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    Date: 04 Jun 2019
    Author: Eray R
    Report #513

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    Virtual keyboard apps are a necessity for our daily touch-screen device usage, and finding the best ones around is not the simplest task to accomplish. TestingCatalog's special interest in testing Android applications, and by snooping through our huge library of beta software pieces, we got around a made a list for our readers. This list contains five of the best keyboard that you can find on the Google Play Store, and at the same time, they all have ongoing testing programs letting early adopters enjoy new features and improvements right out of the bat. Okay, here we go.

    1. Gboard

    Google's Gboard has always been my numero uno keyboard since my first introduction to Android, It comes, with each and every update, with massive improvements, mostly geared towards looks and ease of use, plus some additional clever tools to complement the great prediction system that it has. Themes are the top thing that sticks out to me, well, other than the aforementioned qualities. If you aren't using it, then you should totally give it a try.

    2. SwiftKey

    SwifKey, now owned by Microsoft, has always been the most praised keyboard for its top-notch word prediction.


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    Date: 01 Jun 2019
    Author: Eray R
    Report #512

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    It isn't a long time before another Telegram update comes out, yet today we are here with a new build. Version 5.7.0 is available with a generous number of upgrades upon the previous release but still deemed enough for us to do a report about it. So, here we go.

    New theme switcher

    First things first, this update adds two new themes to the app and more redesigns to the majority of the pop-up dialogs, whilst bringing a separate page for managing all themes and creating custom ones. The Arctic Blue theme, as the name suggests, combines white with blue, while the second theme, named Graphite, boasts a lighter variant of gray as the preferred main background color.

    More granular privacy management

    Telegram 5.7 allows its users to do thorough adjustments to their privacy preferences, giving a gives a certain level of flexibility and control over personal information sharing. These include options for hiding user's phone number, managing permissions for messaging and calling, etc. You can find all of them in the Privacy and Security page in the settings.

    Seamless weblogging with bots (channel comments)

    Logging in to other web services with your Telegram account is going to be instant, thanks to the newly added @discussbot. It provides many opportunities, such as the rumored channel replies function otherwise labeled as comments, and you can begin testing them immediately.


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    Date: 30 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
    Report #511

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    To surf the Internet, you always are in need of a browser, and so far there haven't been that many quality apps up for the task other than a few. Most of the browsers on the Play Store do contain intrusive ads, collect user data, and perform quite poorly. So, we are non-stop looking for reliable, easy to use, and well-put applications, and in this category, there aren't that many worthy of attention. We are going to tell you more about in a bit, but perhaps, before doing so, you should check out our previous collections of beta apps that you must try.

    10 best music streaming and local MP3 players for Android in beta

    The best navigation (maps) applications for Android in beta

    1. Chrome Beta

    The most used mobile browser with close to 60% market share is Google's Chrome, and when it comes to trying new features, design tweaks, and a lot more, we have Chrome Beta. There is the flags menu that you can tinker with if being on the newest bleeding edge Chrome release is not enough. You can enter it by simply typing chrome://flags in the address bar and Bob's your uncle. For an even more thrilling and yet unstable experience, you should take Chrome Dev for a test run instead.



  • Author
    Date: 28 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
    Report #510

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    Our second roundup of top Android apps to test out is here, this time covering applications for GPS navigation. Make note that you can apply for beta testing of each of them from the embedded links below.

    1. Google Maps

    Google's Maps application easily takes the crown with it's very simple to navigate and good-looking UI, other than the unmatched real-time traffic status information, voice navigation, support for offline maps, and tailored restaurant recommendations. Moreover, it does provide additional data about public transport in lots of areas in the world, including schedules for buses, trains, and ride-shares, i.e., using services like Uber and Lyft.

    2. Google Maps Go

    If you do not have a well-specced Android device, Maps Go is available on Google Play. It lets you look up addresses, etc., but sadly, it does not have all of the bells and whistles of the original Maps app. Perhaps, it does not offer turn-by-turn navigation, so for that, you will have to look elsewhere. On a side note, the great speed advantage of it comes by leveraging the PWA (Progressive Web App) standard, and thus, it requires Chrome to be installed on your mobile phone for it to function.


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    Date: 25 May 2019
    Author: Eray R
    Report #509

    First Screenshot to Microsoft Launcher Beta Second Screenshot to Microsoft Launcher Beta Third Screenshot to Microsoft Launcher Beta

    Microsoft Launcher is born from the company's vision for a better Android homescreen experience, with deeper ties to their online services + their Windows 10 operating system for desktops. That said, they have a beta program running for the app, which allows us, testers, to get early access to the newest and coolest features in return of providing free feedback. The latest 5.5 beta is now live on the Google Play Store and brings a couple of mighty tweaks and optimizations of the following.

    What's new

    • Adaptive Icons - Choose one icon shape for all your apps.
    • Hidden Dock - It’s back! You can set the dock to be hidden and still access apps and widgets.
    • UX adjustments for accessing shortcuts when the home screen is locked.
    • Get notification badges for calling and messaging apps without setting Microsoft Launcher as your default assistant. Set Launcher as your default assistant for better accuracy.
    • Faster Tasks card syncing for MSA and work/school accounts.

    Adaptive icons

    Back in 2017 with Android Oreo 8.0, Google has come up with a solution to the non-uniformity of app icons across the UI in the form of Adaptive icons.