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Google Contacts 3.5.7 improves dark mode settings [APK Download]

It's been a few months since Google Contacts added a dark mode, saving poor eyes and OLED panels in one fell swoop from the evils of an all-white interface. With the latest version of Contacts, the dark mode settings have been changed a little, introducing a forced light and dark mode, as well as one that follows the system default.

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Samsung's EdgeLighting+ update brings cutout "notification light"

With the Galaxy S10, Samsung aimed at designing a handset with a screen covering almost the entire front surface. While the final product is very close to achieving this goal, engineers had to get rid of superfluous elements to make the cutout as small as possible. As such, the LED indicator has been removed to make room for extra pixels, leaving many users frustrated and without a way to easily know they have notifications to look at. Sure, Always On Display can help alleviate this, but it's not as easy to see as a flashing light from afar.

We recently told you about Holey Light, a third-party app that puts an animated circle around the S10's cutout when you receive notifications.

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Google Camera 6.2 adds AI kissing detection for the Pixel 3 [APK Download]

Along with a huge notch on the XL variant, the Pixel 3 brought a lot of interesting camera features. Night Sight and Super Res Zoom are nothing short of magic (well, until you compare them to the Huawei P30), Top Shot is a godsend for those who are always a little late or early in tapping the shutter, and Photobooth is a nice addition for group and candid shots. Starting with version 6.2 of Google Camera, Photobooth can also detect kissing.

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Play Store tests simultaneous downloads, internal app sharing, more

The Play Store is a breeding ground for Google's A/B tests. Every couple of days, the app shows different interfaces and options for some users, and it's tough to stay on top of them all. Recently, the Play Store started showing a dedicated Events tab for gaming, rolling out Pixel updates on Android Q, and we know it's working on a Material Design revamp. But there's much more in the works. In the past couple of days, app updates started behaving a little weirdly for some users, with the most important sign being the appearance of simultaneous downloads.

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New Good Lock plugins Nice Shot and NotiStar add screen recording and notification search [APK Download]

Samsung released Good Lock 2019 back in March, which finally brought the brand's customization features to Android Pie users. The company published updates to the app's plugins about two weeks ago, but these mostly corrected bugs and only added very minor features. However, Samsung added two new plugins that bring major functionality to its customization software, namely screen recording and notification search.

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Dark mode for Google Discover pane arrives in Nova Launcher 6.1, plus numeric dots and more [APK Download]

Nova Launcher just received a new update, v6.1, which adds the awesome and coveted dark mode for the Google Discover pane. It also gets numeric dots for notification badges without the need for TeslaUnread, an undo bar when removing desktop items, and more.

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[Update: Fixed, APK Download] The Google Admin app is completely broken for many right now, and has been for weeks

Based on recent reports, as well as our own experiences here at Android Police, Google has broken its Google Admin app for G Suite administrators. Reports of the outage in angry Play Store reviews go back around two weeks, and at the time of writing, the G Suite Status Dashboard makes no mention of this ongoing problem.

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[Update: Formally launched] Snapchat finally rolls out its completely rebuilt Android app

CEO Evan Spiegel has been promising a complete rebuild of the much-maligned Snapchat Android app for what seems like an eternity — or since 2017, to be precise. Back in February, he proclaimed that the new app would be released before the end of the year, eliciting feelings of pure euphoria indifference. Finally, the new dawn of Snapchat on Android is upon us.

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Google Play Books v5.1 adds audio quality and skip duration settings for audiobooks [APK Teardown]

Google Play Books adopted the latest iteration of the Google Material theme back in January, doing away with the colorful version that exemplified the original Material Design. This update doesn't have quite as many striking changes, but it does bring functional improvements and a little more customizability to some of the features. Most of the additions are focused on Audiobooks, but you'll also find new icons for the app shortcuts.

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Chrome Remote Desktop v71 adds non-functional display resize feature, and not much else [APK Download]

Chrome Remote Desktop is one of Google's lesser-known services, but it's still incredibly useful. It allows you to remotely control a computer from another computer, phone, or tablet — complete with audio support. The Android app just received its first update in around six months, but the main feature isn't working yet.

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