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Here's the new UI for managing Android 12's improved 'Open by default' web link behavior

Here's the new UI for managing Android 12's improved 'Open by default' web link behavior

Android 12 Developer Preview 3 is packed with neat little design and usability tweaks, and these changes even extend into the smallest bits and pieces. When you view an app's info (by long-pressing its launcher icon and tapping the i button), you'll notice the same "silky home" design changes as seen in the settings app and a redone "Open by default" section that's in line with the new default link opening behavior introduced in this Android 12 release.

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Android 11 fixes the convoluted Android 10 workflow for opening links in default apps

Android 11 fixes the convoluted Android 10 workflow for opening links in default apps

Android 10 introduced a serious regression when it comes to setting up link handling defaults. Instead of just leaving it be with the familiar "always open in this app" prompt after tapping a link that's supported by multiple apps, Android 10 would instead throw you into settings, where you'd have to confirm that you really want links to open in that application all the time in a drop-down menu. Thankfully, this behavior is a thing of the past in Android 11, which reintroduces the familiar two-tap solution.

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Google wants to fix Android 10's terrible workflow for opening links by default in your chosen apps

Google wants to fix Android 10's terrible workflow for opening links by default in your chosen apps

When Android 10's beta rolled out, one issue confused and annoyed me: Opening supported links in their corresponding apps was transformed into a terrible workflow that made little sense to me. But I got used to it and didn't complain about it, until Artem started using his Pixel 4 and noticed the same problem. As he usually does, he vented about it on Twitter, inciting similar complaints from dozens of users and a comment from Googler Glen Murphy who confirmed that the issue was being looked into.

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APK Download: Here's The Default Email App From Android 4.4, With Gmail-Style UI And A Slide-Out Menu

APK Download: Here's The Default Email App From Android 4.4, With Gmail-Style UI And A Slide-Out Menu

The hits keep coming from Android 4.4, and the latest one is the default android email app (you know, the one that isn't Gmail). Android Police alumnus Ron Amadeo posted the updated APK to his Google+ account early this evening, and we've mirrored it for you below. If you use the Email app (and you haven't found a better alternative on the Play Store), you'll want to check it out.

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Above: Android 4.4. Below: Android 4.3.

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The interface has been given a full update to make it look very, very similar to the updated Gmail. You'll get the same white Holo interface, the same icon and action bar, and the same slide-out menu, plus the swipe gestures for refreshing and deleting mail.

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