Facebook has released a new update for its Android app. Version 1.9.0 brings a much needed performance update, and the whole app feels a lot faster than before.
Unfortunately, it also brings along a new nuisance. Facebook has decided that it will be a good idea to provide direct shortcuts to the messenger and image upload service, so now they have dedicated icons for both of these in your app drawer, taking the total count of icons for a single app to three! Read more »
If you like reading on your phone then you may have used or heard of Read it Later. One of the most popular reading apps around, Read it Later allowed you to mark sites on your desktop browser for reading later and then when you go to the mobile app you would find them there properly formatted for the display of your smartphone.
Read it Later has now gone through a major redesign and is now called Pocket. The developers have changed almost every visible aspect of the application, and it looks almost nothing like the old one. It is also completely free, unlike Read it Later, which was sold in free and paid versions. Read more »
Rumors about Google’s own cloud file sharing service dubbed Drive have been roaming the Internet for quite a while now. There are strong indications the launch is imminent and, now we hear it will be happening as early as next week.
The guys from TechCrunch got their hands on the Google Drive app for Mac OS X, proving the search giant’s intention of launching its newest service in the nearest future. Read more »
Couple of weeks ago, Samsung finally started rolling out the promised Value Pack to I9000 Galaxy S owners, starting with its home country Korea. It has now released a FAQ guide that talks about the new features that have been added and how you can use them.
Among the new feature that have been added is face unlock, borrowed from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more »
The Googlers over at Android Design have just put up some new sections into their guide for Android developers.
Highlights include a brand new section on how to create a design layout for application settings, as well as how to link to other Android applications and how to navigate to your app using widgets. Read more »
There must be a wild party going on at the Instagram office – not only did Facebook buy them for a whopping $1 billion, but also their brand new Android app has already shot past the 5 million downloads mark.
Instagram for Android hit the 1 million milestone on the first day of its existence. Now it’s just over 6 days old and over 4 million new users joined in on the sepia photo sharing fun. Read more »
The Nokia-Microsoft alliance is still going strong and Symbian smartphones are the one with the benefit this time.
If you own a Nokia 701, 700, 603, E7, X7, C7, Oro or C6-01, you can now install the Microsoft Office app via the Software Update tool on your smartphones or via the Nokia Suite app on your computer. The Office app will also become available to Nokia N8, Nokia E6 or Nokia 500 in the following weeks, while the 808 PureView will have it preinstalled when it ships. Read more »
Instagram just received the biggest “like” in its two-year history, people. Facebook announced an agreement to acquire the wildly popular mobile photo sharing service today. The price which the social networking giant has agreed to pay for it is a cool $1 billion, which makes it the biggest Facebook acquisition to date.
The payment will be made in cash and shares. The Instagram crew, which consists of six people will join the social network’s workforce. Read more »
You probably remember that at its launch a few days back, Instagram for Android did not support tablets – a fact which left quite a few wannabe users frustrated. Well, folks, it took the photo sharing app’s developers only 3 days to fix that wrong.
The tablet support is not the only change which the update has brought to Instagram for Android. Read more »
A leaked screenshot of an internal Best Buy memo caused a stir at first, promising Android Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the HTC Rezound and the Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX.
The update for the Rezound should hit today, if there aren’t any problems and misunderstandings. The ICS update for the Motorolas isn’t happening though, not now anyway. Read more »
MOBOTAP has updated its Dolphin Browser for iOS to version 4.0. The main feature in this new update is Dolphin Sonar, which lets you do things like searching the web, sharing links on social networking sites, adding bookmarks, etc. using just your voice.
Other additions include the URL keyboard, ability to quickly switch between four different search engines, night mode, ability save images directly to your phone’s photo library, additional font size options and general stability and performance improvements. Read more »
Developers TouchType Ltd. have spawned another version of their popular and award-winning SwiftKey keyboard for Android. The version 3, which is still in beta, has now been released for its VIP community members in smartphone and tablet versions.
So what’s so great about this new version? For starters, the keyboard has now been optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich and comes with new themes that go with the Holo theme on ICS. The layout has been changed a bit and you will notice that the Space key is a lot bigger now, making it an easier target while typing quickly. Read more »
In case you are not one of the 430K+ people who were on the Android waiting list, we have some good news for you. Instagram for Android is now available for download – less than a month after it was given a “coming very soon” status from its founders.
Any Android smartphone, sporting a camera and OS version 2.2 and higher is welcome join the photo sharing party. Read more »
One of the most popular alternatives to the Google Play Store, the Amazon Appstore just got an update, bringing its version number to 2.3. Raising the initial download file size cap from 20MB to 50MB, the Amazon Appstore now matches what the original Android app repository has to offer.
Unfortunately, the Amazon store still has no support for secondary downloads – a feature which allows the Play Store to host apps up to 4GB in total size. On the other hand, the update finally solves the issue, where update notifications will pop up even if you have disabled the feature. Read more »
The latest firmware update has gone live, although the listed ICS version still remains Android 4.0.3.
Those of us expecting to take advantage of Android’s face unlock feature, however, will have to play the waiting game a bit longer. ASUS has assured us that it is working on adding the feature, so hopefully we’ll see that included in an another update soon. Read more »