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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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Only around 50,000 units of the Essential Phone have been sold, according to its camera app's install figures from the Play Store

By now, it should be apparent that the Essential Phone hasn't sold in the numbers that Andy Rubin and co. had thought it would. Having started at an MSRP of $699, the PH-1 dropped to $499 just two months after release (and to $650 CAD in Canada). On top of that, there have been numerous opportunities to get the phone for even more cheaply, including through a $200 friends-and-family discount and an incredible Cyber Monday Amazon deal. After all this, it looks like Essential has only sold around 50,000 units of the PH-1, if install figures from the Play Store of the Essential Camera are to be trusted.

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Start the week with 18 temporarily free and 14 on-sale apps

December trudges onward, meaning that we've come back around to another Monday. Finals week is about to kick off for me, so good luck to you if you're in the same boat, but that won't interfere with the first round of app sales for the week. Peruse and browse the lists below at your leisure. No personal recommendations to be found today, sadly.

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