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Enpass and Bitwarden allow authentication using Pixel 4’s face unlock

Google’s newest pair of flagships did away with a rear-facing fingerprint reader in favor of a more sophisticated face unlock. Password manager apps fall under the category that can benefit the most from its added security (arguable), and they’re indeed leading the way. Taking a cue from Lastpass, Enpass and Bitwarden have now joined the small list of password managers that support Pixel 4’s biometric authentication.

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Play Store tests include new in-app review dialogs and a dedicated reviews section

For the longest time now, you've been able to leave reviews on apps and games' listings on the Play Store. Whether you want to complain about a bug or a recent update, give feedback to the developer, praise them for their work, it's a great way to voice your opinion and help others get a clear image of the app's experience. However, leaving reviews is a disruptive process, and finding or editing your existing reviews is still very difficult as there's no centralized place for them. Google is testing solutions for these problems.

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YouTube Music 3.39 adds homescreen widget [APK Download]

Google seems to have recently been reminded of the existence of homescreen widgets on Android. After adding a widget for Tasks, another relatively new Google app is getting the same treatment: YouTube Music.

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[Update: System Webview release tracks] Android 10 no longer uses Chrome app to render in-app web content

The component of Android responsible for rendering web pages inside apps (login screens, simple browsers, etc.) is the WebView. It became a separately-updated component with Android 5 Lollipop, and then Chrome started to handle WebView entirely in Android 7 Nougat. Starting with Android 10, Chrome no longer serves as the system WebView... sort of.

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[Update: Now in stable] LastPass beta supports Android 10’s biometrics API, enabling face unlock for Pixel 4 owners

LastPass is just one of many password managers out there, though it has one of the most generous pricing schemes to offer. Its Android application has always been fairly modern and is known to quickly include new OS features in its beta, like Oreo's autofill API and Marshmallow's new app permission model. Today, the firm continues this commitment by announcing it'll support Android 10's biometrics, meaning you'll be able to unlock the app with Pixel 4's face authentication.

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Chrome might add drag-and-drop support for tabs to (and from) other browsers

Now that most browsers share the same Chromium base (yay monopolies!), there's potential for some synergy between them. One step in that direction could be sharing tabs between different browsers, according to a flag that recently appeared in Chrome Canary.

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Fortnite Installer has become the new 'Epic Games' app

After declaring in December that Epic Games would be launching its own Android app store sometime in 2019, that day seems to finally have arrived. When you go to fornite.com/android on your phone, the Fornite Installer APK file you install is now called the Epic Games app and it comes with a new icon.

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Spotify will soon let artists pay to send you notifications

Your Spotify app might be a little more active in the coming weeks. The company has announced a test in the US that will allow artists to pay to promote new releases by pushing notifications directly to your phone. Spotify says you can opt-out of these alerts, but only if you pay for the premium service.

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Google Sounds 2.2 adds two categories of loud and seasonal ringtones [APK Download]

Ringtones are a great way to personalize your phone. Whether it plays fun music or an annoying tune, plays an abrupt sound, dings, knocks, beeps, or makes no sound at all, it's your choice. If you have one of Google's devices, you've probably used their Sounds app to pick a ringtone, notification sound, or alarms, and now you'll have more choice. The app just received an update to v2.2 adding two new categories: Play It Loud and Seasonal Celebrations.

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