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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 It hung on to its white-only interface like it did to its outdated, first-gen Material Design look.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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Speed limits are back for Google Maps in the UK

In the last year, Google Maps began a wide roll-out of visible speed limits during navigation in dozens of countries. Since its release, there's been a wide range of upgrades, downgrades, and, in some cases, the feature disappearing altogether. Following an earlier disappearance, it seems users in the UK may finally have their speed limits back.

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Netflix for Android adopts AV1 video codec, currently limited to Save Data mode

AV1 is the hot new video codec on the block, offering around 30% better compression than Google's VP9 standard without a noticeable loss in picture quality. With Chrome and Android now supporting the format natively, many services have started to switch to it, and now Netflix is joining the fun.

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Viber now lets you save notes and to-dos

Viber announced today a new note-taking feature appropriately dubbed "My Notes." Notes are accessible from your Chats list; adding a new note is the same experience as sending a message, and your list of notes looks an awful lot like a normal Viber conversation, but with additional features to help with organization.

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Chrome promises to block ads on sites with annoying videos

Google joined the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group intended to make online advertising less annoying, back in 2017. The news made headlines because Google also revealed that it would potentially block any advertising in Chrome that violated the group's ad guidelines. While there never seemed to be any high-profile takedowns, and there are still countless sites that violate the existing standards, the group has now created new rules for video ads.

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