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Chrome's Duet bottom bar interface is probably gone for good

Google has been working on some variation of a bottom bar in Android's Chrome browser for nearly four years. It started as 'Chrome Home,' which moved the entire address bar to the bottom of the screen, but it was later revamped into 'Duplex,' later renamed to 'Duet' to avoid confusion with the Google Assistant feature of the same name. Now it appears the long-running interface experiment is gone for good.

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Chrome Beta 84 adds way to autofill SMS verification codes on the web, allows sites to force screen to stay on, and more (APK Download)

Chrome 83 was released last week with quite a few improvements, like cookie blocking in Incognito Mode and new Microsoft-made form controls. Chrome 84 has now graduated to the beta channel, and it's one of the largest browser updates we've seen in a while.

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Here are 430 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now

Google Play Pass, a program that gives subscribers no-charge, ad-free access to premium apps and apps with premium features, launched last year with over 350 titles on its roster. Thing is, though, Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps participating in Play Pass as we can.

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40 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's finally the end of the week, and of course, I have some quality sales to share today. First and foremost, Team 17's entire catalog is on sale for the next six days. On top of that, Reckless Racing 3, Space Marshals, and Despotism 3k are quality pickups worthwhile of an extended gaming session this weekend. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 40 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Android TV milestone: YouTube reaches 50 million installs on the platform

Unlike the mobile Android operating system, Android TV isn't a subject Google often gloats about. Every year or so, we get a small hint about the platform's popularity, but no monthly active users or total sales units have been shared recently, or ever. This lack of marketing has lead many to think Android TV is close to abandoned, when in fact Google has been actively pushing the platform to vendors more than end users. In March, the company announced 160+ TV providers were using its OS. Now, we're getting another hint: YouTube for Android TV has just passed 50 million installs.

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Plex lets you host virtual movie nights with remote friends and family members

There are third-party extensions like Scener that allow us to watch content from Netflix, HBO, and other services together while staying apart during these times of coronavirus-induced social distancing orders, but Plex is ready to up this with a native solution. It has announced a new Plex Labs experiment that allows you to watch shows, movies, and videos from your library together with others, perfectly synced up for everyone.

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The Twitter web app now lets you save drafts and schedule tweets

Twitter is making it easier to manage your tweets and replies before you're ready to send them out. The company has announced that its web app now supports saving drafts and scheduling tweets for a later time, something that's only been available through third-party services or Twitter for Business earlier.

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Following user backlash, Signal lowers one of its drastic PIN measures

Signal is one of the best choices for a communication app that's focused on privacy and isn't owned by Facebook, which is why it has attracted a large and dedicated user base. Earlier this year, the app got a fresh spark to the tune of a $50 million dollar investment from a co-founder of WhatsApp. But lately there's been a bit of negative chatter in response to the app introducing a system for backing up data based on PIN codes, and many users are filling online forums with complaints.

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YouTube makes video chapters official, helping you skip to the parts that matter

I watch YouTube videos in two distinct ways: If it's a song I like or creator I enjoy, I'll watch the whole thing; but if I was searching for a tutorial or more info about a topic, I usually just fast-forward or skip through it to get to the parts that matter. Google is now preparing a cool improvement to help is with that second kind of situation: video chapters.

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Google Voice added to Gmail web app, now lets you transfer calls on all platforms

Google Voice has long been one of Google's most confusing and most useful products, and since becoming part of G Suite in 2018, it has started receiving a bit more love when it comes to updates. It gained a dark theme and support for VoIP calling last year. Now the service is prepping the ability to transfer ongoing calls to other numbers and contacts.

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