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Apex Launcher's demise continues, now pushes scammy ads for its own browser when you open Chrome

Apex and Nova used to go toe to toe for launcher supremacy, but while Nova has continued to improve, Apex's fall from grace has been something of a spectacle. Last year's update to version 4 was met with criticism from users, leading the developer to exercise a partial rollback to the previous release. Now the launcher is back in the spotlight with a scammy-looking popup that recommends its own Privacy Browser when launching Chrome from the app drawer.

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(Update: Newer APK) Google Camera 7.2 rolls out to older Pixels with new UI, social sharing, and astrophotography

Pixel 4 owners have had Google Camera 7.2 for a couple of weeks, but those of us with older Pixels were left behind, way behind on version 6.3 of the app. Now, users are reporting that both the Pixel 3 and 2 are getting officially updated to Camera 7.2 on the Play Store. If you haven't installed any intermediate APKs, you'll notice a huge interface change, plenty of little additional features, and a couple of drawbacks.

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WhatsApp beta adds 74 new emojis, including yawning face and waffles [APK Download]

Unicode 12.0 was officially announced many months ago, but the emojis and changes it brought have slowly been trickling down to different platforms. Google already implemented them in Android 10, but WhatsApp, which likes to use its own cross-platform designs, is just now following suit.

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Digital Wellbeing lets you schedule or take a break from Focus mode [APK Download]

One of the ways Digitial Wellbeing tries to curb your phone usage is through "Focus mode," a targeted and advanced do-not-disturb-like setting that stops distractions from certain apps and stops you from easily launching them. Until now, Focus mode was a manual setting, but with the latest beta of the app, it has gained an automatic schedule and a way to ask for a break.

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Adobe Lightroom v5.0 adds advanced export options and interactive tutorials [APK Download]

Adobe's Max conference is scheduled to start today, and expectations point to an announcement of Illustrator and Photoshop CC for iPad. Android rumors are less tangible, but users can whet their appetite with an update to Lightroom v5.0.

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Google Home app 2.15 gets a simpler UI, new media playback cards, and event history (Update: swipe gesture)

During its Pixel event, Google teased a slightly redesigned Google Home app with a new Nest Aware feed. We've been waiting for it to roll out to our devices and now it has as part of v2.15 of the Home app. Along with it we're getting the new Cast media UI that was leaked several weeks ago.

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Google is testing a boxier editing page in Contacts [APK Download]

Google Contacts is among the more popular contacts app, even on phones with preinstalled OEM alternatives, mainly for its clean look. The app got a dark mode much before it became a fad, and received the account switching gesture recently. That “clean look” part, however, may be up for a change as the company is now testing a redesign that seemingly clutters the contacts editing page.

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YouTube Music 3.39 adds homescreen widget [APK Download]

Google seems to have recently been reminded of the existence of homescreen widgets on Android. After adding a widget for Tasks, another relatively new Google app is getting the same treatment: YouTube Music.

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Google Sounds 2.2 adds two categories of loud and seasonal ringtones [APK Download]

Ringtones are a great way to personalize your phone. Whether it plays fun music or an annoying tune, plays an abrupt sound, dings, knocks, beeps, or makes no sound at all, it's your choice. If you have one of Google's devices, you've probably used their Sounds app to pick a ringtone, notification sound, or alarms, and now you'll have more choice. The app just received an update to v2.2 adding two new categories: Play It Loud and Seasonal Celebrations.

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Nvidia Shield TV v2.1 revamped with new launcher, swipepad, Google Assistant [APK Download]

Nvidia is gearing up to launch two brand new Shield TV products, and in preparation, the company has now revamped its remote control phone app. If you have a Shield TV, you'll find a lot more here than what the standard Android TV Remote Control app provides.

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