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Display notches: The good, the bad, and the (very) ugly

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The war on bezels has been hard-fought, and smartphone makers like Samsung, OnePlus, and Google have made steady progress in their quest to minimize wasted space. The masses have cheered the heroes on as they endeavor to end bezels, but you have to be careful what you wish for. Device makers are now trending toward display notches to shave off what little bezel is left, but not all of them are doing it very well.

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Display notches: The good, the bad, and the (very) ugly was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG G7 ThinQ will have a Google Assistant hardware button

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Renders of the forthcoming LG G7 ThinQ cropped up earlier this month, showing the phone to have four hardware buttons. Power, volume up, and volume down are obvious, but the fourth, we speculated, could be something like Samsung's Bixby button. We were sort of right: CNET reports that "people familiar with the smartphone" say the additional key will be a dedicated Google Assistant button.


G7 ThinQ render, showing four hardware buttons.

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LG G7 ThinQ will have a Google Assistant hardware button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Files Go updated with navigation drawer, other tweaks [APK Download]

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Since it was released late last year, Google has steadily been adding new functionality to Files Go, its smart file manager. Most recently, we've seen additions such as file search and better notifications, a beta channel, and Google Drive file backup. The latest change involves a move to a navigation drawer, along with a couple of other adjustments.

 

left: Old. right: New.

Older versions of Files Go used a simple three-dot menu with two buttons: 'Settings' and 'Help & feedback.' That's now gone, and Google has transitioned to a more traditional hamburger menu on the left.

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Files Go updated with navigation drawer, other tweaks [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

13 temporarily free and 34 on-sale apps to finish off the week

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Another week is at its end, so you all know what that means: one last round of app sales! Today's list, unfortunately, is mostly disappointing (like Wednesday's), but at least we have the weekend to look forward to! Enjoy your next couple of days and I'll see you all next week.

Free

Apps

  1. onTouch English Dictionary - Premium $1.49 -> Free; 1 day

Games

  1. Deep Sea Fish Kebab $2.99 -> Free; 9 hours
  2. BattleWords Premium $1.99 -> Free; 4 days
  3. 0 to Billionaire (No Ads) $0.99 -> Free; 6 days
  4. 魔塔新版:龍族覺醒(黃金版)~~打發時間好游戲,百玩不膩,劇情和關卡衆多A $0.99 -> Free; 6 days
  5. Dead Bunker II $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  6. Dungeon999 $0.99 -> Free; 5 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. Space Symphony 3D Pro LWP $0.99 -> Free; 9 hours
  2. Art Alive 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; 1 day
  3. Oreo Silver Circle Icon Pack $1.29 -> Free; 4 days
  4. Transparent Screen Pro: Transparent Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  5. Morgana Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 6 days

Sale

Apps

  1. Droid Automation - Pro Edition $3.49 -> $1.99; 2 days
  2. Learn Italian Language Pro $1.99 -> $0.99; 2 days
  3. iDickens: Ghost Stories.
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13 temporarily free and 34 on-sale apps to finish off the week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘Chat’ will be Google’s new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages

Friday, April 20th, 2018

It's a meme at this point: Every two years, Google announces yet another new messaging platform that will finally give Android its iMessage competitor. Those of you hoping Allo might break this cycle will be disappointed today, as The Verge has revealed that Google is pausing development for Allo and switching focus to the existing Android Messages app, paired with an investment in branding RCS messaging into something called "Chat."

For the full details, you can read The Verge's quite long and detailed coverage, but the short version is that Allo didn't quite get the reception Google hoped for (surprise 😑).

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'Chat' will be Google's new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS notification center and system tray are getting merged

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Notifications in Chrome OS are currently located in an expandable section highlighted by a bell icon. It's been this way as long as I can remember, but it looks like a change is coming. We recently saw a new system tray quick settings design in the Chrome OS dev channel, which can be enabled with the following flag: #enable-system-tray-unified. That same flag is now responsible for merging the quick settings and notifications together in the canary channel.

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Chrome OS notification center and system tray are getting merged was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS notification center and system tray are getting merged

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Notifications in Chrome OS are currently located in an expandable section highlighted by a bell icon. It's been this way as long as I can remember, but it looks like a change is coming. We recently saw a new system tray quick settings design in the Chrome OS dev channel, which can be enabled with the following flag: #enable-system-tray-unified. That same flag is now responsible for merging the quick settings and notifications together in the canary channel.

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Chrome OS notification center and system tray are getting merged was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Objectively terrible] Google Feed is testing a new design with large topic bubbles and lots of wasted space

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Raise your hand if you're tired of hearing the same story. We've barely adjusted to Google's new Feed look and its un-swipeable cards, upcoming contextual data hidden behind a button, and 5-tab bottom layout inside the Google app, that the company decides, "no, scratch that, we're changing again." For the umpteenthgazillionthest time. And if you thought the current new layout is annoying, wait until you see the new new layout.

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[Objectively terrible] Google Feed is testing a new design with large topic bubbles and lots of wasted space was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Slides gets support for embedded slides in Docs, slide guides, and more granular commenting

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Google has been rolling out some updates to Google Drive recently, with the recent additions like macro recording in Sheets and an easier way to change text capitalization in Docs just to name a few. Now, it's Google Slides that's received a few minor but useful features, as noted in Google's blog post.

First up, users will now be able to directly insert slides from Google Slides into a Google Docs document.

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Google Slides gets support for embedded slides in Docs, slide guides, and more granular commenting was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Pay hits 100 million installs on the Play Store

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Nowadays, several phone manufacturers have their own payment services. There's Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, the upcoming LG Pay, and of course, Google Pay. After experiencing two rebrands and retaining the same Play Store listing, the Google Pay app has just hit 100 million downloads on the Play Store.

100 million is impressive, but it may not be nearly as impressive as you're imagining. For instance, Google Pay uses the same Play Store listing and APK pname (com.google.android.apps.walletnfcrel) as Android Pay, which Android Pay continued to use from Google Pay.

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Google Pay hits 100 million installs on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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