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Google is testing a new cardless Discover interface

Google is testing a new cardless Discover interface

Google is always tweaking its Discover feed ever so slightly to fit your taste even better, but sometimes, the company is also willing to make big changes. It looks like it's currently testing a brand-new look for Discover that does away with the signature card interface, and it's adding a share button while it's at it.

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Scheduled sending is going live in Google Messages

Scheduled sending is going live in Google Messages

You can already schedule messages in Gmail and Telegram (among others), and now Google's Messages app is joining the club. The functionality showed up for a few people as part of an a/b test at the beginning of November, and now it's starting to roll out much more widely, at least in the US. The option replaces the long-press shortcut for sending an MMS with a subject.

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Spotify finally lets you edit playlist details and artworks on Android

Spotify finally lets you edit playlist details and artworks on Android

When Spotify isn't busy adding things no one asked for, such as Instagram-like stories or exclusive podcasts, the company sometimes improves existing features. It looks like revamped playlist editing for Android is up next. A few people on the Spotify subreddit report that they can now tweak their playlists' cover arts and subtitles on top of being able to change the title and song order.

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Twitter updates its Android app with custom share sheet

Twitter updates its Android app with custom share sheet

Twitter recently brought a custom share sheet to its iOS client that replaced the operating system's native solution, causing some disgruntled reactions. Now the social network's Android app is in for a similar treatment, though the two variations of a new UI are just replacing the application's already existing custom share sheet — and the new ones are definitely an improvement.

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Gboard is rolling back Assistant-powered voice dictation for many

Gboard is rolling back Assistant-powered voice dictation for many

The new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4, 4a, and 5 is much faster and more capable than the regular voice control interface on other Android phones. It's tightly integrated with system functions, allowing you to use it to reply to messages and interact with apps without ever touching your screen. We also covered that the advanced Assistant can even power voice typing in Gboard. After a brief period of a wider rollout, it appears that Google is halting the update again and reverting back to the old voice typing experience for many.

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Facebook announces it's publicly testing dark mode after months of publicly testing dark mode

Facebook announces it's publicly testing dark mode after months of publicly testing dark mode

Facebook long introduced dark themes for Instagram, WhatsApp, the Messenger, even Facebook Lite and its website, but so far, its main mobile app hasn't received an official gray-and-black coat of paint. After a year of appearing and disappearing a/b tests, it seems like the company is now almost ready to fully launch the theme. In cooperation with renowned app sleuth Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook has announced that it's now publicly testing dark mode.

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Instagram is rolling out app shortcuts, only a full year after we first spotted them

Instagram is rolling out app shortcuts, only a full year after we first spotted them

Android has supported app shortcuts since 2016, but some popular apps still haven't implemented the feature yet. We found evidence that Instagram was about to change that in October 2019, though it took the company until now to finally roll out shortcuts widely. Most people should now be able to tap and hold the Instagram icon on their home screen to quickly access the camera, create a new post, view their activity, and open direct messages. Additionally, Instagram has quietly reworked the Stories archive, which is now organized in three sections.

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YouTube Music gets a tabbed homescreen to match your current mood and activity

YouTube Music gets a tabbed homescreen to match your current mood and activity

Google Play Music is on the way out (the desktop Music Manager has just been discontinued), and it looks like the company is polishing up YouTube Music as much as it can ahead of the full shutdown. Just a few days ago, Spotify-like personalized mixes popped up for a few people, and now some topical top tabs have appeared that sure seem inspired by the regular YouTube app. A few personalized mixes have also resurfaced in these tabs.

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Google Search's custom in-app browser is rolling out to more people

Google Search's custom in-app browser is rolling out to more people

Google introduced Chrome custom tabs five years ago, and most apps use them these days. Instead of creating their own custom browsers, developers can just hand over websites to a Chrome tab without the added bulk of a regular browser interface. The advantage is that devs don't have to spend resources on creating their own webview implementations and that users can quickly open these custom tabs in proper Chrome without reloading or losing their scroll position. It's a great system. But Google wouldn't be Google if it stuck with a great system (looking at you, YouTube Music).

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Google Assistant tests tab-less settings interface with search bar

Google Assistant tests tab-less settings interface with search bar

A long time ago (prior to 2018, to be specific), Google Assistant's settings came without the now-familiar tabbed interface. Much like the system settings, different sections were accessible via top-level entries. It looks like Google is experimenting with a return to something akin to that old interface. A current A/B test spotted by 9to5Google puts a search bar at the top of the settings and gets rid of the tabs.

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