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Pixel Launcher now smartly suggests folder names based on which apps you add (APK Download)

The latest Pixel feature drop feels a little like a .x release of old — it packs many new features that we initially thought were slated for Android 11. The update includes additions like quick access to your digital wallet via the power menu, dark theme scheduling, and improved Motion Sense gestures for the Pixel 4, but there are also many smaller changes that aren't obvious at first sight. One of these is the Pixel Launcher's ability to automatically name folders based on which apps are in them.

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Google Contacts can now back up and sync contacts saved to your phone's internal storage

Google Contacts is particularly useful if you want to sync your contacts to your Google account and ensure you never lose them, but until now it hasn't been able to back up information stored on a phone's internal storage. On many Android phones, this is where details end up being stored thanks to alternative apps included by OEMs, so Google has now added a feature that will capture these contacts.

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Xiaomi’s new Mi Browser can save WhatsApp statuses and natively show your Facebook feed (APK Download)

Much like Samsung, Xiaomi makes its own alternatives to various Google apps that are usually tied to its notoriously heavy MIUI Android skin. In the past couple of years, the Chinese company has moved apps like Mi Calculator and Mi FileExplorer to the Play Store for faster delivery of updates and to open them up even to non-Xiaomi phones. Joining that small list of apps is the redesigned Mi Browser that likely replaces Xiaomi’s Mint Browser, which debuted in late 2018.

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OnePlus Gallery update adds scene recognition and face detection (APK Download)

OnePlus regularly updates its gallery app to introduce new features and improvements, even if some of those features have been around in other photo apps for quite a while. The latest release has added facial recognition to group your photos, scene recognition to combine pics from the same locations, and auto-generated albums that will give you a collage when a barrage of photos is taken.

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Latest OneNote beta comes with dark mode toggle (APK download) (Updated)

Dark modes are becoming increasingly popular these days. Not only do they look cool, they can also save battery on AMOLED screens, as they limit the number of pixels that need to be lit. A lot of apps have started boasting darker schemes, and following popular demand, Microsoft is working on one for OneNote, which will be available across all platforms.

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Latest Gboard beta reduces keyboard latency, expands handwriting support (Update: APK Download)

Gboard has been steadily increasing its features and support with each update, and the latest beta continues that trend by introducing word prediction and spelling correction for handwriting input, as well as a layout for handwriting in Tibetan.

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Chrome flag makes sharing web pages faster thanks to new toolbar button

Chrome flags are a nice way to try new things in the browser without really breaking anything. A couple of taps and you get new features, a few more taps and you revert them if they don't work for you. A new flag worth trying has appeared in Chrome Canary. It's basic, but handy: It makes sharing web pages a one-click affair.

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Samsung Galaxy Themes gets dark mode with v5.1 (APK Download)

Although it introduced a night mode more than a year ago and implemented it across several of its built-in apps, Samsung still left a few outliers with no dark theme. Over the past couple of months, the company has been catching up quickly. It introduced a dark mode to the Galaxy Store, Good Lock, Health, and today the Themes app is joining the fold.

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Google Contacts can now find people you haven't saved to your account (APK Download)

Google keeps a list of everyone you reach out to or receive an email from on Gmail. Even if you don't add that person to your contacts, you can easily find them in the "Other" category, accessible at contacts.google.com/other. However, there was no way to get to that list from the Contacts app on Android. Google has now rectified that oversight, but only in search results.

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Galaxy Z Flip and S20 to get cross-platform copy and paste via Microsoft's Your Phone

Microsoft’s love for Android has only grown over the last few months as the Your Phone app has gotten better and more functional with a bevy of cross-platform capabilities. The Windows maker’s deep partnership with Samsung meant that many of these features came first, and in some cases exclusively, to the latter’s high-end handsets, much like the support for RCS messages announced yesterday. Now, Your Phone will soon add a cross-device copy and paste option, which will only work if you own one of the 2020 Samsung flagships.

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