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Samsung adds one of the Apple Watch's best features to the Galaxy Watch4

Samsung adds one of the Apple Watch's best features to the Galaxy Watch4

Apple Watch users have found that the device's built-in walkie talkie feature is a great boon for those who are out and about and don't want to bother with full calls. Samsung took notice of this, and added a WalkieTalkie app for its latest smartwatch. It's available to download now, but unfortunately it's only for its latest smartwatch.

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Chrome 93 is all about convenience, progressive web apps, and glimpses of Material You (APK Download)

Chrome 93 is all about convenience, progressive web apps, and glimpses of Material You (APK Download)

Google has released Chrome 93 to the stable channel, and it should start to roll out to your phone and computer as we speak. We're in for quite a few changes, with Material You design elements, new flags to try, better cross-platform communication when it comes to SMS OTP codes, prettier (or at least more useful) windows for web apps, and much more. Here's a rundown of all the changes we spotted.

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Telegram v8 takes off cap for livestream viewership and makes a priority out of sticker choosing

Telegram v8 takes off cap for livestream viewership and makes a priority out of sticker choosing

Messaging app Telegram is celebrating its eighth anniversary with the push to version 8, packing in a whole bunch of improvements that will make sending stickers and emoji more lively and timely, speed up your channel browsing experience, and drastically increase the headroom of live streams and group video calls. And yes, you can get it all right now.

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Google really wants you to test all the hidden experiments in Chrome Beta 94

Google really wants you to test all the hidden experiments in Chrome Beta 94

It looks like Google is getting more aggressive about advertising experiments and tests it's running in Chrome. The company has shared what it's working on and how you can activate some of the experiments in the current Chrome Beta, version 94. None of the tests are exactly new, but Google publicly advertising them certainly is.

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Google Podcasts gets a fresh UI that simplifies sorting through your endless library of episodes

Google Podcasts gets a fresh UI that simplifies sorting through your endless library of episodes

Google Podcasts might not be everyone's first choice in podcast apps, but it's become a pretty popular service with Android users nevertheless. Throughout the last couple of years, it's gained a proper playback panel and support for custom RSS feeds, making it feel a lot more complete than its initial barebones launch. A new design is now arriving on Android devices, providing some minor but notable tweaks to Google's podcast player.

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Strava goes all-in on Wear OS 3, leaving older smartwatches without updates

Strava goes all-in on Wear OS 3, leaving older smartwatches without updates

With Wear OS 3, it seems like Android-friendly wearables might finally be on the right track. Though there's no sign when non-Samsung watches will hit store shelves, Google has attempted to rectify this by bringing certain features to older watches. With an OS upgrade not happening until the second half of 2022, we've been expecting Wear OS 2 devices to stay actively maintained for the foreseeable future. Third-party apps might be a different story, however, as one popular fitness service has already discontinued support for Google's legacy watch OS.

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SwiftKey's latest beta works a lot faster with password managers

SwiftKey's latest beta works a lot faster with password managers

SwiftKey remains one of the best third-party keyboard alternatives on Android — especially if you're a dedicated Microsoft fan. With its latest beta update, the app is gaining a much-needed feature for managing logins, passwords, and smart replies.

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Signal begins testing Telegram-style broadcast groups

Signal begins testing Telegram-style broadcast groups

Signal's been enjoying a massive uptick in users in 2021. This was, in part, thanks to WhatsApp's not-so-slightly invasive new privacy policy, which users rallied against in anticipation of it going into effect. Signal is an amazing option if your priorities are privacy and security, and support for end-to-end encryption as well as the backing of a non-profit foundation help keep users feeling that their information is safe and sound within the platform. Now it's taking a page from Telegram with a new feature: broadcast groups.

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Android Auto users are gaining access to another electric charging network

Android Auto users are gaining access to another electric charging network

Ever since Google opened up third-party API options for Android Auto apps, we've seen plenty of new experiences come to in-dash displays. Specialized navigation tools may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're planning on going off-road any time soon, it can be a game-changer. If you own an electric car, you know how important it is to locate nearby charging stations. ChargePoint added Android Auto support to its app a few months ago, and with this week's update, it's Electrify America's turn.

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Google's Pixel live wallpapers now support Material You theming

Google's Pixel live wallpapers now support Material You theming

Android 12 brings a fresh look to your smartphone, thanks in large part to Material You. Google's new dynamic themes add a splash of color to your home screen, your browser, and even your keyboard. We're quickly approaching Android 12's stable release, with some of the last bugs getting ironed out. Material You finally supports Google's assortment of live wallpapers with a new update to the Pixel Live Wallpaper app.

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