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Android ‘Q’ Expected to Bring System-wide ‘Dark Mode’

The new update leak also displays a redesigned app info screen "Material Theme" elements like a new row of buttons for uninstalling, force stop and opening the app

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Android 'Q' may bring system-wide 'Dark Mode'. Pixabay

A leaked preview of Google-owned operating system (OS) Android’s next major update tentatively named “Q” has confirmed several new features and tweaks including “Dark Mode” as a system theme, according to media reports.

The “Dark Mode” in Android Q OS would turn quick settings, launcher, volume panel and other elements part of the user interface (UI) to turn into pitch black colour.

“XDA acquired the latest internal build of Android ‘Q’ and flashed it on a Pixel 3 XL with screenshots of this build, featuring the February 2019 security patch,” 9To5Google reported late on Wednesday.

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The leak also suggested a “Developer” option to “override force-dark” where apps that do not feature built-in themes switch from white backgrounds to dark gray.

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The new update leak also displays a redesigned app info screen “Material Theme” elements like a new row of buttons for uninstalling, force stop and opening the app.

Other changes involve the Ambient Display moving the battery indicator to the top-right corner, while new “Time to take action” and “Time to read” settings possibly let users customise heads-up notifications, the report added. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Becomes Second Non-Google App To Hit 5bn Installs on Android

Facebook owns four out of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, that does not come as a surprise

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According to Statista, WhatsApp is most popular global mobile messenger app worldwide with approximately 1.6 billion monthly active users, outranking Facebook Messenger at 1.3 billion and WeChat at 1.1 billion users in 2019. Pixabay

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp for Android has now notched up a staggering five billion downloads, making it only the second non-Google app to achieve this milestone.

As with most Android applications that reach large amounts of installs, this number does not just include downloads from the Play Store, but also pre-installed copies like Samsung and Huawei has bundled the app with some smartphones in the past, AndroidPolice reported.

According to Statista, WhatsApp is most popular global mobile messenger app worldwide with approximately 1.6 billion monthly active users, outranking Facebook Messenger at 1.3 billion and WeChat at 1.1 billion users in 2019. Following Facebook and YouTube, it is the third most popular social network worldwide.

As for the Google Play store, South Korea was the fastest-growing WhatsApp market, with downloads of the mobile messaging app increasing almost 56 percent in 2019.

Additionally, Google for the first time in five years, unseated Facebook as the top publisher of mobile apps.

In the last quarter of 2019, Google amassed close to 850 million downloads compared to Facebook‘s nearly 800 million, analytics firm Sensor Tower revealed recently.

When it comes to overall downloads for the year, however, Google still trails behind Facebook.

While Google raked in nearly 2.3 billion downloads, Facebook gained almost 3 billion downloads over the past 12 months.

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp for Android has now notched up a staggering five billion downloads, making it only the second non-Google app to achieve this milestone. Pixabay

Facebook owns four out of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, that does not come as a surprise.

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ByteDance-owned video sharing app TikTok was the world’s second-most downloaded app in 2019. (IANS)