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Gameloft's Royale Rising just landed on the Play Store as a limited early access title

Gameloft is throwing its hat into the battle royale ring with a top-down shooter called Royale Rising. A team based in Brisbane Australia is developing the title, and if you'd like to take a look at how their work is progressing, you can jump into the limited early access beta today to give it a spin. The listing is only available to those who live in the US and Canada, and there is no word how long this beta will last, so if you want to check it out, make sure to do so soon.

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Both Monument Valley titles are down to $1 on the Play Store

Ustwo's beautiful Monument Valley titles are very clever, satisfying puzzlers, but at $4 and $5 for the original and its sequel, respectively, they're a little pricier than some mobile gamers are comfortable with. If you've been hesitant to try them out, maybe this will entice you: both are currently just 99 cents on the Play Store.

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Google Pay v2.78 prepares group pay and nicknames for payment methods [APK Teardown]

As we get ready to wear out our credit cards buying gifts for family, friends, coworkers, and probably ourselves, it's a good time to talk about Google Pay and what's in store for it in the future. Unfortunately, we won't be building on the holiday shopping theme with any of the teardown topics, but at least there are a couple of cool features that might get us feeling a little more festive about spending our hard-earned cash with our phones.

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'AppDialer Pro' is now free to all users going forward, refunds available for recent buyers

AppDialer Pro, a simple T9-style app launcher, has gone free, according to developer Oleksii Masnyi in a recent Medium post.

The free version of the app is being discontinued, with all users being given a refund if they purchased AppDialer Pro after Aug. 31, 2018. All Pro features will now be available at no charge, though the refund process won't happen automatically. Masnyi originally intended for this to be so, but later edited his post to clarify that users will need to contact him for a refund at [email protected] as automatic refunds will remove the app from the phone or tablet it's installed on.

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40 temporarily free and 84 on-sale apps and games to start the holiday week

Thanksgiving week is already here, at least for us in the US. That means that you should expect a lot of apps to be on sale this week and going into next. Today is no exception, so prepare yourself. In the coming days, I'll be doubly sure to highlight in bold anything that I think is noteworthy, but if you see something I didn't note, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Google News might shut down in Europe over prospective EU 'link tax'

Europe's new digital copyright legislation has raised no shortage of concerns from business and consumer rights advocates alike. The severe new regulations include what critics have dubbed a "link tax" that would require most medium to large online platforms to pay copyright holders for reproducing even small snippets of text (though a few "individual words" is fine). This, of course, is at the core of Google News, and Google is adamant that it may shut down its news aggregation app in Europe if the EU does not alter the phrasing of its legislation.

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Pulse SMS now works on Samsung smartwatches

Pulse is one of the best SMS clients available to Android, partially because it allows you to view and send messages from more than just your phone. There are client applications for macOS, Windows, Linux, Wear OS, Android TV, the web, and now Tizen.

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26 best new Android games released this week including Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, Soul Chase, and Truck Simulation 19

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have Beamdog's fantastic enhanced edition of Neverwinter Nights, a solid pixel-based platformer that's reminiscent of the NES era, and the latest yearly release of Truck Simulation. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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[Update: Maybe not] Tasker to lose SMS and phone call functionality because of Google security changes

Google has started taking Android security much more seriously in recent years, removing dangerous permissions and implementing new privacy tools. Seeing Google clobber bad apps is an unabashedly good thing, but sometimes an app we love gets caught in the crossfire. Case in point: Tasker is about to lose major pieces of its functionality because of Google's crackdown on app permissions.

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16 new and notable Android apps from the last week including 1.1.1.1: Faster & Safer Internet, Feedly Classic, and WakingNews Alarm Clock (11/10/18 - 11/17/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week's more interesting releases include a DNS app from Cloudflare, a Feedly beta release, and an alarm clock app from Yahoo. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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