Swipe for Facebook App Returns After Facebook-Imposed Restriction

After temporarily removing his app from Google Play, the developer behind a 3rd-party Facebook app, called Swipe for Facebook, recently shared an experience he had with Facebook and the reason for the removal. Apparently, Facebook was not too happy with the app’s icon (pictured here), as well as the usage of the word “Facebook” in the app’s name, but failed to mention these specifics when it sent a startling email to the developer. The email indicated that unless certain “violations” were corrected, the app would be marked as restricted. Restricted means users of the app would be unable to access the Facebook servers to sign in. However, Facebook did not clarify which violations the developer had made, and according to the developer, Facebook did not respond to his initial reply regarding the violations until two days afterwards. By this time, it was already too late.  (more…)

HTC Says That HTC 10 Pre-Orders are Now Shipping – has Yours?

According to HTC’s US Twitter account, pre-orders for the HTC 10 have begun to ship in the order that they were received on HTC’s site. In other words, this is the unlocked HTC 10 sold through htc.com, not the pre-ordered Verizon model, which may have begun to ship as well within the past 24 hours.

The unit we ordered certainly has not shipped yet. Has yours? (more…)

Dumb Article Says No One Cares About Android Updates

Each month, Google updates the Android distribution numbers to show developers which versions of Android are the most popular and help them prioritize compatibility of their apps. But because media exists and there are clicks to be had, each month’s update is used and spun for a headline, like in this dumb article written for ZDNet, which suggests that no one on this Earth cares about Android updates because there is slow adoption of the newest version.

In this case, Marshmallow is the target because it sits on just 7.5% of Android devices some six months after release. The dumb article, which is dumb, compares that to the adoption of iOS 9 and its 84% install mark. Funny, but that comparison only makes sense seven years later to someone with a lack of understanding of the subject or because they like to write dumb articles. In this case, I think we can check both boxes.  (more…)

Google I/O App Updated for 2016, Start Planning Your Sessions

The official Google I/O application has been updated for the 2016 conference, allowing all attendees to begin planning their sessions while mobile. The Google I/O 2016 schedule has been available for a couple of weeks now, but with the app receiving the update, it’s a sign we are inching even closer to seeing what Google has been cooking down in Mountain View. (more…)

Play Movies Now Supports Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound on Android TV

Google Play announced via its Twitter account this morning that Play Movies and TV now supports Dolby Digital Plus surround sound on Android TV and Roku devices. To put it very simply, any movie you rent or purchase from Google Play should now offer a better audio experience, something which is great for those of you who use a nice home theater setup in your crib.  (more…)

DEAL: Buy a Nextbit Robin for $299 ($100 Off) Through Amazon

For a limited time, you can pick up a Robin smartphone from Amazon for $100 off its usual price of $399. This brings the sale price to just $299.

For a refresh, the Robin features 5.2″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, fingerprint reader embedded in the power button, front-facing speakers, USB Type-C, LTE connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile, 32GB of onboard storage (100GB of online storage), and runs the Nextbit OS over Android 6.0.1.  (more…)

Timely Little Google Play Pop-Up Tells Users That “The Force Awakens” is Available for Rent

Anyone else seeing these cute little pop-ups inside Google Play with a notice that “The Force Awakens” is available for rent? Of course, the timing makes sense since today is May the 4th, aka Star Wars Day, but Google could do this for other movies, TV shows, or apps, presumably.

At least one of our readers is seeing them, but neither of our Google Play stores are showing the fun. We are all running v6.4.12.C.

Anyone else?