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.
Chrome 93 hasn't reached the stable channel yet, but Google has already released Chrome 94 as a beta. That's because it's the first Chrome release on the company's speedier four-week release cycle that's replacing the oh-so-slow six-week rhythm of old. Despite that super-short cadence, there are a few interesting things launching with Chrome 94, so let's dive in.
It feels like Google is bumping up Chrome's version number every other day, with one release following right after the other, but things are about to get even worse. As the company announced in March, new Chrome releases will come to our devices every four weeks from now on instead of every six. Chrome 94, which has just been released to the beta channel, is the first version to live on that fast four-week cycle. You can download it over at APK Mirror right now.
The ROG Phone 5s is the latest gaming phone from ASUS, and being part of the ROG lineup (arguably one of the biggest PC gaming brands in the world right now), the smartphone comes with the same kind of fluff, bells, and whistles you would see from the brand's PC components, including RGB lighting and its trademark, utilitarian "gamery" aesthetic its users have come to know and love. If the ROG Phone 5s is a little expensive for your tastes, but you still want to get those "true gamer" looks on your phone, don't despair: the phone's live wallpapers have been ported to other Android phones.
Cars and home energy are two very different markets, unless you're rich enough to be a repeat customer of Tesla. If that's the case, you can manage your car (or cars) and your home's energy output from the same app. The combined Tesla management app is seeing a sizeable overhaul in its 4.0 release. While it isn't up on the Play Store for everyone yet, a few users are seeing it, and it's been posted to APK Mirror.
WhatsApp's interface is starting to look dated, especially now that Google has announced the latest iteration of its design guidelines during its developer conference, Material You. But the messenger app is making small adjustments here and there to keep things fresh, like new wallpaper theming options. And as spotted by WABetaInfo, voice messages are in for a tweak next.
Do you use Chrome OS's Android app powers to run Microsoft Office apps on your Chromebook? Well Microsoft would like you to stop, please. And starting in September, the company will do more than ask. Office apps originally intended for Android will no longer be supported on Chrome OS beginning next month, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
Google has been slowly updating its apps with Material You, with Gboard getting its makeover earlier this month. The redesign should only appear on devices running the Android 12 beta, but some elements have made their way onto devices running older versions of Android.