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Samsung promises to bring Android 10's gesture navigation to third-party launchers in future software update

Samsung's upcoming One UI 2.5 update will deliver support for full-screen gesture navigation in third party launchers, according to a statement made by a Samsung representative on the company's community forums. That means you'll be able to use things like Lawnchair or Nova Launcher on One UI 2.5 devices without giving up the new gesture navigation system to do it.

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Cortana will soon be removed from the Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant never reached the market share needed to compete with Google Assistant and Alexa, and Microsoft is starting to scale back its ambitions. The Cortana Android app has already been removed in several countries, and now Microsoft is taking it out of its Android app launcher.

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Five OxygenOS features we hope to see in stock Android someday

Although we usually think it's pretty great these days, stock Android still isn't perfect, and there are plenty of great, useful, and convenient features that third parties like OnePlus have come up with. The only bad thing about them is the fact that not everyone using an Android gets to use them — they're exclusive to OnePlus devices. So we'd like to see a few of these useful OxygenOS features make their way over to stock.

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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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Apex Launcher's demise continues, now pushes scammy ads for its own browser when you open Chrome

Apex and Nova used to go toe to toe for launcher supremacy, but while Nova has continued to improve, Apex's fall from grace has been something of a spectacle. Last year's update to version 4 was met with criticism from users, leading the developer to exercise a partial rollback to the previous release. Now the launcher is back in the spotlight with a scammy-looking popup that recommends its own Privacy Browser when launching Chrome from the app drawer.

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[Update: 6th app, APKs] Google releases 5 experimental Digital Wellbeing apps

Google isn't slowing down its Digital Wellbeing efforts. A little more than a year after its release, the app has matured with new features, parental control integration, Chrome browsing monitoring, and has become mandatory for all Android devices going forward. That isn't stopping Google from testing new angles that could help you curb your screen time and better manage your phone usage. To that end, the Google Creative Lab has released five new experimental wellbeing apps.

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Android Auto v4.7 prepares to hide unwanted apps and adds new media notification setting [APK Teardown]

Now that the Android Auto team has completed the transition to its new, more fluid interface, it's time for bug fixes and refinements. The latest update appears to fit that role as it introduces a new notification setting and sets the framework for an interface that will finally give users the ability to customize which apps appear in the Android Auto launcher.

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Lawnchair Launcher v2 beta arrives on Play Store with some of your favorite Pixel features

There are more than a few Pixel-style third-party launchers out there, but one of our favorites here at Android Police is Lawnchair. While it almost perfectly replicates all the base functionality you expect — including Google Discover integration, thanks to Lawnfeed — it also packs in some actually useful improvements, like a better At a Glance widget, extra gesture support, and more customization options. And after what seems like ages, the beta version of Lawnchair v2 is finally available on the Play Store, which means no more downloading almost daily alpha updates from APK Mirror (unless you really wanna).

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Third-party launchers won't be able to use Android Q's new gesture navigation at launch

At today's announcement of Android Q Beta 5, Google revealed that it was going to move custom launchers off of the new gesture navigation system as of Beta 6, defaulting to the old three-button method if you use one. While that might sound like a reason to worry, this change is merely an "an unfortunate, yet short-term inconvenience" in Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy's words. Google has confirmed it will bring gesture support for third-party launchers "in a post-launch update" for Android Q.

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Android Q desktop mode up and running through experimental third-party launcher

Android has always been open to desktop modes, but so far, this has only come to fruition in the form of manufacturer customizations like Samsung DeX, custom ROMs such as Remix Singularity, and other individual solutions. In Q Beta, the OS is finally adding standardized, native support for this option. Developer Daniel Blandford took the opportunity and has built the first desktop launcher that takes advantage of this.

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