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Friday, May 10: Google Calendar reaches 1 billion installs on the Play Store

Since Google Calendar is one of the company's oldest and most ubiquitous products, you might think it would have reached this milestone already. However, it's only now joining the illustrious list of apps that have been installed from Play Store a total of one billion times.

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Hue app adds 'Zones' for custom light grouping

Philips Hue is the most well-known smart lighting brand, but it's been a little behind on features. Until now, the only way to group lights was within rooms. With the latest app update, you can finally create custom groups, known as Hue Zones.

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Google will recalculate all Play Store review scores this summer

It can be easy to forget that Google I/O is a developer conference, so there are plenty of dev-focused announcements that don't get keynote attention. Most of that is of little consequence to the average user, but you might notice the upcoming change to Play Store ratings. Starting later this summer, Google will recalculate review scores to give more weight to recent reviews.

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24 temporarily free and 24 on-sale apps and games for I/O Wednesday

Good afternoon, and welcome back to some app sales. It's been a crazy week with Google I/O – the fatigue is real – so I took some time this morning to rest, which is why this is so late in the day. You'll have to forgive me, especially since there's not a whole lot good to be had today.

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Background apps can no longer launch activities in Android Q beta 3

Google is following through on a promise it made when it unveiled Android Q. As of the newly launched beta, apps running in the background can no longer launch activities. Google has a good reason for doing this, but it's sure to upset the users of automation apps like Tasker.

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33 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to kick off Google I/O week

Welcome to Google I/O 2019 week, everyone. Things are about to kick into high gear, so be ready for the barrage of news. Though the keynote isn't until tomorrow, you can still expect some early stuff today, so why not have a look through some app sales before that starts?

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18 new and notable Android games from the last week including Grimvalor, Tesla vs Lovecraft, and Golf Blitz

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 I have a fantastic hack and slash platformer, a gorgeous twin-stick shooter with a Lovecraftian theme, and a competitive mini golf game from Noodlecake Studios. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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15 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last two weeks including PHAROS AR, Playground: POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, and The Great C (4/20/19 - 5/4/19)

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 an AR release from Childish Gambino, a new Playmoji pack filled with Pokémon, and a virtual reality release built around a short story by Philip K. Dick. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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20 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps and games for Friday

TGIF, y'all. The weekend before Google I/O is almost here, so savor it because next week is going to be nuts. There will be the regularly-scheduled app sales and I'll try to get them out early in the mornings so that you have some time to look through them before I/O news starts. Unlike Wednesday's roundup – which still has goodies like the Evoland games and KOTOR on sale – today's is quite small.

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24 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps and games, including both Evolands, KOTOR, and some Asmodee titles

Welcome to May, everyone. To bring in the new month, we have a good list of app sales for your perusal today. Evoland 1 and 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and a handful of Asmodee games are all on sale today. You'll find those, and other goodies, in bold below.

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