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Latest Zoom update adds support for dark mode on Android (APK Download)

Latest Zoom update adds support for dark mode on Android (APK Download)

Zoom has understandably been one of the most popular apps around these last few months as people have had to forgo in-person meetings — both personal and business — for online video chats. The desktop client has had a dark mode for a little while now, but Android users have had to suffer blinding menu screens before jumping into late-night calls. With the latest update, Zoom for Android finally gets dark mode and a few others new features to boot.

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Basecamp's radical new email app Hey is now available to try

Basecamp's radical new email app Hey is now available to try

We all know email sucks, but there's no easy answer as to how to fix it. Inbox by Gmail was promising, only to be cut down in its prime by the evil overlords at Google who just can't let us have nice things. Other clients like Spark can paper over some of the cracks, but to really solve the many problems you have to start from scratch. That's what the makers of popular project management tool Basecamp have done with Hey.

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OnePlus Camera v5.4.10 beta introduces Quick Share, video capture shortcut, and new filters (APK Download)

OnePlus Camera v5.4.10 beta introduces Quick Share, video capture shortcut, and new filters (APK Download)

The latest OnePlus Camera beta (version 5.4.10) is all about speed. Faster sharing, fast burst mode photos, and faster video capture are among the new features, as well as a few additional filters that make use of the color filter camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro. First available with the Android 11 Beta on that phone and the regular OnePlus 8, it also works on those phones running Android 10 if you sideload the app.

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Adobe's Photoshop Camera app is out of beta (APK Download)

Adobe's Photoshop Camera app is out of beta (APK Download)

Adobe first announced Photoshop Camera — another Android app that's not as good as real Photoshop — late last year before opening up early access to beta testers. Pre-registration for the stable version came a couple of months ago, and now it's available to all on the Play Store.

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Google aims to replace OBB files with Play Asset Delivery for faster, more dynamic gaming experiences

Google aims to replace OBB files with Play Asset Delivery for faster, more dynamic gaming experiences

Games can be big and cellular connections can be slow. Rather than have users download the complete package upfront, Google has long supported a system for installing a base APK initially and then using APK Expansion Files to download the rest of the content at launch. That came with its own downsides, though. Now, Google has rolled out a new system dubbed Play Asset Delivery, first announced earlier this year, that promises to make the entire experience much more seamless for both users and developers.

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Vivaldi v3.1 can force dark mode on all websites (APK download)

Vivaldi v3.1 can force dark mode on all websites (APK download)

A few months after Vivaldi for Android hit its first stable build with desktop-like tabs, tracker blocking, and bottom bar navigation, version 3.1 of the browser has been released. It mostly packs minor bug fixes, but hard-core dark mode fans might love the one new addition coming with it: A forced dark theme for website content.

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Google Recorder gets Assistant integration in v1.2 (APK Download)

Google Recorder gets Assistant integration in v1.2 (APK Download)

Google's third big Pixel feature drop arrived yesterday, and while it was a little lighter on standout features than the two previous, some interesting upgrades for the Recorder app were included. The ability to control it with the Google Assistant makes an already great app even more useful, as does saving transcripts directly to Google Docs so you can use them more easily later.

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Latest Stadia app update reveals plans for demos, free weekends, and on-screen controls

Latest Stadia app update reveals plans for demos, free weekends, and on-screen controls

A teardown of the most recent update to the Stadia Android app (version 2.19) has unearthed some details about upcoming features and the possibility of playing certain games for a limited time. Support for non-certified phones also appears to be in the works along with a new "touch gamepad" with on-screen buttons.

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Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Google Messages has become the app to watch now that new leadership has been tasked with cleaning up some of sprawl created by projects of the past. A new dogfood build of the app made it into circulation, and it contains signs for some important features people have been looking forward to. For those with a desire to keep their messages private, Messages will soon support end-to-end encryption over RCS. And if you're a Google Fi user, get ready to see some huge improvements to the Messages for Web service that will bring browser-based access to calls and voicemail.

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Google's Action Blocks let you create widgets for often-used Assistant tasks (APK download)

Google's Action Blocks let you create widgets for often-used Assistant tasks (APK download)

Google is working on making Android as inclusive as possible, only recently updating features like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier. Along with announcing the improvements to these accessibility functions, the company has also shared that it's launching a new app called Action Blocks. The app is targeted at people with cognitive disabilities, but it certainly looks like it can be useful for anybody. It lets you create single-tap actions for Google Assistant in the form of widgets instead of having to say them over and over.

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