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    Signal Messenger Beta 4.30.5 - "sealed sender" messages and emoji skin tone variants

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    Date: 16 Nov 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Signal Private Messenger beta Second Screenshot to Signal Private Messenger beta Third Screenshot to Signal Private Messenger beta

    Signal Messenger's whole design philosophy from the ground up is focused around taking privacy and security at a top notch level and to collect as little user data as possible. It had already omitted storing information like user avatars, profile names, contacts, and a dozen more. Its next move, and probably with a much better protection for spam and abuse, is hiding who is messaging whom, which comes to beta tester in the form of version 4.30.5 and 4.30.6. Below is the changelog, applicable for both.

    Changelog:

    β˜… Support for "sealed sender" messages

    β˜… We updated the built-in emoji set and added support for "Fitzpatrick" customization.

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    Messenger reverts back to the old UI and leaks some features - Selfie Mode, Voice Assistant in video calls, Watch Party and more

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    Date: 14 Nov 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Facebook Messenger beta for Android Second Screenshot to Facebook Messenger beta for Android Third Screenshot to Facebook Messenger beta for Android

    The new Messenger redesign, known as Messenger 4, has just started rolling out to everyone, but unfortunately, it had been switching back for some. Actually, a lot of users on the Internet are reporting that on their Android devices Messenger has already reverted to the old interface for an unknown reason. It apparently happens because of a bug, or the rollout was not planned for this large of an audience, but it should come back soon enough.

    Features in testing

    • Selfie Mode

    Facebook Messenger is testing Selfie Mode, which is the same as Portrait Mode that is shipping on many smartphones released in the past two, or three years. This mode does two things - Skin Softening and adds a Bokeh blur effect.

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    The Google App finally brings Discover customization, offline voice commands, and more to all users

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    Date: 13 Nov 2018
    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

    The Google app gets plenty of updates in the beta release channel, sometimes even daily, and with the past dozen updates there were numerous features and changes leaked. But there are none of those here. Instead, here are tiny improvements and yet somewhat helpful ones. Below is the changelog posted on the Play Store, and after that, we will go one-by-one and explain each bullet point.

    Changelog

    • Use voice commands while navigating – even when your device has no connection.
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    Aldiko Book Reader for Android app review

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    Date: 12 Nov 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Aldiko Book Reader Second Screenshot to Aldiko Book Reader Third Screenshot to Aldiko Book Reader

    The good

    Aldiko is an eBook reader application for Android with over 30 million users based in more than 200 countries worldwide. It supports formats such as EPUB, PDF as well as Adobe DRM encrypted eBooks. By browsing its in-built Feedbook store with an extremely broad catalog, you can find a large variety of books, including best-sellers, new releases and classics, with lots of free ones available and sourced from public libraries. By heading into the Files section from the side menu, you can import your locally stored eBook files in the before mentioned formats, organize all of them by tags and combine them into collections, and always have access to them on the go. The app also remembers your reading position automatically and whenever you launch it, it brings you exactly where you left off.

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    Medium v3.6.6825 beta - new immersive news pages and other UI improvements

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    Date: 11 Nov 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    First Screenshot to Medium Android Beta Second Screenshot to Medium Android Beta Third Screenshot to Medium Android Beta

    Medium is a subscription-based news reading app (a limited free option is also available) with a design that is especially-made for easier focusing on the topic that is being read.

    Changelog:

    • UI improvements on topic landing pages
    • Improved immersion on the post page
    • Collection header UI improvements
    • Minor bug fixes and improvements

    The new beta update with build number 3.6.6825 takes this principle to the next level by automatically hiding the status and navigation bars in every post reading page. This approach leads to a more immersive experience overall, with no distractions, so you can enjoy your reading. One of the other enhancements that came in parallel with this update is the new full-screen page for collections. Tapping on the 'Featured collections' label lands you to the 'Explore collections' page, where featured collections are laid out in a vertical two-column card layout with no extra text, dividers, and whatnot.

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