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The visual Recent search interface in the Google app appears to be on a wider rollout

If you're feeling left out of the Android O party, there's one new thing you may be able to check out that doesn't require flashing a new firmware or having a specific device. The "Recents" search screen that lists all of your previous Google searches on a specific device appears to be going live for everyone - or at least almost everyone on the Google app beta release.

The "Recents" interface first made its appearance last December when we noticed plenty of server-side tests in the Google app including Offline Searches (which are now live) and Lite Mode (which doesn't appear to be live for everyone yet).

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Android O feature spotlight: The settings app has been completely overhauled

While Android 7.0 already offered a pretty extensive rethink on Android's stock settings app, it appears Android O will go a step even further than that, overhauling the interface and navigation model extensively.

The first thing you'll notice is that Google is moving to an organizational approach much more like a smartphone manufacturer, organizing categories of settings at higher levels, resulting in a much shorter top-level settings list. It's half or less the size of the settings menu on the Pixel on the current Nougat beta - which should tell you how extensive a change this is.

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SwiftKey's new Flow experience completely ruined the keyboard for many users, Microsoft is still "monitoring" the situation

SwiftKey updated its beta app with a new flow experience more than a week ago and has since started rolling that to stable users (though not everyone seems to have it just yet). But unlike many updates, this one has loyal users up in arms and hating every single bit of the change. As a result, the SwiftKey Support forum is full of complaints and the feature has been downvoted to -39 (minus 39) points, the Play Store listing is overflowing with people revising their reviews and giving it 3 or 5 stars, and the most loyal of users are either uninstalling the app or threatening to do so.

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Chrome's experimental 'Chrome Home' interface now has bottom tabs and a revamped New Tab page

As you may know, Google often tests new Chrome features in 'flags' - hidden settings that can be enabled or disabled. We first spotted "Chrome Home" in October, which moves Chrome's address bar to the bottom of the screen. This is especially handy for larger screens, but it looks like more changes are coming.

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15 tips and tricks to get the most out of Chrome on Android

Chrome for Android has been around since 2012, and is installed by default on every Android phone shipped with the Google Play Store. But there are several less-than-obvious features in the browser, either hidden behind flags or simply unadvertised. Here is a collection of 15 tips and tricks to get the most out of Chrome on Android.

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Instagram 10.12 allows you to save live video after broadcasting it

Instagram Live is one of several ways to live stream from your phone, but it always had one catch - you couldn't save the broadcast after it was over. Both Periscope and YouTube mobile streaming support this feature. Thankfully, Instagram now allows you to save live video after the broadcast is over.

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[Deal Alert] Several apps, games, and icon packs are free on the Play Store

Gather 'round penny-pinchers and avid Android lovers. There are deals to be had and none of them will cost you a cent. How 'bout that? You know Android Police's got your back. Without further chit-chatting, let's get started.

Apps

We had spotted Screenshot Pro and Quick AppLock Pro going down to $0 a few days ago, but now a lot of other apps by HDM Dev Team are getting the same treatment. We have an app to control your screen's rotation, a clipboard manager, both a call and a voice recorder, an "optimization" app, a blue light filter app, and the app that ties them all together "Magic Swipe Plus."

I haven't used any of these apps before, but they seem to be well reviewed on the Play Store.

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Instagram two-factor authentication rolls out more widely on Android

Instagram started rolling two-factor authentication one year ago. However, to the best of our knowledge, that feature didn't show up on Android or at least it was limited to a few users and accounts. We hadn't received any reports of it until a couple of days ago when we got a tip and we checked it out. Our tipster and several of us on Android Police can see 2FA in our Instagram settings now, but we're not sure if it's limited to those enrolled in the beta or if it's there for everyone.

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AccuWeather has released a Gear VR app, because why not

As Oculus and Samsung continue to look for more partners to develop Gear VR apps, apparently they thought a virtual reality weather app would be compelling. Or maybe this was actually AccuWeather's idea. Either way, AccuWeather has published an app for the Gear VR, titled 'Weather for Life.'

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Brave Software ceases development of Link Bubble, removes it from the Play Store

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