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Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface

XDA has managed to get its hands on an early build of Android Q, confirming that Google's next version of our favorite operating system will include a dark mode, as expected. But plenty of more secrets were hiding inside the image XDA found, including a much-needed app permissions revamp, what may end up being a Samsung DeX-like desktop UI, and piles of smaller features.

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You can still grab a $15 Chromecast Audio from Google while they last (which probably won't be long)

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Latest Google beta update fixes At A Glance widget weather

Over the weekend, an update to the Google app beta accidentally broke weather for the At A Glance Widget, affecting Pixel owners, some third-party launcher users, and anyone who manually added the widget since that became an option. Thankfully, an update (v9.0.4) which is rolling out today fixes the problem.

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Play Store to phase out 32-bit apps on 64-bit devices by 2021, all new apps from August 1 must be 64-bit

While Apple phased out 32-bit apps on iOS over a year ago, Google has been taking its time — likely because there are still many 32-bit Android phones and tablets still in use. Google announced in December 2017 that 32-bit apps would eventually be phased out on 64-bit devices, and now the company has provided specific dates for the process.

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Play Store tests show inverted Games and Apps tabs, no overflow button, and new pop-up menu

The Google Play Store seems to be in a perpetual state of server-side tests. No sooner do we discover one new interface element being changed or added than there is another one to look into. Two tests have made their way to our inbox today. One shows a small, but telling, change in the tabs order and names; the other sees the overflow button disappear from all app "cards" and be replaced by a new tap-and-hold gesture and pop-up menu.

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Speed trap icons and vocal warnings are rolling out on Google Maps for some users

For the longest time, users have been bemoaning the lack of Waze-like reports on Google Maps, even though the two apps are technically part of the same company. Things started moving in the right direction when we spotted crash and speed trap reports in Google Maps in November, then again in December, though the feature hasn't rolled out to everyone yet and is still a little flighty in the way it works. Until now however, that meant only reporting something, and not seeing what others reported. But development is on track as one tipster let us know that he can now see speed traps on the map.

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Google Assistant is now available in Polish

Beta tests for Google Assistant's Polish language support have been going on for several months, so it's no surprise to see the feature officially launch. If you speak Polish, you will now (or soon, at least) be able to use Assistant in that language. Developers can also build Actions on Google in Polish.

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Material Design comes to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on the web

Following a slew of second-generation Material Design updates for the web over the past month or so (namely Calendar, Classroom, and Google Accounts), Google is bringing its modern design aesthetic to several more G Suite platforms on the web. Material Design is hitting Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites beginning today, January 15.

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You can now reset Adaptive Brightness in Android 9 Pie without clearing all battery data [APK Download]

Android 9 Pie's Adaptive Brightness feature uses machine learning to optimize your display brightness based on past adjustments - which is great, as long as your circumstances don't drastically change in the near future. However, if you've moved recently, or changed jobs, or done something else that changed your brightness preferences and made those settings obsolete, you might be looking for an easy way to retrain the Adaptive Brightness model without clearing all your battery data. Thankfully, now there is one.

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YouTube is testing video download recommendations in select markets

It's been five years since YouTube started rolling out offline video downloads. At the latest count, users in 154 of the world's 195 countries can download videos for offline playback; some countries require having a YouTube Premium subscription to do so, while others don't. Now the app looks to be pointing users towards videos they might want to make available for offline watching, as we see evidence of a new "recommended downloads" feature.

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