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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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YouTube testing revolutionary new comment improvement system

YouTube's comment sections (and comment sections in general) are typically an unpleasant experience, especially when they're attached to content covering a contentious subject. In what is probably the single best change YouTube's platform will ever see, Google is experimenting with a way of hiding comments in the Android app, moving the peanut gallery's frequently vitriolic and stunningly ignorant keyboard-flailing behind a new button.

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25 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to another round of app sales. It's Wednesday, which means we're almost over the hump, so why not reward yourself with some time away from work to pour through our latest app and game sales roundup. I don't have too many standouts today, but hopefully our Friday list will wrap up the week with a bang.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will launch in the US and UK on June 21st

We've known that Niantic's upcoming location-based AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite would be coming to Android sometime soon, thanks to the recent betas in New Zealand and Australia. As of last night, the official Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Twitter account announced the official release date for the US and UK, and we only have two more days to wait. That's right, Wizards Unite will be available for download on the Google Play Store on June 21st.

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Waze teams up with Castbox to offer a dedicated podcast experience

Ever since Google bought Waze, we've feared that the company might kill off the app and roll a worse version of it into Google Maps, as is sometimes the case with other services it owns (looking at Nest right now). But Waze is alive and well, and Google keeps adding useful new features to it, such as the Google Assistant and a carpool service. Today, Waze is also gaining support for the podcast app Castbox.

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Mozilla patches zero-day vulnerability with Firefox 67.0.3 update [APK Download]

Firefox developer Mozilla has rolled out an update to the release channel of its browser app for Android that adds an important security fix. The update to version number 67.0.3 patches the critical zero-day flaw and protects users from potential attacks.

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