Facebook Introduces “Hello,” a Dialer App for Android

Facebook just announced a new app that might replace your current dialer, called Hello. At least, that’s what they want you to do with it bv selling you on its features, which include call blocking, people and place searching, and a caller ID-like functionality that shows you who is calling even if you don’t have the number saved to your phone.

With incoming calls, Facebook can show you information that is being shared via profiles on Facebook, at least that’s my understanding. Chances are that people calling will be sharing some form of information, so this could be a pretty solid and free see-who-is-calling option. With people and places searching, the listings show you numbers, if the person/place has free calling through Messenger, and give you quick access to directions. As for call blocking, a simple button press allows you to block unwanted solicitors.  (more…)

Android Wear V1.1 Update Adds Multi-Device Support, Cloud Sync Over WiFi

An update for the Android Wear companion app began its slow rollout yesterday in preparation for the big Android Wear firmware update that is going to hit smartwatches over the next few weeks. The update adds a handful of new features, including cloud sync over WiFi that allows you to keep up with notifications and use voice search when you aren’t connected to a phone’s Bluetooth.  (more…)

Handy App: Galaxy Button Lights Lets You Decide When Your Galaxy S6’s Soft Keys Light Up and Turn Off

It’s time to take control of the soft keys on your Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with a new app called Galaxy Button Lights, that lets you control your Galaxy button lights for free.

The app has three settings – a timer in a 1-10 second range, a button that tells your soft key lights to always stay on when the phone is in use, and another button that tells them to remain off at all times. You may not realize it yet, but this app is pretty damn handy. I actually can’t remember the last time I found an app that was this simple yet so needed.

Oh, and no root required.  (more…)

Action Launcher 3.4 Update Adds Over a Dozen New Features

Action Launcher received an update to version 3.4 today that introduces over a dozen new features. The full list is below, but you will see new options for things like vertical scrolling, customizable grids, and icon label editing in the All Apps menu. There is also an option for hiding the status bar, font picker, and the ability to hide desktop shortcuts from app drawers.  (more…)