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[Update: Rolling out to all] Google Docs, Sheets, Slides get refreshed Material Design UI [APK Downloads]

The switch from Holo to Material Design in Google's own software took years, even if the company had fewer apps to worry about updating back then. In contrast, the move to the new Google Material Theme look is swifter, with many of Google's apps already updated with the design and a few more still waiting their turn. Among the latter are Google's standalone apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, even if their parent Drive app has already had it for a few months. But now, Docs appears to be the first app among its brethren to get a taste of the new UI.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google tests a more compact Discover feed design with no topic bubbles

It's been over a year since Google started testing topic bubbles in the then-called-Feed, and many months since that design rolled out as part of the rebranded Discover. In the time since, we haven't noticed any major changes in the interface and we had almost started believing that server-side tests may have stopped on the app. But no, they've been resurrected (perhaps they never even died?) and are back now thanks to a new Discover that sheds off its signature topic bubbles.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google Maps to improve the Local Guides contribution process

If you're an avid Google Maps Local Guide, or even a beginner, you've probably noticed that the app helps you figure out what to review and which photos to upload. The Your contributions section has plenty of suggestions, but the interface is a little confusing. Pending ratings and reviews are on the main page, but suggested photo uploads are accessible from a separate banner, and there's no easy way to go back and add more info to what you've already submitted. Maps is working on improving all of this.

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Play Store is testing a more easily accessible wishlist button

On any given day, there are at least a dozen variations of the Play Store interface showing up for users across the world. Even on the same device, with the same account, and without any update, the Store might flip from one look to the other in a few seconds without warning. Most recently, simultaneous downloads showed up, but today we're talking about a more minor change, but one that's neat nonetheless: a more reachable wishlist button.

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Spotify made the worst possible adaptive icon for Android

It's been two years since Android O introduced adaptive icons, and many apps and developers have yet to get with the program. You look at your homescreen and app drawer and realize that even though you're using a circular or square or teardrop mask, some apps keep whatever icon shape they wanted. Until recently, Spotify was one of those. Now the app is rolling out an adaptive icon and it's... exactly what we don't want.

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Google Maps adds traffic slowdowns to incident reporting

For years, Google Maps users begged the navigation service to borrow the incident reporting feature from its peer down the virtual hallway, Waze. But it wasn't until last November that we got a sneak peek at the new option, then a month later, it popped up for many more users. It didn't work at first, was briefly removed, then returned in a functional state. The Maps team isn't content with just crash and speed trap reports, it has recently added a new type of incidents: slowdowns.

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YouTube is testing custom playback speed controls in 0.05x increments

You're watching a YouTube video and you wish you could speed up or slow down playback a little. You tap the settings icon, go to speed controls, and find only eight settings. Only. How dare they? What if 1.5x is still slow but the new 1.75x is too fast? YouTube is testing a way to let you pick any speed you want, in 0.05x increments. Sorry, 1.59x and 1.61x lovers, you'll have to settle on 1.6x for now.

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[Update: Rolling out] Spotify makes your song queue more accessible with new Now Playing UI

Several months ago, Spotify began testing a new Now Playing interface that left us scratching our heads. It removed both the replay and queue buttons from the main UI and hid them under the secondary menu. Of course that was not a smart move, and Spotify is now rolling out (server-side) another take on that redesign, but with more sensible decisions. And I like it.

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Google Maps web starts getting a Material Design makeover

The switch from the older Material Design to the new one, known as MD 2.0 or Material Theme among Android fans, has been a long process. Some apps like Photos adopted the change swiftly, while others like Maps have gone through small iterations, adding elements step by step. But those changes had yet to affect the web interface of Maps — until now that is. Some users are starting to see a new look, though it's still limited to parts of the UI.

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