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    Easier link sharing, dedicated status icons, and more in Discord 8.9.7 beta

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    Date: 14 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Discord - Chat for Gamers Beta Second Screenshot to Discord - Chat for Gamers Beta Third Screenshot to Discord - Chat for Gamers Beta

    Days go on and on and yet again we are here with a new beta. Our latest app update comes from Discord - the IM for game lovers, but not only. The version 8.9.7 pre-release build is out now and next in line for our detailed feature breakdown coverage. But right before that, here we go with the quoted and slightly edited changelog from Google Play.

    What's new

    • You can now long-press on URLs in chats to copy, share, or open them in a browser app.
    • "MADA-MADA": It doesn't matter how much power you have if you are too slow. Performance improvements to make things run smoother.
    • Status icons are more than just circles. They have their own quirks and shapes now.
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    [Available in stable now] Telegram X is readying options to switch emoji styles, display big emojis, and more (Beta updates)

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    Date: 13 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Telegram X Beta - Alternative client for Android Second Screenshot to Telegram X Beta - Alternative client for Android Third Screenshot to Telegram X Beta - Alternative client for Android

    The last stable release, version 0.21.7.1154, for Telegram X delivered an enormous amount of notification-related upgrades that you can learn more about from this blog post. Since then, numerous test builds have been made available on the Play Store for signed early adopters, with the most up-to-date one being 0.21.8.1163 at the time of writing this article. Alas, these betas have packed in tons of fixes including some nifty features that may catch your fancy. We have gone through the release notes for the past 9 builds and created a summary list with the most exciting news about the app.

    0.21.7.1158 beta

    • Option to change the Emoji Set
    • Option to clear installed Emoji Sets
    • Reincarnation of Blobs 🤔

    0.21.8.1159 beta

    • Reworked text rendering. For default text size nothing should have changed visually. For others:
    • Proper bubble height calculation
    • Proper touch detection 3.
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    Telegram 5.6 for Android is here with a nicer UI and app icon, chat archiving, and more

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    Date: 11 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Telegram Beta - Pure instant messaging Second Screenshot to Telegram Beta - Pure instant messaging Third Screenshot to Telegram Beta - Pure instant messaging

    The latest Telegram update, version 5.6.0, is out in the wild and brings one so much requested feature - Archived Chats. Besides, the whole user interface design has got a fresh coat of paint, including further usability improvements.

    Archived Chats

    Earlier confirmed by Pavel Durov, Telegram's founder, in a Twitter comment, archived chats have finally made their way to the Android app. Thankfully, you can now easily declutter your chats list by archiving lousy chats, past ones, etc. With a left swipe, a chat is immediately transferred to the archived chats folder. Note that archived chats are always accessible from the top of the main page and are also hideable from there with the same gesture.

    Bulk actions in the chats list

    If you are busy and do not have even a second to waste, with bulk actions for chats you have the option to pin, mute, archive, and delete multiple chats, all at once.

    New design

    From the app icon to the in-app menus, Telegram indeed looks so much sleeker. The app icon now works better with Android's adaptive icons and, in addition to that, toolbars have their own icons and round corners.

    Expanded chats

    Selecting the Three lines option in the Chat Settings menu gives you the freedom of seeing more text for messages in your chats list.

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    Google's planning to add 3D models to search results and make the Assistant leaps smarter (I/O 2019 announcements)

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    Date: 09 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Google Search beta Second Screenshot to Google Search beta Third Screenshot to Google Search beta

    In the first live keynote for I/O 2019, Google went on with a plethora of news regarding the Google app, which combines the Assistant with their bread and butter - Search. Some of the most notable announcements made by the CEO Sundar Pichai are the addition of AR/3D models to search results as well as tons of speed and usability enhancements coming to the Assistant.

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    Discord adds font scaling back, and brings profile disabling and deleting options to the Android app (v8.9.1 beta)

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    Date: 05 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Discord - Chat for Gamers Beta Second Screenshot to Discord - Chat for Gamers Beta Third Screenshot to Discord - Chat for Gamers Beta

    The messaging app for gamers, Discord, is now receiving a new beta update to version 8.9.1 through the Google Play Store. The latest release is indeed snappier, prettier and more feature-packed than ever. Please, have a look at the changelog for this beta first and don't go anywhere because I have a word or two more.

    What's new

    • Font Scaling is back and better than ever! a A (Bigger)A (Biggest)A
    • If you turn off animated emoji, the emoji picker won't animate them anymore (for you lower-end phone folks)
    • Updating language now is buttery smooth
    • You can delete and disable your account from within the app now, but why???
    • App should be a little leaner due to a low-carb diet
    • Bug fixes on Account screens and some performance improvements

    Font scaling & animated emojis

    Apparently, Discord has brought back a very handy-dandy setting which allows users to set a custom in-app font size. The option can be found in the 'Text & Images' section inside the settings where is also another new toggle that controls whether emojis should be animated or not.

    More account preferences

    Instead of having to reside to the desktop app or the web version to disable or delete a profile, the Discord Android app is here to save the day. It lets you tinker with those buttons and to do so you will have to head into the 'My account' page, again in the settings.

    Performance uplift

    Generally speaking, every millisecond spent while waiting matters. Surely enough, waiting times have been cut down a tiny bit and in addition to that, changing the app's language happens in an instant with a smooth transition animation as an eye-candy. The release notes also do mention a size reduction, so more space for your other stuff is there.

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