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[Update: Now official] Google rolls out new Material Play Store interface with bottom navigation bar

Last month we reported the Play Store was about to get a design overhaul, including a new navigation bar that moved to the bottom of the screen. Although this could only be activated by fiddling with feature flags when we published our initial post, Google is now widely rolling out the new interface to users.

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Messages 4.7 lets you batch-delete individual messages in chats [APK Download]

Work on the Messages app, Google's messaging platform du jour, continues. After adding RCS, Assistant, a web client, and several other enhancements, the latest Messages update isn't groundbreaking but it does bring one feature that should have been there already: multi-select for individual messages.

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[Update: Selfie Mode for Pixel 3a] Google Playground has joined the dark mode club [APK Download]

Google is introducing a system-wide dark mode with Android Q and is hard at work to get as many apps as possible in line for the stable launch. While it already implemented the eye-soothing theme on many apps like Calendar, Phone, Messages, and Drive, other apps are still notably lacking one, like Gmail. On Wednesday, Google officially introduced Playground as the newest member of the dark mode club, although the AR stickers app possibly has had it for a while already.

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Gboard v8.6 is preparing a new symbol keyboard for useful Unicode characters [APK Teardown]

Gboard's latest update is out, but the changes are pretty sparse. Outside of a few wording changes and surely some bug fixes, there's not much for users to see. In fact, most of these updates include a plethora of new languages, keyboards for specific geographic regions, or other similar customizations, but even those aren't to be found in this update. However, a teardown does turn up one upcoming addition in the form of a new keyboard dedicated to useful symbols.

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WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature arrives on Android in latest beta [APK Download]

Despite its enormous user base, WhatsApp can often be slow to introduce the most hotly-anticipated new features. A Dark mode is still in the works, but fingerprint unlocking already came to iOS a few months ago. It's now finally available in the latest beta channel update to the Android app.

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Samsung Galaxy Note10 to get 'Multi Sound' feature with latest Good Lock update [APK Download]

A new round of Good Lock updates have been rolling out to Samsung phones over the past few days, but they mostly just contain bug fixes and performance improvements. There is one interesting new feature to speak of though, and it involves the newly announced Galaxy Note10.

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Google Home v2.13 readies Nest account migration and support for Internet Radio [APK Teardown]

The Google Home got an update today with no immediately discernible changes to the UI. But as usual, there are some other interesting changes that speak to what we'll see happening in the future. Google is preparing the interface for users to migrate their Nest accounts to Google for improved security, there will be support for Internet radio, and it looks like a lightweight bottom navigation bar is in development.

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Pokémon Go now works with Android Q [APK Download]

Being an early adopter means accepting the inevitable bugs and issues that accompany the experience. For those that jumped on the Android Q Developer Previews, that meant a whole pile of app issues and incompatibilities as developers worked out the kinks associated with the updated platform. But Pokémon Go users can breathe a sigh of relief, as the latest update of the augmented reality game works with Android Q.

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OneNote gets drag-and-drop capability for pages and fixes backspace issues [APK Download]

Ever since Windows Phone died, Microsoft has put a lot more effort into improving its suite of Android apps. Just last month, OneNote gained an updated, modernized icon alongside a cross-platform syncing dark mode. The latest update — to version 16.0.11901 — introduces easier page-reordering within notebooks and new long-press behavior.

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