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Cryptographic key used to sign one of Facebook's Android apps compromised

The security of Android app updates hinges on the secrecy of a given app's signing key. It's how app updates are verified as secure, and if it falls into the wrong hands, false updates could be distributed containing nefarious changes. As a result, developers usually guard signing keys quite closely, but someone at Facebook seriously messed up. A key used by the company to digitally sign its Free Basics by Facebook app has been compromised, and third-party apps reusing the key have been spotted online.

After APK Mirror and Android Police owner Artem Russakovskii discovered the issue and reported it to Facebook, the original app listing was pulled from the Play Store and replaced with a new app using a new signing key.

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Telegram 5.8 brings the option to add nearby contacts, start local groups, and more [APK Download]

Here on this quiet Sunday, Telegram decided to push out a new update, bringing the app to version 5.8. While the last couple of releases have focused on privacy, this one is centered around communicating with people nearby and adding contacts without having their phone numbers.

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Mozilla's new Fenix browser comes to the Play Store as a limited beta [APK Download]

Firefox on Android hasn't seen much development as of late, but for a good reason. Mozilla is working on Fenix, its brand new browser for the platform with new tab management, a faster engine, and a more modern look (including dark mode). Now, the company has released a limited beta (or more correctly, nightly) of the app to the Play Store, and we've got the corresponding APK for you.

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[Update: Addition of 'Trending searches'] Gboard 8.2 improves autocorrect hints [APK Download]

Google is putting a lot of work into its keyboard, with user-facing changes occurring with pretty much every bigger release. Most recently, we've seen the addition of a clipboard manager, hints for OCR support, and a fresh look for the settings page. After the addition of these somewhat hidden features, Gboard now receives a redesigned interface for autocorrect suggestions with version 8.2 that jumps right into your view.

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Telegram v.5.6 brings archived chats, some new design elements, and more [APK Download]

Telegram pushed a pretty substantial update today, bumping the Android app to v5.6. With it comes several new features, like archived chats, a new design, and other quality-of-life improvements.

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[Update: Dead, for real] Inbox by Gmail may be dead, but you can still use older versions

It may be officially dead, but if you still want to use Inbox by Gmail for at least a few more checks on your messages, we have some good news: you can delete the app and download an older, working version from APK Mirror!

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Dark mode for Google Discover pane arrives in Nova Launcher 6.1, plus numeric dots and more [APK Download]

Nova Launcher just received a new update, v6.1, which adds the awesome and coveted dark mode for the Google Discover pane. It also gets numeric dots for notification badges without the need for TeslaUnread, an undo bar when removing desktop items, and more.

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Android Accessibility Suite 7.3 exits beta, brings screen search and other TalkBack additions [APK Download]

Accessibility options have come a long way in Android, especially in the last year or two. The aptly-named Android Accessibility Suite, formerly TalkBack, just hit v7.3 stable, adding some refinements to the Accessibility Menu and other new options like screen search and additions to continuous reading.

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Telegram 5.5 adds unlimited message unsend for private chats, anonymous forwarding, and more

Telegram has seen some major growth since the most recent privacy kerfuffles over on Facebook, mostly because of the service's staunch support for user privacy. In line with this, v5.5 (and v1.6.2 for desktop) adds some new features aimed at giving people more control over how they use Telegram. This amounts to an unlimited unsend feature for private chats and anonymous forwarding, as well as some other quality of life things.

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Google Voice Access picks up support for four new languages [APK Download]

When it comes to accessibility on Android, Google's Voice Access is one of the hallmark options to make it easier to use your phone. Late last year, we saw the big 3.0 release, which brought a whole slew of new features, so today's update is small in comparison. It is, however, still important since it adds support for German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

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