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Best Google Play Pass games and apps available in 2023

A Google Play Pass subscription is the best way to avoid advertisements and in-app purchases

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Google Play Pass looks to be a steal at $4.99, but the hundreds of games and apps included in the service are mostly poor-quality games and apps. However, there are a few gems to be found, including some of the top-rated games on Android. We've scoured through the junk to bring you the best games and apps included in your Play Pass subscription.

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Google has officially launched Gmail for Wear OS after months of teasing

Tests were supposedly carried out on a Pixel Watch

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Gmail remains one of the most critical components of Google Workspace, but it hasn’t always been easily accessible. For example, those sporting a smartwatch with Wear OS haven’t had many options to manage their Gmail accounts on the go. Phones can push Gmail notifications to Wear OS, but the only options have been to archive, reply, or delete emails. Now, Google is delivering on its promise to bring Gmail to Wear OS.

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What's a Mobile Services Manager?

It's frequently found on mobile wireless carrier devices

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Smartphones are considered multimedia devices. They allow us to stream shows, play games, and surf the web at a moment's notice. However, many background services that may or may not be vital to your device experience are running. Some of those services are controlled by a Mobile Services Manager (MSM), a preinstalled app that manages your device silently without your knowledge. Even the most affordable Android phones aren't immune to these preinstalled apps. In this guide, we discuss what a Mobile Services manager does and why it's used in the first place.

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How to recover deleted apps and games on Android

Get your apps back with these easy-to-follow steps

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It's not unusual for things to go missing on your favorite bargain Android phone; even the best apps on the Play Store can glitch out, refuse to load, or get lost in transit, especially early access software. Given Google's habit of quietly updating the inner workings of its application storefront, keeping track of important features like app recovery can be difficult, and that's where we come in. Here is AP's essential guide on how to find, view, and reinstall any previously downloaded apps, all on your favorite budget Android tablet. Here's what to do.

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What is Unity?

Unity is the game engine for just about everyone: Here's what it includes, how much it costs, and everything else to know

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Indie and newly budding developers dream of making their first big game exactly how they picture it in their minds. These days, barriers have never been higher. Time, investment, and performance demands are enormous, even for mobile games. One of the most popular tools to handle those challenges is the Unity game engine. It's not only for small-time devs, either. If you've played games like Call of Duty Mobile or Pokémon Go, you've played a Unity game.

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This Google Assistant bug continues to annoy Pixel users

Google won’t stop asking Pixel owners to set up Assistant quick phrases

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Google Assistant is a convenient feature that really shines when you need to handle tasks on the fly. With just your voice, you can ask Google to answer your calls, reply to messages, and much more. If you already have the feature set up, you know how helpful it can be, but a new bug is turning the assistant into an annoyance. Even if you have Google Assistant quick phrases set up on your Pixel phone, you might start receiving a popup that suggests you have not.

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Clubhouse is rebranding itself as a better alternative for group texting

A voice-only group chat feature lets you send quick messages to your friends

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When Clubhouse debuted at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, it fulfilled a yearning to connect with others while cooped up at home. The live audio concept that served as the foundation for the app quickly exploded in popularity. Dupes emerged on platforms ranging from Twitter to Reddit, but less than four years later, Clubhouse itself has mostly become an afterthought. Now, the creators behind the app are revamping and relaunching it as a voice messaging-focused platform.

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Pikmin Finder AR game launches just in time for Nintendo Live

The free augmented reality game works on phones and tablets directly in your browser

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It took years for Nintendo to deliver on its promise of a new Pikmin game, but fans of the franchise couldn’t get enough when Pikmin 4 debuted in July. The sixth installment of the game was well-received by critics and longtime players alike. However, the simple gameplay and somewhat easy puzzles of Pikmin 4 left some wanting more. Just in time for the Nintendo Live event, hosted in Seattle, the developer launched Pikmin Finder for browsers in mobile devices.

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8 best horoscope apps in 2023

We guarantee there's an astrology app that's perfect for you

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Choosing the right astrology app is a personal choice. From in-depth examinations of your birth chart and sign compatibility to brief overviews of your day for beginners, astrology apps differ wildly in their horoscope predictions. We collected the best horoscope apps, so you can easily find one that's perfect for you. These are available on all our favorite Android tablets and phones, and you can comfortably settle down with your horoscope and coffee in the morning. They're also all available on iOS devices.

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China is turning the screw on app distribution in the country

China announces new regulations requiring all app providers to register business details

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Governments worldwide are increasingly flexing their regulatory muscles concerning digital app ecosystems. This emerging trend, indicative of the shifting paradigms of the digital marketplace, has put app platforms under the microscope. For instance, the Play Store's longstanding model has drawn the attention of international regulators, who are reassessing the terms of revenue sharing between digital platforms and developers. It’s becoming clear that governments are keen on recalibrating the balance of power in the digital domain.

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If there's one household chore that both literally and figuratively sucks, it's vacuuming.

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Best weather apps on Android in 2023

Never get caught without your umbrella — or your sunscreen

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The weather these days is brutal. Although the best maps and navigation apps do alright, sometimes you need a little extra assurance under your belt, and that's where weather apps work their magic. Even though the Google Weather app is available on the latest Android phones, the service can be temperamental at times, so it pays to have a few viable alternatives. If you feel like staying dry or avoiding the worst of the summer heat, take a look at our roundup of great weather apps designed to keep your eyes on the skies.

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Meta seems to think direct app downloads in your Facebook ads sounds like a great idea

Meta is looking to shake things up by promising developers higher app conversion rates

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The European Union has been steadfast in molding regulations that guard data privacy and amplify individual rights. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the imminent European Data Act are testament to these efforts, setting a global precedent for transparency, control, and enhanced user data access. Such regulation changes demand dexterity from tech giants, and Facebook's parent company Meta is no exception.

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11 best indie apps you've never heard of

What's your favorite off-the-wall app?

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Android offers millions of apps, and while the Play Store makes it easy to find them if you know their name, yet discovery is still a pain point. This can result in plenty of the best Android apps never getting noticed simply because the market is flooded. Since we here at AP are immersed in everything Android every single day, we gathered some of the lesser-known apps to highlight standouts you may have otherwise missed on your favorite Android phone. So if you are sick of using the same old apps and are itching for something fresh or out of left field, then today's roundup of the best indie apps you've never heard of should cover your needs and then some.

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How to use Google's built-in shopping list (and why you definitely should)

Follow these simple steps to make the most out Google Shopping

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Google released its Shopping List feature in 2017. After five years of insignificant updates, the feature received a major overhaul in 2022, which arguably made the service worse by reducing several features. On the flip side, the new version introduced Material Design and support for automatic dark mode based on your device preference.

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11 best Queer dating apps: our top choices for LGBTQ+ people

Find your perfect match with these LGBTQ+ dating apps for Android

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The best LGBTQ+ dating apps take inspiration from years of development of dating sites and apps to create an inclusive online dating solution for everyone. They offer various methods to find your match and have inclusive features to help you express yourself and find meaningful connections.

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The 6 best password managers in 2023

Protection where you need it most

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Password managers are a vital tool these days. With all of us signed up for dozens or sometimes even hundreds of online services that require an account, remembering individual passwords for all of them is not feasible — and you definitely shouldn't reuse existing passwords, as that might cause a domino effect when any of your account details leak thanks to a hacker attack.

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How to stop your games and apps from crashing on Android

What the heck is an unhandled exception, and what can be done about it?

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When it comes to computers, whether they’re on your desk or in your hand, nothing is more frustrating than when your favorite Android game or app crashes. Hours of progress can be lost in an instant, forcing you to replay the same tedious or difficult sections again, or worse, you could lose some important work for your day job. So what can you do if you’re trying to get important things done but your phone keeps crashing (besides upgrading to an awesome gaming phone)?

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8 best apps for monitoring mobile data usage in 2023

Keep track of how your apps use data

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Even if you've set up data saver mode on your Android phone or tablet, it's easy to go over your data limits by accident. Fortunately, it's easy to keep track of your data usage and weed out those data-hungry apps along the way.

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8 best GitHub alternatives in 2023

Android-based software development platforms that'll make you say "Git who?"

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If you're a software developer, you're likely familiar with GitHub, a platform that allows you to collaborate, share, and manage projects with other developers. However, sometimes you're not always at your desktop, and you need a mobile solution to manage your projects on your Android device. While GitHub does offer a mobile app, it may not meet all your needs, and you might want to explore other options. That's where the best GitHub alternative Android apps come into play.

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