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33 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games to kick off MWC

Well, it's finally here. MWC is upon us, and so things are about to get crazy. While some of the AP staff are partying it up over in Barcelona, I'm here to bring you the final round of app sales for the week (I know, you can thank me later). So enjoy what's on offer today, have fun with the all of the new announcements over the next few days, and I'll see you all on Monday.

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Play Store developers will need to target their apps for Android 9 Pie by this fall

Google is continuing to push Android developers to use the latest API features. Last November, all applications submitted to the store were required to target Android 8.0 Oreo or higher — meaning they would have to support runtime permissions and other breaking API changes. As expected, Google is now stepping up the requirements.

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Google plans to let preloaded apps update via Google Play even if you don't log in

The odds are good that you sign into a Google account as soon as you turn on a new phone. What if you don't, though? Well, none of the Google apps on your phone will work, and that includes the Play Store. Thus, pre-installed apps are cut off from updates. Google is looking to change that soon.

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36 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games to finish the week

The week before the MWC madness is coming to a close. We have a larger list for today, so hopefully you find something that interests you. As for Monday, I'm not sure if there will be a roundup for that day; I'm taking the next few days off, so we'll just have to see. Otherwise, enjoy your three-day weekend!

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Google is handing out $1 Play Store codes for use with purchases of $3 and up

Companies will use any holiday as an excuse to run a sale, and Google is no exception. For Valentine's Day, it's offering a $1 promo code for any app and game... so long as it costs over $3. Think of this less as a free dollar, and more as a free <33% discount.

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29 temporarily free and 35 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

It's time for another round of app sales. Today's is smaller and less exciting than Monday's, but feel free to take a look at we have today. Enjoy.

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Samsung's Android browser hits 1 billion downloads, more than Firefox and Opera combined

Samsung's mobile internet browser, if you ask its users, is pretty great. A lot of folks even say it's better than Chrome. That appreciation has manifested in the app hitting a very exclusive Play Store milestone: Samsung Internet Browser now has more than one billion installs.

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[Update: Google lets app stand] Google and Apple under fire for hosting Saudi app for tracking women

Technology is supposed to make life easier, but that's not always the case. For women living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, smartphones have made it harder to escape from abusive families and a social system that restricts their choices. Now, activists including Human Rights Watch are calling on Google and Apple to pull an app published by the Saudi government that helps men keep track of women and prevent them from leaving the country.

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47 temporarily free and 68 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Welcome, all, to yet another week. Time keeps moving forward. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend — I discovered, and promptly proceeded to binge watch, The Expanse over the past two days — but if Monday's got you down, then I have some app sales to hopefully cheer you up.

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33 temporarily free and 39 on-sale apps and games to kick off the weekend

Hey, there. It's Friday. Exciting, right? Well, you know what that means. Just before the weekend starts, it's time for a final round of app sales for the week. Enjoy, and I'll see you all next week.

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