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10 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (4/5/21 - 4/11/21)

10 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (4/5/21 - 4/11/21)

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. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have a Game of Thrones board game from Asmodee Digital, an enjoyable rock, paper, scissors fighting game, and an adorable pet raising game filled with cute kittens. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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The best ways to sign, edit, and annotate PDF files on Chromebooks

The best ways to sign, edit, and annotate PDF files on Chromebooks

I've been using a Chromebook as my sole productivity machine for about a month now after introducing Chrome OS to my workflow over a year ago. While I've been surprisingly happy with the experience, it took me ages to find the perfect PDF reader to replace the excellent PDF Expert app on macOS. I ended up testing quite a few tools and created a fine selection of solutions that might help you find your preferred workflow for your PDF needs, too.

I personally need a PDF reader to annotate film and TV scripts mostly, but your workflow might differ from mine.

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F-Droid: the definitive un-Play Store

F-Droid: the definitive un-Play Store

Most Android devices (at least those that are decidedly not made by Huawei) come equipped with the Google Play Store. Sure, there are notable outliers, like Amazon Fire tablets, which are somewhat locked into Amazon's parallel app ecosystem, but those are the exceptions that prove the rule. While other device vendors and mobile carriers have historically offered their own app stores, there's also a carrier/network independent distribution system for Android apps: Say hello to F-Droid, the free and open alternative to commercial app stores.

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27 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games for Friday

27 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. Sales are starting to pick up for the weekend, and so I have a solid list today, along with a few standouts. First up is Titan Quest, an enjoyable action RPG that now offers all of the DLC from PC and consoles. Next up is 9th Dawn III RPG, a fantastic RPG well worth the current asking price. Last but not least is A Street Cat's Tale, an isometric adventure game that offers a heartwarming story. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier.

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Google Phone app can now record calls from unknown numbers automatically

Google Phone app can now record calls from unknown numbers automatically

Call recording is a nifty feature and can come in handy in certain situations. While third-party dialers have offered this feature, Google's Phone app only picked it up last year. Now, it's getting better by letting users record all calls coming from unknown numbers.

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Here's how to use the new Google Play Store interface that's arriving now

Here's how to use the new Google Play Store interface that's arriving now

If you take a look at the Google Play Store on your phone today, you may notice things have shifted around a bit. A new version of the interface has been appearing for a small number of users over the last week or so, but seems to rolling out more quickly now. This slight shift to the UI gets rid of the familiar hamburger menu (the three horizontal bars that used to be on the left of the search bar at the top), and instead has you tapping on your Google profile icon to get to more of the non-obvious elements of the Store.

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Google Pay adds 10 more banks in the US

Google Pay adds 10 more banks in the US

Google's newest version of Pay takes the focus off of NFC transactions, but being able to cash out with your phone at the grocery store is still the best part of the app. If you've been waiting for your bank to add support for Google Pay, you might want to look again — 22 additional financial institutions have been added since earlier this month.

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You don't need a controller to play these Xbox Game Pass titles from your phone

You don't need a controller to play these Xbox Game Pass titles from your phone

Microsoft is betting big on Game Pass as the next-gen console war heats up, and on the mobile streaming front, it's winning. Streaming games to Android via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate has proven a popular (and free!) addition to the subscription service. But having a big library of games to play on the go doesn't help if you don't have a controller handy.

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14 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

14 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. After a busy weekend, it looks like sales have slowed down for the middle of the week. Luckily we still have a few standout titles. First up is 7Days, a mystery adventure game that offers some fantastic art and dialog. Next is Castles of Mad King Ludwig, a deep board game adaptation that offers solo and multiplayer gameplay. Last but not least is Buff Knight, one of the first idle RPGs on the platform. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 14 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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If you've ever wanted to automate your spreadsheets, there's now an app for that

If you've ever wanted to automate your spreadsheets, there's now an app for that

Tasker is an incredible service that allows you to automate almost anything you could think of on your phone. The app only recently gained support for Google's new sleep tracking tools and learned to read JSON data and web pages this year, and now, Tasker can also automate Google Sheets with its latest plugin: AutoSheets.

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