Welcome to Friday, everyone. It would appear that a plethora of developers have placed their catalogs of games on sale today, including titles from Plug in Digital, Team 17, HandyGames, and Dotemu (a word of warning, many Dotemu titles won't work on Android 11). This is why the games section of the sales list is so plump today. 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 19 temporarily free and 61 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.
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Not even its speckled bio resin coating could save the Pixel 5 from being a slippery little fella to hold onto, and since this is a device that's meant to spend a lot of time in your hands, all it takes is one case of butterfingers to ruin your fancy new phone. There's hope, though. Whether you're in it for style, protection, or all the above, we've pulled together the five best cases you can possibly wrap around your Pixel 5.
Samsung's hard at work in bringing One UI 3 to its smartphone lineup and only recently pushed the update to the Galaxy S10 series. Unfortunately, it looks like the company ran into some severe problems with the Android 11-based firmware as it has since pulled the release — its OTA servers point to the latest One UI 2.5 version again. As SamMobile reports, owners complain about blurry photos and devices heating up.
Cheap phones cut corners. It's just unavoidable, that's why they cost less money. But each phone is its own seasoned mix of specific setbacks and disadvantages. Sometimes that's a precisely tuned combination with a clear goal in mind, but it can easily be a haphazard and hamfisted assembly loaded with gotchas. But the 2021 Moto G Play hits an almost perfect combination with good performance, unadulterated software, stellar battery life, and a big bright screen. It's a huge phone, and ounce for ounce, pretty tough to beat for $170.
Samsung's Galaxy S21 series is finally here, and the lineup is a bit different than what many were expecting. There are three models, same as last year, but the changes between them (especially the Ultra vs. the others) are more substantial than with the S20 series. The cheaper phones take clear inspiration from the success of the Galaxy S20 FE, while the Ultra inherits features from the Note series.
With WhatsApp's recent Facebook-induced privacy woes, Signal and Telegram are enjoying their time in the spotlight. Signal's privacy focus has specifically appealed to a lot of users who decided to switch away from WhatsApp, with the app seeing unprecedented growth and topping global app charts worldwide. But many of those newly-acquired users have quickly noticed Signal's limited feature set, forcing the app's devs to rush and try to plug some holes to keep everyone hooked. A few new features were promised last week, and now they're live in the latest beta version of the app.
Google introduced a new benchmark named Core Web Vitals for judging website speed last year. It has already had a role in search rankings since May 2020, so it's vital for developers to know how their websites are performing. They've been able to use the Web Vitals extension to judge speed and frame rates on the desktop for a while now, but starting with Chrome 90, Google wants to integrate these live stats right in the desktop and mobile versions of the browser. They're coming in the form of a new Performance HUD overlay.
Apple has become a big name in wireless headphones with AirPods, which are easily the most popular and recognizable earbuds worldwide. AirPods provide reliable connectivity and an all-around great wireless earbud experience, but the sound quality can't compete with a nice set of over-ear headphones. That's what the AirPods Max are about.
With great power comes great responsibility, and also great scrutiny — just ask Google. The world's leading search engine may have to pay publishers in Australia if new legislation is passed by the government. In response, Google has threatened to disable Search in the country if the new code is passed, and the threat has understandably not gone down well down under.
In a bid to save its sub-brand from the supply chain woes that have imperiled its phone business in the wake of the US trade ban, Huawei sold Honor to a Chinese government-backed consortium in November of last year. Honor is now launching its first phone as an independent company in the form of the View40 along with a new brand strategy encapsulated by the slogan "Go Beyond."