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YouTube's latest user interface update isn't the one you were hoping for

YouTube's latest user interface update isn't the one you were hoping for

YouTube is a bit of a weird outlier when it comes to Android app design. While there are some interface inconsistencies among all Google apps, YouTube has long stood out as the app with a much shorter app header, a dated gray status bar, and more diversions from the norm. While its header retains its height for now, YouTube has at least finally added a seamless white status bar to its light theme.

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Check out the new Material You interface for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Check out the new Material You interface for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

As the release of Android 12 creeps closer, Google is spreading out its new Material You design language to all the corners of its software kingdom. As of this weekend, that includes the Android version of Google Docs, and its associated Sheets and Slides tools. We're seeing the staggered rollout come in from multiple sources and tipsters.

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Signal beta gets some neat design tweaks and opens up payments to more users

Signal beta gets some neat design tweaks and opens up payments to more users

The latest beta version of the Signal Android app brings a few incremental design changes as well as an expansion to the privacy-focused payments it introduced back in April. MobileCoin transactions were only available to beta testers in the UK before, but they're now being rolled out to three more countries.

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Hands-on with Google Assistant Driving Mode's long-awaited home screen UI

Hands-on with Google Assistant Driving Mode's long-awaited home screen UI

Back in the halcyon days of 2019, Google showed off "Assistant Driving Mode," a slick new interface meant to replace its aging Android Auto app on phones. After a year of delays, it finally showed up on phones last December — without that shiny new UI that made it so appealing in the first place. With Android Auto for phone screens weeks away from shutting down, Google is finally giving Assistant Driving Mode a new home screen — and it's actually pretty great.

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Android 12's Material You Clock app works on older versions (APK Download)

Android 12's Material You Clock app works on older versions (APK Download)

Unless you have a spare lying around to be your real phone, I wouldn't recommend installing beta software on a device that you depend upon. But that's what we're here for! Android 12's version of the reliable Clock app is looking good in the latest beta. And it turns out that it looks pretty good on Android 11, too, because you can install the new APK from the updated version on older builds.

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Spotify is getting a redesigned mini player UI with a more modern look

Spotify is getting a redesigned mini player UI with a more modern look

The Spotify design team likes to keep moving, which means we often get fresh elements here and there, either in testing or rolling out for real. This latest redesign is one of the most expressive we've seen for some time, introducing a new mini player UI that follows the current trend of rounding corners and adding more color.

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How to turn off Chrome's annoying tab groups

How to turn off Chrome's annoying tab groups

About a month ago users on the Chromium repository led a very polite revolt against tab groups in Chrome for Android, declaring that they much preferred the option to simply open a selected link in a new tab directly. A little yellow bird told us that Google has listened to those users, and "Open in new tab" is coming back.

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Google is working on a simpler homescreen for Duo

Google is working on a simpler homescreen for Duo

Have you found that the homescreen interface is confusing when you've used Duo? Actually, maybe I should back that up: have you used Duo? Google would really appreciate it if you at least tried it out. To that effect, it's listening to some users about ways to make the homescreen easier to use.

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Google is preparing scheduled dark mode for Chrome OS

Google is preparing scheduled dark mode for Chrome OS

Dark mode has been soaring in popularity as a design trend over the last several years, and for good reason — it minimizes eye strain when using computers over extended periods (Editor's note: It also looks slick AF). With major platforms like macOS, Windows, and Android offering darker shades, it became clear Chrome OS had to catch up with the pack. Dark mode is still in ongoing development despite work on it dating back almost a year now, and it looks unfinished — even today. But Google hasn't thrown in the towel here, and it's now adding another highly requested feature to make dark mode even better.

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Android 12's revamped Internet tile lets you switch between Wi-Fi or mobile networks anywhere

Android 12's revamped Internet tile lets you switch between Wi-Fi or mobile networks anywhere

With the latest beta of Android 12, Google is diving deep into some of its more substantive interface changes. One is the new "Internet" Quick Settings tile, which replaces both Wi-Fi and mobile (5G/LTE/3G) connection tiles. This one opens up a pop-up menu of local connections, allowing the user to quickly swap between them.

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