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YouTube for Android tests a more personal Home page with topic filters

YouTube has been in the news these days for good, bad, and relatively middling reasons. Putting aside all the controversies, the app is now trying something new that affects its most important element: the Home page. On Android, some users have started seeing topic filters that let them focus their feed on one subject at a time, thus getting rid of all superfluous recommendations and unwanted content.

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Google Duo gains call reminders and support for calling Home devices

In contrast to the sad state of Google's messaging apps (cough, Allo, cough, Hangouts, cough), Duo has become a quality alternative to other video-calling applications like Skype. The company shows no signs of leaving the service in the dust, either, as new features like web browser support and group calling have recently made it into the product. The latest functions to be added to Duo are the option to set call reminders and direct Google Home calling.

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[Update: Open beta live] Valve's Auto Chess competitor Dota Underlords is coming to Android

It would appear that everyone's favorite new MOBA trend is Auto Chess, so of course, Valve has their own version in the works that's built off of Dota. The game is called Dota Underlords, and it just entered into a limited beta where Dota 2 Battle Pass owners can jump in early to test the waters on PC. After a week of stress-testing through Battle Pass, an open beta will begin for everyone else, and this will include Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux), Android, and iOS users.

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Google app beta's new search sharing helps shame your lazy friends

New functionality has cropped up in the beta version of the Google app. Users can now share search results, potentially saving time: instead of telling someone to Google something, you can just share a link that'll do it for them. It's sort of like LMGTFY, but slightly less passive-aggressive.

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Professor Layton's latest mobile mystery is hitting Android with Diabolical Box in HD

Layton: Diabolical Box in HD is a remastered version of the second installment in the original Professor Layton puzzle-adventure trilogy, and it just landed on Android for $9.99. This enhanced version brings a few changes. You can expect remastered graphics, 150 extra puzzles, and new voiced sections as well as new animated cutscenes. Suffice to say Layton: Diabolical Box in HD is the most up-to-date version of the title currently available.

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Gmail for Android starts getting first bits of dark mode

Those of you going insane at the amount of white in the latest Google app redesigns have probably been calming yourselves by thoughts of forthcoming dark modes. Most recently, the Google app, Files by Google, Google Drive, and Google Keep have received dark UIs of their own, and Gmail might just be next. The latest Gmail APK contains our first look at a dark mode, though it's sporadic and only in settings.

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[Update: Sheets and Slides too] Google Docs testing refreshed Material Design UI (APK Download)

The switch from Holo to Material Design in Google's own software took years, even if the company had fewer apps to worry about updating back then. In contrast, the move to the new Google Material Theme look is swifter, with many of Google's apps already updated with the design and a few more still waiting their turn. Among the latter are Google's standalone apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, even if their parent Drive app has already had it for a few months. But now, Docs appears to be the first app among its brethren to get a taste of the new UI.

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You can download Harry Potter: Wizards Unite a day early

Yesterday Niantic announced that its latest location-based AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite would be coming to the Play Store on June 21st, but it would appear that the title has arrived a day early. That's right, if you happen to live in the US, you can now download Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and start your wizarding adventure a day early.

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YouTube considers moving all children’s content exclusively to its Kids app due to FTC investigation

YouTube is under fire for several controversies that left the company gasping for air. Most recently, an alarming trend keeps surfacing on the platform: The autoplay function leads kids away from the harmless, joyful content parents have started the watching session with and immerses them in objectionable, violent, and inappropriate videos instead. Now, YouTube is looking into far-reaching changes for kids' content, moving it away from the main platform to live solely on YouTube Kids.

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[Update: Official release June 26] Human: Fall Flat is coming to Android thanks to a partnership between 505 Games and Curve Digital

No Break Games' popular physics-based puzzle game Human: Fall Flat was released on PC back in 2016, and later was released on consoles. Thanks to a recent agreement between 505 Games and Human: Fall Flat's publisher Curve Digital the title will be coming to mobile.

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