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Only around 50,000 units of the Essential Phone have been sold, according to its camera app's download figures from the Play Store

By now, it should be apparent that the Essential Phone hasn't sold in the numbers that Andy Rubin and co. had thought it would. Having started at an MSRP of $699, the PH-1 dropped to $499 just two months after release (and to $650 CAD in Canada). On top of that, there have been numerous opportunities to get the phone for even more cheaply, including through a $200 friends-and-family discount and an incredible Cyber Monday Amazon deal. After all this, it looks like Essential has only sold around 50,000 units of the PH-1, if install figures from the Play Store of the Essential Camera are to be trusted.

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Start the week with 18 temporarily free and 14 on-sale apps

December trudges onward, meaning that we've come back around to another Monday. Finals week is about to kick off for me, so good luck to you if you're in the same boat, but that won't interfere with the first round of app sales for the week. Peruse and browse the lists below at your leisure. No personal recommendations to be found today, sadly.

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Samsung Email hits 100 million downloads on the Play Store

Samsung has slimmed down the number of its apps in recent devices, but there are still a couple that come preinstalled. Its email app, appropriately named Samsung Email, is one of those. Samsung Email has just passed 100 million downloads, which is nothing short of a tremendous number.

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Weekend poll: Do you use apps that take advantage of Android's accessibility services?

Last month, Google announced that it would remove Play Store apps that were using Android's accessibility services to add functionality other than that intended for disabled users. While it was terrible news for many developers, the logic behind the decision was understandable. Recently there have been multiple exploits that take advantage of accessibility services. But unfortunately, plenty of apps use it for legitimately useful purposes as well.

Google just recently decided to pause the ban while it debates the issue internally, and we got curious about how many users might be affected by the change if it was implemented. So, do you use any apps that rely on Android's accessibility services?

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Samsung HeartWise now on the Play Store, helps patients keep up with doctor-recommended heart wellness programs

During my brief stints using Samsung Galaxy smartphones, I eschewed many of the company's branded apps, but Samsung Health was one of the few exceptions. I was impressed by how robust and slick it was and found myself tracking my blood pressure and SpO2 level every now and then just for fun. Now the Korean tech giant is bringing that health app know-how to Samsung HeartWise, a new health app built for a niche audience: patients who want to keep up with their doctor-recommended heart wellness program via their smartphone and Gear S3 smartwatch.

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Kick off the weekend with 26 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps, including some of the Ace Attorney games

The first full week of December is nearly behind us and the holiday season progresses. It being Friday, it's time for some more app sales! The list today is mostly our standard lackluster affair, but amongst the yawning, you will find that Capcom has placed three of the Ace Attorney games on sale. Good stuff.

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Google Play Store starts showing free and premium filters for searches

Some users have been seeing these green suggestions when performing a search on the Play Store app for almost a year, but the feature began rolling out more widely in June (I still don't have it). However, it only seemed to provide keywords to further specify your search, not proper filters to separate the results according to price. Now it looks like Google is testing the latter kind.

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HTC Smart display for the upcoming U11+ shows up on the Play Store

The upcoming HTC U11+ promises to be an interesting device (unless you live in the US, where it won't be released – sorry). It's apparently what became of 'Muskie,' the canceled HTC-made Pixel 2 XL, so we're expecting a premium smartphone that could be HTC's best yet. My initial reaction to it was very positive, anyway.

One of the features that will ship with the U11+ is Smart display, which is essentially HTC's version of Ambient Display. Much like what you get on a Pixel, Smart display will show the time, date, and notification icons. It can be set to be 'always on,' and a schedule can even be set to conserve battery.

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Here are 27 temporarily free and 18 on-sale apps for your Wednesday

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to Wednesday. It's time for more app sales, and a short list at that. December and the holiday season are both in full swing, and the semester is nearly over. Don't expect too much from today's list if you take the time to look over it, or even at Monday's. Til next time.

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Start the week with 34 temporarily free and 13 on-sale apps

December is here and 2017 starts to wind down. I'm back with some more app sales for you all. Due to the volume of homework and the end-of-semester rush, I was not able to get to a post on Friday — mea culpa. Regardless, it seems like we didn't miss much, which sets us up nicely for today.

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