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Gboard v8.2 prepares to remove Make A GIF and introduce more detailed data privacy options [APK Teardown]

Gboard's latest update is out, but there no particularly notable differences have been spotted lurking in the interface. Instead, this update seems to be preparing a couple of changes that will end a year-long run for the Make A GIF feature and bring a couple data privacy options to users.

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Samsung Good Lock updates add new Task Changer style and NavStar rotation toggle [APK Download]

With One UI, the current state of Samsung's Android software is a far cry from the dark days of TouchWiz. The Good Lock suite of apps also makes Samsung's skin one of the most customizable around, and another round of updates is rolling out. The key additions are a new task switcher option and a toggle to enable or disable the rotation button in the navbar app.

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Google Home v2.10 hints at Zion and Castell smart home products, Speaker V codename, and ultrasonic-powered Reactive UI [APK Teardown]

A new version of the Google Home app is rolling out, but there aren't any visible changes making their way out with this one. Instead, this update seems to be focused mostly on adding initial support for some new hardware, including something that sounds like a smart home hub called Zion, and a security device called Castell that may be a door lock. There's also a little motion on a previously teased device that will likely be the Nest Hub Max, and some details on a new "Reactive UI" feature that lights up as you approach.

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Google Camera 6.2 adds AI kissing detection for the Pixel 3 [APK Download]

Along with a huge notch on the XL variant, the Pixel 3 brought a lot of interesting camera features. Night Sight and Super Res Zoom are nothing short of magic (well, until you compare them to the Huawei P30), Top Shot is a godsend for those who are always a little late or early in tapping the shutter, and Photobooth is a nice addition for group and candid shots. Starting with version 6.2 of Google Camera, Photobooth can also detect kissing.

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[Update: OTAs arriving] A patch for Android Q Beta 2 is available for download, OTAs coming soon

Android Q Beta 2 brought with it a lot of new features, though it's not surprising that some stuff is being broken given that it is a beta. Google today announced a patch for Q Beta 2, and factory and OTA images are available for installation right now. OTAs will roll out within the next 24 hours.

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Google Play Books v5.1 adds audio quality and skip duration settings for audiobooks [APK Teardown]

Google Play Books adopted the latest iteration of the Google Material theme back in January, doing away with the colorful version that exemplified the original Material Design. This update doesn't have quite as many striking changes, but it does bring functional improvements and a little more customizability to some of the features. Most of the additions are focused on Audiobooks, but you'll also find new icons for the app shortcuts.

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[Update: Tenor support] Google Messages v4.2 now supports attachments of any type, adds Verified SMS details [APK Teardown]

Google Messages just received its 4.2 update today as it adds a subtle but potentially valuable feature: Sending generic file types. Yes, you can now send files without being limited to just the standard photo and video collection. A teardown also brings follow-ups to the topics of Verified SMS and Google Assistant integration.

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Google Home v2.9.65 hints at Talk and Listen mode, native support for Nest hardware, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest update to the Google Home app is out, but it's not going to give you much to look at in the form of live changes. Instead, this update appears to be largely focused on adding new hardware support for Nest security products, and possibly a few others. There's also a new feature in the works called Talk and Listen that could be a solid enhancement to the Broadcast feature.

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Latest Samsung Good Lock updates squash bugs and add a few new features [APK Download]

If you've got a Samsung phone and want some extra customization options, the Good Lock suite of tools is exactly what you need. The last releases added improved support for the Samsung phones now running Android 9 Pie, and a new round of updates fixes more bugs while adding the odd new feature.

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Gboard v8.1 makes space for OCR, prepares Pixel-specific theme, enhanced Japanese keyboard, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Gboard is making the rounds, and this one appears to be taking another stab at enabling the clipboard manager. Meanwhile, this update also sets the stage for additional features to be added to the overflow menu, an improved Japanese keyboard, a Pixel-specific theme, and more.

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