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WhatsApp beta adds 74 new emojis, including yawning face and waffles [APK Download]

Unicode 12.0 was officially announced many months ago, but the emojis and changes it brought have slowly been trickling down to different platforms. Google already implemented them in Android 10, but WhatsApp, which likes to use its own cross-platform designs, is just now following suit.

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Microsoft opens all-in-one Office mobile app for public preview [APK Download]

Microsoft has been testing a new Office mobile app for Android since this spring, which combines Microsoft's mobile variants of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into one. The relatively new app gives you a convenient, cloud-synchronized central point for Microsoft Office document creation and management, plus scanning, notes, and more. It's an all-in-one, on-the-go Microsoft Office solution, and now it's available in public preview.

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Google Messages gets new share and download buttons in image viewer [APK Download]

Google's design language is ever-evolving, and thus its apps are always changing, too. The same is true for Messages, which has only recently received automatic dark mode support on Android 10 and the ability to set chat reminders. The most recent tweak is far more minor, though. Messages version 5.2 sports a redesigned image viewer that moves the share and save buttons from the top to the bottom, making them more accessible.

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Digital Wellbeing lets you schedule or take a break from Focus mode [APK Download]

One of the ways Digitial Wellbeing tries to curb your phone usage is through "Focus mode," a targeted and advanced do-not-disturb-like setting that stops distractions from certain apps and stops you from easily launching them. Until now, Focus mode was a manual setting, but with the latest beta of the app, it has gained an automatic schedule and a way to ask for a break.

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Adobe Lightroom v5.0 adds advanced export options and interactive tutorials [APK Download]

Adobe's Max conference is scheduled to start today, and expectations point to an announcement of Illustrator and Photoshop CC for iPad. Android rumors are less tangible, but users can whet their appetite with an update to Lightroom v5.0.

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Google will bring its AI-powered Recorder app to older Pixel devices

When Google unveiled its voice recording app aptly called Recorder at its Pixel event last month, we were impressed by its capabilities. Unlike standard run-of-the-mill recording apps that simply make and store audio files, Google's version uses its AI smarts to perform real-time voice transcription into text, and it can locate music and specific words inside the audio file — all without a cloud connection. Initially announced as a Pixel 4-exclusive, a Google employee has confirmed on Reddit that Recorder will be made backward-compatible with older Pixel devices.

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WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature arrives on Android in latest beta [APK Download] (Update: Rolling out to stable)

Despite its enormous user base, WhatsApp can often be slow to introduce the most hotly-anticipated new features. A Dark mode is still in the works, but fingerprint unlocking already came to iOS a few months ago. It's now finally available in the latest beta channel update to the Android app.

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Samsung introduces new Galaxy Labs suite of device optimization apps [APK Download]

Samsung has always offered a number of utility features, either baked into the system settings or via separate apps. The company is now consolidating them under one umbrella suite called Galaxy Labs, which will include four apps — File Guardian, Battery Tracker, Battery Guardian, and App Booster — to optimize various aspects of your Galaxy phone.

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Google Pay adds biometric authentication for sending money in Android 10 [APK Download]

You've been able to send money via Google Pay for a while now in the US and India, but so far, you could only protect your transactions with a PIN. The latest Google Pay version, 2.100, is looking to change that. It's adding support for Android 10's new biometrics API so you can use your fingerprint or face to authenticate transactions instead.

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Google Camera 7.2 mod by cstark27 enables astrophotography and Super Res Zoom on older Pixels [APK Download]

The new Pixel 4 has launched with some awesome photography chops that make owners of previous generations of the device jealous. While Google will eventually bring a few of these to its older phones, that's not the case for all and the Android community has already stepped up to fill the void. The most prominent Google Camera mod, GCam by cstark27, has been updated to bring several Pixel 4-exclusive features to older Pixels.

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