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It is Android Beta time once again

It is Android Beta time once again

This week Google released the Public Beta download for Android O, the next new version of Android. This version of the software introduces some radical chances to the mobile operating system, including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and Smart Text Selection. To take part in the Public Beta, users have only to tap a few buttons and let it go automatic!

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The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]

The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]

As of today, Google Assistant has gotten an upgrade which will change the game for a whole lot of Android users. The change is small - not even a change at all for some - but giant for those that don't like to speak aloud in public places. Or in their homes - or anywhere else, for that matter. The latest update to Google Assistant allows the feature to be used with a keyboard instead of with the user's own voice.

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Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort - or dishing out the cash - to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file - sort of.

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How to download Android O update features for your phone

How to download Android O update features for your phone

Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it's specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program - instead, it's meant for developers extra-specifically.

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Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

This week far finer-grain control over audio volume has been released for most Android devices. This control comes in an unofficial app by the name of Precise Volume - and it comes without cost. There is a version that adds odds and ends and bits of helpful functionality, but the base app add-on is free. This should serve to encourage Google (and other smartphone manufacturers) to bring just such a set of controls to their own phones in the near future.

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How to get the Gboard for Android update on your phone (APK download)

How to get the Gboard for Android update on your phone (APK download)

This week we're having a peek at the newest version of Gboard for Android, a keyboard made by Google. This keyboard goes above and beyond what the normal, traditional onscreen keyboard offers, giving suggestions for all sorts of thing. This newest update - which requires a new download - includes web, GIF, and emoji search, as well.

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How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

Today might well be the day you get your hands on Google Assistant - because you probably can. In early March, 2017 Google revealed that it will eventually bring Google Assistant to more Android devices. Users that've purchase Android devices over the past couple of years likely have access as of today. To make this possible, Android device owners will need to download the newest version of Google Play services, which isn't necessarily out on the Google Play app store as of publishing time for this article.

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BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

The folks behind one of the most-used file-downloading systems in the world now has its own "direct to fan global media platform for on-demand video and music." This means that if you considered them any less-than-legitimate a business before with their Torrent-related business, they're coming up in the world. This service has content providers making video and audio available to the masses with "creators receiving 70% of all revenue." That could be a very, very big deal.

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Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Ever wanted to hide the people you don't want to see in your photo collection? Now Google appears to have listened to your plea. Inside the latest version of Google Photos for Android devices, users are able to "hide a person from appearing under People." This same feature stops "events with that person" from appearing under "Rediscover this day" cards in your Photos Assistant. This update may not yet have been pushed to the Google Play app store when you read this article, but you can download it via APK right this minute.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

This morning Android 6.0 Marshmallow (or just Android Marshmallow, if you prefer), was revealed by Google. With this big reveal game the final SDK for the system as well as Android Marshmallow Preview 3 (after M 2 and M 1) for several Nexus devices. For those of you that own the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player, you're in luck. Remember that these downloads are recommended for developers only and should be treated as such.

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Google now lets you download your Search history (for some reason)

Google now lets you download your Search history (for some reason)

We’re waring you: this will get messy. There’s a new feature for Google Search, and it’s not one that will end well for you or anyone else. You’ll feel embarrassed, no matter what the results — that much we promise. While you could already view your search history (bad enough), Google now makes it possible to download your search history. Don’t ask us why; we’re confused, too. Do I really want to download my search history? Do you? Likely not, but it does have some use-cases.

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Vimeo is making 4K available — for download

Vimeo is making 4K available — for download

If you’re fond of 4K, we don’t blame you. The intense resolution makes for some cinematic brilliance, and new avenues for viewing 4K are popping up all the time. New monitors and TVs can display 4K, and service providers like Netflix are working to distribute it broadly. Now, Vimeo is getting in on the 4K action, but not as you might think. Videographers can upload 4K content, but we the consumer can’t stream it. Vimeo is offering 4K, but it’s download-only.

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