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Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

As one of the most important apps on a smartphone, Google is always making tweaks to the Play Store to improve its usability and design. Earlier this month, a controversial test was spotted that took hamburgers off the menu. Now the Play Store is experimenting with a new change that shows direct comparisons between similar apps to let users decide which best fits their needs.

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23 temporarily free and 50 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

23 temporarily free and 50 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. We have a full list of sales to share with everyone today, including some awesome standouts. So if you're a fan of farming sims, then the current sale on Stardew Valley is a must-get. If you prefer puzzle games, then perhaps the unique hidden object game Hidden Folks is more your speed. Last up is Beholder, a fantastic political sim where you get to spy on your neighbors. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 23 temporarily free and 50 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Google Play app approvals are suffering severe delays, jeopardizing security and customer retention

Google Play app approvals are suffering severe delays, jeopardizing security and customer retention

Around this time last year, Google began imposing a more strenuous review process on new apps and updates submitted to the Play Store. For many developers, this was only a minor inconvenience that slowed down publishing by a few hours or days. However, in the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a growing number of people have detailed delays of several weeks for new apps and even simple bug fixes.

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27 temporarily free and 96 on-sale apps and games for Monday

27 temporarily free and 96 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. It would seem that we have a huge roundup to start the week, with many games and icon packs that are currently on sale. Of course, this means I have more than a few standouts to share with everyone. First up is Star Wars: KOTOR, a fantastic RPG that plays great on mobile. Next is Slayaway Camp, one of my favorite puzzle games that's perfect for Halloween. We also have Rebuild, an enjoyable strategy game all about surviving the zombie apocalypse, another title that's perfect for All Hallows' Eve. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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Tapatalk has been pulled from the Google Play Store

Tapatalk has been pulled from the Google Play Store

Tapatalk was an incredibly popular Android app in years past, as it provided an easy way to access thousands of web forums through a single application, in an era when many websites had limited mobile layouts. The app still maintains a loyal (albeit smaller) following to this day, though the Android version has now been removed by the Google Play Store.

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25 temporarily free and 44 on-sale apps and games for Friday

25 temporarily free and 44 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It would appear that today's sales concentrate primarily on games, and so I have a few standouts to share with everyone. First up is Death Worm, a delightful title all about eating everything and anything as a giant worm. Next is G30 - A Memory Maze, a minimal puzzler that tells a story through each puzzle. Last up is Legends of Andor – The King’s Secret, a deep and engaging board game adaptation that's easily worth the current asking price. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. While the middle of the week tends to be slower when it comes to interesting sales, I luckily still have a few standouts to share with everyone today. So if you're looking for a solid puzzler that stars an adorable hexapus (an octopus-like creature with six legs), Takoway is a fantastic pickup. If you prefer action-based shooting games, then Slaughter 3 is a well-reviewed choice. And if you're more interested in tangible hobbies, perhaps the stargazing app Stellarium Mobile PLUS is more your speed. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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38 temporarily free and 62 on-sale apps and games for Monday

38 temporarily free and 62 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. We have a massive list of sales to share with everyone today, including a few standout games. So if you enjoy simulation titles, then 911 Operator should definitely be on your radar. If you prefer stylish puzzle games, then Kenshō may be more your speed, and if you're a CRPG fan, then the sale on Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition is a worthwhile pickup. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 38 temporarily free and 62 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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23 temporarily free and 41 on-sale apps and games for Friday

23 temporarily free and 41 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The weekend's almost here, and so it's time once again to pore through the latest app and game sales on the Play Store. Like most Fridays, we have a boatload of worthwhile sales to share with everyone, with more than a few standouts as well. First up is SimpleRockets, a fantastic simulation game all about launching rockets. If you prefer something with a bit more action, then the ARPG Evoland should easily fulfill your needs. Though if you're a simulation nut, then the sale on Project Highrise may pique your interest. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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Google Play Console introduces new publishing controls and a more intuitive overview

Google Play Console introduces new publishing controls and a more intuitive overview

The Google Play Console hasn't always been the most robust tool for publishing apps, but it's getting better and solving some of the problems developers have experienced over the years. The latest update brings two long-awaited enhancements that should make the publishing experience easier and a bit more intuitive.

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