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22 temporarily free and 31 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The weekend is almost here, so it's time to check out the app and game sales currently running on the Play Store. Playdigious is offering many of its games at substantial discounts today, including the titles Evoland 2, Teslagrad, and Cultist Simulator, which are all well worth their asking prices. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 22 temporarily free and 31 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Google Chat will soon tell you when colleagues ignore your messages

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Firefox 80 marks the return of the back button and refines tab management (APK download)

Mozilla only recently started rolling out the fully redesigned Firefox bearing version number 79 to Android users, but it's already releasing its successor: Firefox 80. It's improving some smaller aspects that were initially missing or wonky, but extension support remains as limited as it's been.

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The Instagram app is rolling out Reels navigation button to all, starting with India

TikTok facing bans in two of its most prominent markets is only putting pressure on competitors to step up and fill that gap. Instagram jumped at the chance and quickly expanded its own TikTok clone, Reels, to international markets. The feature currently lives inside the Explore tab, but the photo-sharing app doesn't want things to stop there. Instagram is now trying to push users towards Reels even more by giving it a prominent position on the home screen.

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Samsung's new Pentastic Good Lock app lets you customize Galaxy Note's S Pen UI and features (APK download)

Samsung's Good Lock modules are a popular way of customizing Galaxy devices, and a new one for the Note series is sure to be just as well received. Pentastic lets you personalize the look of the various UI functions relating to the lineup's iconic S Pen, including the Air Command menu, pointer, and more.

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Dark mode for Google Maps is almost ready for prime time

Google has been teasing and working on a dark theme for Maps for well over a year, but it's yet to come to full fruition. It looks like that's about to change, as app sleuth Alessandro Paluzzi and 9to5Google have found evidence that Google might be close to release dark mode to the public.

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Nova Launcher beta adds Android 11's quirky flower, pebble, and vessel icon shapes (APK Download)

Nova Launcher continues to be one of the fastest third-party app launchers to get inspiration from the latest Pixel changes. That trend continues with a fresh batch of new icon shapes, some of them lifted from the Android 11 developer previews and subsequent beta.

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Mozilla promises expanded extensions support following controversial Firefox Android update

Mozilla has been working on a rewritten version of Firefox for Android, designed to be faster and easier to maintain, and it started rolling out to the stable channel last week. Even though the new version is absolutely an upgrade in some areas, replacing the older browser before the newer codebase had all the same features has proven to be an unpopular move.

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YouTube TV adds NFL Network, plus $11 Sports Plus add-on with RedZone, Fox College Sports, and more

YouTube TV is apparently about to release another add-on package — this one called Sports Plus. It's said to include seven new networks that you'll get if you pay an unknown amount of extra bucks per month. It also seems that NFL Network will be available for all YouTube TV subscribers, which is nice.

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APKMirror Installer now available on the Android TV Play Store

The introduction of app bundles has made sideloading Android applications a bit more difficult. That's why APKMirror, sister site of Android Police, released an installer application earlier this year alongside support for app bundles on the website. APKMirror Installer has continued to receive new improvements since then, and now it's officially supported on Android TV.

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