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ES File Manager vanishes from Play Store, possibly part of DO Global scandal

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed News reported how apps on the Play Store from Chinese firm DO Global regularly committed click fraud automatically clicking on ads on behalf of users. Google has already removed apps and suspended accounts owned by DO Global, and it appears ES File Manager may be part of the ongoing crackdown.

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Telegram X April update brings overhauled notifications, polls, and a whole lot more

Telegram X went through a period of radio silence, but it's recently returned with a vengeance. As we near the end of April, the app just received a big update to the stable branch – previously available (mostly) in the beta versions – a fairly typical thing when X is in healthy development. The list of additions and changes is, as expected, massive, so I'll do my best to point out the important things.

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Mozilla outlines plan to replace Firefox for Android with 'Fenix'

Firefox for Android hasn't received much attention lately from Mozilla — but for good reason. The company has been working on a new 'Fenix' browser designed to eventually replace the current Android Firefox browser. As part of an effort to shift all resources to the new browser, Firefox for Android will start to wind down in the coming months.

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Action Launcher v40 adds improved device and web search functionality, plus a colorful new icon

The latest update to the ever-popular Action Launcher includes a new search feature that's been a year in the making. Version 40.0 includes Action Search, a powerful new tool that serves results from the web, your apps and contacts, your in-app search history, and your settings (from both your phone and Action Launcher itself). Also included is a snazzy new app icon.

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Chrome 74 adds dark mode, accessibility improvements, new Translate shortcut, and more [APK Download]

In this crazy world we live in, it's comforting to know that some things will never change the sky is blue, the sun rises in the east, and Google releases a new version of Chrome (roughly) every six weeks. Chrome v74 is now available on desktop and mobile platforms, and while it doesn't include a massive number of noticeable changes, there is still plenty to talk about.

Dark mode

Slowly but surely, Google is adding a dark mode to all of its applications in preparation for Android Q. Chrome's dark mode first made an appearance early last month, and has finally trickled down to the stable channel with Chrome v74.

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[Update: It works again!] Google weather applet breaks with latest search beta

Why does Google have to break all the little things we like to use? For one, the company still hasn't re-enabled the ability for desktop-based Google users to set reminders — it hasn't even acknowledged the problem up to this point. And now, the mobile weather applet is on the fritz with the latest beta of the Google app.

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Google Fi app dips its toes into a dark theme with new widget behavior

A black pall is being cast on many an app these days. But for many users, dark theming brings power savings on OLED displays and an eye-friendly nighttime aesthetic. So, for Google Fi subscribers who interface with its corresponding app, the latest update might give them a bit of a dark theme to look forward to — specifically found in the widget.

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27 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps and games, including doubleTwist and Chrono Trigger

Welcome, all, to the final app sales roundup of the week. Today's list doesn't star too much extraordinary – though, if you're into the retrowave/synthwave/outrun/80's culture like I am, the Nice Bowling game looks fun – so be sure to head back to Monday's and Wednesday's to check if anything there you like is still on sale.

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Google Contacts rolls out a new half-screen panel that slides into view when you add a new person

With the introduction of Android Q, Google started putting common system settings such as WiFi, Bluetooth, and others in convenient cards that slide up when needed. The company seems to take a liking of this approach, as it just started rolling out a similar feature for Google Contacts that pops up when you add a new contact via another app.

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Google Photos has been asking users to help improve its facial recognition grouping

Facial grouping in Google Photos is one of the most impressive features of the service. Not only can you see all pics and videos you've taken of a person or pet, you can also use that in search to find specific snaps like "me in Vienna" or "[person] and [other person/cat/dog]" or "[person] and food" for example. But Google's algorithms aren't infallible and there are instances when you have to remove certain pics for wrong identification, or merge what it thinks are two different faces. Photos is aware of that and has been asking users on the web to help it improve its facial recognition.

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