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Netflix is bringing an audio-only mode to its Android app

Netflix is bringing an audio-only mode to its Android app

Netflix might not be playing nicely with Google TV for some reason, but the company is pouring tons of resources into its Android app. The service got variable playback speeds and a screen lock feature this year, and now it looks like we're in for audio-only background playback. It could help you save some precious mobile data or leave your phone in your pocket while you're keeping up with your favorite series.

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Google is testing a new cardless Discover interface

Google is testing a new cardless Discover interface

Google is always tweaking its Discover feed ever so slightly to fit your taste even better, but sometimes, the company is also willing to make big changes. It looks like it's currently testing a brand-new look for Discover that does away with the signature card interface, and it's adding a share button while it's at it.

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Scheduled sending is going live in Google Messages

Scheduled sending is going live in Google Messages

You can already schedule messages in Gmail and Telegram (among others), and now Google's Messages app is joining the club. The functionality showed up for a few people as part of an a/b test at the beginning of November, and now it's starting to roll out much more widely, at least in the US. The option replaces the long-press shortcut for sending an MMS with a subject.

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Twitter updates its Android app with custom share sheet

Twitter updates its Android app with custom share sheet

Twitter recently brought a custom share sheet to its iOS client that replaced the operating system's native solution, causing some disgruntled reactions. Now the social network's Android app is in for a similar treatment, though the two variations of a new UI are just replacing the application's already existing custom share sheet — and the new ones are definitely an improvement.

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Facebook announces it's publicly testing dark mode after months of publicly testing dark mode

Facebook announces it's publicly testing dark mode after months of publicly testing dark mode

Facebook long introduced dark themes for Instagram, WhatsApp, the Messenger, even Facebook Lite and its website, but so far, its main mobile app hasn't received an official gray-and-black coat of paint. After a year of appearing and disappearing a/b tests, it seems like the company is now almost ready to fully launch the theme. In cooperation with renowned app sleuth Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook has announced that it's now publicly testing dark mode.

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Netflix officially brings variable speed playback to Android devices

Netflix officially brings variable speed playback to Android devices

After months of testing, Netflix is joining myriad streaming services in adopting variable speed playback. Subscribers with Android phones will be able to watch programs at 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, and 1.5x speeds. Creators have been dismayed with the feature since its testing, but advocates for those with hearing or vision loss say it's a win.

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Google Search's custom in-app browser is rolling out to more people

Google Search's custom in-app browser is rolling out to more people

Google introduced Chrome custom tabs five years ago, and most apps use them these days. Instead of creating their own custom browsers, developers can just hand over websites to a Chrome tab without the added bulk of a regular browser interface. The advantage is that devs don't have to spend resources on creating their own webview implementations and that users can quickly open these custom tabs in proper Chrome without reloading or losing their scroll position. It's a great system. But Google wouldn't be Google if it stuck with a great system (looking at you, YouTube Music).

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(Update: Rolling out again) Google Maps is testing a floating scrolling bar of category searches

(Update: Rolling out again) Google Maps is testing a floating scrolling bar of category searches

Google is always trying new things with the Maps app's interface, moving items from the side menu to the floating layers button, implementing different designs of the bottom bar in various regions, and lately just dabbling with more and more changes that fall in line with the new Material Design looks. And now we have a new change: a scrolling floating bar of category searches is showing up on the top of the screen.

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Google Assistant tests more compact interface ahead of next generation update

Google Assistant tests more compact interface ahead of next generation update

During I/O 2019, Google announced changes to the Assistant that would see significant speed improvements thanks to on-device transcription and operation. These changes were said to come "later this year," which likely meant around the same time as the Pixel 4 launch. In the meantime, Google has been testing changes to the Assistant interface, including a Holo-esque design and now, a compact look.

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