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It's about time: Google's Clock app hits 1 billion downloads

It's about time: Google's Clock app hits 1 billion downloads

For most of us, the days of dedicated alarm clocks are long gone. All you need is your smartphone placed on a bedside table, and you're ready to be woken up the following day. From timers to stopwatches, the clock app on your phone is an essential tool. You'll find no shortage of alarms and timers to choose from on Android, but Google's Clock app makes time management easy, and it's included by default on plenty of devices. The app has finally ticked past the one billion installs mark on the Play Store, and it's showing no signs of slowing down.

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YouTube Kids is now available in eight more countries

YouTube Kids is now available in eight more countries

YouTube Kids has proven to be a popular way for parents to give their children access to a limited collection of YouTube content, even if that collection occasionally includes videos depicting suicide and cannibalism (oops!). The service has slowly been expanding its global reach, and now Google has added 11 more nations to the availability list.

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Movies on your Chromecast with Google TV are about to start looking even better

Movies on your Chromecast with Google TV are about to start looking even better

If you're buying a new TV, it probably has support for HDR content built right in. Of course, there isn't just one single HDR standard in use today. HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision — you've seen all of these names before, but being able to tell the difference between them can be challenging. For media providers and TV manufacturers, ensuring that compatibility for any HDR content is as broad as possible is crucial regardless of the standard. Thankfully, Chromecast with Google TV is gaining support for HDR10+ to get your favorite movies looking even better.

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Here's every feature your phone will get with Android 12

Here's every feature your phone will get with Android 12

We are now a mere one release away from Android 12's first beta releases, but big new changes are still landing, like a wide rollout of the hidden "silky home" redesign, new animations, and a bubbly, rounded appearance to many UI elements. In fact, Android 12 is shaping up to be one of the biggest visual updates to Android in years, so let's take a look at all the new features — both in the recent Developer Preview 3 release and in Android 12 overall — that you can look forward to your phone getting with Android 12.

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Google Tasks for web now lets you add details and dates with zero extra clicks

Google Tasks for web now lets you add details and dates with zero extra clicks

Google Tasks is not the most comprehensive to-do solution out there, but it integrates well with other Google services and that's the reason why it hasn't faded into irrelevancy. While it's not getting a complete makeover, a tweak to the web version will make it easier and faster to create new tasks.

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You probably forgot the Assistant could read websites to you, but the feature just got a new look

You probably forgot the Assistant could read websites to you, but the feature just got a new look

Google constantly experiments with the UI of its applications. While some changes go down well with users, others — like the recent redesign of the YouTube resolution picker — spark criticism. The latest product to get a makeover is Google Assistant's web page reading tool that reads articles and other text on websites out loud for you.

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There's nowhere Google Lens won't follow you — it's coming to the Pixel Launcher search bar next

There's nowhere Google Lens won't follow you — it's coming to the Pixel Launcher search bar next

Google Lens is an incredibly powerful tool that probably gets used way too little — you need to know how to access it in the first place, and even though Google isn't shy about adding it almost anywhere you could think of, it might still not be as discoverable as the company would like it to be. That's probably why it's experimenting with adding it to the homescreen search bar on Pixel phones.

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Try these 3 super-useful Chromebook features you didn't even know were there

Try these 3 super-useful Chromebook features you didn't even know were there

It's been a week since Google launched its big Chrome OS 90 update, and while it's nowhere near as jam-packed as 89, it did introduce a handy new diagnostics app, improved Tote (formerly Holding Space), and more. Since its release, we've been digging into the new update and unearthing even more features that could improve your Chromebook experience. Here are three experimental improvements we've found that you can try right now.

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Chrome 91 Beta launches with prettier buttons, OTP autofill improvements, and battery-saving optimizations

Chrome 91 Beta launches with prettier buttons, OTP autofill improvements, and battery-saving optimizations

The latest beta of Chrome, version 91, has just hit the first few phones, and while you might not notice too many differences on the surface, there are quite some things going on if you know where to look. The most significant visual changes you'll see on Android are probably the redesigned website buttons and forms, like those you can see in the weekend polls of our own website. But there's more going on. Let's dive in.

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Get the Chrome 91 Beta here (APK Download)

Get the Chrome 91 Beta here (APK Download)

Like clockwork, Google has just released the latest Chrome Beta, version 91. It brings a slew of visual changes to websites using fillable forms and buttons, a GravitySensor interface so web apps can more easily implement motion-controlled interactions, and a lot of other, smaller changes. You can download the latest version of the Android browser right here, over at APK Mirror.

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