PAYDAY: Crime War limited beta access live in the US, soft-launched in further regions

It's been a while since PAYDAY: Crime War popped up on my radar. Back in September of 2018, I went hands-on with the title. I came away unimpressed thanks to iffy controls, many signs of egregious monetization, and poor matchmaking. In the last eleven months, the game has apparently received a few updates, and so it is once again being tested in the US as a limited beta release. On top of this, the game was recently soft-launched in Sweden, Finland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil, India, and Canada.
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Nvidia bringing GeForce Now to more Android devices, starts rolling out RTX servers

Nvidia has just announced that it's planning to bring its game streaming service GeForce Now to more mobile Android devices sometime in the future with a beta app. Right now the entire service is in beta, and it's only available to Windows, Mac, and Nvidia Shield users. This service beta should end in a couple of months whenever it's officially launched, though it's currently unclear if the upcoming beta for the mobile-focused app will be launched at the same time.
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Google Duo v60 brings Low Light mode, pin to homescreen, and call history deletion

Google Duo recently celebrated its third birthday, but instead of chilling on the beach with margaritas and a big celebratory cake, the team is still hard at work adding new features. The latest version of Duo brings a few changes that didn't show up right away, but seem to have needed a server-side switch to be enabled. Chief amongst them is the new low light mode in video calls.

Low light mode

First discovered in a teardown of the Duo app last November, then spotted in action thanks to an anonymous source, low light mode is exactly that.

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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are working on a unified nearby file sharing solution

Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have announced that they're joining forces to create a new file transfer solution that will work seamlessly across devices made by each of them. The peer-to-peer protocol will be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20MB/s, likely using Bluetooth for pairing and then WiFi for transfer.

As reported by The Verge, Xiaomi outlined the news in a WeChat post on its official MIUI account.

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[Update: Selfie Mode for Pixel 3a] Google Playground has joined the dark mode club [APK Download]

  • Our friends at 9to5Google noticed a neat addition for Pixel 3a and 3a XL owners. They can now use Playmojis in selfies, bringing Google's budget devices in line with

Google is introducing a system-wide dark mode with Android Q and is hard at work to get as many apps as possible in line for the stable launch. While it already implemented the eye-soothing theme on many apps like Calendar, Phone, Messages, and Drive, other apps are still notably lacking one, like Gmail.

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[Update: Selfie Mode for Pixel 3a] Google Playground has joined the dark mode club [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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23 best new Android games released this week including Chessplode, Witcheye, and Beholder 2

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a unique take on the game of chess, a beautiful 2D platformer published by Devolver Digital, and sequel to the totalitarian spy game Beholder. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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Chrome will soon remove support for FTP connections

Many moons ago, the File Transfer Protocol (FTP, for short) was a popular way to host files online. It was also commonly used to manage files on servers, but was never designed to be a secure protocol, and suffers from countless vulnerabilities. Now that it has largely fallen out of use, Chrome will soon drop all support for FTP connections.

This has been a long time coming, as Chrome 59 started blocking pages from embedding content from FTP servers, and Chrome 72 started forcing all FTP links to be downloaded instead of viewed in-browser.

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[Update: Back again] Google rolls out new Material Play Store interface with bottom navigation bar

  • Google appears to be rolling back to the previous Play Store interface, according to several tips we've received. The colorful UI is back — at least for a
  • Subsequent updates to the Play Store have brought back the interface and taken it away again. Someone should buy the Play Store team some flip flops, because they're flip
  • Several tipsters and Reddit users have reported the new interface has shown up on their device, which seemed to have disappeared lately.
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10 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Anthem App, AmpliFi Teleport, and Hipcamp Camping App (8/3/19 - 8/17/19)

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have the official guild management app for Electronic Art's looter-shooter Anthem, a new release from Ubiquiti that allows users to connect to their AmpliFi Router when away from home, and an excellent camping app that's great for discovering new campgrounds.

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Runkeeper kills WearOS app, citing 'buggy experience'

2019 has been a sad year for WearOS, as the platform witnessed the death of several apps over the past few months. Runkeeper is the latest company to announce the retirement of its application on WearOS devices, claiming the experience was buggy for most users.

Runkeeper is following in Google's footsteps, which ended support for its Nest and Hangouts apps earlier this year. In an apologetic email sent to users, the company is explaining it's "not able to offer [the best tracking experience] on Wear OS," and has therefore preferred to remove its app from the WearOS platform as of version 9.13, which should be released in the next few weeks.

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25 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps and games to start the weekend

Woohoo, we're at the end of yet another week! To celebrate, we have a small list of app sales today. However, as usual, someone out there might find something they like here. Have a good weekend, everyone.

Free

Apps

  1. nBubble Unlocker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  2. Complex Number Calculator | Polar Complex Calc $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  3. 0Quotes $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  4. Bandacam The professional Black & White Camera $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  5. Cosmic Privacy Browser - Secure, Adblock & Private $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  6. Poke Me - Water Drink Reminder $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  7. Digits $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days

Games

  1. Word Flood PRO $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  2. Mine World :VIP $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  3. Stay Alive VIP $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  4. Trig or Treat $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  5. Dungeon999 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  6. Sonny The Mad Man $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  7. Defender Battle: Hero Kingdom Wars - Strategy Game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  8. Sword Warriors: Heroes Fight - Epic Action RPG $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  9. The Rich King VIP - Amazing Clicker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  10. Chess 3D Animation : Real Battle Chess 3D Online $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  11. GALAXY MERGE - idle space game $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  12. Tap tap cartoonist - Cartoon999 (VIP) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. Fantasy Forest 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 hours
  2. Mayan Mystery 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  3. Graycon Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  4. MMUI 9 - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  5. Aspire UX S9 - Icon Pack (90% Off) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
  6. S9 Pixel - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days

Sale

Apps

  1. Swipe Pro for Facebook $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 4 days
  2. Bike Alarm Anti Theft GPS Locator - Tied Bike $8.99 -> $4.49; Sale ends in 5 days
  3. Speccy - Complete Sinclair ZX Spectrum Emulator $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  4. Smart Wi-Fi Hotspot PRO $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  5. SuperMD Pro (MD/GEN Emulator) $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  6. The Art of War - PRO (No Ads) $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days

Games

  1. Ninja Knight $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  2. Piano Tiles 3 PRO - 20 Modes $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  3. Dungeons of Rune $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  4. Heroes of Steel RPG Elite $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  5. Mystic Vale $5.49 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  6. ReactionLab 2 - Particle Sandbox $2.77 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. Hyperdrive for KLWP $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
  2. [Substratum] Dark Material $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  3. [Substratum] Dark Material OOS $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  4. [Synergy][Substratum] Dark Material Samsung $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
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25 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps and games to start the weekend was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Playground has joined the dark mode club [APK Download]

Google is introducing a system-wide dark mode with Android Q and is hard at work to get as many apps as possible in line for the stable launch. While it already implemented the eye-soothing theme on many apps like Calendar, Phone, Messages, and Drive, other apps are still notably lacking one, like Gmail. On Wednesday, Google officially introduced Playground as the newest member of the dark mode club, although the AR stickers app possibly has had it for a while already.

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Knock Knock! Happy third birthday, Google Duo

Three years ago today, Google launched Duo, the video calling app and service it teased a few months earlier during I/O 2016. Along with Allo, Duo brought about a shift in Google's messaging and communication strategy. It spelled the beginning of the end for Hangouts and the switch to a more simplistic approach that didn't pan out well for Allo. Duo, on the other hand, is still advancing. It may not have completely revolutionized video calling, like Google had hoped, but that doesn't mean it isn't a success.

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Gboard v8.6 is preparing a new symbol keyboard for useful Unicode characters [APK Teardown]

Gboard's latest update is out, but the changes are pretty sparse. Outside of a few wording changes and surely some bug fixes, there's not much for users to see. In fact, most of these updates include a plethora of new languages, keyboards for specific geographic regions, or other similar customizations, but even those aren't to be found in this update. However, a teardown does turn up one upcoming addition in the form of a new keyboard dedicated to useful symbols.

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Gboard v8.6 is preparing a new symbol keyboard for useful Unicode characters [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Improving Accessibility in the Android Ecosystem

Posted by Ian Stoba, Program Manager, Accessibility Engineering

With billions of Android devices in use around the world and millions of apps available on the Play Store, it might seem difficult to drive change across the entire ecosystem, but the Accessibility Developer Infrastructure team is doing just that.

Every time a developer uploads an APK or app bundle to the open or closed tracks, Play tests this upload on various device models running different versions of Android and generates a pre-launch report to inform the developer of issues.

One year ago, the team added accessibility suggestions to the report based on industry best practices and Google’s own experience. These tests check for common issues that can make an app harder to use by people with disabilities. For example, they check that buttons are large enough to be comfortable for people to press, and that text has enough contrast with the background to be easier to read.

Since launching in July 2018, more than 3.8 million apps have been tested and over 171 million suggestions have been made to improve accessibility. Along with each suggestion, the developer gets detailed information about how to implement it. Every developer, from a one-person startup to a large enterprise, can benefit from the accessibility suggestions in the pre-launch report.

We are already seeing the real-world impact of these efforts. This year at Google I/O, the number of developers signing up for in-person accessibility consultations was four times the number from 2018. Googlers staffing these sessions reported that the developers had specific questions that were often based on the suggestions from the pre-launch report. The focused questions allowed the Googlers to give more actionable recommendations. These developers found that improving accessibility isn't just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense by increasing the potential market for their apps.

Accessibility tests in the pre-launch report are just one way Google is raising awareness about accessibility in the global developer community. We partnered with Udacity to create a free online course about web accessibility, released our Accessibility Scanner for Android on the Play Store, and published iOS Accessibility Scanner on GitHub, allowing iOS developers to easily instrument apps to accessibility tests. Together, these efforts support Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Learn more about developing with accessibility in mind by visiting the Android Developer Guidelines and the Google Developer Documentation Style Guide.


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Improving Accessibility in the Android Ecosystem

Posted by Ian Stoba, Program Manager, Accessibility Engineering

With billions of Android devices in use around the world and millions of apps available on the Play Store, it might seem difficult to drive change across the entire ecosystem, but the Accessibility Developer Infrastructure team is doing just that.

Every time a developer uploads an APK or app bundle to the open or closed tracks, Play tests this upload on various device models running different versions of Android and generates a pre-launch report to inform the developer of issues.

One year ago, the team added accessibility suggestions to the report based on industry best practices and Google’s own experience. These tests check for common issues that can make an app harder to use by people with disabilities. For example, they check that buttons are large enough to be comfortable for people to press, and that text has enough contrast with the background to be easier to read.

Since launching in July 2018, more than 3.8 million apps have been tested and over 171 million suggestions have been made to improve accessibility. Along with each suggestion, the developer gets detailed information about how to implement it. Every developer, from a one-person startup to a large enterprise, can benefit from the accessibility suggestions in the pre-launch report.

We are already seeing the real-world impact of these efforts. This year at Google I/O, the number of developers signing up for in-person accessibility consultations was four times the number from 2018. Googlers staffing these sessions reported that the developers had specific questions that were often based on the suggestions from the pre-launch report. The focused questions allowed the Googlers to give more actionable recommendations. These developers found that improving accessibility isn't just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense by increasing the potential market for their apps.

Accessibility tests in the pre-launch report are just one way Google is raising awareness about accessibility in the global developer community. We partnered with Udacity to create a free online course about web accessibility, released our Accessibility Scanner for Android on the Play Store, and published iOS Accessibility Scanner on GitHub, allowing iOS developers to easily instrument apps to accessibility tests. Together, these efforts support Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Learn more about developing with accessibility in mind by visiting the Android Developer Guidelines and the Google Developer Documentation Style Guide.


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Improving Accessibility in the Android Ecosystem

Posted by Ian Stoba, Program Manager, Accessibility Engineering

With billions of Android devices in use around the world and millions of apps available on the Play Store, it might seem difficult to drive change across the entire ecosystem, but the Accessibility Developer Infrastructure team is doing just that.

Every time a developer uploads an APK or app bundle to the open or closed tracks, Play tests this upload on various device models running different versions of Android and generates a pre-launch report to inform the developer of issues.

One year ago, the team added accessibility suggestions to the report based on industry best practices and Google’s own experience. These tests check for common issues that can make an app harder to use by people with disabilities. For example, they check that buttons are large enough to be comfortable for people to press, and that text has enough contrast with the background to be easier to read.

Since launching in July 2018, more than 3.8 million apps have been tested and over 171 million suggestions have been made to improve accessibility. Along with each suggestion, the developer gets detailed information about how to implement it. Every developer, from a one-person startup to a large enterprise, can benefit from the accessibility suggestions in the pre-launch report.

We are already seeing the real-world impact of these efforts. This year at Google I/O, the number of developers signing up for in-person accessibility consultations was four times the number from 2018. Googlers staffing these sessions reported that the developers had specific questions that were often based on the suggestions from the pre-launch report. The focused questions allowed the Googlers to give more actionable recommendations. These developers found that improving accessibility isn't just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense by increasing the potential market for their apps.

Accessibility tests in the pre-launch report are just one way Google is raising awareness about accessibility in the global developer community. We partnered with Udacity to create a free online course about web accessibility, released our Accessibility Scanner for Android on the Play Store, and published iOS Accessibility Scanner on GitHub, allowing iOS developers to easily instrument apps to accessibility tests. Together, these efforts support Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Learn more about developing with accessibility in mind by visiting the Android Developer Guidelines and the Google Developer Documentation Style Guide.


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Sony app deaths continue with Xperia Lounge shutting down this month

Sony, which does not have a good track record of making money from smartphones, has been cutting back on its mobile division for well over a year at this point, consolidating offices and has started to kill off apps it has made — some of them useful, others not so much. In the ongoing saga of this downsizing, we've come to the scheduled demise of the Xperia Lounge app.

Sony alerted Lounge users in the app that it would be "decommissioned" by the end of this month.

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[Update: Out now] Witcheye is a beautiful platformer coming to Android August 15th, pre-reg now open

This morning the pre-registration listing for the pixel-based platformer Witcheye popped up on the Play Store, and in the last hour, the developer Peter Malamud Smith tweeted that the game will be officially released on August 15th. What's interesting is that this is the same dev that worked on the viral hit The Great Gatsby for NES, as well as a few well-received iOS puzzle games, so this isn't their first rodeo.

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Source code for Google I/O 2019 app arrives with samples of several Android Q features

Android Q will deliver a whole pile of new features like a system-wide dark theme and revamped gesture navigation when it lands later this quarter. But just because Google has implemented those features in Android doesn't mean all your favorite apps will automatically work with them immediately and perfectly; developers need to build that support into their apps. To lend a hand, Google has just pushed out the source code for its I/O 2019 app to serve as an example.

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[Update: It's official] Ubiquiti's free Amplifi Teleport app lets you browse anywhere as if you were in the security of your home

  • Apparently, Amplifi's new app isn't ready for a public launch yet. Shortly after we posted this article, the company switched to a non-public beta. You can still use this
  • Ubiquiti Labs just announced that all of its AmpliFi mesh networks will receive a free update today to enable the secure VPN access functionality required for the Teleport app

Even with HTTPS encryption, using public Wi-Fi is an act of faith.

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Google Maps adds smooth gesture to switch accounts, hopefully Gmail follows suit [APK Download]

Gestures are one of the smoothest interactions on a smartphone. Though often hidden and only discoverable inadvertently or by trial-and-error, they can save you time once you know how to use them. One of my favorite gestures so far has been the swipe to switch tabs in Chrome, but it may now be dethroned by a new swipe to switch accounts in Google Maps. Though I'll seldom use it in Maps, I'm really crossing fingers that it comes to Gmail soon.

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Google Maps adds smooth gesture to switch accounts, hopefully Gmail follows suit [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Dark mode now available on Gallery Go by Google Photos

Google Photos is a fantastic app, but storing and accessing to all your images from the cloud can be a strain on your smartphone's bandwidth and storage, especially if it's a budget Android device. Last month, Google launched Gallery Go (along the lines of Maps Go and Google Go), a lightweight picture manager targetted at the hundreds of millions of budget devices being used in developing countries. Today, the app got an update that adds dark mode — something other apps like Messenger and Google Photos already have.

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26 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Yet another week is half over, so here are some app sales to celebrate. Today's list isn't all that great, but that's how it is most of the time.

Free

Apps

  1. ET Music Player Pro $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 hours
  2. Micro Guard 3 PRO - Microphone Blocker $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  3. BitProject $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  4. Drink Water Reminder Pro - Water Tracker $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  5. Learn JavaScrpit PRO : Offline Tutorial $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  6. My Diary $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  7. nBubble Unlocker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  8. Snipback - Lifehacker smart voice recorder PRO HD $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  9. Digital Dashboard GPS Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  10. Funbook Messenger (formerly fnetchat messanger) $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days

Games

  1. iJuggle Pro: The Improved Juggling Experience $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  2. Rollshot - World War Puzzle $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  3. Clish Rush $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  4. Fit Toon - Series 2 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  5. Glow Puzzle Ads Free $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  6. New Math Puzzles for Geniuses 2019 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  7. Stickman Revenge 3: League of Heroes $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  8. The Edge Ball $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  9. Hills Legend $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
  10. Quizio PRO: Quiz game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
  11. Sword Knights : Dragon Hunter (idle rpg) $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
  12. WhamBam Warriors VIP - Puzzle RPG $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. Africa 3D Pro Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  2. iOS 14 - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  3. Dominion - Dark Retro Icons $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
  4. Thin - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days

Sale

Apps

  1. iRadTech $24.99 -> $16.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  2. Money Manager in Excel (pro) $7.99 -> $3.99; Sale ends in 3 days
  3. Fuel Prices UK $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  4. All language translator pro $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 6 days
  5. Face Generator E-1337 $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  6. LiquidPlayer Pro - music,equalizer,mp3,radio,3D $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  7. Super8Pro (NES Emulator) $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  8. Learn Java Pro $3.00 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 7 days
  9. Screensync Screen Recorder, Vid Editor, Live Pro $4.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days

Games

  1. Hidden Word Brain Exercise PRO $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  2. Claro $4.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 4 days
  3. Return to Planet X $6.99 -> $3.49; Sale ends in 4 days
  4. 9th Dawn II 2 RPG $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  5. Seven Mysteries $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 6 days
  6. Space Trading Profiteer $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  7. Spelling Master PRO $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  8. Bronze Age $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  9. Marble Age $3.49 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  10. Predynastic Egypt $4.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 7 days
  11. Star Traders RPG Elite $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. Flare $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 1 day
  2. DailyCover Pro $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  3. Dynasty - Retro Icon Pack $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  4. ELEV8 Icon Pack $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  5. Ombre - Icon Pack $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  6. One UI Icon Pack, S10 Icon Pack $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
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26 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google releases source code for Google I/O 2019 for Android

Posted by Takeshi Hagikura, Developer Programs Engineer

Today we're releasing the source code for the official Google I/O 2019 Android app.

This year's app substantially modified existing functionality and added several new features. In this post, we’ll highlight several notable changes.

Android Q out of the box

  • Gesture navigation

Android Q introduced an option for fully gestural navigation, allowing the user to navigate back and to the home screen using only gestures. To support gesture navigation, app developers need to do two things:

  1. Extend app content to draw edge-to-edge
  2. Handle any conflicting app gestures

The Google I/O 2019 app was one of the first apps to support fully the gestural navigation. For more details, check out this series of blog posts about gesture navigation and the commit in the Google I/O app repository that extended the content to draw edge-to-edge.

Gesture navigation navigating back and to the home screen
  • Dark theme
Another new feature that was introduced with Android Q was the new system Dark theme that applies to both the Android system UI and apps running on Android devices. Dark theme brings many benefits to developers, including being able to reduce power usage and improving visibility for users with low vision and those who are sensitive to bright light.

To support the dark theme, you must set the app’s theme to inherit from a dark theme.

<style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.DayNight">
OR
<style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.MaterialComponents.DayNight">


You also need to avoid hard-coded colors or icons. You should use theme attributes (such as ?android:attr/textColorPrimary) or night-qualified resources (such as colors defined both in the res/values/colors.xml and res/values-night/colors.xml) instead. Check out the Google I/O talk about Dark Theme & Gesture Navigation for more details or the series of commits (1, 2, 3) in the Google I/O 2019 app repository for how we achieved implementing the dark theme in a real app.

Schedule UI in dark theme

Improved schedule screen

In 2018, we adopted a tabbed interface for the schedule UI with horizontal swiping, each tab represented a conference day. In 2019, we changed the UI to address some usability and performance problems. For example, the views in the all tabs were rendered at the same time when the schedule UI became visible. That caused a noticeable UI slowdown especially on a low-end device.

The new schedule UI is a single stream, allowing the app to render only visible content and users to easily jump to another conference day by choosing a day at the top of the UI. Check out the series of commits (1, 2) for how we revamped the schedule UI.

This year’s schedule UI jumping to another conference day

Navigation component

We introduced Navigation component to simplify this year’s app into a Single Activity app and observed the following benefits:

  • Being able to see all the transitions at a glance in the navigation editor which simplified launching Session Details and the Map from launch actions
  • Removed boiler plate code for handling up and back navigations
  • Arguments between Fragments were statically typed by using the Safe Args gradle plugin

Check out the getting started guide for how you can start introducing the Navigation component in your app and the series of commits (1, 2, 3, 4) in the Google I/O 2019 app repository for the usage in a real app.

All transitions in the navigation editor

Full Text Search with Room

For this year’s app we added a search feature for users to quickly find sessions, speakers, and codelabs. To accomplish this, we used the Full Text Search feature of the Room Jetpack component. Whenever the conference data is fetched from the server, we update the session, speaker, and codelab data in the Room tables, which have corresponding FTS mapping tables. When a user starts typing in the search box, the search term is used to query the session title and description, speaker names, and codelab title. The search results are shown almost instantly, which allows the search results to be updated with each character typed in the search field. The user can then tap on a search result to navigate to see the details on the session, speaker, or codelab. Check out the series of commits (1, 2, 3, 4) for how we achieved the Full Text Search feature.

Searching for a session and a speaker

Lots of improvements

These were the biggest changes we made to the app, but we improved a lot of little things as well. We added the new Home UI, allowing the app to tell the user time relevant information during the conference and the Codelab UI, which gave users more information about codelabs at I/O and how to participate in them.

Home UI and Codelabs UI

We also introduced Firebase Remote Config to toggle the visibility of each feature by updating the boolean values in the Remote Config without updating the app and removed the hard-coded values that were used for representing start and end time of each event in the Agenda UI.

Go explore the code

If you’re interested go checkout the code and let us know what you think. If you have any questions or issues, please let us know via the issue tracker on GitHub.



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