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Dark mode and bottom navigation come to the BitTorrent Android app

BitTorrent has been the go-to distribution platform for file sharing long before Android even existed. The company based in San Francisco first published its app to Google's platform back in 2012, and has since improved and iterated on it. With Android 10's upcoming dark theme and the app's age starting to show, BitTorrent decided it was time for another redesign with version 6.0.8, released on Thursday. It has a dark mode, a bottom navigation bar, and looks and feels much more modern.

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The Google app's new Interests section replaces Customize Discover

If you own an Android phone running a largely stock experience or use a launcher that mimics it, the chances are you have the Google Discover feed to the left of your home screen. The artist formally known as Google Now/Feed is now just a selection of articles (and, more recently, ads) from around the web according to what Google thinks you're into. Aside from the controls on each post, there's also a place in the Google app's settings to customize your content. It's been given a makeover and also a new name — Interests.

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Nokia phones stop aggressively killing background processes to manage battery life

Early this year, DontKillMyApp.com started shaming Android OEMs who were killing background processes left and right on their devices, regardless of how useful or not that strategy was. At the time, Nokia phones were the top offenders due to their "Evenwell" solution packages. Now, several months later, Nokia dropped to the third position after Huawei and Samsung, and it turns out that is due to a change of tactics and a reliance on Android Pie's Adaptive Battery instead.

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Google Pay 2.96 adds a dark mode [APK Download]

Darkness is nearly upon us. With Android Q's official launch getting closer and closer, Google is still hard at work implementing a grey/black theme for its most important apps so they're ready for Q's system-wide dark mode. The latest to get this is Google Pay.

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YouTube Music's revolutionary new feature allows you to sort albums and playlists by name [APK Download]

Google announced YouTube Music with much fanfare in 2018, pledging to reach feature parity with Play Music and eventually replacing the dusty service of old. However, despite promises, development is going extremely slow, and a lot of basic functions are still missing. The latest release of the Android app, version 3.29, coincides with a server-side rollout of a feature that gives you the revolutionary ability to sort albums and playlists by name.

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SHAREit launches new Lite app for easy peer-to-peer file sharing [APK Download]

Back when Google Play first paved the way for peer-to-peer app and game sharing, SHAREit was one of the first applications to utilize the feature. Along with the secure distribution of APKs outside the Play Store, the app also allows you to send all kinds of files to friends and your other devices. These features are especially useful in countries with low bandwidth, so it's a bummer that the app itself weighs in at 25MB. With this in mind, the company behind the service has released SHAREit Lite for those who need or want a more lightweight version.

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Android adds Focus mode in Digital Wellbeing to curb distractions when you're working [APK Download]

Digital Wellbeing's features are being heavily emphasized since Android Pie. During I/O 2019, Google announced several enhancements to the embedded service including parental controls (which are already live), per-app grayscale settings (not yet), and Focus mode. The latter is now available in the latest Digital Wellbeing beta v.1.0.263.

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