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Google releases source code for I/O 2018 app

Monday, August 13th, 2018

It has become tradition for Google to release the source code for its annual I/O app refresh in the months following the event. Today is the big day for the 2018 variant, and Google says it made some big changes this time around. Developers can take a peek at the code to get a better handle on Google's best practices for app development.

Google says the I/O 2018 app represents a complete rewrite of the app.

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Google releases source code for I/O 2018 app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto v3.5 fixes crashing on phones with Android 9 Pie [APK Download]

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Android Auto hasn't been playing nice with Android 9 Pie. There have been reports left and right of numerous bugs: missing text notifications, a disruptive buzzing sound in calls, and frequent crashes. Fortunately, the Android Auto team is aware of these issues, and reports that it's fixed at least one — Android Auto version 3.5 should solve the crashing problem.

Previously, running Google Maps or Waze on a phone updated to Android 9 Pie with an Android Auto head unit resulted in the in-car display going black or Android Auto crashing and restarting entirely.

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Android Auto v3.5 fixes crashing on phones with Android 9 Pie [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now on Play Store] Poweramp v3 beta shows off a complete redesign of the classic music player

Monday, August 13th, 2018

In the early days of Android, it was tough to find a good music player. Let's face facts—Android itself was pretty ugly, and developers didn't have the best tools. However, Poweramp offered a slick UI (for the time) and ample features. The app has fallen by the wayside over time, but there's a new beta build that gives Poweramp a much-needed fresh coat of paint.

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[Update: Now on Play Store] Poweramp v3 beta shows off a complete redesign of the classic music player was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google rolls out Contacts v3.0 with new Material interface [APK Download]

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

If there's anything Android users want, it's more white UI elements. Oh, is that not what you meant with your repeated calls for a dark mode? Google thought you were being sarcastic. As such, it has launched another redesigned app with an all-white Material interface. Get ready for Contacts 3.0 to sear your retinas.

The app itself appears to have all the same menu options and settings. The difference here is that it adopts Google's new Material Design style. The blue top bar is gone, replaced with a white section that transitions seamlessly into the scrollable contact list.

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Google rolls out Contacts v3.0 with new Material interface [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Popular social media app Musical.ly is now Tik Tok

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Short-form video app and social media phenomenon I'm too old to understand Musical.ly was purchased by Chinese company ByteDance late last year. Today, with little fanfare, Musical.ly was folded into Tik Tok, a similar service created and operated by ByteDance. Musical.ly accounts have been migrated to Tik Tok, which "incorporates the most popular elements of both apps."

The app formerly known as Musical.ly — now listed as "Tik Tok - including musical.ly" on the Play Store — has been downloaded more than 100 million times.

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Popular social media app Musical.ly is now Tik Tok was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can now use Google Pay to top up your Starbucks Card in-app

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Quick, guess the which mobile payments platform is most popular! Well, you were wrong — it's the Starbucks app. Now, though, you can use third-most-popular mobile payments platform, Google Pay, to refill your Starbucks Card balance from inside the Starbucks app.

The Starbucks app lets you pay for your coffee and scones and what have you by having your barista scan an on-screen bar code. It also lets you accumulate points to get free stuff.

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You can now use Google Pay to top up your Starbucks Card in-app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Plex podcasts get offline support, OPML imports, and more

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Plex announced podcast support a few months ago, but some admittedly basic features were missing. In Plex's defense, podcasts were still in beta. Today, podcasts leave beta and get some of those basic (and vital) features.

Here's the full changelog for the new update.

  • [Mobile] Android Auto support for Podcasts.
  • [Mobile] Podcasts: improve artwork.
  • [Mobile] Now you can download podcasts, including immediate download of episodes or set up automatic download for shows.
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Plex podcasts get offline support, OPML imports, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Plex podcasts get offline support, OPML imports, and more

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Plex announced podcast support a few months ago, but some admittedly basic features were missing. In Plex's defense, podcasts were still in beta. Today, podcasts leave beta and get some of those basic (and vital) features.

Here's the full changelog for the new update.

  • [Mobile] Android Auto support for Podcasts.
  • [Mobile] Podcasts: improve artwork.
  • [Mobile] Now you can download podcasts, including immediate download of episodes or set up automatic download for shows.
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Plex podcasts get offline support, OPML imports, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook announces tools to help you use its apps less

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

In June, we found out that Facebook was developing tools to help users limit use of its social media platforms. The feature was spotted in an incomplete form in the Facebook app, and a Facebook representative confirmed that tools were coming to both Facebook and Instagram in the near future. Now, Facebook has formally announced the new features, which will be "rolling out soon."

Both Facebook and Instagram's mobile apps will be getting optional features to curb the amount of time users spend with them.

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Facebook announces tools to help you use its apps less was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Calendar adds ‘Propose a new time’ option to meetings

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Google Calendar is a pretty good way to manage your time, but since it's a core app in G Suite, "pretty good" isn't good enough. One of the many things potential meeting attendees might expect to be able to do in a business calendar app is suggest a different time, due to a conflict perhaps, but that hasn't been possible in Google Calendar up to now.

Thankfully, Google is finally adding an option to meetings that will allow you to 'Propose a new time.' It's nestled behind the little expansion arrow that sits next to the "Yes, No, or Maybe" attendance selector, alongside side the option to add a note.

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Google Calendar adds 'Propose a new time' option to meetings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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