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WhatsApp finally adds call waiting, but without call holding (APK Download)

When you're already talking on the phone and another person tries to call you, most phones and operators let you know that you've got a call waiting. Very few VOIP services support that, though, and WhatsApp wasn't among them until now. The service has rolled out call waiting on Android, but it didn't include the fancy call holding addition.

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Android Auto tests two new UIs for Google Assistant, launcher customization and weather are live (APK Teardown)

Changes to the UI of Android Auto are few and far between, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things in testing from time to time. There are (at least) two interfaces in the works right now, one of which appears to be rolling out to some people, and we have screenshots of both. Also, for those waiting for the ability to customize the apps in your launcher or get the temperature in your status bar, both appear to be live for everybody now.

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OnePlus Gallery adds zoom for video playback, photo sorting by date added (APK Download)

OnePlus' Gallery gets lots of frequent updates, though they're usually bug fixes and stability improvements. This time, though, the app is getting two interesting features: video zooming and another way to sort photos.

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Google Recorder v1.1 availability expands to Pixel 2, 3, and 3a (APK Download)

Google's Recorder app has been one of those especially popular revelations from the launch of the Pixel 4, and rightfully so —the voice transcription and search features are incredible. However, plenty of people weren't happy with the Pixel 4 exclusivity. That changes now...kinda. The Recorder app is now also officially available to the Pixel 2, 3, and 3a, but that's about it.

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Firefox Preview 3.0 comes with enhanced tracking protection, optional toolbar on top, and more (Update: APK Download)

Mozilla has been working on a brand new version of Firefox for Android based on a revised rendering engine for some time and aims to publish it to the stable channel next year. For now though, Firefox Preview 3.0 has arrived, and it brings along enhanced tracking protection, an updated overflow menu, the ability to move the navigation bar to the top, and many other improvements.

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Samsung's 'Theme Park' Good Lock module lets you create custom themes on One UI devices (APK download)

When Samsung's Good Lock customization app made its debut a few years ago, it was limited to configuring the lock screen, recents menu, and notifications. Over the years, those options have expanded to include customization of the status bar, AOD and lock screen clocks, and even edge lighting colors. For system-wide theming, users could download pre-made themes from Samsung's store, and now they're finally getting a way to quickly and easily create custom themes of their own with the introduction of the new Theme Park Good Lock module.

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VLC 3.2 revamps audio and video player, improves TV interface, and adds keyboard shortcuts to Chrome OS (APK Download)

VLC is one of the best media players. It's available on pretty much any platform and able to play almost every audio and video file type you could think of. Its UI on Android has become a bit stale over the years though, so with the recently released version 3.2.3 of the app, the developers have decided to polish up the looks while also adding new features to the Android TV and Chromebook variants.

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Lawnchair Launcher v2 exits beta, brings latest Pixel-style home screen to any phone (APK Download)

Lawnchair Launcher is the go-to home screen replacement for many looking to duplicate the Pixel experience on other phones — once you get used to things like Google Discover and the "at a glance" widget, it can be hard to go back.  The updated V2 version has been around for a while in alpha and Play Store beta releases, though folks have been clamoring for and bothering the developers about a stable release on the Play Store for ages. That day is finally here: Version 2 is rolling out, and you can download it now.

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Google Messages rolls out Verified SMS to protect you from spam and phishing (APK Download)

Earlier this year, our APK guru Cody discovered signs of Verified SMS coming to Google's Messages app. At the time, we didn't know what the feature was exactly or how it'd work. With it starting to go live now, we've discovered that it doesn't work for all numbers, just businesses, and specifically those registered with Google.

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'Flip to Shhh' comes to the Pixel 2 with latest Digital Wellbeing beta [APK Download]

"Flip to Shhh" launched with the Pixel 3 as a way to quickly enable Do Not Disturb on your phone by simply turning it so the display was face down. Even though the feature shouldn't have required any special hardware or capabilities, Google chose to keep it exclusive to the Pixel 3 and didn't bring it to its older devices. That's changing with the latest Digital Wellbeing beta, which enables the feature on the Pixel 2.

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