Google has been testing different Gboard redesigns for quite some time, but it seems some of these changes are now coming to more people. No sign yet of the updated typeface — Google Sans Text looks like it will be replacing Roboto eventually — but rounded buttons are being spotted that align with the big Material You update coming with Android 12.
If you have a lot of WhatsApp contacts, the chat screen can quickly become cluttered. Archiving conversations is an easy way to organize this list, with archived chats disappearing until you need them again. In a server-side test, WhatsApp is testing some improvements to make the feature even more useful. And with the latest WhatsApp beta, the experiment is rolling out more widely.
Samsung Reminder is one of the best pre-installed apps that comes with One UI. It looks good, has plenty of options for organizing your tasks, and even syncs with Microsoft To Do. The app is picking up a design refresh today that makes it easier to sort through different types of reminders and see where they come from.
I use the Google Home app pretty often to control my lights and various other smart home gadgets, but I must admit I had entirely forgotten about the second tab in the app's bottom navigation. It's a feed that alerts you to certain events across your home, such as the addition or removal of devices or Wi-Fi status updates. Google has just rolled out a new settings menu you allowing you to customize the types of notifications in this feed.
Using an app billed as "experimental" comes with its fair share of risks, including the chance that the developers may just give up on the project altogether. It seemed like Telegram X, the company's alternate client for testing out new features, was headed towards a quiet death following its last update in May, but the app has finally shown a new spark of life. After nearly a year of silence, a new beta version for Telegram X is finally available for download, including several bug fixes and some key features to help modernize the app.
For Android users looking to get a Pixel-like experience on their phones, the Lawnchair launcher is an easy way to do so. While development had stagnated, the new team at the helm has put its shoulder to the wheel and given us the first build of Lawnchair 11.
If you want to share a video with someone but need to get rid of the audio for whatever reason, you can do so with Google Photos or another gallery app. But let's say you get to the point of sharing in WhatsApp and you still need to remove some annoying sound — the chat app is rolling out a feature that makes that a piece of cake.
The Spotify Android app hasn't seen a major design overhaul for a few years now, but it does get incremental updates on a regular basis. The latest section of the app to get a new lick of paint is the library, which was last upgraded in 2019 to accommodate podcasts.
Samsung Notes has long been a staple of Samsung's software, and while it's available on most of the company's devices, it really shines when used with an S-Pen. I hardly used it until recently, but when I got an S-Pen with my Galaxy S21 Ultra, it became my main note-taking app. Thanks to its tight integration with One UI, it offers a seamless experience and it's gotten even better thanks to its latest update, which includes a slew of new features, templates, and improvements to folder organization.