YouTube is no stranger to experimenting with new features, regardless of whether a proposed update is popular with its users. Its latest test is bound to draw in some negative attention, with major changes in the works for video ratings. In the coming weeks, YouTube will begin experimenting with hiding public dislike counts from view to help prevent harassment campaigns targeted towards creators.
Area 120 is a Google team that focuses on small, experimental applications. Its latest release is its most practical yet: Stack, a document scanner and organizer that automatically grabs details via optical character recognition. It's available in the Play Store now, though it might not be accessible from all regions.
Action Blocks is a small, interesting tool to help build some manual controls for Google Assistant functions. If you've been making heavy use of it for the last few months, we have good news: your created actions and other data now back up to Google Drive, along with the other data on your phone. The change was announced in the latest app update, and appears to be active now.
The Galaxy Wearable app has been the hub for all of Samsung's wearable hardware, going back the past few years now. And that means that every time a new device is released, Samsung has to add support for it within that app. Sometimes, if we look really closely, we end up lucky enough to spot the changes Samsung makes in anticipation of a still-unannounced device. Sure enough, Samsung's latest Galaxy Wearable update has dropped, and we've managed to spot some references to the upcoming Galaxy Buds2.
For Android users looking to get a Pixel-like experience on their phones, the Lawnchair launcher is an easy way to do so. While development had stagnated, the new team at the helm has put its shoulder to the wheel and given us the first build of Lawnchair 11.
If you're an Android user, Google has a scary amount of information on you, and matters get worse if you're deeply embedded in the company's app ecosystem — getting locked out of your Google account can have serious consequences then. Thankfully, Android is open source, so it's possible to evade Google without having to leave the platform altogether — just look at Amazon's tablets or Huawei's Google-less phones. But if you'd rather be completely independent from big corporations, going for a free and open-source custom ROM built on top of Android's core might be the best solution.
Ever press a button without knowing what it exactly does? Maybe some of the icons aren't exactly self-explanatory. Google Photos has had a few of those for a while. Well, the cavalry's just come in and they're bringing in labels.
Hulu streams 4K content to Apple TV, Fire TV, and Chromecast Ultra owners, but it has never raised the resolution cap beyond 720p for most with Android TV. Some reports, however, indicate that things may be taking a step up for the forlorn platform.
Emoji Kitchen is one of the funnest things to make its way into Gboard in years, and Google is constantly working on improving the emoji mix-and-match feature. In its latest iteration, we finally get support for the newest emoji that were introduced as part of Unicode 13.1.
Metro by T-Mobile has been an Un-carrier subsidiary since 2013, well before its official rebrand. However, Metro customers haven't had the opportunity to participate in any deals through T-Mobile Tuesdays, the rewards program that offers weekly giveaways and savings. Beginning next week, Metro users can finally redeem the same deals as T-Mobile and Sprint customers, starting with a free subscription to MLB.tv.