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[Update: Selfie-flash is from 4.3] Google Camera v4.4 update with double-tap to zoom and a new toggle rolling out on the Play Store [APK Download]

Google Camera v4.4, which first popped up in a recent Android O Developer Preview, is now publicly available on the Play Store. The new release brings front-facing selfie flash (via your screen), double tap to zoom, a toggle button for photos/video, and a slightly larger-looking shutter button. These are all small changes, but they do each give you another way to do things in the app, and choice is always good.

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Google Maps v9.59 beta adds Q&A section, Picture-in-Picture support, monthly driving stats, and more notification channels [APK Download]

A new update to Google Maps is rolling out to the beta channel members right now, and like so many previous releases, there are a few new features to check out. First, the Q&A feature from the last teardown of Maps is live. Drivers will soon be able to see a monthly report of their behavior right inside the app. If you're running an Android O developer preview, the first thing you can look forward to is the addition of Picture-in-Picture support. Also for Android O are a pair of new notification channels to get better control over navigation-specific information.

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Google app v7.9 begins work on day planning feature called At A Glance, saving web pages and images for later, possible Lens interface called "Eyes," and more [APK Teardown]

Version 7.9 of the Google app began rolling out last night, but like so many other updates, this one doesn't appear to change much once it has been installed. However, it may be setting the stage for a number of things, both new and previously announced. A teardown of the APK brings to light some new features for at a glance visibility of travel information and storing search results and web pages for later use, plus a few follow-ups for topics we've seen before.

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Wireless multi-speaker app SoundSeeder gets a material makeover in version 2.0

SoundSeeder is a pretty niche app, one that promises to turn any device capable of running it into another speaker for your music. By syncing multiple phones all connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can make your music louder and spread it throughout different rooms, perfect for parties. A while ago, Rita took a look at how SoundSeeder compared with a new app in the space, AmpMe. Since then, SoundSeeder developer Jekapps has been hard at work on v2.0, which includes a complete material redesign, wearable support, and more.

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PSA: YouTube Music now lets you save specific songs, playlists, or albums for offline listening

Those of you who pay for YouTube Red may know that for a while it's been possible to listen to music on YouTube Music without a connection with the offline mixtape feature. It's not the ideal solution, as it auto-populates based on your listening history. You can remove songs from it, but many users would prefer to choose which songs go on the list, too. At some point recently, the option to save specific songs to an offline playlist was added to the app, something which we thought you might like to know about.

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Play Store v8.1 adds notification channels on Android O [APK Download]

A new version of the Google Play Store began rolling out earlier today with few, if any noticeable changes. However, if you're running the Android O previews on any devices, there will be one change to look forward to: Notification Channels. The latest version brings five distinct channels for customization, including: Security and Maintenance, Updated Apps, App Updates Available, Account Alerts, and High Priority. Now we can make a few more decisions about which notifications we want to see and if they matter more or less than the developers thought they should.

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Miracle Merchant is a fun new alchemy game from Card Crawl developer Arnold Rauers

Game developer Arnold Rauers and his studio TiNYTOUCHTALES have gained a worthy reputation for great game design. Card Crawl and Card Thief have received numerous plaudits from critics and gamers alike. Their latest title, Miracle Merchant, is already creating a buzz since it was released on the Play Store yesterday, with an impressive rating of 4.8 stars from 17 reviews, at the time of writing.

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[Update: Now available in the Play Store] Game Live from Samsung will live stream your screen to Facebook, Twitch, or Youtube

Samsung gets a lot of stick for what's perceived as bloatware on its devices, even if that situation has improved somewhat in recent years. With that, it's easy to forget that the Korean company does actually produce some really useful software, as evidenced by a new app that's aimed at mobile gamers. Samsung Game Live will allow users to live stream their gaming prowess to various other services.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides add support for keyboard navigation of on-screen controls [APK Download]

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Allo v15 adds a shortcut to your contacts so you can quickly start messaging [APK Download]

A new version of Allo began rolling out yesterday, but unlike so many previous releases, this one wasn't preceded by any Twitter announcements from the developer team. That's not too surprising because this looks more like a maintenance release. However, there was one subtle enhancement that's definitely worth pointing out: Allo now integrates with contacts on your phone so you can quickly jump to the app and start a conversation. A teardown of the apk revealed that most of the other changes are in service to the upcoming launch of an Allo web client, which had been examined in detail with a teardown of v14.

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