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Google 'updates' Docs, Sheets, and Slides app icons by placing them on big white plates

Google 'updates' Docs, Sheets, and Slides app icons by placing them on big white plates

When Google announced G Suite successor Workspace, it also took the opportunity to update the icons of its productivity apps, both for consumers and businesses. The new designs are slowly rolling out and have already reached Gmail, Drive, Meet, and Chat on many people's phones and computers. The latest design updates to hit Android phones are the Docs, Sheets, and Slides icons, and boy, they're a regression.

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Instagram is rolling out app shortcuts, only a full year after we first spotted them

Instagram is rolling out app shortcuts, only a full year after we first spotted them

Android has supported app shortcuts since 2016, but some popular apps still haven't implemented the feature yet. We found evidence that Instagram was about to change that in October 2019, though it took the company until now to finally roll out shortcuts widely. Most people should now be able to tap and hold the Instagram icon on their home screen to quickly access the camera, create a new post, view their activity, and open direct messages. Additionally, Instagram has quietly reworked the Stories archive, which is now organized in three sections.

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Firefox finally supports pull-to-refresh, now in the Nightly release

Firefox finally supports pull-to-refresh, now in the Nightly release

It's been requested for years and in the making for months, and now the day has finally come: The Nightly version of Firefox for Android supports pull-to-refresh. A gesture first popularized (and patented) by Twitter back in 2010, it's quickly become as ubiquitous to phones as cars are to streets. Firefox was one of the few holdouts, with developers working out wonky behavior and interferences with some websites.

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Google Maps dark theme is finally starting to roll out, a year after it was first teased

Google Maps dark theme is finally starting to roll out, a year after it was first teased

Google has been teasing a dark theme for Maps for a year now, and after some code surfaced that pointed to traces of a dark mode in version 10.50 of the app, we've now got our first look at a proper, finished night-compatible theme in version 10.51.1. It's currently rolling out as a limited server-side update to a few people only.

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Bundled Notes wants to supercharge your productivity with kanban boards

Bundled Notes wants to supercharge your productivity with kanban boards

Todoist just came forward with its own approach to kanban board-style project management, but if you need something less expensive or don't work on a large scale, you might be interested in Bundled Notes' approach to this organization style. Version 0.9 adds kanban board support and makes navigating and using the combined notes and productivity tool more intuitive, leading up to the service's stable 1.0 release.

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Google Duo revives screen sharing after killing it two years ago

Google Duo revives screen sharing after killing it two years ago

Google Duo might be on the way out in the long-term, but right now, the developers keep adding feature after feature, with new stickers always flying in and Android TV support in the works. But one capability went MIA shortly after its initial release back in 2018: Screen sharing. After two years of absence, Google has re-announced it on Twitter, though it has yet to roll out to anyone using the service.

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Google Pixel owners are getting futuristic AR location sharing in Maps

Google Pixel owners are getting futuristic AR location sharing in Maps

Live View in Maps is one of Google's more impressive technologies. It guides you through the real world via an AR overlay on your screen, showing you exactly which way to turn, which is pretty handy when you're in an unfamiliar city and have an unreliable compass. Starting with Pixel phones running Android 11, Google is making this feature even more useful. When a friend is sharing their location with you, you'll be able to navigate to them via Live View.

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Comixology offers free Black Panther digital comics in honor of Chadwick Boseman

Comixology offers free Black Panther digital comics in honor of Chadwick Boseman

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa in Marvel's Black Panther movie, passed away last month at the age of 43. It came unexpectedly, as many were unaware that Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2016. His untimely death has sparked many tributes from fans worldwide, and now it looks like Comixology has made its entire library of single-issue Black Panther comics available for free.

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The OnePlus Notes app comes to the Play Store with Oxygen OS 11 design (APK download)

The OnePlus Notes app comes to the Play Store with Oxygen OS 11 design (APK download)

OnePlus is preparing a novel take on its UI for Oxygen OS 11, and its first redesigned apps are already available for everyone to check out on the stable version of Android. The running theme of the overhauled applications is reachability, with OneUI-like big titles and gaps stretching to the top of the screen. That's no different for the new Notes app version 4.0, which has just celebrated its Early Access debut on the Play Store.

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