Facer 4.0 Introduced With Watchmaker Series and Verified Accounts

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Facer, the go-to platform for creating and downloading custom watch faces for Android Wear and Tizen devices, received a massive update this morning. Labeled as Facer 4.0, the update brings not only new features, but a new look and a whole lot of exciting new watch faces from well-known brands. Starting today, smartwatch owners can find awesome watch faces in the Watchmaker Series, a section dedicated for actual watchmaker brands to share their classic designs, but in digital form. For example, MVMT, a watchmaker based in ...

Nova Launcher Updated With New App Search Animation, Android Oreo Improvements

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An update is rolling out to the stable version of Nova Launcher, available to all users through Google Play. If you’re currently using the beta (sign-ups here), these changes may look familiar. According to the changelog, version 5.4.1 comes with a new app search animation, integration for Sesame Shortcuts when long-pressing on an app icon and through app search, the ability to hide the navigation bar on Galaxy S8 and S8+ units, an updated searchbar style (rounded), and improvements for users running Android Oreo. Here’s the complete ...

Google Trips, Flights, and Destinations Now Support New Languages and Countries

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Should you feel the need to get out of your current environment, for whatever reason, Google is rolling out new language and country support for Google Trips, Flights, and Destinations on Google. In total, there are 14 new languages supported by Flights, a service that lets users browse and purchase airline tickets. Those languages are Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, and Slovenian. If you want to go somewhere previously unsupported by these services, those countries are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia ...

Gboard Gets Stickers and Bitmoji Support

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The latest update to Google’s Gboard keyboard on Android brings with it support for both stickers and Bitmoji. As Tim just explained to me, Bitmoji are personalized emoji that you design to look like yourself and are super popular with 12 year olds and his 40-year old sister. Sounds right up my alley! To get into this Bitmoji and stickers thing, you’ll need today’s update before diving in and expressing yourself in ways you never thought digitally possible on your OG Droid. The buttons for stickers ...

Territory Battles Go Live in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes Today

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Today is a big day for Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes players, with EA set to launch the new Territory Battles feature. If you play SWGOH, the introduction of this shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the developers have been hyping this for some time now. Regardless, it’s a major addition to the game, where you and your guildmates will use the entirety of your character and ship lineup to destroy enemies and gain awesome rewards. Speaking of rewards, let’s highlight those goodies first. Should you ...

Finding a Place to Park Sucks, But Google Maps is Making It Better With New “Find Parking” Feature

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When you’re headed to a busy destination, parking can sometimes be a nightmare. Back in January of this year, Google Maps introduced the parking difficulty indicator for select areas, which has been highly beneficial. Today, Google Maps announced a Find Parking feature, which helps you locate parking in congested areas, then provides navigation by foot to your final destination. When you plug a destination into Google Maps, the app will showcase your probability of finding a spot to park. If parking isn’t looking too hot, you ...

YouTube Makes Major UI Changes for Desktop and Mobile Official

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For us who run this Android blog and for those that read it, the following news may not surprise you. In fact, it shouldn’t, so long as you kept up on the stories we’ve been writing for the past few months. This morning, YouTube made many UI changes official for desktop and mobile users, including the usage of Material Design, the Dark Theme, and proper scaling for easily viewing videos shot in portrait. Let’s talk mobile first. As you may have noticed, the navigation bar has been ...

Picture-in-Picture Working in Google Maps for Android Oreo Users

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Inside of version 9.60 for Google Maps, Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support appears to be live for folks running Android 8.0. From what we can tell, the best usage of PiP for Google Maps is when you’re already navigating to a destination. Once you’re on your way, you should be able to tap on the Home button, which then brings your navigation into a movable window on the home screen. It’s not the most useful thing ever, but if you need to multitask something, it’s an option. On my ...