Top 10 Android app updates this week: Taskbar, Samsung Pay

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Taskbar - Version 1.2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Introducing the easiest way yet to use freeform windows on Android Nougat!
  • By setting Taskbar as your default launcher, your apps will always launch in freeform mode from the home screen, for a true desktop-like experience on your big-screen Android device! Simply make sure that the “Replace home screen” option is enabled in addition to “Freeform window support”.
  • This update also includes: Hide apps from the start menu

Samsung Pay – Version 2.3.0

Samsung Pay

What’s new in this version:

  • More Gift Cards
  • Samsung Pay now accepts more of your favorite membership cards
  • Restore all your membership, gift, and Samsung Reward cards when you sign back into Samsung Pay
  • Iris Authentication

YouTube Gaming – Version

YouTube Gaming

What’s new in this version:

  • Redesigned chat with all-new look
  • Additional under-the-hood chat improvements
  • Better support for Android N
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Solid Explorer - Version 2.2.0

Solid Explorer

What’s new in this version:

  • file encryption (only Android 6 and up)
  • fingerprint support
  • multiwindow support on Android N
  • automatic day/night theme
  • ability to create homescreen shortcuts using the launcher
  • added master password reset timer

Google Play Books – Version 3.9.49

Google Play Books

What’s new in this version:

  • Introducing the Bubble Zoom tech preview. It uses machine learning to zoom in on speech bubbles, and it’s ready to use in collected volumes of Marvel or DC.
  • Search suggest support
  • Badge series when there is new content available
  • Stability and performance enhancements

Firefox Beta – Version 50.0.0

Firefox Beta

What’s new in this version:

  • Simplified panels by combining “Recent Tabs” into “History” panel
  • Support of HLS videos via player overlay

Plex Media Server – Version 1.1.4

Plex Media Server

What’s new in this version:

  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.8.1.
  • (Nvidia Shield) Enable DLNA server. (#5013)
  • (Security) Allow http requests using the server’s machine name to authenticate using the “networks allowed without auth” preference. (#5270)
  • Improved crash reporting infrastructure. (#4669)

Google Slides – Version 1.6.352.16

Google Slides

What’s new in this version:

  • Control Chromecast or Hangout presentations from your Android Wear device
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Instagram – Version 9.4.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Comment Moderation: We are committed to keeping Instagram a safe and positive place for self expression. New comments tool in the Options menu that lets you filter out comments on your posts containing words you consider offensive or inappropriate.
  • Instagram Stories: Now you can add color to your text. Swipe the colors above the keyboard to see more, or tap and hold a circle to select a custom color.

AutoShare – Version 2.0.32


What’s new in this version:

  • Added priority to commands: higher priority will make commands appear more often in the direct share list. Priority will also be used for sorting in the AutoShare Command Dialog.
  • Correct handling of service intents that do not provide a service class name and package
  • Other bug fixes

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