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Android TV Play Store starts getting its long-awaited redesign

At Google I/O this year, Android TV Product Lead Anwar Haneef introduced a new look for the Play Store that focuses on usability and discovery. That new look is rolling out now to some users on Play Store version 16.9.42.

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

Wow, it just occurred to me that October is already half over. Anyway, I have another list of app sales for you to browse through. There are a few icon packs on sale today, including the one I use on every device (which you can find in bold below).

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Datally, Google's data-saving app, has been unceremoniously axed from the Play Store

Google has a ton of first-party applications hanging out in the Play Store, from the more popular superstars like Google Search, Assistant, and Maps, to the less prominent Authenticator, Playground, or Opinion Rewards. Google has also killed off plenty of beloved applications over the years, and now the crew at Mountain View has seemingly struck again, this time tossing Datally into the pit of oblivion.

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16 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps and games for Columbus Day

Welcome to Monday. Some of you may have had the day off, some of you elected to take the floater holiday later, and the rest of you had to work. Whatever your situation, I have some app sales for y'all to check out.

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9 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps and games for the weekend, including Monument Valley 2

We're on the cusp of another holiday weekend, so here's a very small list of app sales to get it started. Yep, there isn't a whole lot today, except Monument Valley 2, but be sure to check out Wednesday's post. There were several excellent games there on sale.

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LG TV Plus app update restores compatibility with Android 10 devices

OS update season is always my favorite time of the year. Like clockwork, the next version of Android is released with a bunch of new fixes, features, and fanfare for the future of the world's most popular mobile platform. Unfortunately, new software usually means some old apps are bound to break. For LG webOS TV owners who are suffering from a borked LG TV Plus app following the Android 10 upgrade, we've got some good news for you.

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Pinterest releases new tiny 1MB Lite app for emerging markets

Roadblocks like low broadband and 4G penetration aggravated by entry-level smartphones with limited storage keep many apps from expanding deeper into certain developing nations. A quick workaround to these hurdles is bringing ‘lite’ app versions to these markets, a solution popularized after Facebook Lite was introduced back in 2015. Pinterest soon followed with its own bite-sized app that didn’t survive for a long time. After rebuilding Pinterest Lite from the ground up, the company is now reintroducing it to five countries.

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[Update: Back] WhatsApp is mysteriously disappearing from the Play Store

If you try to look for WhatsApp on the Play Store now, you're likely to find nothing. For many users, searching for the app's name only returns WhatsApp Business, and the regular Messenger app has disappeared from both the Installed and Beta tabs under My apps & games. It is still accessible under its listing's URL though.

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11 temporarily free and 41 on-sale apps and games, including Monument Valley, Dandara, and Whispers of a Machine

Welcome, one and all, to another round of Wednesday app sales! Today's list is actually pretty exciting. Raw Fury has put up all of its premium games for sale, including the excellent Dandara and Whispers of a Machine. The titles you see in bold below come with my highest personal recommendation, especially the aforementioned Whispers of a Machine.

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Google Play Store v17 fixes the broken changelog menu [APK Download]

Over the past few days, updates to the Google Play Store broke the changelog menu under My Apps & games. Users noticed that tapping the little arrow next to any app didn't trigger the changelog to appear below it, so they had to dig into the app listing looking for the latest changes brought by each update. Thankfully, that's now fixed with the latest Play Store v17.

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