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F-Droid: the definitive un-Play Store

F-Droid: the definitive un-Play Store

Most Android devices (at least those that are decidedly not made by Huawei) come equipped with the Google Play Store. Sure, there are notable outliers, like Amazon Fire tablets, which are somewhat locked into Amazon's parallel app ecosystem, but those are the exceptions that prove the rule. While other device vendors and mobile carriers have historically offered their own app stores, there's also a carrier/network independent distribution system for Android apps: Say hello to F-Droid, the free and open alternative to commercial app stores.

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Here's how to use the new Google Play Store interface that's arriving now

Here's how to use the new Google Play Store interface that's arriving now

If you take a look at the Google Play Store on your phone today, you may notice things have shifted around a bit. A new version of the interface has been appearing for a small number of users over the last week or so, but seems to rolling out more quickly now. This slight shift to the UI gets rid of the familiar hamburger menu (the three horizontal bars that used to be on the left of the search bar at the top), and instead has you tapping on your Google profile icon to get to more of the non-obvious elements of the Store.

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Here's how to get Instagram Lite if it's unavailable in your country

Here's how to get Instagram Lite if it's unavailable in your country

Facebook just announced that Instagram Lite is now officially available in 170 countries, but there are still many people who don't have access to this much tighter, 2MB small Instagram experience just yet. That applies to countries like the US, the UK, and many more in Europe. But luckily, there's a simple way to get your hands on it right now via our sister site APK Mirror.

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Instagram Lite is going global

Instagram Lite is going global

Not everyone has the latest flagship smartphone, and even those of us who do sometimes run out of space or would prefer to use less resource-hogging apps when possible. That's where Lite variants of heavy and bloated applications come in, like Instagram Lite. Facebook has been testing the 2MB big app in select markets for a long time, and now, it has finally officially launched it in 170 countries around the world.

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How to sideload any application on Android TV

How to sideload any application on Android TV

An Android-powered TV or media box will come pre-loaded with various streaming clients and maybe a few utilities, and there are more apps in the Play Store. But this is Android, and that means you can sideload almost whatever you want. However, getting APKs on your TV won't be as quick or easy as getting them on your phone. Command-line enthusiasts can always use ADB, but there are simple wireless file-sharing tools that make the process much simpler. Here are the best ways to sideload APK files onto any Android TV device.

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How to reliably sideload the latest Google apps on Android 11

How to reliably sideload the latest Google apps on Android 11

Some Google apps are failing to install on Android 11 when you try to sideload the latest versions from a trustworthy source like our sister site APK Mirror. Ever since Google released the new Android OS, an "The new package couldn't be installed because the verification did not succeed" (INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE) error keeps popping up for some people who want to install the most recent version of the Google Camera or the Google Recorder, for example.

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Here's why some Google app updates can’t be sideloaded on Android 11

Here's why some Google app updates can’t be sideloaded on Android 11

When the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G were released, Google also updated a few of its first-party apps — the Camera and the Recorder, to be specific. But when people with older Pixel phones tried to sideload these to their phones, some ran into an odd INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE error message even though the cryptographic signature matched and there should've been nothing standing in the way. We quickly found a workaround, but we never really understood why the error was popping up in the first place. Thanks to an investigation by our friends over at XDA, we now have an idea of what causes the problem.

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TikTok is now available for Android TV in the UK, Germany, and France (APK Download)

TikTok is now available for Android TV in the UK, Germany, and France (APK Download)

The internet is generally a great place to waste time, but TikTok is the current king in this respect. I've resisted installing it on my phone since I get enough secondhand short video smoke from my girlfriend, but this new development is a worrying one. TikTok for Android TV is now available on the Play Store, which could put an end to any semblance of productivity we were pretending to still be capable of.

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Chrome 89 is now available in the beta channel (APK Download)

Chrome 89 is now available in the beta channel (APK Download)

Google launched the stable version of Chrome 88 last week, and that means the beta is up for a new release. And indeed, Google has just promoted Chrome 89 to the beta channel. You can download it from the Play Store or over on APK Mirror right now.

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