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Google is adding subtopics to comparison queries for quicker access to common questions

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Anyone who's used Google search recently will know how many different cards that have been implemented as of late. Google is now taking this a step further by including automatically generated expandable tabs that elaborate on different aspects of searches with comparisons, such as "quartz vs granite."

We'll go with this "quartz vs granite" comparison not just because it's the one Google mentions, but also because it's the only one I can currently get to demonstrate this new feature.

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Google is adding subtopics to comparison queries for quicker access to common questions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Confidential Mode comes to Gmail Android app

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Google's big Gmail redesign earlier this year added a handful of new features, including Confidential Mode. The Android app hasn't gotten all the new Gmail tools, but Confidential Mode is rolling out today. You don't even need to update the app—just take a peek in the menu.

Confidential Mode sends emails that self-destruct after a given length of time. For other Gmail users, these emails appear in Gmail like other messages.

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Confidential Mode comes to Gmail Android app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo turns two years old today

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Two years ago today, Google released its 'Duo' video chat app for iPhone and Android. It was designed to replace the video chat component of Hangouts, just as Allo was supposed to supplant Hangouts' messaging functionality. Fast forward to the present, and Duo has definitely achieved its goal of making cross-platform video chat easier, even if it's not the runaway success Google probably hoped for.

Duo has continued to recieve updates, while Allo development is in a holding pattern.

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Google Duo turns two years old today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Third-party Twitter apps got a lot worse today, thanks to Twitter

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Twitter has a long and complicated relationship with the app developers who connect to its platform. As far back as 2011, Twitter said devs should avoid making apps that feature the same functionality as its own clients, and the now-infamous token limit came along in 2012. After temporarily pausing the rollout of new APIs earlier this year, Twitter is now moving ahead.

According to Twitter, it's just trying to provide the best tools, and it never intended for features like the streaming APIs to exist for this long.

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Third-party Twitter apps got a lot worse today, thanks to Twitter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp backups to stop counting against your Google Drive storage allowance

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

If you're one of the 1.5 billion WhatsApp users of the world, you'll know how important it is to back up your messages. Google Drive backups are conveniently built into the app but have always taken up valuable bytes of your storage quota. Starting later this year, WhatsApp is teaming up with Google to make backups entirely free.

Almost all of my communication with friends and family goes through the platform, so the thought of losing my chat history is an uncomfortable one.

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WhatsApp backups to stop counting against your Google Drive storage allowance was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v3.5 adds new Material UI with dark mode [APK Download]

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Both Google Phone and Google Contacts had Material redesigns earlier this month. As such, people began speculating that Android Messages would also soon be revamped, and it's finally happened. On top of the redesign, version 3.5 of Android Messages also brings a long-awaited dark mode.

left: Old. right: New.

My first thought when seeing this new interface was that it resembles Samsung's messaging app quite strongly, with the all-white background and the pastel colors for contact photos.

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Android Messages v3.5 adds new Material UI with dark mode [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app testing ‘Top Apps’ section resembling Google Go interface

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

If you feel like you're pretty comfortable with the navigation in the Google app, you'll be sad to learn that a shake-up might be on its way. Google introduced bottom tabs last year, settling on five options: Home, Upcoming, Search, Recent, and a hamburger menu leading to more. The latest UI being tested replaces Recent with a new Top Apps section that looks like it's been borrowed from the Google Go app.

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Google app testing 'Top Apps' section resembling Google Go interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Games v5.11 brings redesigned game icons and prepares a new hidden mini-game [APK Teardown]

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Play Games app is riding high with a series of recent changes and still a few more things to come. The latest update doesn't bring any revolutionary changes, but it does change the icons adorning the built-in games so they can all share a uniform style. Buried within the APK are also signs that a new easter egg is in the works that will probably launch another new mini-game.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • New icons for built-in games

New icons for built-in games

Top: Old icons.

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Google Play Games v5.11 brings redesigned game icons and prepares a new hidden mini-game [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘Lazy loading’ feature to speed up browsing now available in Chrome Canary

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Web pages are becoming more and more complex, but browser vendors have been hard at work trying to offset that with performance and caching improvements. For example, Service Workers allow sites to cache certain data locally to speed up load times (or work offline entirely). 'Lazy loading' is another performance enhancement that has been in development, and now it has arrived in the Canary channel of Chrome.

The concept behind lazy loading is simple - images and frames that aren't visible to the user aren't loaded until they become visible.

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'Lazy loading' feature to speed up browsing now available in Chrome Canary was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is making Wear OS app quality guidelines mandatory

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

If you've been a Wear OS user for a while, odds are you've noticed that wearable apps in the Play Store are sometimes not very good. Google is looking to change that, and asking nicely didn't work. Soon, the app quality guidelines that rolled out with Wear 2.0 will become mandatory.

According to Google, it will begin enforcing the Wear OS app quality guidelines for new apps on October 1st of this year.

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Google is making Wear OS app quality guidelines mandatory was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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