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Best Android games of 2019 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

Christmas is almost here, and with another year having passed us by, it's time to pore through the best Android games released on the Play Store in 2019. Just like the previous two years, I've ordered the roundup by price so that everyone can easily find the titles that best appeal to them, whether you prefer premium releases or free-to-play games that contain in-app purchases. After all, today's list isn't a popularity contest. So not only do we have a plethora of fantastic games to share today, but we also have a few honorable mentions listed at the bottom of today's roundup, plus we have chosen a WTF release for the year, and it's a doozy.

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Speedtest now has a VPN in its mobile apps, because why not?

At this point, there are more VPN services than anyone can reasonably keep track of, all offering roughly the same features — with varying levels of security, anyway. In case you really needed another option, Speedtest.net has now added a VPN function to its Android and iOS apps.

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YouTube TV guide now shows 7 days of upcoming programs instead of a few hours

Today, YouTube TV announced the addition of a new feature to the service's Live Guide, the cord-cutting app's list of upcoming programming, which will now allow users to browse content seven days in advance of airing. Interested users can try out the revamped programming guide now by visiting the desktop version of YouTube TV's site.

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Sling increases prices, adds free DVR and more channels

Good news and bad news, Sling subscribers. The good news is that your package, be it Orange or Blue, is getting new features. But they're also both increasing in price, from $25 to $30 per month. If you've got both, you'll pay an additional $5, too: that plan is now $45.

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Electronic music radio DI.FM finally adds Android Auto support (Update: Other genres, too)

Electronic music fans must've been particularly nice this year as the popular electronic music radio app DI.FM gave them an early Christmas present: The latest update to the application finally adds Android Auto support, a feature some people have been wanting for more than a year already.

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Gift yourself Nova Launcher Prime for $1 (or less) this holiday season

With over 50 million installs, Nova clearly leads the launcher clan, and the reason for that general approval is nothing short of its plethora of customization options. If you’ve been patiently waiting for a deal to unlock more premium-tier features, now is the time to hit that buy button, as the developer is being a bit generous for the holiday season. Nova Launcher Prime can be bought for just $1 in the US, while those living elsewhere can save even more.

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35 temporarily free and 117 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. With Christmas only a few days away, there just so happens to be more than a few sales available on the Google Play Store. As always, I've highlighted the more exciting titles in bold to make discovery a little easier, with the majority located under the Sale Games section. There are also some solid apps under the Sales Apps list, such as Nova Launcher Prime and Moon+ Reader Pro. So without further ado, here are 35 temporarily free and 117 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week. Oh, and don't forget to check out this past Friday's sale roundup, because there are a boatload of quality sales available there too.

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YouTube tests 'featured in this video' section on Android

Over the last few years, the YouTube creator community has grown closer together and collaborations have become a regular occurrence. To make it easier for you to find out which YouTubers participate in a video, Google is A/B testing a new 'featured in this video' section on Android. In it, you'll find an overview of partaking creators complete with links to their channels and the option to subscribe.

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Action Launcher v45 adds Android 10 gesture navigation support, ActionDash enhancements, and more

The initial Android 10 release wasn't playing nicely with third-party launchers — to use the new navigation gestures, you were forced to stick with Google's Pixel Launcher. The December feature drop (which sadly still hasn't arrived on all Pixel phones) changed that and finally added gesture navigation support for third-party solutions. Action Launcher is one of the first to take advantage of this with a new version that also brings along improvements to the app's take on Digital Wellbeing and its Quicktheme UI customization engine.

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20 new Android games from the week of December 16th, 2019: Snowman Story, My Winter Album, and Little White Rocket

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 fantastic adventure game that's perfect for Christmas, a relaxing puzzler that contains a winter theme, and a planet-orbiting arcade game that's perfect for a relaxing experience. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 16th, 2019.

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