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Popular meditation app Balance jumps from iOS to Android

Popular meditation app Balance jumps from iOS to Android

What with a billion or so people spending almost all of their time at home over the last year, it's no surprise that there's been a boom in the practice of medication. Popular guidance app Balance has been exclusive to iOS since 2019, but that exclusivity ends today. A beta version of the app and paid service is now available on the Play Store.

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YouTube's line art icons jump from Android to the web

YouTube's line art icons jump from Android to the web

Google really likes icons that are just outlines. After the multicolored makeover for all of Google's service app icons, it redid the YouTube interface, replacing the standard look with line art. Now that shift has made its way to the desktop/web version of YouTube. So yeah, that's a thing.

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Grammarly Keyboard's new Tone Detector knows when you're being a sarcastic jackass

Grammarly Keyboard's new Tone Detector knows when you're being a sarcastic jackass

For a lot of writers Grammarly is an invaluable tool to help nail grammar, punctuation, and the many other pitfalls that English throws your way. There's no full-featured version for mobile, but the Grammarly Keyboard comes pretty close. It now has another feature from the desktop version: Tone Detector, which helps you send the right message at the right time. Or alternately, helps curb your less savory texting habits.

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How to go back to an older version of an app on Android

How to go back to an older version of an app on Android

When troubleshooting app issues, sometimes you run into a simple fact: The current version is no good. Maybe you don't like how the app changed, or maybe it has a legitimate bug. Whatever the cause, there is a solution (at least, in the short term), and you can roll back to an older version. Depending on the type of app that's either simple or complicated. If it's not a process you're familiar with doing, we have all the steps you need to take documented just below.

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Google Maps dark theme is finally rolling out, more than a year after it was first teased

Google Maps dark theme is finally rolling out, more than a year after it was first teased

Google has been teasing a dark theme for Maps for over a year now, and it even briefly rolled out to a few people, but it was never properly formalized or acknowledged officially. That changed last month when Google finally announced that dark mode is coming, and now, it's starting to roll out more widely.

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Flipboard's all about connecting you with local news in latest app update

Flipboard's all about connecting you with local news in latest app update

The next time you launch Flipboard, it'll ask you for a location permission. The developers have been working on creating more focused content for specific cities, seen through the app's lens of impeccable layout and interface. It should be live in the Play Store now, or swiftly coming to you in the form of an app update.

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Spotify is testing a redesigned (and much-improved) library UI

Spotify is testing a redesigned (and much-improved) library UI

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.

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Bring the full TweetDeck experience to your phone with MarineDeck

Bring the full TweetDeck experience to your phone with MarineDeck

It's been almost a decade since Twitter purchased TweetDeck, the third-party client with its multi-column interface that focuses on glanceability and speed above everything else. It used to have an Android app of its own, but it was sunset all the way back in 2013 because Twitter wanted to focus on the desktop version. Enter 2021, and Japanese developer HiSubway has created a third-party client that adds TweetDeck to your Android phone: MarinDeck.

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X-plore bypasses Scoped Storage's drastic limitations on Android 11

X-plore bypasses Scoped Storage's drastic limitations on Android 11

Google introduced a controversial change in the name of security with Android 11 — Scoped Storage. The new API is supposed to hinder apps from reading each other's data, stopping bad actors from snooping through your phone. But that restriction also extends to file explorers, where it makes much less sense. Google promised it would work on exemptions for these apps, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the corresponding policy was postponed to 2021.

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Promising Google Keep alternative Bundled Notes is exiting beta

Promising Google Keep alternative Bundled Notes is exiting beta

We first went hands-on with Bundled Notes back in May when it was still in beta, and in the meantime, a lot has changed. Developer Xavier Tobin launched a web app, added Kanban boards for project management, fixed tons of bugs, fine-tuned the UI, and made sure the experience feels rounded out. Today, the Indie app finally launches as version 1.0, complete with a new logo and the first few translations.

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