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Google Pay v2.78 prepares group pay and nicknames for payment methods [APK Teardown]

As we get ready to wear out our credit cards buying gifts for family, friends, coworkers, and probably ourselves, it's a good time to talk about Google Pay and what's in store for it in the future. Unfortunately, we won't be building on the holiday shopping theme with any of the teardown topics, but at least there are a couple of cool features that might get us feeling a little more festive about spending our hard-earned cash with our phones.

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Sony's PlayJ app lets you screen share games and watch videos with friends [APK Download]

Sony has just released a new app called PlayJ for users who want to share experiences with their friends. Mobile gamers can stream their playing action to another person's device so they can watch, and videos can also be viewed together remotely.

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Google Phone v26 dark theme is here [APK Download]

You've been asking for it, and asking for it, and asking for it, and... well, you get the point. Just after the Google Contacts app brought in the long-awaited, long-demanded dark theme, the Phone app is now following closely behind with the dark theme we've seen for the last couple versions. It's finally out of testing and available for the rest of the world to enjoy.

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Messages v3.8 brings updated camera interface, new camera and gallery shortcut, and UI tweaks [APK Teardown]

An update to the Messages app (formerly Android Messages) has begun making the rounds, and unlike so many other updates lately, this one has a few standout changes after installation. There are a handful of smaller UI tweaks floating around, but a more significant change has been made to the camera interface for taking quick snapshots. There's also a new button in the messaging interface that will get you to the camera even faster.

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Samsung Good Lock adds NavStar along with updates to other apps [APK Downloads]

Owners of Samsung phones may have tried Good Lock 2018, an app pointing to tools that can be used to customize Galaxy phones past what's possible out of the box. A few of those apps have just received some routine updates, but more interesting is a brand new one called NavStar.

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Google's Night Sight launches for all Pixel phones today - get it now [APK Download]

At the Pixel 3 launch event in NYC, Google showed off what it called "Night Sight," a feature that produced incredible looking photos in a near-absence of light. Modified versions of the Google Camera app gave everyone willing to sideload them an early taste at the feature, but the wait is now over. And according to Google, Night Sight is rolling out for all Pixel devices, past and present, in the coming days.

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Google's Digital Wellbeing exits beta, is now version 1.0 [APK Download]

Google's Digital Wellbeing landed on the same day as Android Pie's formal release, bringing the means to better control how your phone fits into your life. At the time, it was billed as a beta, and though it has expanded to other Android One devices, that label continued to apply. At least, until now. We've spotted an update that brings the app up to v1.0 and drops the beta.

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Google app v8.49 beta prepares Collection sharing, Lens image search history, and Workspaces [APK Teardown]

Friday evening brought us another update to the Google app. Unlike the previous version, there are a fair number of topics to discuss from a teardown. Google is preparing a screen for viewing your image searches from Lens, Collection sharing, a few changes to the layout of settings, and there are even hints of a mystery feature named Workspaces.

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[Update: New name official] Files Go is now just 'Files' in latest beta, updated with new Material Design [APK Download]

Google has been steadily updating its first-party apps to its "Google Material Theme" — which most of the internet continues to call Material Design 2, much to Google's apparent chagrin. The latest addition is Files Go, which has both a new look and a new name to go with it. The beta version of the app has both the stereotypical, mostly-white design, and it now just goes by the name of "Files."

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Google Photos v4.5 may restore backup while charging and prepares helpful hints for backup conditions [APK Teardown]

An update to Google Photos began rolling out late last night. There appears to be nothing noteworthy on the surface, but a teardown has turned up a couple interesting details that point to upcoming changes. We will be getting some new informative boxes that can explain why backups aren't running, plus we may finally get back the much loved option to only perform backups while charging.

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