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Microsoft adds AI-powered visual search to Bing app

Odds are you have Google Lens in your phone as part of Assistant. If you're not satisfied with Lens, there's an alternative from Microsoft. The Bing app has been updated with AI-powered visual search. So, it's Lens but from Microsoft.

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Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru

Facebook's Messenger Kids came to Android early this year. The app is meant to provide a safer experience for children 13 and younger, having parents more involved in their online communications than they would otherwise be. If you were ever a child, though, you may remember than kids can be pretty mean. Evidently aware of this, Facebook has announced that Messenger Kids will be getting a number of features that encourage nice behavior.

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Google Files Go app gets new sharing tab, faster transfers, and more

Most of Google's "Go" apps are limited to devices running the Go edition of Android. However, Files Go is available on all devices. It helps you clear out old data to keep your phone lean, and it's getting an update today. There are a couple of notable changes, but most importantly, Google is paying some attention to offline file transfers with a new sharing tab and faster transfers.

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Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite

For smartphone users who are blind or visually impaired, Google TalkBack is a vital tool that facilitates eyes-free operation of any Android device. TalkBack is just one aspect of the app, however, and that's probably why Google has renamed it Android Accessibility Suite.

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Microsoft rolls out redesigned news app on Android

Microsoft's old MSN news app has been on Android since 2014, and it didn't exactly look modern even then. The app was in need of some updates, and Microsoft has provided them by completely rebuilding it. The app is now just called Microsoft News, and it includes new features, more topics, and a dark theme.

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Google Photos starts grouping, suggesting best of similar photos for some

Google Photos is known for a lot of pretty-much-magic machine learning features, and it seems it's getting a new one. As reported by one of our readers, Photos now recognizes when multiple photos in your library were taken at about the same time of the same thing, and will group them together and highlight the one its algorithms consider the best.

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Google Maps 'For you' tab starting to appear for some

 

Google announced some personalization tweaks to Google Maps at I/O this year, including a new tab called 'For you' that's meant to provide info about places that are relevant to you, personally. That feature is rolling out to some users now.

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Action Launcher v37 adds desktop shortcuts, faster settings changes, and more

A new version of Action Launcher (v37) is rolling out today, and it includes the usual dose of Android P styling. There are also some functional improvements mixed in there, along with a helping of bug fixes and minor enhancements.

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Discogs v2.0 adds database exploration, better VinylHub integration, and more

The Discogs app landed on the Play Store in 2016. Version 2.0, out now, features a number of improvements, including the new ability to explore the Discogs Database without starting at a specific search and better VinylHub integration that lets you view participating retailers' record selections from in the app.

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Google Calendar update tells you when everyone declines an invitation

Google Calendar is getting an update that will make your depressing lack of popularity more evident. When everyone declines one of your event invitations, the app will alert you and offer quick actions to remedy the situation. Sadly, the options do not include "sulk in the corner" or "send a passive-aggressive email."

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