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19 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/19/21 - 9/26/21)

19 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/19/21 - 9/26/21)

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 good port from Square Enix, a lazy port from Square Enix, and a greedy pay-to-win Pokémon game. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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Google plans to bring Android's kernel closer to the Linux upstream

Google plans to bring Android's kernel closer to the Linux upstream

Google has spent nearly half a decade attempting to make it easier for OEMs to keep their devices updated, most notably with the introduction of Project Treble in 2017. The company has previously proposed efforts to bring Android closer to the Linux kernel, something it's finally attempting with the upcoming release of Android 12. At this week's Linux Plumbers Conference, Google laid out how it's planning to accomplish its lofty goal.

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34 temporarily free and 55 on-sale apps and games for Friday

34 temporarily free and 55 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's almost the weekend, and so I have a plump sales roundup to share with everyone, including some quality standouts. First up is a sale for Dead Cells, a fantastic roguelike platformer that's currently discounted in celebration of a new DLC release. Next, I have Titan Quest, a solid action RPG that offers controller support. Last but not least is Atom RPG, an indie RPG often compared to classic CRPGs like Fallout. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 34 temporarily free and 55 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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The first Android phone was announced 13 years ago today

The first Android phone was announced 13 years ago today

Android has changed a lot in the past few years. Regular annual releases, some of them good and some of them not amazing, have helped the operating system greatly mature. Sometimes, though, it's good to look back and remember how things used to be when we were still at the beginning of this road. Today is one of those days, as on a day like this, 13 years ago, the very first commercial phone running Android made its public debut.

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Google Maps for Android Auto suddenly remembers that some countries drive on the left

Google Maps for Android Auto suddenly remembers that some countries drive on the left

Despite having a worldwide presence, Google can often be depressingly myopic when it comes to thinking of other countries. Case in point: Android Auto has been around for six years, and only now is Google thinking about optimizing Maps for countries where people drive on the left (with a car's steering wheel on the right), representing more than a billion people.

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

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

Welcome to Monday, everyone. After a busy weekend, sales have slowed down a bit, but I still have some quality standouts to share with everyone. First up is Johnny Bonasera 1, a humorous point-and-click adventure where you'll get to stick it to the bullies plaguing the main character. Next, I have Three Kingdoms The Last Warlord, a solid turn-based strategy game themed around Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Last but not least is Space Grunts, a fantastic roguelike that's great in short bursts. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold in order to make discovery easier.

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16 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/12/21 - 9/19/21)

16 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/12/21 - 9/19/21)

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 unique deck-building game themed around rats protecting their enclave, a trippy point and click adventure game that offers interesting art, and a quirky adventure game that's perfect for Halloween. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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8 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Media Bar, Stationhead, and Barquode (9/11/21 - 9/18/21)

8 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Media Bar, Stationhead, and Barquode (9/11/21 - 9/18/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a slick media bar app, a radio app where you can roll your own station, and a barcode app for creating, scanning, and storing barcodes. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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Your old Android phone is getting better about keeping you safe from barely-used apps

Your old Android phone is getting better about keeping you safe from barely-used apps

Google is alerting app developers to some big coding changes ahead of the planned expansion of Android's permission auto-reset policy. This means more users will have permissions they've granted to apps automatically revoked starting in December. Here's what you need to know as a consumer.

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28 temporarily free and 57 on-sale apps and games for Friday

28 temporarily free and 57 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's a busy day for sales, which means I have some quality standouts. First up is Hidden Folks, a fantastic hidden object game that offers unique black and white graphics. Next, I have My Child Lebensborn, a heartfelt story-driven game that deals with the aftermath of WW2. Last but not least is Farm Invasion USA, a whacky auto-runner that's easy to pick up and play. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 28 temporarily free and 57 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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