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11 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last week (8/15/17 - 8/21/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Chrome's new tab page might be getting "Site Exploration" categorized content

Google's Chrome team often experiments with different UI changes, with some ending up in the stable release and some not. "Chrome Home UI" recently made its debut, with its rounded elements and bottom nav bar. The latest feature to be tested on Chrome Canary introduces categorized content on the new tab page.

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Swipe for Facebook updated to v7.0 after long hiatus

Facebook makes an app for Android, and it's aggravating in a myriad of ways despite frequent promises from Facebook that it would improve said app. That's why a good portion of Facebook users just log in via the mobile web or use one of the various wrapper apps in the Play Store. One of the most popular apps has been Swipe for Facebook, but it fell into disrepair a while back. Now, the dev has returned with a big v7.0 update and a promise to keep the updates coming.

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Falcon Pro updated to v1.6, with AMP link previews, new media features, and double tap to like [APK Download]

If you don't like the official Twitter app you can be safe in the knowledge that you're not the only one. Thankfully there are numerous third-party clients that cater to the varying needs of Twitter's millions of users, and Falcon Pro 3 has been a popular option, even though the last update was back in December 2016. The developer seems to be actively supporting it once again and it's just been updated to v1.6, bringing several notable changes.

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Plex upsets users with changes to its privacy policy before backtracking

After receiving a couple of emails from disgruntled Plex users, it's become apparent that the company has made some changes to its privacy policy. It's being accused by some customers of trying to sneak in a revision that removes the ability to opt out of data collection, with some worrying that this may lead to the selling of user data. To allay those fears, Plex CEO Keith Valory has released a statement outlining why the changes were made and what further changes will be made to placate users.

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[Update: Now in Dev Channel] ChromeOS will eventually have an automatic red-tinted Night Light mode

ChromeOS development is on fire these days. Just yesterday we got news that we'd have a new setting for closing the lid on a Chromebook. And today we find out that a new automatic Night Light feature is inbound and has just entered the Canary channel. If you've ever used Kindle's Blue Shade, f.lux, or LineageOS' LiveDisplay feature, then you know that this means. If you aren't familiar with any of those, think a red-tinted mode for use at night. 

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Duo v16 adds new notification types and Notification Channels on Android O, tweaks UI for Audio/Video toggle [APK Download]

While Allo's new web client scored most of the headlines this week, its sister app Duo wasn't to be left out in the cold. A new update to the video chat app is out with a few changes of its own. Notifications are a significant part of this release with a new toggle in settings for all users and full support for Notification Channels on Android O. And for some users, there are a few tweaks to the UI of the Audio/Video selector and contact list.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • New notification type for "special events & topics"
  • Custom notification channels (Android O)
  • Audio/Video toggle moved down to the calling window and icons in the contact list match the current setting

Special events & topics

If you haven't really had a sense of when to use Duo, you can always let the app itself tell you.

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Wear Mini Launcher starts showing pop-up ads after latest update

One of the most popular third-party apps for Android Wear is Wear Mini Launcher. As the name implies, it's an app launcher for your watch that tries to improve upon the normal basic list of apps. But as of the latest update, Wear Mini Launcher has started pushing pop-up ads.

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Google Inbox now has an 'All inboxes' view

Google's Inbox app is a pretty great email client, but it has always lacked something that many mobile and desktop email applications have - a merged inbox view. You always had to check each account separately, which can take at least two taps to switch between. Thankfully, Google has finally added an 'All inboxes' view to the app.

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Google I/O 2017 app's source code released on GitHub to demonstrate the newest, best practices for Android devs

Every year for the past few years, Google releases an app for I/O attendees. Then, a few months afterwards, the company uploads the app's source code to GitHub. This year's I/O app was aptly named "Google I/O 2017," and now, if you're an Android developer, you can go through its source code to see what new techniques you can implement into your own app(s).

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