Microsoft Edge Browser Goes Out of Preview; Now Available to Download for Android, iOS

Microsoft Edge Browser Goes Out of Preview; Now Available to Download for Android, iOS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Edge browser app was available for Windows Insiders last month
  • It is now available to download via Google Play and the App Store
  • Microsoft has added a couple of new features since the preview

Microsoft has officially released its Edge browser for Android and iOS devices, a month after unveiling its beta version last month to receive feedback from the Windows Insider Preview community. Microsoft Edge browser for Android and iOS, now without its preview tag, can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.

The Edge browser app for Android and iOS is aimed at providing synced workflow for Windows 10 PCusers, with synced Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page, Reading View, and Roaming Passwords available across the PC and phone, and the “continue on PC” feature allowing users to immediately open the page they are looking at on their PC, wit the ability to save it to work on later.

Microsoft has brought some new features to Edge that weren’t visible during the preview. These include the above mentioned Roaming Passwords – users can save a password on phone or PC, and access it on the other device – as well as Dark Theme.

Describing market and language availability, in a blog post, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices at Microsoft, said, “Microsoft Edge for iOS is available in the United States (English), China (Simplified-Chinese), France (French) and the UK (English). Microsoft Edge for Android is available in the United States (English), Australia (English) Canada (English and French), China (Simplified-Chinese), France (French), India (English) and the UK (English). We look forward to bringing MS Edge for iOS and Android to additional markets and languages over time!”

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10 best Halloween apps for Android!

October is a very special time of year. There are pumpkins everywhere. People are watching horror films, The Simpsons Halloween Specials, and Bruce Campbell movies at energetic rates. The Monster Mash plays on the radio for the first time in a year. It’s time for Halloween, folks! Your mobile device will always play a relatively minor roll in the festivities. However, there are some great apps out there that help put you in the Halloween spirit. Here are the best Halloween apps for Android!

Amazon is one of the obvious Halloween apps. There are plenty of specialty stores for stuff like costumes. Plus, most brick-and-mortar stores have decorations. Thus, Amazon’s app may not always be the best choice. However, they do sell basically everything on Amazon. It’s a great place to look around and find those fun Halloween items that you may not otherwise find in stores. Additionally, you can always add stuff to wishlists and lay in wait for next Halloween as well!
Amazon Shopping

Google Maps

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Google Maps is another easy choice for Halloween apps. Most people know the trick-or-treat routes through their neighborhood. However, many more may have just moved or otherwise don’t. It helps either way, especially if you travel to different neighborhoods for Beggar’s Night. You can also plan routes if need be. Those who have kids going out on their own should also check out Google’s Find My Phone app. That way, parents can keep track of their kids as they walk the streets in search of candy.
Google Maps

Pinterest

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Pinterest is a great Halloween app for ideas. The app usually has tons of DIY Halloween projects around this time of year. That includes costume ideas, decoration ideas, and other useful stuff like party suggestions, Halloween inspired food recipes, props, and other Halloween stuff. This one is also useful during other parts of the year as well. It’s also an excellent place to find ideas when you don’t have any.
Pinterest

Reddit

Price: Free / $3.99 per month
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Reddit is a lot like Pinterest. It’s a fantastic place for ideas. You can find all kinds of subreddits about costumes, pranks, party ideas, recipes, and other stuff. It’s a little difficult to find that stuff. However, there are some decent ideas here. We’ve linked the official Reddit app. However, there are a host of third party Reddit apps as well. Any of them should work fine. The site is free to use with an optional $3.99 subscription to remove ads and add extra stuff.
Reddit

Wallpapers HD

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Wallpapers HD is one of the better Halloween apps. Most wallpaper apps have Halloween-inspired wallpapers. It’s a quick, easy way to theme your phone for the holidays. We liked this one in particular. It only shows you wallpapers that are the proper resolution for your phone. However, most wallpaper apps have Halloween stuff so no one has the market cornered here. Most wallpaper apps (including this one) are free. They do usually have advertising, though.
Wallpapers HD


Zedge

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Zedge is one of the great Halloween apps. Its wallpaper selection is a little inconsistent. However, the ringtone and notification tone selection is top notch. You can find all kinds of Halloween-inspired ringtones, notification tones, and alarm tones with this one. They are all handmade by the community. They’re also completely free along with the app. The advertising is a little annoying, but it’s worth it.
Zedge

Halloween icon packs

Price: Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Icon packs are another easy customization method for Android phones. There are tons of Halloween-inspired icon packs as well. You can find pumpkins, festive colors, and other types of icons. Most launcher apps support them, including some OEM launchers. That makes icons a quick, cheap way to add some Halloween spirit to your phone. They vary in price from free to a few bucks. However, none of them get overly expensive.
Halloween icon packs

OEM device themes

Price: Free / Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Many OEM skins have theming. That includes Samsung, LG, most Chinese manufacturers, and others. The themes are generally hidden in the settings somewhere. Most of them are free to download or cost very little. Samsung has the best theme store out of the lot. However, most OEM theme stores have themes for various holidays. Android proper (and thus, pure Google Android phones) doesn’t have native theming. However, you can still theme for the holidays if you’d like. We have a list of the best Android themes toward the bottom of this article.
OEM device themes

Your favorite music streaming service

Price: Free / Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Music streaming services are excellent Halloween apps. Virtually all of them have Halloween playlists with modern and classic tunes about the holiday. Some of the popular options include iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal. Simply open the app and search around for Halloween playlists. Add in some headphones, a Bluetooth speaker, or a streaming stick (like a Chromecast), and you get an excellent, on-demand Halloween music experience.

Your favorite video streaming service

Price: Varies
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Video streaming services are also excellent Halloween apps. Many have classic Halloween TV shows and films. Netflix has a seriously good selection of horror stuff, including newer stuff like Stranger Things. Google’s Movies Anywhere lets you buy your favorite movies (like Nightmare Before Christmas) and watch them on your mobile device or streaming stick. Some classics, like The Simpsons Halloween Specials, can be hard to find. However, live TV services like PlayStation Vue, SlingTV, and YouTube TV no doubt have channels that will run Halloween specials around this time of year.
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Google Duo’s Picture-in-Picture Mode Is Now Live for Android Oreo Devices

Google Duo's Picture-in-Picture Mode Is Now Live for Android Oreo Devices

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google Duo gets picture-in-picture mode
  • The mode will be available only to Oreo users
  • More apps supporting picture-in-picture mode likely coming

One of the biggest Android Oreo features is the picture-in-picture mode which was briefly showcased during Google’s I/O developer conference earlier this year. Now, the feature is officially available in the Google Duo app, but only for Android Oreo users.

With Android Oreo, Google allows video and chat apps to play picture in picture when minimised. The news was confirmed by Google Duo’s technical lead Justin Uberti on Twitter. Picture-in-picture mode is also available to Android Nougat users though it’s limited to chat apps.

With Android Oreo, the apps that will support the feature will go into the picture-in-picture mode when a user presses the home button. The floating window can then be pulled to the bottom of the screen to close the app. Notably, users running Android Oreo won’t need to do anything to use the new picture-in-picture mode with Google Duo app.

For those unaware, the picture-in-picture (PIP) mode is new multi-window mode mostly utilised for video playback. It will let the user watch a video in a small window pinned to a corner of the screen while navigate between apps or browsing content on the main screen. “An app can enter PIP mode when the user taps the home or recents button to choose another app,” says Google’s Developer page.

Some of the other Android 8.0 Oreo features include redesigned settings, which doesn’t bring major design changes though enhances the overall look of the OS; redesigned Quick Toggles and Notifications, Android O handles quick toggle differently and with improvements; Notification Dots, are basically notification dots are tiny visual cues on the app icon to inform you about pending notifications in the app; AutoFill with Google is a very handy feature and prompts the credentials if a suitable match is found, and Smart Text Selection, simplifies actions that require copy pasting.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

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Welcome to the 210th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Pokemon Go might get some new features soon. The developers acknowledged that playing games on AR is rough. You spend all your time looking at your phone. The new feature could include audio cues. That way you know when Pokemon are around, where Poke Stops are, etc. There is talk that it might be a hallmark feature in the follow-up game to Pokemon Go.
  • The classic infinite runner Into the Dead is getting a sequel. Into the Dead 2 is launching to the Play Store on October 13th. The new game will contain 60 levels across seven chapters. Most of the mechanical elements should be similar to the first game. It’s available for pre-registering on Google Play right now.
  • Chainfire released a new website this week for root users. The site is a spot for devs, root users, etc to find stock boot and recovery images. It’s mostly stuff for Google Pixel and Samsung phones. It should expand over time to include more devices. It should also make finding such files easier for beginners and advanced users alike.
  • Google Assistant is getting some new features. At least we think so. During an APK tear down, it revealed some new information. Included is an Active Edge feature that may be similar to HTC’s phone squeezing feature. There are also hints of features like customizable short commands for Assistant. These may or may not be real, but it would be cool if they were.
  • Minecraft’s long awaited Better Together update is out. The game allows for cross-platform play between console, PC, and mobile. Namely, it works on Xbox, Windows 10, VR, and mobile devices. In addition, they added a bunch of other items to the game. They also announced that the game is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

You can find more Android apps and games news, releases, and updates in our weekly newsletter by clicking here! You can also subscribe to the newsletter with the form below! As usual, check out our Android Authority app for even faster updates.

Codex of Victory is a new strategy game. The game is a hybrid of a classic strategy game and a kingdom builder. You build bases, upgrade units, and conduct combat against the enemy. It features a story-driven, single player campaign mode. The developers also boast 20 hours of single player campaign, over 25 units to build and upgrade, and more. The levels are also randomly generated. That means no two playthroughs are alike. It runs $4.49, but has no in-app purchases or advertising.

Reverse Dictionary is a simple dictionary app. It helps you figure out a word that you can’t think of. You simply type letters of the word, a phrase describing it, or synonyms of the word. The app then attempts to tell you what word you were looking for. It features a light, simple design. The app also does work pretty well. Otherwise, it’s a simple little app that shouldn’t take up too much space on your phone. It’s completely free with no ads and no in-app purchases.
Reverse Dictionary

Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is an indie strategy-puzzle game. You play battles on a checkerboard. Your goal is to make to the other side and assault your enemy’s stronghold. It features card-collecting mechanics as well. You collect various units to use in battle. It features single player options, multiplayer options, a bunch of cards to collect, and more. The art style is a little typical of indie games. We’re not going to complain because that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is a freemium game, though.

Mint Browser is a newer browser app. It boasts a heavy emphasis on privacy and security. That includes an Incognito+ mode. It allows you to keep a separate (and encrypted) set of notes, bookmarks, and browser history. The app also includes fingerprint scanner support. Tor support, local weather, and an Opera-style Speed Dial feature. In terms of browsing, it does good enough to be good. The base app is free to download. The pro version runs for $1.49 as an in-app purchase.
Mint Browser

Terra Battle 2 is the latest game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. It features a deep and prominent story line. There are also various improvements from the first game. It features a unique puzzle-style battle system, a world map to explore, and you can even move the bad guys around. The game is suffering from some control issues and the occasional bug. However, we assume fixes are coming sooner rather than later.

If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about them in the comments! You can also hit me up on Twitter if you want to suggest an app for this segment. Thank you for reading, we’ll see you next week!

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