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Instagram Stories now has more users than Snapchat

Once upon a time, Instagram was just for sharing photos, mostly of food. But over the past year or so, the app greatly expanded in functionality. Live streaming is now supported, multi-photo posts have been added, and the app now has Snapchat-like disappearing photos and videos.

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Google launches Areo, a food delivery and home services app for India

Going out into the real world is a scary and often unpleasant experience. Better to just stay at home, safe and sound, and have everything you need brought to you via the wonders of the internet. Google's new Areo app allows Indian consumers to do just that by ordering food and booking home services.

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Google's Handwriting Keyboard for Android Wear 2.0 is now available on the Play Store

Google debuted Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O last year with a number of great new features, not least of which was a clever spin on the handwriting keyboard. Oddly, the handwriting keyboard was left buried in a hard to find location and had to be activated just to use it. Now that the official Wear 2.0 release is rolling out (kinda), users have reported that this keyboard didn't even come preinstalled, nor could it be found on the Play Store – at least, not until yesterday. The Handwriting Keyboard is now available.

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Amazon Music switches to a bottom navigation bar in the latest update

Amazon Music is one of many audio streaming services. If you're neck-deep in Amazon's ecosystem, then I suppose it's one of the best choices for you — especially since Prime members get a discount on the monthly fee. The Android app just received an update that switches from the hamburger menu to a bottom nav bar. The new version also comes with the ability to share tunes to other subscribers.

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Noodlecake Studios brings us Lumino City, an award winning handcrafted puzzle adventure game

State of Play Games and Noodlecake Studios have teamed up to bring the BAFTA award winning puzzle adventure game Lumino City to Android. You can pick it up today and it is even on sale. That is right, for its first week the game is launching at the price of $2.99, after which it will go back up to $4.99.

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Google app v7.0 beta includes new Assistant Notification settings, plans redesign of Assistant Services directory, and hints at new device called "Bisto" [APK Teardown + Download]

The Google app went through a major version bump to 7.0 and began rolling out to the beta channel a couple of days ago. A bit of digging around turned up a few new settings, but nothing that explains why the version number went up on this release. Along with the new features, a teardown also raises some light on a few things we can look forward to in the future, including some vital improvements for Services accessed through Google Assistant and what may be a new type of device. If you're not part of the beta channel, you can grab the latest version of the Google app – now with fewer crashes – from APK Mirror.

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Google Photos' video stabilization gets demoed, proves impressive

Yesterday, we found out in a teardown that version 2.13 of the Google Photos app brings video stabilization. This is a welcome addition, of course, as nobody enjoys watching shaky footage, but how well does it work? Thanks to some comparison videos that were shared on the net, we can now see that it's pretty damn impressive.

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[Deal Alert] A Normal Lost Phone is down from $2.99 to $0.20 worldwide

It strikes me that many TV and movie plots these days keep on using the ability of snooping into someone's phone as a part of the narrative when so many modern smartphones have a fingerprint reader and wouldn't be easy to unlock, but what do I know? Maybe that's a necessary suspension of belief to keep the story moving. And you'll have to do the same while playing A Normal Lost Phone, but thankfully though, you won't have to pay a lot today to skip past the slightly shoddy premise and into the interesting game.

If the title wasn't enough explanation for you, the idea is simple: you found a lost phone and you have to rummage through the contacts, messages, calendar, email, browser history, and gallery, essentially snooping on every aspect of the owner's life, to piece the story together.

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Viber adds inline YouTube playback and last seen timestamps to statuses

Everyone is getting inspired from everyone these days, so it's no surprise to see Viber add features that have been in WhatsApp and/or Telegram for a while. Today's update to version 6.8.2 of the app brings inline YouTube playback and last seen timestamps on statuses.

YouTube links will automatically expand in the conversation to show a preview thumbnail and their title. Tap on them and a pop-up appears and starts playing the video. You can expand to full screen, close it, move it around, and pause playback. As for the last seen timestamp, it displays in the same exact place as WhatsApp and tells you when your contact was last using Viber.

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Google Express app updated with shared lists and other features to accommodate the Assistant shopping list

There was a surprising amount of anger directed at Google several days ago when the Assistant shopping list was moved from Keep to the Home app. Rather than being a general purpose list, it is now tied into Google Express. Now, the other shoe has dropped in the form of an update to the Express app. It brings shopping list improvements that jive with the new Assistant shopping list.

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