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Here are 40 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps, plus the first App of the Week

Welcome to the first app sales post of the week. Of course, today is not Monday, so I can understand your confusion. My classes started this week, so I got busy sorting everything out, but at least I'm back now. So here you are, a fresh list of apps.

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The Task Master watch face puts your calendar front and center

It's getting harder to do something new with Android Wear watch faces, but that doesn't mean you can't improve on what's already been done. Case in point: the new Task Master watch face shows calendar appointments on your wearable, but it does so better than other watch faces. It's even usable if you've got a lot of calendar appointments to track.

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Astro's voice assistant is dedicated to managing your emails

The Astro email app launched earlier in the year with the promise of helping you to clean up your inbox using AI. It's available for Office 365 and Gmail accounts and had garnered praise from users of both services. There's an integration that lets you manage your emails from Slack, and since June it's been possible to manage your emails with Astrobot Voice via an Alexa Skill on Amazon's Echo speaker. That same voice assistant functionality is now available directly from the app.

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ASUS releases Page Marker, a Pocket-like offline page and article saving app [APK Download]

Page Marker was introduced by ASUS as part of ZenUI 4.0, but the app has now found its way onto the Play Store. It might be a closed beta for now as the testing enrollment page isn't open for all, or it could only be compatible with select ASUS devices (none of my devices can get it and even Corbin's two ASUS tablets don't show as compatible), but the app is listed on the Play Store and we were able to grab the APK file for sideloading.

So what exactly is Page Marker? It's kind of like a middle ground between Chrome's built-in page downloader and the full-fledged Pocket service.

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Google v7.10 beta reveals Bisto-like headphones to be made by partners, details about hardware buttons and capabilities, and much more [APK Teardown]

Yesterday was a busy day with the official announcement of Android Oreo and our sun playing a short game of peekaboo behind the moon. Yesterday also saw the release of a brand new version of the Google app to the beta channel. After a bit of digging, there aren't any notable changes jumping out at us, but a teardown of the APK provides a monstrous amount of information about a mystery device called Bisto. There's plenty here, so let's dig straight into the juicy bits!

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Chrome on Android adding support for third-party search engine logos

Earlier this year, an anti-trust lawsuit in Russia led Google to make some changes with Chrome on Android. The settlement required Google to develop a search widget that uses any search engine, which shipped as part of Chrome 60. Chrome also now asks users in Russia to pick a search engine when first installed. In a related move, Google is adding support for custom search engine logos in Chrome for Android.

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WhatsApp Web shows new Status, supports Slack-like emoji insertion

We don't often cover WhatsApp Web here since it's not exactly Android, but it's related enough to the Android app that we do make an exception every now and then when there's something worth talking about. Today is one of those examples, but it's worth pointing out that some of these changes aren't new and have been there for a while — maybe even for a month or two. But again, we had to wait until there was enough news to warrant a post.

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[Freebie Alert] Get 3 months of Plex Pass for free with discount code ($14.85 value)

Plex might have modified some of its privacy policy lately, but if you're not that alarmed by the change especially if you don't use third-party services and thus won't be affected by the new terms, then you could be interested in a deal that Plex is offering its new and existing users: 3 free months of Plex Pass subscription. Edit: it might not work for existing subscribers, but if you were already a free user, you should get it.

The Plex Pass normally costs $4.95/month and has a lot of added features including offline caching for your chosen media, parental controls and managed accounts for the little ones in your house, cloud storage compatibility in case your server is offline, the new Live TV offerings, better music and photo recognition and organization, and more.

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[Update: Live in beta for everyone] WhatsApp is testing colorful text status updates similar to Facebook's

You know how all of a sudden your Facebook feed started filling up with status updates that had colorful backgrounds? That might soon start happening on WhatsApp. The feature, which started rolling out to Facebook's Android users late last year then spread to other platforms a couple of months ago, is now being tested in WhatsApp's new status screen. Perhaps WhatsApp hopes it will convince people to start using those new statuses more - 99% of my friends don't bother with them and I've heard the same from lots of people.

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LastPass launches public beta with support for Oreo's autofill API

One of the more exciting features in Android 8.0 is support for autofill providers; apps that can drop in your username and password without a bunch of clunky workarounds. The catch, however, is that apps need to be updated with this feature in mind. LastPass is already readying Oreo support, and you can check it out now in the new public beta.

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