WhatsApp beta adds a picture-in-picture mode for video calls on Android O

WhatsApp was updated to version 2.17.265 on the beta channel yesterday and as most times, it didn't seem like the new version brought anything new to the table. But it turns out that this isn't the case this time; you just need to be on the newest and hottest version of Android to notice the change. WhatsApp now support picture-in-picture video calls on Android O.

When you start a video call on Android Nougat and below then tap back, the call goes into the background and the video gets paused while the audio continues and you go back to your text conversation and can do other stuff on your phone.

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app updated with more detailed play time stats and download info [APK Download]

Any parents who've bought their kids a Switch should already know about the Parental Controls app. Nintendo's latest console continues to prove incredibly popular with adults and kids alike, so it's not surprising the app has more than 100,000 installs. The Japanese gaming giant has just announced an update which includes individual play time stats, downloads records, and a 24-hour alarm disabling option.

It's now possible to see exactly how much time each family member spends playing each game, and even how much time they spend not playing games.

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HTC uploads its SMS app to the Play Store

It's pretty common for manufacturers to upload system applications to the Play Store, so they can be updated outside of Android updates. Samsung has done this several times recently, such as with its Device Maintenance tool and Secure Folder app. Now HTC has uploaded its custom SMS client, aptly named 'HTC Messages,' to the Play Store.

  

There doesn't appear to be any major changes in the version uploaded to the Play Store, but the listing could indicate HTC will update the app more frequently in the future.

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LOL: Play Services is getting ads in the Play Store with random taglines, including "Be your own Boss, Dreams"

If you've ever set up an Android phone, chances are that you've seen notifications or prompts that say something along the lines of "Xxx app will not run without updating Google Play services." That's because Play services is the backbone of many Google services. But did you know that Play services also serves as a motivator, or that it simultaneously fits into many unrelated app categories?

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Google's Samba client for Android now supports SMBv3

Samba is a popular open-source implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol, commonly used to connect to Windows file shares from Unix-based operating systems. Seemingly out of nowhere, Google released a Samba client for Android earlier this month, allowing users to access file shares from the system Downloads/Files app.

But the client had one fatal flaw - it only worked with SMBv1, and not v2 and v3. SMBv1 is notoriously insecure, and many users choose to disable it on their systems to prevent security problems.

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37 new and notable Android Wear apps and watch faces from 9/1/16 - 7/19/17

Tasker v5.0 is rolling out with a UI refresh and a ton of new features

Tasker is a massively popular app with those who want to mod and tweak their Android devices to the extreme. This automation app has looked dated lately, but the new version fixes that. This v5.0 update hit beta testing last month, and now it's rolling out in the Play Store for everyone to enjoy.

Tasker is an app for power users, and as such, it has a lot of features. It can be a little convoluted and confusing, though.

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Duo now integrates with your phone's call history

Last month, it started to look like Duo would add its own calls to your phone's call history. While the app asked users for permission to manage the call history, it didn't actually work yet. Now it seems like Google has flipped the server-side switch, and the feature is now working.

  

There's not much to this, but it's definitely a nice addition. When you open the app, Duo will ask you for permission to manage phone calls.

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