YouTube is the most popular video streaming app in the world, and a lot of us depend on it for our daily dose of news and entertainment. However, not everyone has the same preferences or needs when deciding the streaming quality of videos. With this in mind, YouTube is rolling out a "simplified" set of streaming quality controls that will let you tailor your viewing experience. But we're not sure you're going to like them.
Google Assistant is arguably the best voice assistant on a smartphone right now — from making restaurant reservations to holding calls for you, it can do so much. But if you're not in the mood for talking, an upcoming feature will give you a handy, speech-less way of getting Assistant to help you out.
Samsung Internet has come a long way since it was released in 2012, with frequent updates adding new features and turning it into a real competitor for the likes of Chrome. Early last month, Samsung released a new beta for the browser, which improved translation and multitasking. Last week version 14 went stable, bringing these changes to everyone.
Firefox is the last remaining browser with its own rendering engine, giving it an important role in keeping the internet open and standardized. Following the release of a completely rewritten and redesigned version of the browser on Android, Mozilla has been sticking to regular release schedules over the last year, and that's not changing with the latest version, Firefox 88, either. The new release is now rolling out via the Play Store, but you can also get it from APK Mirror straight away.
Even though Google Photos storage won't be free anymore going forward, the service is still among the best options when you want an almost automatically organized personal media library. But Photos falls short when you do want to do some organization on the go, before uploading your files — you used to only be able to add photos and videos to albums when they were uploaded. Thankfully, that has changed. You can now add content to albums even when you're offline.
Facebook's Android apps are rarely the best way to actually use Facebook on smartphones. That's why various third-party options have sprung up over the years, giving users better interfaces, smaller and faster apps, and just generally improving the experience. But it looks like Facebook is tired of being shown up: two popular "wrappers" for the site, Swipe and Simple Social, have disappeared from the Play Store.
If you live in a home wired up with Google Assistant, and you also use Google Duo, you might be tired of getting alerts for calls on your Google Home smart speakers. If you have other people in your home, they're definitely tired of hearing those alerts when you aren't even there. Google's working on a fix for this: using presence detection, it can optionally only start ringing your smart speakers and displays when your phone is physically present.
The official PlayStation App on Android, an entryway into the PlayStation Network social hub and Sony's digital game store, isn't the most well-regarded by users. It's also somewhat limited, at least compared to the tools available sitting in front of your console or on a full desktop interface. But the latest update, now in the Play Store, adds in a much-loved feature that was missing from previous versions.
Telegram has gathered steam over the last few months and it recently even updated its Telegram X application after leaving it in limbo for almost a year. As if maintaining two different Android versions wasn't enough already, the company is now introducing a third variant of its messaging application that won't be available on the Google Play Store.
Google has just released Chrome 90 to the stable channel. There aren't too many UI changes or new features for us regular folks on the surface, but under the hood, Google has added a whole slew of improvements that you'll certainly notice over time. You'll get enhancements to copy-and-paste, better AR models, and support for a new codec that uses less bandwidth during video conferences.