Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop

Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It’s a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now. Read MoreGoogle Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Dark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS

Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Read MoreDark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube is testing Up Next filters on Android

 
When you’re watching a YouTube video, the app often taunts you with other recommendations you should watch next, and if you have Autoplay turned on, it even goes through that list automatically. However, you rarely have any control over what shows up in this list. A server-side test tells us that this might be changing soon.

Over the past month, we’ve received a few tips about filter bubbles showing up above the Up Next recommendations. Read MoreYouTube is testing Up Next filters on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download]

When the Pixel 3 debuted two months back, Google made sure its new flagship lineup was adorned with all the latest bells and whistles, introducing us to a whole bunch of new features in the process. From the get-go, we were curious to learn which of these might also make their way to older Pixel phones, and when. Over the past few weeks more and more have been expanding to new devices, and the latest to spread the love is Playground and its Playmoji packs, now formally available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Read MoreGoogle Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties

Every few months, Google adds some new language variants to Gboard. This time around, a whopping 50+ language varieties have been added, most of which you probably haven’t heard of. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t divulged every single addition, though there are some that are name-dropped.

Without further ado, here’s the list of 31 mentioned:

Alas
Amis
Brahui
Choctaw
Gayo
Giryama
Gorontalo
Gusii
Hehe
Iban
Jingpho
Kadazandusun
Kamba
Kekchi
Konkomba
Konzo
Kumyk
Lugbara
Luo
Makasaar
Meru
Nande
Nkore
Nyaturu
Sasak
Teso
Tooro & Wayuu
Karelian
Komi-Permyak
Eastern Oromo
Trinidadian Creole English

Unfortunately, because Google didn’t provide all of the names in the changelog and the support page hasn’t yet been updated, we’re still missing over 19 entries from that list. Read MoreGboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

32 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Another day is here, so let’s get through another list of app sales. Today’s is quite small, so it shouldn’t take you long to get through it. Have fun and be sure to stop by on Friday for the last round of the week.
Free
Apps
nBubble Unlocker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
AppSearch Unlocker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Smart Wi-Fi Hotspot PRO $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
nBubble Pro – Notifications in bubble $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Correlate – Symptoms Diary And Habits Tracker Pro $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
App Usage Tracker – Monitor, Track and Report $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Protector – Parental control & Child lock $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
YoWindow Weather $2.98 -> $1.79; Sale ends in 5 days
Speccy Spectrum Analyzer $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Step by Step HD $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Blacklist Pro – Call & SMS Blocker (Ad Free) $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
Games
Gold Miner Vegas: Nostalgic Arcade Game $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
Monkey GO Happy $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
World War 3 – Global Conflict (Tower Defence) $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
Cat in the Woods VIP $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Cavern Crawler + DLC $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
League of Stickman: (Dreamsky)Warriors $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Paranormal Territory $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Paranormal Territory 2 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Dead Bunker 4 Apocalypse $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Hills Legend HD $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Idle Heroes of Hell – Clicker & Simulator Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Charlie’s Planet $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Colorful dots: fun puzzle game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Galaxy Warrior Classic $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Maze Planet 3D Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Galaxy Defense – Strategy Game $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Kingdom Defense 2: Empire Warriors – Tower defense $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Icon packs & customization
Dinosaurs 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 hours
Planetscape 3D Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
HD Wallpapers + Pro $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Pure – Icon Pack ( Flat Design ) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Sale
Apps
SayIt Full Unlock $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Learn Korean – Language & Grammar Learning Pro $5.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 4 days
Learn Spanish Language: Listen, Speak, Read Pro $3.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
World Map PRO $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
A Charlie Brown Christmas $2.99 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 6 days
PM guide for field Vets $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Vibro. Read More32 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 65 enters beta, adds support for WebP images

Firefox for Android is pretty great these days, and it’s about to get a bit better. Firefox 65 just entered the beta channel, and it includes support for a long-awaited web feature — WebP images.
WebP is an image format developed by Google, and is based on the VP8 video codec used by WebM. It supports both lossy and lossless compression, making it a competitor to JPEG and PNG, respectively. Read MoreFirefox 65 enters beta, adds support for WebP images was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Sounds updated to v2.0, and it actually works now [APK Download]

Google laid the groundwork for a new app earlier this month, and now you can (maybe) use it. While the prospect of “Pixel Sounds” isn’t the most exciting, it improves a part of the Android experience that has long needed an overhaul. Pixel devices will soon have a more expansive set of ringtones with a much prettier interface. The app didn’t work when it first popped up, but v2.0 does, and it’s rolling out now. Read MorePixel Sounds updated to v2.0, and it actually works now [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: APK Download] Google Fit gets a home screen widget and improved activity tracking in latest update

Update 1: 2018/12/12 5:43am PST

The update is starting to roll out now as part of version 2.06.32, but if you can’t wait for it to hit your device, we have it on APK

Google says it has been paying attention to your feature requests since the redesigned Fit app was launched in the summer and it has a new update just in time for the holidays — ready for you to watch the pounds pile on thanks to yet another leftover-turkey sandwich your body didn’t ask for. Read More[Update: APK Download] Google Fit gets a home screen widget and improved activity tracking in latest update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes [APK Download]

Google Keep is getting a small update today on both Android and the web, but it’s an important one if you use hand-drawing notes a lot. From now on, you won’t be constrained to a single screen for your drawing — instead, Keep will add more space at the bottom of the note so you can keep going.

The first time you get to the bottom of the screen while drawing, you’ll see a pop-up explaining that more space has been added. Read MoreGoogle Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.