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14 temporarily free and 39 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Hey, y'all, and welcome to another week. I've got a fresh list of app sales for your perusal, though it lacks the excitement that last week's had. Still, there's a decent amount here, so have at it.

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[Update: Rolling out to stable] Samsung Pay beta adds international money transfers and prepaid Samsung Pay Cash Card [APK Download]

In a perfect world, digital wallets would let you leave your wallet at home. The world isn't perfect, but Samsung Pay gets you closer than most with support for your cards in almost all stores. The latest beta version of Samsung Pay adds two additional features, making it even more capable. Samsung Pay Cash is a mobile-only prepaid card, and Money Transfer lets you send money overseas from your phone.

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[Update: Now in stable] Nova Launcher beta adds support for Android 10 dark theme

Android 10 is finally available after months of beta tests, but it's only on a handful of devices. Nova Launcher is nevertheless wasting no time adding support for one of Android 10's most popular features: dark mode. You can now tell your launcher to follow the system dark mode setting.

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Android Auto reaches 50 million installs on the Play Store

While other apps recently celebrated download numbers surpassing billions, Android Auto only reached the milestone of 50 million installs on the Play Store yesterday. That's still an impressive number for an app that only works with a limited amount of car entertainment systems and that doesn't come pre-installed on most Android phones, unlike the 'big' Google apps such as Gmail, Search, or Calendar.

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[Update: APK Download] Google Messages v5.0 syncs dark mode with the Android 10 system theme, restores emoji shortcut

Android 10 may not have brought the most substantial changes the OS has ever seen, but some of the new features have certainly been popular with users. Among those is a system-wide setting for dark mode, which allows apps to automatically switch their color palette to match. This still requires apps to actually support the mode switch, and as of the latest release of Google Messages, there is one more that has made the change.

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Facebook becomes first non-Google app to pass 5 billion installs on Android

Five billion is a big number, especially when it comes to app installs. To date, only pre-installed Google apps (Play Services, YouTube, Maps, etc.) have passed that milestone, but now Facebook has just joined the elite club.

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19 new Android games from the week of September 30, 2019: Call of Duty: Mobile, League of Wonderland, and Takoway

Welcome to the roundup of the latest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the official release for Call of Duty Mobile, a new Clash Royale clone from Sega, and an adorable perspective-based puzzler staring an octopus. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released the week of September 30, 2019.

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19 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Vivaldi Browser Snapshot, Threads from Instagram, and Duet Display (9/21/19 - 10/05/19)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have a snapshot release for the Vivaldi Browser, a new messaging app from Instagram, and a new release from Duet that makes it easy to turn your Android device into a secondary display. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps and live wallpapers released in the last two weeks.

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Microsoft Excel hits one billion Play Store installs

Microsoft apps are gaining ground on Android. Joining the ranks of apps like Word and One Drive, Excel has passed one billion downloads on the Play Store. Microsoft's spreadsheet tool still leads Google Sheets on Android, whose native app hit 500 million installs earlier this year.

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14 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

It's finally Friday, so here are some app sales to tide you over for the weekend. It's a decent list today, with a few notable goodies in bold. Enjoy your weekend, everyone, and I'll see you all on Monday.

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