Firefox 68 arrives with Web Authentication support, Android Q fixes, and more

Mozilla is working on a brand new Firefox for Android, but in the meantime, version 68 of the browser is rolling out on the Play Store. This is the final feature update for the current browser, and future updates will only contain bug fixes until the rewritten browser is ready to be released.
The only major addition in this release is support for the Web Authentication API, which arrived in Chrome (and desktop Firefox) a year ago. Read MoreFirefox 68 arrives with Web Authentication support, Android Q fixes, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard 8.4 rolling out with taller emoji keyboard and dictionary import/export for some [APK Download]

Gboard has long become more than a simple keyboard app. It also allows you to send rich media files like GIFs, emoji, ASCII symbols, stickers, and even little Google Search cards for quick reference when chatting. So many different options to choose from threaten to make the keyboard feel overcrowded; to help alleviate that, Google is testing a taller media picker for the new Gboard 8.4 release.

As you can see in the screenshots below, the taller keyboard lets you view many more emoji, stickers, and GIFs at once, although the added space naturally comes at the expense of real estate for the rest of the screen — Google Keep looks outright cramped. Read MoreGboard 8.4 rolling out with taller emoji keyboard and dictionary import/export for some [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos product lead confirms manual face tags, timestamp edits on Android, and other features in the works

Yesterday, Google Photos’ product lead, David Lieb, took to Twitter to ask users for direct feedback about the app. The goal, as he said, was to be made aware of outstanding bugs, possible performance improvements, and most importantly feature requests. The conversation lasted for many hours, during which David replied to many of the messages sent, confirmed a few features are coming, and heard what everyone had to say.

Topping the upcoming features is the ability to manually tag a face, which is said to be on the roadmap. Read MoreGoogle Photos product lead confirms manual face tags, timestamp edits on Android, and other features in the works was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

43 temporarily free and 49 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everybody. We’ve reached the halfway point of the week, and since tomorrow is a major US holiday, it’s almost time to start celebrating. Acquiring a few new apps and games while they are on sale should make for a great way to enter into this brief reprieve. I’ve highlighted a couple of standouts so you won’t have to dig to find the gems in today’s list, so go ahead and start grabbing a few of these sales already. Read More43 temporarily free and 49 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Everyone can now mirror notifications between their Android phone and Windows 10 PC

Microsoft’s been toying with the idea of mirroring your phone’s notifications (and more) to Windows 10 for quite a while. The feature was previously present for beta-testing folks running the so-called “insider” builds, and yesterday the company formally announced that notification mirroring has arrived for the rest of us — though reports indicate that the rollout is happening gradually.

Notifications have arrived! With the Your Phone app, you can now receive and manage your Android phone’s notifications on your PC. Read MoreEveryone can now mirror notifications between their Android phone and Windows 10 PC was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google confirms Top Shot isn't coming to the Pixel 2, despite some seeing "dots" in Motion Photos

When Google introduced Top Shot to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, it was viewed as a lifesaver for blurry shots, jittery shots, friends who’ve had too many shots (you know who they are), or just bad happenstance. Owners of other Pixel phones were a little jealous and wondered if the feature would ever make it back to their model. Well, the official answer is “no,” but if Pixel 2 and 2 XL owners happen to receive a Motion Photo taken on a Pixel 3, they should be able to see and save those Top Shots. Read MoreGoogle confirms Top Shot isn’t coming to the Pixel 2, despite some seeing “dots” in Motion Photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome will soon support dark themes in websites

Web browsers currently handle dark mode in one of two ways. Some of them, like Samsung Browser, simply invert the colors of the web page. This sometimes breaks the site’s design, but it works universally. Another approach is to let sites know that dark mode is activated, and let them use an alternative theme. Chrome appears to be joining the latter camp, as the browser’s development team announced support the ‘prefers-color-scheme’ browser feature. Read MoreChrome will soon support dark themes in websites was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Let it rip: Fartr is the toot analyzer you never knew you wanted

Writing about farts is stinky business, but let’s all be professional here. I believe we can make it through one post about gas without dumping a ton of shitty puns… Oops, at least I tried. So we’re here to discuss a new Android app, Fartr, which is the fart app to record, analyze, and (uhm) share your farts. You may think we’re joking, but this is very serious.

The idea is so simple I’m surprised no one came up with it before. Read MoreLet it rip: Fartr is the toot analyzer you never knew you wanted was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Lens support arrives for Japanese

Google has added support for Japanese in Lens, following it being available in Korean for some time (which appeared sometime last summer). In case you didn’t know, Lens is basically the successor to Goggles from way back in the day. It uses your camera to gather contextual information on what you’re looking at, letting you do a variety of things from translate street signs to shop for something you saw.
If you’re in Japan and/or your phone is set to Japanese, check out Lens in Assistant or in Photos — some OEM cameras like OnePlus also include it for easy access. Read MoreGoogle Lens support arrives for Japanese was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Inbox is about to die, and Google still hasn't brought its best feature to Gmail

As some of us are painfully aware, Inbox is set to die next Tuesday, April 2nd. Google has been pushing Inbox users back to Gmail since the original announcement last September. Initially, that transition was eased with promises that Gmail would eventually inherit Inbox’s bundling, the email client’s most useful feature. Six months later, a mere week before Inbox’s euthanasia, Gmail still doesn’t have bundles.

I’ve already made the painful transition back to a less-smart email client, perverting Gmail’s existing and unmodifiable category system to approximate a bastardized version of bundles. Read MoreInbox is about to die, and Google still hasn’t brought its best feature to Gmail was written by the awesome team at Android Police.