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[Update: Once more] Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button

You know those beautiful bold colors that were supposed to make out Material Design? Yup, we've been kissing them goodbye for a long time now and it looks like they might be stripped away from one more app on your phone: the Play Store.

A couple of users have started seeing a new Play Store interface that takes away the green title and notification bar, replaces them with a white one.

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72 temporarily free and 98 on-sale apps and games for Cyber Monday

Hello, all, and welcome to another round of app sales. Today's list is quite large, much like it was for Black Friday, so get ready. Be looking for the few items that I've listed in bold.

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40 temporarily free and 169 on-sale apps and games for Black Friday

It's Black Friday, so that means there's a lot of sales to sort through. Let me add to that mix with some app sales, and boy are there a lot. So have fun with your shopping and we'll be back after the weekend for more.

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39 temporarily free and 91 on-sale apps and games for Thanksgiving

Welcome all, and let me start by wishing you an early happy Thanksgiving. Whether you're with family or on your own, I have quite a list of app sales to keep you entertained over the coming days. Much like last year, there are tons to be had (with more coming on Friday and Monday). Today, we have games from developers like Nvidia Lightspeed Studios, 2K, UsTwo, Aspyr, EA, Square Enix, and Devolver. Suffice to say, there is a heavy focus on games.

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Play Store now showing reminders in Updates tab to install previously-used apps

Google's Play Store seems to have at least a hundred different minor UI tests running at any given time — which makes it a bit hard for both us and consumers to keep track of things — but we've just spotted another. Google is now prompting users with a new card in the updates tab of My apps & Games which offers to reinstall applications previously used but not currently installed.

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40 temporarily free and 84 on-sale apps and games to start the holiday week

Thanksgiving week is already here, at least for us in the US. That means that you should expect a lot of apps to be on sale this week and going into next. Today is no exception, so prepare yourself. In the coming days, I'll be doubly sure to highlight in bold anything that I think is noteworthy, but if you see something I didn't note, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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28 temporarily free and 62 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

Welcome to Friday! The week is coming to a close, so that means it's time for one final round of app sales. Today's list is long-ish, so be sure to check out what's on offer, just in case there's something here that interests you.

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How to disable the Play Store's annoying pre-registration 'coming soon' notifications

Pre-registration is a handy feature on the Play Store that allows you to be notified when an unreleased app is available for download - it actually debuted several years ago. But around a year ago, Google started proactively pushing registration suggestions to some users, meaning you'd be notified if Google thought you'd be interested in a given app or game that had recently entered pre-registration. Engagement with the feature must be low, though, as a number of users have reported in recent weeks that they're receiving more of these pre-registration suggestions (some having never received them at all prior), and it's easy to understand how that could get annoying.

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23 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday. Today's list is much smaller than Monday's, though it has fewer items of note. Still, take a look through what's on offer today to see if anything catches your eye.

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Google's Digital Wellbeing exits beta, is now version 1.0 [APK Download]

Google's Digital Wellbeing landed on the same day as Android Pie's formal release, bringing the means to better control how your phone fits into your life. At the time, it was billed as a beta, and though it has expanded to other Android One devices, that label continued to apply. At least, until now. We've spotted an update that brings the app up to v1.0 and drops the beta.

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