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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Blizzard Esports, Heritage Scanner, and Otter Voice Notes (10/20/18 - 10/27/18)

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 week or so. This week we have an esports app, an app that can guess your heritage just by scanning a picture of your face, more than a few A&E Android TV releases, and a note taking app that uses a smart AI to transcribe your voice recordings. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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Apex Launcher developer admits defeat, tries to roll back app to v3

There was a time when Apex Launcher was among the best home screen apps on Android. However, it fell behind the likes of Nova and Action Launcher before going silent. Apex made a comeback in 2017, but the update to v4 over the summer has been nothing short of a disaster. Now, the developers are trying to undo the damage by rolling back to v3 in the latest "update."

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31 temporarily free and 84 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

Welcome to Friday! October is almost over, Halloween is just a few days away, and we have a lot of app sales to get through today. I couldn't think of what exactly to call out specifically in the title without making it ten lines long, but we have some high-profile stuff in this list. There are games from Noodlecake, Nvidia Lightspeed Studios, Oddworld Inhabitants, and more. If you're looking for games, today's the day for you.

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Snapchat shed 2 million more users in Q3, but there is hope

If you're a regular reader, you probably know how most of us feel about Snapchat. I actually used to use it pretty often, but as the app became increasingly bloated and sluggish, my friends and I defected to other services or just stopped altogether. Q3 financials are in, and although Snapchat lost a further two million users, there are some signs of a recovery.

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You can now follow businesses in Google Maps for Android

Do you have some favorite haunts around town? Well, now you can do more than star or save them in Maps—you can also follow them. Following a business gets you updates on events and promotions inside Maps. This feature is rolling out today on Android only.

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[Update: EU Assistant alternative] Google releases trio of new system apps to Play Store, including Pixel exclusives

Earlier this month, Google pushed up a Play Store listing for its new Search Suggestions app for Pixel phones, which powers — as you'd likely guess from the name — both the search functionality inside the Settings app and the suggestions which appear at the top. Now three more Pixel-specific apps have hit the Play Store: Pixel TipsConnectivity Health Services, and Voice Action Services. Pixel Tips powers an animated guide that introduces you to your Pixel 3, Voice Action Services is connected in some imprecisely defined way to voice-based Assistant actions, and Connectivity Health Services does... something, probably.

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31 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday, including some Asmodee titles

Hello, all, and welcome to Wednesday. I'm back again with some app sales to help you get through your week. Today's list features some games from Asmodee Digital, so if you're into that developer's work, be sure to jump on those deals. Otherwise, check out what's available today and I'll see you on Friday.

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Report: Apps can track when you uninstall them via push notifications

According to a report yesterday by Bloomberg, some Android apps may be using silent push notifications to track if and when you uninstall them, which is alleged to be a violation of both Apple and Google's policies. Ostensibly this is being done to target such users with advertisements designed to win the back, although the tracking providers claim this functionality is designed to gauge response to app updates and changes.

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32 temporarily free and 41 on-sale apps and games to begin the week, including Trine 2

Welcome to the last full week of October. Halloween is just around the corner, meaning that those noisy decorations at Target and Walmart will soon be replaced with Christmas trees and such. Anyway, since it's Monday, we have some app sales to get through. Today's list features a couple of goodies, including the fantastic platformer Trine 2. The only caveat is that it's only compatible with the Nvidia Shield TV, so keep that in mind before purchasing.

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18 best new (and 1 WTF) Android games released this week including Reigns: Game of Thrones, NBA 2K19, and Indian Summer

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. This week I have an offshoot of the Reigns series that uses a Game of Thrones skin, this year's NBA release from 2K, and a delightful fall-themed puzzle game. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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