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[Update: Dead, RIP] Google is preparing to shut down the Trips app [APK Teardown]

For travelers that loved the Google Trips app for its travel planning and helpful discovery features, it's probably going to come as disappointing news that the search giant is making preparations to discontinue the app. The latest version update to Trips includes messaging that will inform users that the app is scheduled to be shut down and encourages users to seek out the features in other Google products.

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YouTube v14.31 resurrects screencasting from the abandoned YouTube Gaming app [APK Download]

The YouTube Gaming app was officially shuttered at the end of May, and with it... well, not too much was lost. The app itself was basically a heavily skinned alternative to the regular YouTube app, but with a strict focus that limited video suggestions to game-oriented content. While most things were moved to the main YouTube app a while ago, one core feature didn't make it over before YouTube pulled the plug: Screencasting. That oversight has been corrected in the latest update to the YouTube app, so you can livestream your gaming sessions (or whatever else) like before.

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Digital Wellbeing integrates with Chrome Canary to enable website usage limits

There have been previous reports that Digital Wellbeing would be coming to Chrome in Android Q, and we now know what this integration is going to look like. The least stable of the publicly available Chrome builds is the Canary channel and a recent update has added a flag that allows sharing of usage stats with the Digital Wellbeing app and also allows limits for individual sites.

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Google Pay v2.94 is preparing Incognito mode [APK Teardown]

A new version of Google Pay is rolling out, but outside of minor tweaks here and there, you're probably not going to spot any big changes. The big news this time is that we're probably going to see an Incognito mode added to Pay in the future, making it a bit easier to make purchases in private without tipping off anybody with your transaction history.

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Google Phone v37 groups call history by contact, lets you swipe to delete calls [APK Download]

Google's Phone dialer received an update to v37 in its beta channel yesterday, and although many of us didn't notice any major changes in the app, some lucky recipients of a server-side test are seeing a new interface in the recent call tab, including a new way to group calls and the ability to swipe to delete entries from the log.

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Google Play Store v15.9 may hint at in-app reviews [APK Teardown]

Google never stops tweaking the user experience throughout Android. One of the goals that has cropped up over time has been making certain interactions between apps and the OS feel seamless, usually by eliminating context switches between apps. One area where that many people recognize as a huge improvement was a new flow for in-app purchases that put the interface directly into the app where the purchase was made. Now it looks like the Google Play Store might be extending similar treatment to the ratings and reviews interface.

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Microsoft has added Suggested Replies to the Outlook Android app

Gmail's Smart Reply feature can be pretty handy for short responses, saving you a little bit of time and effort. The web version of Outlook has had a similar feature since last summer, called Suggested Replies, but it hasn't officially been available in the Android app — until now.

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The Costco app finally gets digital membership card functionality

If you often shop at Costco, its paid membership program gives you a bunch of advantages such as cash rewards on purchases, gift card deals, travel offers, and various discounts. Until now, Costco's service had one considerable first-world problem: You'd have to carry your membership card with you when you shopped. An update to Costco's app finally allows you to ditch that card and use a digital version instead.

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Squarespace's new website editing app is now available on Android [APK Download]

Squarespace is a one-stop-shop allowing you to build your own website with practically no prior experience: Changes in the editor show you an exact representation of the final product. While the desktop back end has worked great for many users for a long time, the rise of smartphones and the shift to our always-online culture might require you to edit your website on the move. This is where Squarespace's completely reworked Android app comes into play, allowing you to edit posts, manage blogs and galleries, and access basic analytics.

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Google Calculator v7.7 displays fractions alongside decimal results [APK Download]

Your parents probably told you that you should pay a lot of attention in math classes since you won't always carry a calculator with you. Yet here we, casually carrying devices in our pockets that are as good at solving equations as supercomputers were back in the 80s. Alongside using this computing power to send GIFs and watch YouTube, you can still solve mathematical statements with smartphones. With the latest Google Calculator update, decimals are also displayed as fractions.

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