Apps & Updates January 15

YouTube for iOS A/B testing a “Dark Theme” with version 13.01

In our teardown of YouTube for Android last week, we spotted the video site working on an app-wide dark theme. Now, following version 13.01’s release for iOS yesterday, there are reports of the theme already live for some iPhone users.

Google marks a significant return to China with Maps relaunch for web, iOS [Update: Nope]

Update: According to a Google spokesperson, the company has not made any announcements or changes to Maps for China. A web version has been available in the country “for years.” Nikkei was also incorrect about the launch of an iOS client on Apple’s App Store, with no Android app either.

In recent months, Google’s presence within China has increased following its 2010 exit over a refusal to self-censor content. Today, the company is taking a big step with the launch of a China-specific version of Google Maps.

Last week, a slightly updated version of Google Duo began rolling out following version 25 in December. Duo 25.1 contains a singular new feature: the ability to finally move around your floating window when in a video call.

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If you ever wanted to watch YouTube on Android Auto, there’s an app for that [Video]

Android Auto is an excellent platform for apps and communication in the car, and it’s only going to get better in the coming months. And now, there’s an app that lets you watch YouTube videos from your car’s display.

Over the weekend, social media was flooded by individuals sharing comparisons of themselves with famous pieces of art. This was all thanks to a new experiment within the Google Arts & Culture application…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Apps & Updates January 13

One of the best parts of Google’s MVNO service is the flat fee for data anywhere around the world. This frequently advertised aspect is currently in the midst of a widespread outage, with Google aware of the issue but having no ETA for a possible fix.

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