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Firefox Lite improves landscape support in latest update (APK Download)

Mozilla has quite a few Firefox browsers for Android, each catering to a certain market or use case. Firefox Lite is primarily intended for India and other Asian countries, with a minimal app size and various tie-ins with news and shopping services. However, it has never quite worked in landscape mode — until a recent update, anyway.

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Google Recorder gets Assistant integration in v1.2 (APK Download)

Google's third big Pixel feature drop arrived yesterday, and while it was a little lighter on standout features than the two previous, some interesting upgrades for the Recorder app were included. The ability to control it with the Google Assistant makes an already great app even more useful, as does saving transcripts directly to Google Docs so you can use them more easily later.

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Latest Stadia app update reveals plans for demos, free weekends, and on-screen controls

A teardown of the most recent update to the Stadia Android app (version 2.19) has unearthed some details about upcoming features and the possibility of playing certain games for a limited time. Support for non-certified phones also appears to be in the works along with a new "touch gamepad" with on-screen buttons.

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Google Photos' new trash interface tells you when each image will be permanently deleted

Deleting images in Google Photos, be it on your phone or computer, doesn't permanently remove them. They're siloed into the trash and remain there for 60 days, giving you plenty of time to reconsider your decision and restore them. However, since trashed images are ordered by the date they were taken in, you couldn't easily guess when their timer would expire. Now, Google is making the deletion date clearer for each image, so you know when exactly it'll be gone for good.

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Google would really like to remind you that all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted

Since its launch in 2016, Google Duo has used end-to-end encryption for calls, messages, notes, and all kinds of communications carried through it. That encryption is one of the reasons we recommend using Duo to catch up with friends and family, but most users may not be aware of it. Now Google is boasting this privacy-centric approach for everyone to see, and while it's at it, it added the option to send more emojis to your contacts.

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Plex lets you host virtual movie nights with remote friends and family members

There are third-party extensions like Scener that allow us to watch content from Netflix, HBO, and other services together while staying apart during these times of coronavirus-induced social distancing orders, but Plex is ready to up this with a native solution. It has announced a new Plex Labs experiment that allows you to watch shows, movies, and videos from your library together with others, perfectly synced up for everyone.

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OnePlus Launcher adds support for Android's Freeform windows (APK download)

OnePlus has recently revamped the app switcher part of its launcher on Android and introduced a few nifty features. One of them lets you quickly jump between all open apps, the other introduces freeform window support.

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Google Duo no longer requires phone numbers on tablets (APK download)

Last week, Google Duo started rolling out a long-awaited feature that let others reach you over your email address, which meant you didn't have to share your phone number with anyone you wanted to video call. When we covered the news, we tried setting up Duo from scratch using only an email address, but discovered we still needed a phone number for the first sign-up. It turns out there's a nuance: you do need a phone number on phones, but not on tablets.

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Google releases Soli Sandbox app to kickstart gesture-based experiments (APK Download)

Google first demonstrated Project Soli at Google IO 2015. Four years later, the Pixel 4 debuted the radar-based sensor as a feature called Motion Sense with the ability to detect basic gestures in front of the phone. If you happen to have a Pixel 4 and want to try out the gestures for yourself in an interactive space, or you want to go further and build your own simple apps and games, Google just released a sandbox app that brings Soli to life.

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Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Google Messages has become the app to watch now that new leadership has been tasked with cleaning up some of sprawl created by projects of the past. A new dogfood build of the app made it into circulation, and it contains signs for some important features people have been looking forward to. For those with a desire to keep their messages private, Messages will soon support end-to-end encryption over RCS. And if you're a Google Fi user, get ready to see some huge improvements to the Messages for Web service that will bring browser-based access to calls and voicemail.

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