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Spotify launches standalone Kids app exclusive to Premium Family subscribers (Update: UK, Australia)

To give parents peace of mind while their children are listening to music, Spotify is introducing a separate app for younger users. Only hand-picked, kid-friendly audio content will be available through the new app, whose bright and colorful UI with oversized buttons will make it easier for little ones to explore.

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Google Pay (Tez) for India gets a Material Design makeover to improve usability (Update: Broader availability) (APK Download)

The Indianized version of Google Pay has cornered the largest chunk of India’s UPI market, piggybacking the username-based P2P payment system. Launched as Tez, Google rebranded the app to Pay following the global consolidation of its payment solutions, though the app retained its distinct functionality that contrasts with its stateside counterpart. About two years into its existence, the app is now getting a design change under Google’s refreshed material guidelines, tidying up some of its UI elements.

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'Google voice typing' now has. Automatic punctuation, and it's screwing up. People's messages. (Update: Fixed)

While many bilinguals have their issues with Google's speech-to-text algorithms, native speakers or those who have their phones set to one language only generally don't suffer from too harsh inconsistencies. But Google has started adding an incredibly error-prone automatic punctuation feature to its voice typing input method that can't be turned off, and it's driving. People. Nuts.

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46 temporarily free and 59 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Typically sales start off rather slow at the beginning of the week, and yet today there's a surplus of sales to share. Not only are there a bunch of icon packs on sale today, but there's also a wide selection of games, including many from Asmodee Digital, a well-known studio that centers its efforts on creating digital adaptations of popular board games. As always, I've highlighted the standout apps and games in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 46 temporarily free and 59 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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Google moved your phone backups in Drive's desktop site — here's how to find where they are now

Google has recently tweaked how you get to your phone backups from the desktop version of Google Drive. Previously accessible from the navigation menu on the side, they've been relocated inside the "Storage" view that shows all your files by size.

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Per-app dark mode scheduler DarQ now works without root (APK download)

Ahead of Android 10's official launch, developer Kieron Quinn published DarQ, an application that forces the new OS' dark theme on a per-app basis, complete with a scheduling option that's still extremely useful to this day. Until now, the product had exclusively relied on root access, but Quinn shared with us that following a recent update to version 1.2, you can grant the needed permissions via ADB — no root required anymore.

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SwiftKey ruins its toolbar by removing scrolling and forcing a permanent support button

SwiftKey has been working on a new design in its beta that completely rethinks its toolbar and makes it less customizable, but we have always hoped the developers wouldn't push the update to stable in that form. Unfortunately, the new Play Store release of the keyboard includes the dreaded changes to the toolbar that remove scrolling and thus limit the total amount of custom functions to five while adding a useless permanent support button.

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12 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including byte, Scroll, and QuakeAlertUSA (1/25/20 - 2/08/20)

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 a short-form video sharing app from the creator of Vine, a subscription-based ad blocker that works in the majority of mobile browsers, and an earthquake early warning app. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Wealthfront adds face unlock biometric API, joining the Pixel 4-friendly club

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AllCast now streams media from SMB servers and Windows shared folders to your TV

AllCast was first released in 2013 by Koushik Dutta (koush) as a way to stream photos and videos to Chromecasts, Apple TVs, and other types of media players. It has continued to receive updates since then, with torrent streaming added last month, and now the app can play content from SMB servers.

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