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Google Keep is getting some sweet background images

Google Keep is getting some sweet background images

Google Keep is great, and if you disagree, you're wrong. At this point I'm torn between my love for this basic but incredibly handy note-taking utility, and my terror that Google will yank it away in favor of refocusing on Tasks and making me update it solely via Assistant. I'm getting a little less nervous after seeing a new Keep feature pop up: background images!

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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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Android 12's Settings menu has reached its goth phase

Android 12's Settings menu has reached its goth phase

It seems like every new update to Android 12's early builds brings along some changes to the settings menu. Developer Preview 2 brought along an all-new look sans subtitles, which Google brought back in Beta 2. With Beta 3 out now, it seems like we're due for another update. While the subtitles have remained, all of the color in the settings menu has been drained, leaving behind a stark black-and-white appearance.

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Chrome for Android starts showing most-visited site tiles in the Omnibox

Chrome for Android starts showing most-visited site tiles in the Omnibox

If you're anything like most web users, you have a core dozen or so sites that you visit regularly (including Android Police, right? Right?), while the rest you only peruse when it's pertinent. Chrome for Android is starting to recognize this, and give you more visible suggestions for your most-visited sites via new icons in the Omnibox.

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Google Photos has a new way to show who's looking at your pictures

Google Photos has a new way to show who's looking at your pictures

Google has been pushing a lot more functionality into Photos as of late, even after it sunset its most popular feature by far. Check your app today: if the odds are in your favor, you might see a new entry on the bottom navigation bar. Don't get too excited though, it's just a direct link to some of the app's less obvious social features.

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Android 12 Beta 2 brings back info-dense subtitles to the settings menu

Android 12 Beta 2 brings back info-dense subtitles to the settings menu

Android 12 Beta 2 is chock full of visual changes, including the full implementation of its color-matching theme system. It's also changing some of the less popular additions from previous iterations of Android 12, including adding information density back to its settings menu.

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Big changes are coming to Chrome's settings menu

Big changes are coming to Chrome's settings menu

Do you sometimes find it hard to locate a specific setting in the Chrome browser's ever-expanding Settings menu? You're not alone. The developers of Chromium feel your pain, and they're doing something about it. A redesigned, more compartmentalized Settings menu was spotted in the Chromium.org developer discussion, coming soon to a browser (or lightweight operating system) near you.

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Android 12's settings redesign is prettier but less useful

Android 12's settings redesign is prettier but less useful

In Google's brand-new Developer Preview 3 release of Android 12, the Settings menu looks a little different. Compared to both Android 11 and A12 DP2, the updated version is prettier and less dense, but does away with the subheadings to make it a little less clear where various options are. It also gets some new "bouncy" animations when scrolling. It's the new look for the Settings menu, previously hidden behind an ADB command and labelled "silky home."

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Here's how to use the new Google Play Store interface that's arriving now

Here's how to use the new Google Play Store interface that's arriving now

If you take a look at the Google Play Store on your phone today, you may notice things have shifted around a bit. A new version of the interface has been appearing for a small number of users over the last week or so, but seems to rolling out more quickly now. This slight shift to the UI gets rid of the familiar hamburger menu (the three horizontal bars that used to be on the left of the search bar at the top), and instead has you tapping on your Google profile icon to get to more of the non-obvious elements of the Store.

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Samsung's Penup drawing app gets a refreshed UI with layer support

Samsung's Penup drawing app gets a refreshed UI with layer support

Users of Samsung Galaxy Note devices (or any Android device, since it's available on the Play Store for any phone) should be seeing a new version of the Penup app now. The refreshed sketch app is mostly the same as it was before, but it now has support for multiple layers, a welcome pro move for a drawing app with a surprisingly active community.

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