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Google Blogger gets surprise Material Design update on Android after years of neglect [APK Download]

Blogger used to be the go-to platform for anyone who wanted to share their words and opinions with the internet, but it has long been surpassed by social media on the consumer side and WordPress and Medium on the more professional side. We assumed that Google would just let the service die slowly by not providing updates to it anymore, but today, a new Android app version has been released on the Play Store after two years of stagnation. The update replaces the Holo interface of old with a modern Material redesign, bringing the product in line with Google's other offers.

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Google Tasks v1.7 adds dark mode and homescreen widget [APK Download]

Google Tasks has taken several steps forward since its launch in April of last year. Many of the features that were then missing, like recurring tasks and timed reminders, app shortcuts, proper Gmail integration, sharing to the app, and more, have been implemented. The service now has the barebones necessities of a to-do manager and is continuing to improve. With the latest update, it has added two homescreen widgets and a dark theme.

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[Update: Cross-device sync planned] Authy beta finally lets you add the correct logos to your accounts

Authy is one of the better known two-factor authentication apps out there, but there's one thing a lot of its users gripe with: Only a limited amount of pre-defined icons for accounts exist, leaving many smaller (and even bigger) services without proper visual identification. That's about to change as the latest beta of Authy, v24, lets you search for the right logo in an extensive database.

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Google Play Store v17 fixes the broken changelog menu [APK Download]

Over the past few days, updates to the Google Play Store broke the changelog menu under My Apps & games. Users noticed that tapping the little arrow next to any app didn't trigger the changelog to appear below it, so they had to dig into the app listing looking for the latest changes brought by each update. Thankfully, that's now fixed with the latest Play Store v17.

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[Update: Rolling out to stable] Samsung Pay beta adds international money transfers and prepaid Samsung Pay Cash Card [APK Download]

In a perfect world, digital wallets would let you leave your wallet at home. The world isn't perfect, but Samsung Pay gets you closer than most with support for your cards in almost all stores. The latest beta version of Samsung Pay adds two additional features, making it even more capable. Samsung Pay Cash is a mobile-only prepaid card, and Money Transfer lets you send money overseas from your phone.

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New Windows 10 Insider build brings Link to Windows and screen mirroring to more Galaxy devices

Windows Insider is an open software testing program run by Microsoft offering pre-release builds of Windows 10 with new features (and bugs). Testers get to be on the bleeding edge, and Microsoft gets bug reports. It's a win-win situation for the most part and quite similar to beta programs run by Google and Samsung. A new build came out this week— version 18995 — and it brings to the table multiple Android-related goodies for Samsung owners. Insiders now have the Link to Windows feature on more devices, a screen mirroring feature called Phone screen, and a new paint job for the Your Phone desktop app.

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Android Auto v4.7 prepares to hide unwanted apps and adds new media notification setting [APK Teardown]

Now that the Android Auto team has completed the transition to its new, more fluid interface, it's time for bug fixes and refinements. The latest update appears to fit that role as it introduces a new notification setting and sets the framework for an interface that will finally give users the ability to customize which apps appear in the Android Auto launcher.

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Pass2Pay lets you use your Apple Wallet passes and cards in Google Pay

Google Pay has some great functionality on its own, allowing you to import credit cards and related information, but it lacks native support for pkpass files, a file type used for things like passes in Apple Wallet. The app Pass2Pay solves that problem, allowing users to import pkpass files into Google Pay in a snap.

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Google Play Books 5.4 adds a dark mode [APK Download]

Slowly but surely, Google's different apps are getting a dark mode to go with Android 10's system-wide setting. The latest app to receive this treatment is Google Play Books, which just got updated to v5.4.

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