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Monday App And Game Sales: Reading Trainer, FlipPix Art (Free), Perfectly Clear, And More

Monday mornings can be a drag, but saving cash is always a nice pick-me-up. We care deeply about your happiness, so we keep careful watch over the Android app ecosystem to let you know when the deals pop up. So let's get to it.

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Samsung's ChatON Instant Messenger Has Doubled Its User Base In Only 4 Months, Now Has 100 Million Subscribers

Samsung's ChatON comes pre-installed on a good number of the world's Android devices, and while many of you would take that as reason alone to overlook the app, a good number of other people take the time to check it out. 100 million, apparently. Samsung's happy to announce that its instant messaging platform has doubled the number of users it had back in May. Their excitement is understandable, considering the app first launched in October of 2011.

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Neatly For Twitter Is Now Free On The Google Play Store

The Neatly Twitter client has been making a small but dedicated fanbase for a while now, though it's been available on Android for less than a year. Last week developer F16 Apps decided to pursue a new strategy, and the various versions of Neatly (Android, iOS, and Blackberry 10) are now free. The previous price on the Play Store has shifted between one and two dollars American. 

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Neatly includes most of the whiz-bang features of a modern Twitter client, but its focus is on intelligent filtering of Twitter feeds.

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Chronus, Previously Known As The CyanogenMod cLock Widget, Is Now Available In The Play Store

The CyanogenMod cLock home and lock screen widget is capable of displaying the time, the weather, upcoming calendar events, and more. It's highly configurable, as you would expect considering the ROM it's associated with, and thanks to popular demand, it's now available in the Play Store as a standalone app. Only now it goes by its original name - Chronus.

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Surprise! Google Search Update 2.8.7 Changes Hotword To 'Ok Google' And Enables Hotword From Search Results, After Language Pack Update

It looks like Google isn't done adding goodies to the latest round of updates for the official Search app. The hotword for activating the voice search function is now "Ok Google," and it also works while looking at results, not just from the standard search screen. You'll need Search 2.8.7 (grab the APK here if you don't have it yet) and an updated English (US) language pack to see the new functionality.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, GO Launcher Prime, BusyBox Pro, And More [Updated]

The weekend is nearly upon us, and you're probably looking to cut loose. You know, live a little. Well, downloading some apps and games is a kind of living. If that's all you really want out of life, we've got everything you need right here. If your hopes and dreams are more extensive, we still have a small sliver of what you need.

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Ookla Updates The Speedtest.net App To 3.0 With A New UI, Maps, Proper Tablet Scaling, And An Ad-Free Option

Earlier this week Ookla teased their revised and updated Speedtest.net app for Android, and now it's live in the Play Store for anyone to download. The go-to network test for end users and reviewers alike has been completely redesigned, with a new interface, new options, and the ability to remove the advertising with a $.99 in-app purchase. That's a nice perk for frequent users.

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The old interface wasn't exactly awful, but it had been going for several years without any sort of refresh.

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Google Play Movies & TV Update 2.7.15 Brings New 'On Device' Menu, Improved 'My TV Shows' Layout, Next Episode, And More [APK Download]

Google Play Movies & TV received an update to version 2.7.15 today (or yesterday, but I haven't seen anyone with an APK until today), and while the changelog is still missing, we have noticed a number of new things.

The previous version was v2.6.9, so these line up with a point release - nothing too significant, but still more than just bug fixes.

Update: I just realized that the changelog, which Google updated on September 18th, is actually current - they just never released the update until now.

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Slacker Radio App Gets A Total Redesign And New 'My Vibes' Activity-Based Track Selection

There is no shortage of streaming music services that want to pipe tunes into your ears, but Slacker Radio just made its offering much more attractive for Android users. The app has a brand new clean interface and the option to instantly build a station based on what you happen to be up to.

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The app has done away with the strange combination of Metro-style tiles and old fashioned Android tabs that it was rocking before.

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Smart IR Remote Returns To The Play Store After Disappearing For Over A Month, Adds Tablet UI, And Is On Sale For 50%

Smart IR Remote has been missing from the Play Store for over a month, but now it's back, and it comes with greatly needed changes. For starters, you no longer have to purchase a separate version of the app to use it on both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, a deal that's bigger than you would expect considering that we're talking about two $10 purchases. And since the app is currently available for 50% off, you can get support for both smartphones for just $4.99.

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