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17 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last two weeks including Automatic Dark Theme for Android 10, Vivaldi Browser Beta, and Disney+ (8/31/19 - 9/14/19)

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 two weeks or so. Today I have a dark theme app for Android 10 users, a beta listing for the Vivaldi browser, and the first regional app launch for the Disney+ streaming service. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Update Notes for Gboard, YouTube, Android Auto, and more (Sept 14, 2019)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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Scrolling Words offers everything you'd want in a crossword game, down to the letter [Sponsored]


25 temporarily free and 82 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

Welcome to the start of the weekend, everyone. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery more accessible. I'm also excited to announce that we have a sponsor today, so please give Scrolling Words - Search Word from Moving Letters a warm welcome for supporting our work to report the best sales available on the Play Store.

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MoviePass is shutting down tomorrow, parent company hopes to find a buyer

"Get customers now, worry about making money later" is a prevailing mindset for tech startups. Sometimes that works, and sometimes you get a MoviePass. After MoviePass cut its all-you-can-watch movie theater subscription service to a tantalizing $9.95/month, it never quite managed to carve out enough of a profit to actually continue operating, and now the service is shutting down completely.

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Sorry, HTPC owners: YouTube is killing its web-based TV interface

YouTube launched its 'Leanback' interface in 2010, originally designed as an automatic playback client for when you didn't want to search and navigate through videos yourself. It later turned into a full-fledged web application for control with a remote, intended for use with smart TVs and other similar devices. Unfortunately, the Leanback web app is about to join the Google Graveyard.

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[Update: Shopping app arrives] Google Express is now Google Shopping, Feed and YouTube integration coming soon

Earlier this month, a report from The Information claimed Google was preparing to overhaul its shopping services — including Google Express. Now the company has officially announced the merging of Shopping Search and Express into the new Google Shopping.

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Google One subscribers receiving automatic Android backup with broad content support

Google One subscribers can enjoy an extra Android backup panel coming to their cloud storage's management app starting this week. On top of built-in Android backup, handling texts, contacts, and app data, they will also be able to automatically upload multimedia messages (MMS) and original-quality photos and videos — though the latter has been available long before the "Google One" branding saw the light of day.

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LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed up for pre-reg on Play Store with F2P collect-a-thon action

For some reason, LEGO has been busy this year lending out its brand to nefarious developers. Last week LEGO Star Wars Battles was announced, and it appears to be a free-to-play Clash Royale clone from Warner Bros. Today Gameloft's LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed arrived on the Play Store for pre-registration, and it looks like a MARVEL Strike Force clone. Before this year, LEGO usually concentrated its efforts on quality games offered for free to advertise its brand, but now it would seem that the company is perfectly comfortable sullying its namesake to earn a quick buck off of the children that enjoy its toyline.

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Pixel 4 camera app leaks ahead of launch

Not a single day has passed this week without a Pixel 4 leak, and today is no different. This time we don't have more information on the phone itself for you. Instead, a new version of the Google Camera app purported to come from the Pixel 4 has leaked, giving us a glimpse at a retouched interface.

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