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17 temporarily free and 31 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. After a monumental Friday last week, it would appear things have calmed down now that we've hit the middle of the summer. Luckily I still have a few standouts to share today, including the games Death WormLevelhead, and Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron: Extended Edition. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 17 temporarily free and 31 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Google's response to Android apps getting delayed or killed in the background leaves a lot to be desired

Google's Android AMA is underway, and the team's engineers have already answered the most hotly-anticipated question: How will Google fix the problem of inconsistent background limits across different manufacturers and devices? It's a long-standing problem where overly aggressive power management tweaks break functionality in plenty of apps, resulting in a headache for developers and frustration for users. According to the AMA, Google does plan on making a few changes to help fix things, but the company isn't doing all that it could.

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Nearby Share is starting to roll out more widely on Android

Nearby Share, Android's AirDrop equivalent, had been teased and leaked for over a year before it finally made its shy debut at the end of June. In its limited rollout, the feature was restricted to devices running Google Play Services beta, and was also governed by a server-side test. Only a small percentage of users got it, but it now appears to be rolling out widely and coming out of beta too.

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Android 11's jarring Pixel 4 display flicker bug will be fixed shortly

Starting with Android 11 Developer Preview 4, a few Pixel 4 users, including us here at Android Police, noticed an odd display flicker bug, which we could pin down to some rapid flip-flopping between the 60 and 90Hz modes. While you might not be able to see it in screen recordings, the flickering is very visible and very annoying when you use the phone. Unfortunately, the bug is still present two development cycles later in Beta 2, but Google has promised that it will fix the issue with an update slated to be released in two weeks.

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17 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. The middle of the week tends to be slow when it comes to sales, but luckily Headup's catalog of paid games is on sale today, including the standouts Bridge Constructor Portal and The Inner World. On top of this, OrangePixel is offering the original Meganoid platformer at a worthy discount. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 17 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Microsoft is bringing Android OS development for the Surface Duo in-house

The dual-screen Surface Duo is slated to be Microsoft's first Android device, but most of the work involved in porting Android was done by a contracted team of developers. Microsoft seems sure of the Duo's success (whenever it is released), as the company has now acquired the external development team, and development on a Surface Duo 2 has begun.

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Android 11 will let devs block network access in parts of their apps for better security

With every big new OS version there are countless under-the-hood upgrades that will go unnoticed by regular users but could have a positive impact on their experience. Android 11 will be no different, and we've spotted one such small but potentially important new feature in Google's developer documentation for the upcoming release. Starting in Android 11, apps will be able to grant per-process network access.

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Upcoming Google Home improvements include Assistant routines from device makers

Google has just come off of its virtual "Hey Google" Smart Home Summit with a bouquet of goodies that will let developers make their appliances more useful and, in turn, help people do things around the house in a smarter way. Some of the changes are ones we've already reported on, but there are a few you probably aren't aware of that might just fit your bill.

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Nearby Share spotted working on Chrome OS

For years, Apple has allowed you to share files seamlessly with friends and across your iOS and macOS devices via AirDrop. While Android used to support something similar with the NFC-based Android Beam, the feature never really saw wide adoption and was removed with the launch of Android 10 last year. But Google has been working on a much more powerful replacement that's more in line with AirDrop: Nearby Share, which only recently showed up in an Android 11 developer video. While we initially thought it would only allow you to exchange files and links with closeby friends, evidence is mounting that sharing with Google Chrome might also be an option.

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36 temporarily free and 67 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Since we just celebrated a holiday weekend in the US, many sales are going around, and so I have a healthy roundup today that includes more than a few noteworthy titles. This means you can pick up the fantastic puzzle game Threes! at a drastic discount. If you're more a fan of golf games, then you'll definitely want to check out the sale for Golf Peaks. Of course, if you prefer deep RPGs, then you'll be glad to hear Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is on sale once again, for half-off. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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