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[Update: Rolling out to all] Google tests Material Theme icons for desktop search menu filters

[Update: Rolling out to all] Google tests Material Theme icons for desktop search menu filters

Google began a Material Theme refresh of its desktop search UI last fall comprising tweaks all users see now, including a search "box" with rounded corners, more white, and a persistent search bar. The next step may be nigh, as the search engine is testing the addition of Material Theme icons that sit beside each search menu filter (e.g., News, Maps, Images, etc.) and are colorized when their corresponding filter is active.

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Google search results on mobile now placing URLs above page titles

Google search results on mobile now placing URLs above page titles

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Android Q Bluetooth settings and notifications will focus on battery levels, Find My Accessories coming to Fast Pair

Android Q Bluetooth settings and notifications will focus on battery levels, Find My Accessories coming to Fast Pair

Google's streamlined Bluetooth pairing protocol for Android devices, Fast Pair, is about to support way more devices — not just Chromebooks, as previously promised, but more headphones, earbuds, speakers, and even smartwatches — and get a lot more useful for people who have lost a wireless earbud around the house. The company is also preparing a UI revamp for Bluetooth settings in Android Q.

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Google Assistant testing new Holo-esque translucent UI

Google Assistant testing new Holo-esque translucent UI

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Instagram Stories camera will get makeover, influencers will be able to tag products for you to buy

Instagram Stories camera will get makeover, influencers will be able to tag products for you to buy

Instagram has announced new features that are intended to enhance the experiences for the 500 million daily active users of its Stories feature — one of these features is available right now while the other may take some time and adjustment to get used to. The social media platform is also building a new way for users to browse and buy the clothes their favorite influencers are wearing.

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Google is preparing a Material Design revamp for the Play Store

Google is preparing a Material Design revamp for the Play Store

Google has been busy refreshing the Material Design in its apps recently, and the Play Store seems to be among the next ones to get the treatment. Both 9to5Google and one of our tipsters has uncovered the new interface in the latest build by activating a feature flag, which hints the software is about to get a makeover.

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Spotify makes your song queue more accessible with new Now Playing UI (Update: Well, nope)

Spotify makes your song queue more accessible with new Now Playing UI (Update: Well, nope)

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 Chromecast ambient mode UI changes are rolling out to more users

Google Chromecast ambient mode UI changes are rolling out to more users

This won't be the most important thing you'll read all day, but we're getting so many tips about it that we had to write a post. Back in April 2018, Google was spotted testing changes to the Chromecast ambient mode/home screen, and the new UI is now rolling out more widely.

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'Swipe down to close' gesture for Play Store images is now live for some

'Swipe down to close' gesture for Play Store images is now live for some

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Opinion: Chrome OS is buggier and more poorly designed than ever

Opinion: Chrome OS is buggier and more poorly designed than ever

I've used Chromebooks off and on for years. I used the first Dell Chromebook 11 for much of high school, then I purchased an ASUS C302 last year. The C302 is still one of the best laptops I've ever used, and that's mostly thanks to how Chrome OS has evolved over the past few years. It's no longer a browser-only thin client — it can run Android apps, Linux programs, and powerful web applications.

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