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WhatsApp starts showing a 'Mark as read' button on notifications for some users

Not to be outdone by Telegram's new "Mark as read" button on notifications, WhatsApp is rolling the same feature out to some users now. Not everyone is able to see this shortcut, even those of us on the latest beta, so it appears the function is enabled via a server-side switch.

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[Pssst, Gmail, You Listening?] Telegram 4.9 added a 'Mark as read' button in notifications

When you get bombarded by notifications throughout the day, the most useful tool at your disposal is a "Mark as read" button. Because most notifications these days can be expanded, it's easy to read the entire content of a message sent through SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, or Gmail. But dismissing the notification doesn't mark the message as read: it will show as unread if you open the app or, worse yet, will resurface if you get other notifications from the same app. That's why a quick way to mark messages as read is not just welcome, but also crucial. And Telegram has finally seen the light.

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Gboard's spell check is now working for some users on v7.4.18 (beta) [APK Download]

Gboard's history with spell check isn't a good one. For months and months, users complained that spell check wasn't working, then version 7.4 of Gboard gave us false hope that it was fixed by surfacing a new banner for the spell checker. Unfortunately, it still wasn't functional and was nowhere to be seen in the settings. Now, however, after the recent update to v7.4.18 (beta), spell check seems to be properly doing its job for some users.

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Telegram v4.9 introduces Passport, a method to securely store and share identification documents [APK Download]

Telegram received a new update today, bumping the app to v4.9. With it, we're getting Passport, a new authorization method by which you can securely store and share personal identification information with apps and services that request it. As Telegram puts it, "simply upload your documents once, then instantly share your data with services that require real-world ID."

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Enpass 6 Beta for Android brings multiple vault support, dark theme, secure sharing, more

Over the past couple of years, Enpass has been my password manager of choice (for many reasons that I've listed repeatedly). The app is getting ready to move on from v5 to v6, with the biggest update it's ever seen so far. A beta of v6 was released for Windows last month, and now, the Android version is following suit.

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Apex Launcher's first update in a year falls flat on its face, and users are understandably pissed

One of the most powerful ways you can take control of your smartphone and really set the tone for your mobile user experience is by switching up your launcher. There are plenty of alternatives out there, from big, popular options like Nova Launcher to the small and obscure. Last year we saw the fondly remembered Apex Launcher make a surprise comeback, with a series of new updates arriving after two years of radio silence. Now, one year later, another update is out, but this release may single-handedly be destroying Apex Launcher's legacy.

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Samsung's Good Lock 2018 app is already getting a huge update

A little under a month ago, Samsung launched a renewed version of its classic device customization app Good Lock. We took a much closer look, and we liked what we saw - Good Lock is easily the most powerful and capable tool for tweaking and tuning your Samsung smartphone this side of a custom ROM. And it seems Samsung is taking development of the app pretty seriously, because today it released a massive update that fixes and improves upon the application in dozens of ways. The changelog in the long scrolling screenshot below (courtesy of Sammobile) is absolutely gigantic.

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Tip: WhatsApp can re-download deleted media, hide it from your gallery

Dear Android Police readers, I must apologize for not being as dedicated as before to WhatsApp's teeny changes in the past few weeks. I won't try to find excuses, but I will promise to be more vigilant and start making it up by telling you about two small features you may not have noticed yet. One of them is probably a few months old, the other is more recent.

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Google Keep 5.0.251 brings grids and lines to drawing notes [APK Download]

Slowly but surely, Google Keep is adding more features that bring it closer to the powerful note-taking application we all want it to be. A recent change made it possible to indent items in lists, and another note form is getting a small update now. If you like drawing or using handwriting for your notes, you can now replace the white background with grids or lines to improve your accuracy.

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[Update: APK] Firefox Focus is moving from WebView to the Gecko engine starting with the latest Nightly builds

All modern browsers have a private browsing mode, but Mozilla launched Firefox Focus last year to go a step further. This blocks ads and shreds your browsing history after each use. It's all about privacy, and that's why the developers are in the process of switching browser engines from WebKit to Gecko. You can try the new version now, too.

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