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Olauncher gives your home screen an open-source, minimalist makeover

Android's open, customizable nature is one of the things that attract a lot of enthusiasts to the platform. From manufacturer-specific tweaks to third-party default app replacements, there's usually a way to make your phone look and act how you choose. Olauncher is a new home screen replacement app that endeavors to bring an open-source, lightweight, and minimal setup to your phone.

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34 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. It would appear sales have picked up a bit since the weekend, and so I have more than a few standouts to share with everyone. First up is Golf Peaks, an excellent puzzler themed around golf. Next up is RowRow, a challenging puzzle game filled with brain teasers. And if you're looking for something with a bit more atmosphere and story, then the gorgeous adventure game Heal: Pocket Edition is a great choice. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 34 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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Google Pay India rolls out tap-to-pay widely, more banks joining soon

Google Pay in India (formerly Tez) quickly rose in popularity to become almost synonymous with the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) — the very platform it’s based on. Last September, the company announced plans to expand beyond UPI payments to support tokenized cards, but nothing materialized even months after that initial teaser. It looks like Google Pay India is finally adding credit and debit cards as a supported payment option, though it isn't live for everyone yet.

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TikTok and WeChat spared from US bans for now (APK Download)

The Trump administration's prospects for bans on Chinese social apps TikTok and WeChat appear to be shelved for now. The shutdowns that were supposed to commence today  —as mandated by executive orders signed in August — have been delayed.

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17 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the week of September 14, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a new board game adaptation from Asmodee Digital. We also have a fantastic 8-bit platformer where you play as a spider and an artful philosophical game from the creators of Homo Machina. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of September 14th, 2020.

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The new Google Photos share menu is a much-needed improvement

Google has been rolling out a new share menu to Photos over the past few weeks, and it seems to have reached most people by now. For those of you who share media through Photos often, this change is a godsend.

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19 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Meme Maker, Olauncher, and OnePlus Notes (9/5/20 - 9/19/20)

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's roundup is sponsored by Meme Maker, a one-stop-shop for all of your meming needs. We also have a new minimal launcher that's easily worth a look, and OnePlus has released a notes app, in case Keep doesn't float your boat. I've also moved the COVID apps into their own section for easier discovery. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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OnePlus is bringing another of its apps to the Play Store for faster updates

OnePlus has added a number of its native apps to the Play Store lately, teasing new looks in line with its OxygenOS 11 redesign. Big focuses for the overhaul so far have included reachability and convenience, and OnePlus Messages is no exception. OnePlus has finally added its messaging app to the Play Store in preparation for faster updates, and it looks like the first one will come with some nice new features.

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Samsung just fixed landscape mode on three of its coolest customization apps

Android is known for being the more customizable of the two mainstream mobile operating systems out there, and Samsung's flavor of Android has never been shy about letting its users make a device their own. New updates to three of Samsung's Good Lock plug-ins will make them play nicer when devices rotate to landscape orientation.

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11 temporarily free and 49 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. Now that the weekend is almost here, it's time once again to check out all of the app and game sales currently available on the Google Play Store. It looks like discounted icons are the name of the game today, thanks to a plethora of releases from coccco28. Rest assured, I still have a few standouts to share with everyone, including the idle clicker A Dark Room. If you're looking for something a little more relaxing, then perhaps the hidden object game Hidden Through Time is more your speed. Of course, if you prefer puzzle-based adventure games, Robot Gentleman's 60 Parsecs is definitely worth picking up.

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