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Opera 56 lets you browse clutter-free with enhanced reader mode

Competing with dominant browsers like Chrome and Firefox, Opera differentiates itself with a bunch of additional features, like a built-in ad blocker and unlimited VPN. With the last major build released in December, the browser got the ability to darken web pages in addition to the app UI. This week Opera's releasing its v56 update, delivering a proper reader mode to help declutter the sites you read, along with a couple other handy features.

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29 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The end of the week is finally here, and so it is time to celebrate by checking out the latest app and game sales available on the Google Play Store. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 29 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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USAA has updated its app to support Android 10's biometric face unlock

The Google Pixel 4 comes with a new face unlock mechanism that requires its very own Android 10 API — thus, it doesn't function with many existing apps that only support fingerprint authentication. Some developers have been quick to add the new security feature, but others still haven't integrated it. USAA is no longer among the latter category, as the association has updated its app with the biometrics API.

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Google pulls the plug on Androidify, but older versions of the app still work (APK Download)

Google’s numerous side projects include plenty of experimental apps and services canceled before their time, and few get to live as long as Androidify has. Released in 2011, the quirky little app allowed you to customize the iconic green Android bot with clothes, shoes, and whatnots. Even though the app didn’t see an update after 2016, it persisted all this while alongside its web peer. But now, Androidify is gone from both the Play Store and web, probably for good.

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Google Measure v2.5 improves surface animations and offers more unit conversions (APK Download)

The excitement around augmented reality apps may have calmed down a bit, but Google's Measure app is still getting some of the attention it deserves. The latest update adds some nice quality of life enhancements while taking measurements, including a new animation to help with spotting surfaces and an upgrade to the automatic unit conversions. The changes might be simple and subtle, but they could really help out in a pinch.

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Here is every feature added (and removed) in Chrome 80

Chrome has finally reached the 80s. The browser sadly doesn't have a neon theme or play The Power of Love at startup, but maybe Google is saving that for v85. Regardless, this version has plenty of changes to go into, so let's dive in.

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Edison Mail gets templates and rich text editing in v1.13 update

In business, communications can be an exhaustive rote practice. You exchange greetings, suss out what the other side wants, and then things might get interesting from there. But in most cases, you could probably do well for yourself by setting up a bunch of templates in your email. More email apps are bringing them on board and the relatively popular Edison Mail is one of them.

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YouTube Music starts showing song lyrics from LyricFind for some users (APK Download)

Songs and lyrics come hand in hand, at least if you don't listen exclusively to instrumentals and electronic music. When you're failing to understand what an artist is saying — be it because they're talking too fast, growling too much, swallowing letters left and right, or speaking a foreign language for you — lyrics help you decipher the mess and understand the song's message. Several music streaming services offer lyrics along with songs, like Spotify (though in its own Behind the lyrics flavor) and Apple Music, and now YouTube Music is getting ready to join the fold.

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Google Translate 6.5 brings an ugly dark mode to some users (APK Download)

Many of Google's most popular apps have received an update with dark mode, but Translate remained an outlier until now. It hung on to its white-only interface like it did to its outdated, first-gen Material Design look. Things are moving in version 6.5 of the app, though I wouldn't say they're going in the right direction. A dark mode started showing up for some users, but it really looks like a work in progress or the result of the lowest possible effort.

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Google Play Points loyalty program rolls out to the web store

Google's Play Store loyalty program, Play Points, launched in the US last year and has let you earn perks for trying new apps and purchasing media since then. So far, it has been limited to the mobile version of the platform, and you couldn't view your benefits, challenges, and points on the web interface. Google is eager to change this, though, as first people report they have access to their scores and perks on the Play Store website.

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