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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are working on a unified nearby file sharing solution

Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have announced that they're joining forces to create a new file transfer solution that will work seamlessly across devices made by each of them. The peer-to-peer protocol will be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20MB/s, likely using Bluetooth for pairing and then WiFi for transfer.

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[Update: Selfie Mode for Pixel 3a] Google Playground has joined the dark mode club [APK Download]

Google is introducing a system-wide dark mode with Android Q and is hard at work to get as many apps as possible in line for the stable launch. While it already implemented the eye-soothing theme on many apps like Calendar, Phone, Messages, and Drive, other apps are still notably lacking one, like Gmail. On Wednesday, Google officially introduced Playground as the newest member of the dark mode club, although the AR stickers app possibly has had it for a while already.

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Chrome will soon remove support for FTP connections

Many moons ago, the File Transfer Protocol (FTP, for short) was a popular way to host files online. It was also commonly used to manage files on servers, but was never designed to be a secure protocol, and suffers from countless vulnerabilities. Now that it has largely fallen out of use, Chrome will soon drop all support for FTP connections.

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10 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Anthem App, AmpliFi Teleport, and Hipcamp Camping App (8/3/19 - 8/17/19)

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 two weeks or so. Today I have the official guild management app for Electronic Art's looter-shooter Anthem, a new release from Ubiquiti that allows users to connect to their AmpliFi Router when away from home, and an excellent camping app that's great for discovering new campgrounds. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Runkeeper kills WearOS app, citing 'buggy experience'

2019 has been a sad year for WearOS, as the platform witnessed the death of several apps over the past few months. Runkeeper is the latest company to announce the retirement of its application on WearOS devices, claiming the experience was buggy for most users.

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25 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps and games to start the weekend

Woohoo, we're at the end of yet another week! To celebrate, we have a small list of app sales today. However, as usual, someone out there might find something they like here. Have a good weekend, everyone.

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Knock Knock! Happy third birthday, Google Duo

Three years ago today, Google launched Duo, the video calling app and service it teased a few months earlier during I/O 2016. Along with Allo, Duo brought about a shift in Google's messaging and communication strategy. It spelled the beginning of the end for Hangouts and the switch to a more simplistic approach that didn't pan out well for Allo. Duo, on the other hand, is still advancing. It may not have completely revolutionized video calling, like Google had hoped, but that doesn't mean it isn't a success.

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Gboard v8.6 is preparing a new symbol keyboard for useful Unicode characters [APK Teardown]

Gboard's latest update is out, but the changes are pretty sparse. Outside of a few wording changes and surely some bug fixes, there's not much for users to see. In fact, most of these updates include a plethora of new languages, keyboards for specific geographic regions, or other similar customizations, but even those aren't to be found in this update. However, a teardown does turn up one upcoming addition in the form of a new keyboard dedicated to useful symbols.

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Sony app deaths continue with Xperia Lounge shutting down this month

Sony, which does not have a good track record of making money from smartphones, has been cutting back on its mobile division for well over a year at this point, consolidating offices and has started to kill off apps it has made — some of them useful, others not so much. In the ongoing saga of this downsizing, we've come to the scheduled demise of the Xperia Lounge app.

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Source code for Google I/O 2019 app arrives with samples of several Android Q features

Android Q will deliver a whole pile of new features like a system-wide dark theme and revamped gesture navigation when it lands later this quarter. But just because Google has implemented those features in Android doesn't mean all your favorite apps will automatically work with them immediately and perfectly; developers need to build that support into their apps. To lend a hand, Google has just pushed out the source code for its I/O 2019 app to serve as an example.

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