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Samsung Device Care update gets rid of fishy Qihoo 360 integration (Update: Android 9 APK)

Samsung Device Care update gets rid of fishy Qihoo 360 integration (Update: Android 9 APK)

Samsung has released an update to its Device Care app that removes the fishy Qihoo 360 storage cleaning integration. The application has been under fire for sending usage data to the Chinese company behind the service. Samsung said it only shared generic, non-personalized data with Qihoo, but it looks like the manufacturer has still decided to forgo the cooperation completely following the backlash.

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Google Camera v7.3 prepares for 24 fps video, Pixel 4a codenames, and automatic Do Not Disturb mode (APK Teardown)

Google Camera v7.3 prepares for 24 fps video, Pixel 4a codenames, and automatic Do Not Disturb mode (APK Teardown)

The camera remains one of the top selling points for Pixel phones, so it's only natural that updates to Google's Camera app are going to be worthy of a close eye. The latest version bump brings some changes that will save you from ruining a video when new notifications would pop up and tweaks the UI in a subtle way. Diving deeper with a teardown, we get to see that 24 fps recording is on the horizon along with some of the codenames for upcoming devices, most likely the Pixel 4a lineup.

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YouTube Music v3.47 prepares reorganized Library tab (APK Teardown)

YouTube Music v3.47 prepares reorganized Library tab (APK Teardown)

YouTube Music received quite a few improvements during 2019, but it may not have been obvious since many of updates have been fairly subtle or only relevant to small audiences. Let's be honest, most of it is easy to ignore when some big features are still missing. Regardless, the service and app maturing, and that will be important when Google Play Music eventually fades into the aether and YouTube Music is all that remains. With the latest update, preparations are being made to improve the Library tab so it's easier to use and doesn't get in the way of playing music the way you want.

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OnePlus 7T Pro gets better camera and November patches with OxygenOS 10.0.5 update

OnePlus 7T Pro gets better camera and November patches with OxygenOS 10.0.5 update

Updates aren't always an inevitability, but they seem to be for OnePlus phones — at least, some of them. The OnePlus 7T Pro is next up to bat, picking up an update to OxygenOS that brings it to version 10.0.5 and apparent changelog-parity with the smaller OnePlus 7T. That means it gets November 2019 security patches, improved photo quality, and a handful of other optimizations and fixes.

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Android Auto tests two new UIs for Google Assistant, launcher customization and weather are live (APK Teardown)

Android Auto tests two new UIs for Google Assistant, launcher customization and weather are live (APK Teardown)

Changes to the UI of Android Auto are few and far between, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few things in testing from time to time. There are (at least) two interfaces in the works right now, one of which appears to be rolling out to some people, and we have screenshots of both. Also, for those waiting for the ability to customize the apps in your launcher or get the temperature in your status bar, both appear to be live for everybody now.

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Google Recorder v1.1 availability expands to Pixel 2, 3, and 3a (APK Download)

Google Recorder v1.1 availability expands to Pixel 2, 3, and 3a (APK Download)

Google's Recorder app has been one of those especially popular revelations from the launch of the Pixel 4, and rightfully so —the voice transcription and search features are incredible. However, plenty of people weren't happy with the Pixel 4 exclusivity. That changes now...kinda. The Recorder app is now also officially available to the Pixel 2, 3, and 3a, but that's about it.

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(Update: Weather rolling out) Android Auto v4.8 is ready to add app drawer customization and persistent weather [APK Teardown]

(Update: Weather rolling out) Android Auto v4.8 is ready to add app drawer customization and persistent weather [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Android Auto is making the rounds and it's potentially a pretty major update, even if it's not immediately obvious. There aren't going to be any major visible changes upon installing the update, but one of the most requested features, a customizable app drawer, appears to be ready for launch. Also on the lineup is a persistent temperature display, which may also be rolling out soon.

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Samsung Music comes to Android Auto [APK Download]

Samsung Music comes to Android Auto [APK Download]

Samsung phones come with a pre-installed music player. Apart from supporting local music playback, it also integrates with Spotify, which lets you combine your personal library with the one from the streaming service. However, on Android Auto, you had to resort to the dedicated Spotify app, as Samsung Music never worked with Google's in-car software experience. That has now changed with the latest update to Samsung's app, which enables playback and control on your vehicle's dashboard and brings support for Android 10.

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Google Files lets you cast local media from your phone [APK Download]

Google Files lets you cast local media from your phone [APK Download]

Google Files started out as a Go app and has since been promoted and shrugged off that denomination. It's still a lightweight application aimed primarily markets with low-bandwidth internet, so most of its features don't rely on the internet, such as device cleaning and peer-to-peer file sharing. The app has now also gained support for local media casting, finally bringing it on par with many third-party apps that have supported this for almost as long as the Chromecast protocol has existed.

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Play Store navigation becomes simpler on Wear OS [APK Download]

Play Store navigation becomes simpler on Wear OS [APK Download]

Google may have just bought Fitbit, but it still has to take care of its home-grown wearable OS, Wear OS. While you could argue that the platform feels pretty much dead in the water, the company still adds new software features every once in a while, like a redesigned system navigation a year ago. Now Google has decided to give the Play Store on watches a facelift and has released a new version that makes it easier to navigate it on the small screen.

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