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Get the week started with 39 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps

Here we are at the start of another week. It's cloudy and rainy here where I live, which means that it's a perfect time to get you all the first apps sales post. There are a few goodies in here that I find to be awesome, which will be bolded below.

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Head into the weekend with 26 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps

It's finally Friday, which means it's time for the final app sales post for the week. It's pretty short today, but there are a few goodies here — most notably, doubleTwist Pro. Keep in mind that all the times listed below are accurate at time and country of writing. Things might be different where you are.

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Play Store v8.1 adds notification channels on Android O [APK Download]

A new version of the Google Play Store began rolling out earlier today with few, if any noticeable changes. However, if you're running the Android O previews on any devices, there will be one change to look forward to: Notification Channels. The latest version brings five distinct channels for customization, including: Security and Maintenance, Updated Apps, App Updates Available, Account Alerts, and High Priority. Now we can make a few more decisions about which notifications we want to see and if they matter more or less than the developers thought they should.

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Google now considers quality when ranking app searches in the Play Store

In a blog post today, Google has revealed that it has made some changes in how the company's search and discovery algorithms work. Now things like performance problems, crashes, and overall jank are considered when ranking apps. This is great for consumers, as it encourages developers to pay closer attention to the quality of experience their products present. 

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Duolingo hits 100 million downloads in the Play Store

Duolingo has achieved a significant download milestone today; after a little over four years in the Play Store, Duilingo has reached the 100-500 million download bracket. There are apps in the Play Store with billions of downloads, sure, but they're mostly things that come pre-installed on phones. It's a real accomplishment for an education app like Duilingo to hit 100 million downloads.

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Google will now allow real-money gambling apps on the Play Store in the UK, Ireland, and France

Last month, we heard rumors that Google was planning to relax its ban on real-money gambling apps in the Play Store, but after reaching out to Google we didn't get a response either way. With an update to its developer policy page, Google has now confirmed that some of these apps are going to be allowed on the Play Store in the UK, Ireland, and France.

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It's Wednesday, so here are 31 temporarily free and 34 on-sale apps, plus the Game of the Week

Welcome to the first Wednesday of August; I hope that the month is off to a good start for all of you. I'm here again with another list of apps that are either free or on sale, though it's slim pickings for good ones despite the large number available to choose from. Vertumus had some icon packs for free earlier, but that sale expired before I got around to writing this up. And the ten-cent app, as usual, excludes the U.S. (despite it being on its own sale here).

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HMD Global uploads Nokia Camera app to the Play Store

It's a pretty common practice for manufacturers to upload their custom system applications to the Play Store. This is done so the apps can be updated outside of Android system updates. The Nokia phones produced by HMD Global are pretty close to stock Android, but there are a few custom apps. One of these is the Camera application, which has now been published to the Play Store.

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[More Room For Spam] Google Play raises the app title limit from 30 to 50 characters

I'm sure there's a legit reason why Google has changed one of its developer policies on the Play Store, but I can't think of any right now. Back in mid-July, it announced in a newsletter to developers that the character limit for app titles has been raised from 30 characters to 50. The change, however, seems to have been in effect even before because Waze changed to a much longer name between June 13 and 14.

Witness the tragedy:

  • "Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic" => 26 characters, pre-June 14.
  • "Waze - GPS, Maps, Traffic Alerts & Live Navigation" => 50 characters, June 14 and onward.
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Here are 63 temporarily free and 35 on-sale apps for your Monday

Welcome to the final day of July — I hope that Monday is treating you all well. Once again, I'm here with another app sales post. It's a long 'un, but maybe there's something in here that you'll enjoy. I already picked up a few of the icon packs and one of the games here today, so it's not all bad.

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