Don't-Miss App Stories

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Dropbox evolves into a universal app for Windows PCs, phones, and tablets

New features for designers, meanwhile, promises better image handling

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Google search, Maps apps get translucent status bar and other minor tweaks

A new navigation summary card details the route and alerts you to any delays along your journey.

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Microsoft brings new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preview apps to Android phones

You can now sign up to test the new trio of Office apps on most Android devices running KitKat or above.

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Google trying out new Material Design search layout on mobile devices

The new look makes the tabs and spacing more finger-friendly so you're less likely to hit the wrong item.

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Google Play's 'Designed for Families' selection is likely to go live at I/O conference

Google wants developers to submit their family-friendly apps to the Play Store by May 28, a day before I/O opens, hinting at a major launch announcement tied to the show.

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Samsung Wallet shutting down June 30 to make way for Samsung Pay

The new mobile payments service is designed to work anywhere that accepts debit and credit cards.

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What to wear: These clothes manager apps help you dress better for work or play

All the apps help you organize and match pieces better. The most comprehensive one even tracks frequency of use and trips to the cleaners.

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Gmail for Android adds shortcut for contact cards, quicker setup process

There are hints that vacation responders and Gmail's unsubscribe feature might be coming soon.

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Google Docs and Slides finally let you insert images from your phone or tablet

Drive and Sheets also get bug fixes, rounding out a batch of updates to Google's productivity suite.

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Microsoft's time-accelerating Hyperlapse tech is now an app for Windows phones, Android

Move over, Instagram. You can now shoot smooth, accelerated videos with your Windows or Android phone.

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Google Fit now tracks your calories, distance, and throws in a custom watch face

It also adds some interface tweaks to make it easier to quickly glance at your key health statistics.

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Google WebView update patches app and system crashes

The update impacts Lollipop devices, which now get updates to the Chrome tool through the Play Store.

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Google admits Hangouts doesn't use end-to-end encryption, opening the door for government wiretaps

This puts Hangouts a couple of steps behind rival platforms like iMessage, which offers more vigorous security.