Update Stable release Samsung Internet is one of the best browsers for Android, as it combines the Chromium web engine with a customizable interface and limited extensions support. The last major update arrived in June, and now another new version is rolling out with design changes, new features, and a core engine upgrade. The first change is that the internal Chromium rendering engine has been updated from
Chrome 86 was a fairly massive update, with support for the Native File System API, various interface improvements, and new experiments to try out. Just a week later, Chrome 87 has now entered the Beta Channel. There's a new PDF viewer, performance improvements for sites using cookies, and much more. New PDF viewer The PDF viewer in Chrome has received small improvements over the years, including annotation and form editing, but Chrome 87 has more drastic changes in store. Read More Chrome Beta 87 revamps its PDF viewer, introduces new security features, and more (APK Download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
*Emoji kitchen intensifies* In early 2020, Google began testing a new emoji mashup feature that suggests a few funky stickers each time you try to insert a regular emoji in Gboard. The option later rolled out under the official Emoji Kitchen moniker and has been relatively the same ever since. Now, we're seeing a whole bunch of fresh mashups made possible by a new combo system that lets you pick any (well, almost any) two emojis and get a sticker out of them. Read More Gboard adds a bunch of hilarious and disturbing emoji mash-up stickers (APK Download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It doesn't appear to work on other Android TV boxes, unfortunately BBC iPlayer has had a strange relationship with Android TV. There have been versions specific to certain hardware, such as the one for the Nvidia Shield or those you can get on Sony TVs, but there's still no generic version that works on any ATV device. This means no BBC iPlayer for the new Chromecast with Google TV, since that's just an ATV dongle with a fancy skin. Or so we thought. Read More Here's the new BBC iPlayer app for Chromecast with Google TV (APK download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The root and ROM tinkering crowd should take note: Today Google has published the first factory and OTA images for both of its latest phones. The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 were both recently added to download pages for each category, so if you run into trouble unlocking your bootloader and mucking around flashing modified system images, now you can quickly and easily restore your phone back to defaults. Files for both redfin and bramble (the hardware names for the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, respectively) were posted earlier today. Read More Google posts first OTA and factory images for Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The redesigned logo is rolling out as part of an app update Not too long ago, Google announced that it would roll out redesigned icons for its core productivity tools like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Meet, and Drive. It turns out that the latter is the service to make the transition first, as the company has just started rolling out a Drive app update complete with the new icon. We've got it available for download over at APK Mirror. Old vs. new. Once you've installed Google Drive version 2.20.401.06 and open it, the splash screen greets you with the new icon. Read More Get the new Google Drive icon on your phone right now (APK download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
No double tap or pinch to zoom, though One of the things that first struck me about MX Player, when I tried it out many years ago, was its swiping gestures on each side of the screen. Instead of looking for physical volume buttons or pausing the video to find the brightness controls on my phone, a simple swipe would adjust those without skipping a second. These same gestures are now available in Android's built-in video player. Files by Google, which started out in 2017 as Files Go and graduated to become the default file manager in Android 11, has been adding many new features in the past few months. Read More Files by Google gets MX Player-like gestures for volume and
The problem persisted for about two months For the last two months, spanning from Chrome version 84 to 85, some people have been experiencing spontaneous interface freezes, mostly when trying to close their last incognito tab. Google acknowledge the issue quickly and promised a timely fix, and it seems like it's finally rolling out with the latest minor Chrome update. People on version 85.0.4183.127 report that the freezes have stopped for them, and the corresponding entry in the Chromium bug tracker has been marked as fixed. Read More Closing your perfectly innocent incognito tabs will no longer cause Chrome to freeze was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
UI tweaks, under-the-hood optimizations, and cleaned-up settings In a world where competing media codecs run rampant, VLC is a lifesaver. Version 3.2 came out last year, bringing UI improvements, a new TV interface, and support for Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts among other things. Now 3.3 is ready to go, and it completes the UI revamp with a more modern Material look that's right at home on Android 11. Praise be, bottom navigation has made it into VLC on Android after months in beta. Read More A more modern Material UI comes to VLC for Android in version 3.3 (APK download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Giving us a hint of dark mode and a lot of Product Sans Google Pay’s Indian edition has been growing strong, and even expanded overseas recently to bring a similar experience to shoppers in Singapore. The app got a Material design facelift not too long ago and picked up a much-requested payment option just yesterday. Keeping up with that pace, Google has now rewritten the Pay India app from the ground up, bringing a few visual tweaks along with a host of under-the-hood changes to beta users. Read More Google Pay India picks up a tweaked design in beta with Flutter rewrite (APK Download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.