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Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

As we get closer to the official launch of Android 12, Google is updating more of its apps to support all of its new Material You themes. Gboard was one of the first to receive a makeover, with its fresh color scheme now available to anyone running the latest Android beta. However, it seems like the look isn't quite complete yet, as new Material You elements are on the way in an upcoming release.

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Gmail's 'chips' search filters are getting easier to use on the web

Gmail's 'chips' search filters are getting easier to use on the web

In February 2020, Google introduced chips, enhancing search options within Gmail to make it easier to filter your emails and find what you're looking for. Closely following the release of chips on Android, Google is improving the way they work overall.

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Please let this Galaxy S22 Ultra color rumor be true

Please let this Galaxy S22 Ultra color rumor be true

It might feel like it's too early to start learning about Samsung's next flagship series, but that won't stop the leaks from coming anyway. We've already learned about the potential battery capacities for all three devices, alongside rumors that Samsung is bringing back a smaller display size. But if you already know you're going to upgrade to the Galaxy S22 next year, all that really matters is the available color choices — and with today's leak, we're getting our first hints about what those could be.

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Surface Duo 2 steps up with true flagship specs, pre-orders open now starting at $1,500

Surface Duo 2 steps up with true flagship specs, pre-orders open now starting at $1,500

Microsoft has just revealed its new Surface Duo 2. Unlike last year's phone, this new model includes flagship-level specs, like a Snapdragon 888, 5G connectivity, and a triple-camera setup. Pre-orders are open now, with availability set for October 21st. Prices start at an eye-watering $1,500.

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Google Podcasts gets a splash of color with its Material You update

Google Podcasts gets a splash of color with its Material You update

It took Google a long time to include a podcast app on Android by default, eventually building one directly into its mobile search application. It's become surprisingly popular thanks to its ease of use and free accessibility, and it's about to look a whole lot better too. Fresh off of some changes to its core UI, Google Podcasts is next up for its Material You makeover, and it's looking pretty spiffy if we do say so ourselves.

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YouTube gets official video downloads on the web, saving you from using some very sketchy sites

YouTube gets official video downloads on the web, saving you from using some very sketchy sites

Downloading content for playback later is most useful on mobile, where your connection quality is determined by your location. But there are plenty of us whose home connection isn't so great either, or who prefer to play back media on laptops that are likewise limited by location. To that end, YouTube is now testing downloaded video on the desktop for Premium subscribers.

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Samsung's latest foldables are getting the September 2021 security patch internationally

Samsung's latest foldables are getting the September 2021 security patch internationally

Samsung is staying true to tradition this week as it releases the September 2021 security patch before any other company, in some cases before August had even finished. This update includes a new version of One UI for the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G, bringing features from the new Z Flip3 to the older devices internationally.

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Put these iPhone 13 wallpapers on your Android because that's just the kind of rebel you are

Put these iPhone 13 wallpapers on your Android because that's just the kind of rebel you are

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro were unveiled by Apple a few days ago. Not only are folks on the iOS side of the pond getting an all-new A15 processor, improved cameras, a smaller notch, and (in the case of the Pro, at least) a 120Hz adaptive display, but the new phones also nail the looks department as well. If there's one aspect where we have to give Apple credit, it's definitely how beautiful its phones look. If you want to add some Apple-themed flair to your device, you can now download the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro's wallpapers.

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Nokia's latest budget phone has a monstrous screen and two-day battery life

Nokia's latest budget phone has a monstrous screen and two-day battery life

HMD Global just keeps on pumping out reasonably-priced Android phones, with its latest model being the Nokia G50. It's immediately clear which niche this handset is targetting — it's the company's cheapest 5G phone yet, and with an HD+ display measuring 6.82 inches diagonally, it's the largest of its kind in this budget price range.

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Google Messages' Material You design makes it to beta (APK Download)

Google Messages' Material You design makes it to beta (APK Download)

After Google Calendar, Keep, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it is now Google Messages' turn to get a Material You revamp. The latest Messages v9.7 beta update introduces a new Material You-inspired design, though it clearly looks like a work in progress.

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