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Here are 19 temporarily free and 99 on-sale apps, including titles from Square Enix, OUYA, Noodlecake, and more

Welcome to Wednesday. The week before Christmas is already half over, and to celebrate the impending holiday, I have a Black Friday-size, gargantuan list for you all (much, much larger than Monday's). We have stuff from Square Enix, Noodlecake, OUYA, and a whole bunch more. If you're not aware, Nvidia is running a massive sale on both Android and GeForce NOW games, which you can check out here. Also, while we're on the topic of Noodlecake, be sure to look at the new Humble Bundle — we're giving away 10 codes, too.

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Play Store to require new and updated apps to target recent API levels and distribute native apps with 64-bit support

The Play Store created some controversy last month after announcing plans to remove apps that used Accessibility Services for any purpose that didn't directly relate to disabled users. While Google is reconsidering the best implementation for the Accessibility Services policy, a separate announcement introduces additional policies intended to help make apps distributed through the Play Store more secure and possibly improve performance. Over the next two years, developers will be required to target a recent SDK version in their app updates and provide 64-bit versions of native apps if they aren't already. The Play Store will also begin adding some new metadata to APKs for verification purposes, but most developers shouldn't need to worry about this.

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[Deal Alert] Death Road to Canada by Noodlecake Studios is down to just $0.99 ($9 off)

Breaking form a little bit here, we decided to pass this along to you, dear readers, before tomorrow's typical list of app sales. Noodlecake Studios, a very well-known developer liked by many, has put the game Death Road to Canada on sale. Normally, I'd just let this sit until tomorrow, but a dev of this renown putting one of its $9.99 games on sale for a measly $0.99? That's worthy of its own post.

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Facebook's Messenger Lite app hits the 100 million installs milestone

Many who've used Facebook's main or messaging apps over the years will be acutely aware of how resource and data-hungry they can be. Messenger Lite was a welcome addition when it was released on the Play Store back in October 2016, as it promised to solve both of those issues. The only problem at the time was that it was only launched in emerging markets.

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Android Studio's Emulator reaches stable channel with Quick Boot for 6-second startup times, Play Store support, and an assortment of other improvements

Back in October, Android Studio 3.0 was set loose to the stable channel with improved support for the Kotlin language, platform technologies like Android Things, and many other new and improved features. At the same time, a major upgrade to the Android Emulator also went out to developers on Android Studio's canary channel. It came with quite a few enhancements, but the the headliner was Quick Boot, which can reportedly achieve startup times of less than 6 seconds. Today, this version of the emulator reaches the stable channel and the Android Tools team posted about many of the other valuable improvements this update brings.

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Start the week with 21 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps, including Nova Launcher Prime

It's the week before Christmas, which is both crazy and exciting. For some, these next several days will pass with agonizing slowness; others like me will start (or have started) panicking because they haven't finished wrapping presents yet. All of that aside, we're due for the first round of app sales. Spoiler: it's not a great list today, but feel free to peruse. But pay special attention to Nova Launcher Prime, which is on sale for just $0.99.

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The popular Zooper Widget has been removed from the Play Store

Customization has always been one of Android's strengths with various options for home screens, icons, stock app replacements, and widgets. Anyone who's gotten deep into customizing the UI has probably come across the Zooper Widget. You won't come across it anymore, though. Zooper and Zooper Pro have both disappeared from the Play Store.

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Kick off the weekend with 28 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps

It's Friday! The final round of app sales has rolled around, just in time for the weekend. The holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is right around the corner... where did December go? Anyway, we have a slightly longer list than usual for a Friday, so let's dig in.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp passes 10 million installs on the Play Store in just 23 days

It can take quite a while for an app to reach a significant milestone. That is, if your name isn't Nintendo. The company's new Animal Crossing game slipped out a day early back on November 21st, and now, in just 23 days, it's garnered over 10 million installs on the Play Store. That's a huge number.

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Here are 31 temporarily free and 21 on-sale apps for your Wednesday, including Star Wars: KOTOR

Wednesday is already here. This week is flying by for me, but that's usually the story around finals time. Today's list of app sales is a bit longer than usual, and it includes the (admittedly shoddy) Mega Man ports. The big one here, highlighted in bold, is Star Wars: KOTOR, one of the best games around (especially in the Star Wars franchise).

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