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24 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. Now that the end of the week is here, I have a bunch of new Play Store sales to pore through, and I've highlighted the interesting titles in bold for easy discovery. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

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21 temporarily free and 36 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. The week is halfway over, which means it's time once again to check out all of the sales on the Play Store. Today I have highlighted the more interesting titles in bold, to make discovery easier, and a couple of the standouts include the games Chuchel and Human Resource Machine along with a few interesting live wallpapers from DotCode Apps. So without further ado, here are 21 temporarily free and 36 on-sale apps and games for your Wednesday.

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Some new apps aren't showing up in Play Store search, but a fix might be rolling out

Google's Play Store may have a new problem that is affecting app discoverability for many developers. Over the last two months or so, some developers have been claiming that their applications aren't surfacing in the Play Store's search results as they should, with some apps that accrued hundreds of thousands of installs not even appearing in direct searches for that app's name. Thankfully, new reports within the last twenty-four hours indicate that some kind of fix may be rolling out, resolving the issue for some developers.

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15 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

It's finally the weekend, and if your week has been anything like mine, that's a godsend. Anyhow, I'm back again with some more app sales. Enjoy.

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Google's Calculator reaches 500 x 1,000,000 installs on the Play Store

Between being preinstalled on many Android devices and generally available for users to download on the Play Store, it's little surprise that Google’s Calculator app is doing pretty well for itself. Last January the app hit the 100 million installs milestone, and now less than two years later it’s already up to 500 million.

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Here are 311 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 9 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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Google Advanced Protection Program may someday block installing apps from outside the Play Store

You may be aware of Google's Advanced Protection Program, which allows customers to opt-in on additional security protections and restrictions for their Google account, like a forced two-factor hardware security key requirement without fallbacks, and reduced account access for third-party apps. In addition to enhanced security, it also comes with other recent perks. According to details revealed in a recent teardown by 9to5Google, the Advanced Protection Program may expand to blocking apps from being installed from outside the Play Store.

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Play Store notifications no longer showing up for updated apps (Update: Fixed)

One of the great things about Android is that instead of being dependent on major OS upgrades like that other mobile operating system, Google's core apps receive regular updates throughout the year. While this is usually a highlight of the platform, it's not uncommon for features to be altered or randomly disappear without warning. Case in point: A number of reports are claiming that the Play Store notification that should be received when an app successfully updates is no longer appearing in the notification shade.

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21 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

The madness of Black Friday/Cyber Monday has calmed down, and that reflects here in the app sales roundup. Today's list is quite small, thankfully, so see what's available today.

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