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App.net is shutting down on March 14, source code will be put on GitHub

App.net caused quite a splash when it launched in 2012, with its ad-free, subscription-genereated revenue model causing waves in the industry, at a time when many were worried about Twitter's increasing relience on advertising to make money. However,...
by Android Match on Jan 13, 2017

The Guardian alleges that WhatsApp has a "backdoor" that could be used to spy on users

In what I am sure was on purpose due to it being Friday the 13th, some mild form of privacy panic has hit the world due to The Guardian's article this morning about a critical backdoor in WhatsApp. It postulates that, due to how encryption keys...
by Android Match on Jan 13, 2017

[Because that doesn't sound ridiculous] HTC has an app to update the firmware of its USB-C to 3.5mm adapter

What was wrong with 3.5mm audio jacks? They have been standard for many years, they worked reliably, and you could find tons of headphones that supported them. But no, companies have to sometimes invent reasons to change things around and here w...
by Android Match on Jan 13, 2017

Snapchat 10 beta redesigns the interface with more accessible search and less focus on Discover

Snapchat is readying an update for its Android and iOS versions that brings a new interface with plenty of usability improvements and a few added features. The update is now rolling out to beta testers on Android so you can give i...
by Android Match on Jan 13, 2017

Popular board-turned-PC game Mysterium is out on Android

Board games are great fun: I especially like Pandemic and Ticket to Ride. Some are so good they get turned into PC games. Mysterium is one such example, and after proving popular on Steam, it's garnered an Android release as well.Mysterium is set in...
by Android Match on Jan 13, 2017

YouTube v12.01 fine tunes an unruly seek bar, hints at video previews, event listings, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

YouTube began rolling out with a major new version today, making the leap to v12. You might be expecting some big features when the big number goes up by one, but this update doesn't appear to be packing anything too exceptional. There's a fix for an...
by Android Match on Jan 13, 2017

Gmail v7.1 prepares to add Inbox-style snoozing and tasks [APK Teardown]

The latest major update to Gmail is beginning to roll out to users and this one looks like it might be huge. We're still looking for features in the live interface, but it's the things that show up in a teardown that are really exciting. We can look...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

Flickr app updated with option to sign up without a Yahoo account

Yahoo is going through some changes right now. Not necessarily the good kind, either. Verizon is buying a chink of the company, and the rest is changing its name to Altaba. So, there are some changes in the Flickr app, which Yahoo has been accused of...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

YouTube Super Chat allows users to pay to get more exposure in live comment streams

YouTube live streams are generally pretty good, but getting noticed in the live comment stream is tricky, especially when they're thousands or even hundreds of thousands watching or commenting. To combat this, YouTube has introduced Super Chat, a way...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

Google Maps 9.43.2 has added 100% native Uber integration, and it looks awesome

As part of an update to the Maps app today, Google is adding fully native integration with Uber. You can set a destination, pick an Uber type, book it, monitor its location, and call the driver - all directly from Google Maps. This is excellent. Whil...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

Chrooma Keyboard 4 adds GIF search, colored navbar, emoji suggestions, word blacklist, more

Chrooma Keyboard is one of those keyboards I can always recommend to people who like the Google Keyboard but want something more out of the experience. I have been using it on and off since it got updated to v3 in June and I love its adapti...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

Google releases Toontastic 3D, a digital puppet theater for kids to create and animate their own stories

LaunchPad Toys, an educational content app developer, was acquired by Google back in February of 2015, and one result of that acquisition is Toontastic 3D, a more animated version of the developer's loved and applauded Toontastic (check those Common...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

Star Wars: Force Arena launches officially on the Play Store after limited beta

I haven't seen a single Star Wars movie (that's probably one of the worst things to admit to a techie/nerdy audience, so I'll see myself out by the end of this post and work on fixing that situation pronto) but I feel like I know most...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

Action shooter Towaga from the makers of The Firm is visually stunning

Sunnyside Games haven't released many titles so far. Their only mobile game is The Firm, a twitch arcade designed in an 8-bit style that is also available on iOS. They also have an Oculus title, Anshar Wars 2, but that was all of it until r...
by Android Match on Jan 12, 2017

Synology DS apps see updates, Android TV, fingerprint and passcode security, and automatic backup features inbound

Uploading your files to the cloud might be fashionable these days, but some still like to keep their files, photos, videos, and anything else secure from prying eyes, yet still accessible if they're not at their computer. Synology, a maker of Ne...
by Android Match on Jan 11, 2017

Children's card game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is now live worldwide in the Play Store

If you went to middle school at the same time as me, you might remember Yu-Gi-Oh. It's that show about a kid with an alien starfish attached to his brain that makes him hallucinate about ancient Egyptian playing cards destroying the world. (That's ho...
by Android Match on Jan 11, 2017

Powerful home automation app Stringify comes to Android and adds IFTTT integration

Ever since I got my Wink Hub 2, one of the services I kept seeing in conversations when trying to bridge together different smart appliances and services was Stringify. The app was limited to iOS though, so I never got to use it because I wasn't goin...
by Android Match on Jan 11, 2017

Android 7.1 is being developed for Chrome OS, adds in freeform mode and window resizing

'This is Chrome OS's year,' people say optimistically as they think for the gazillionth time about buying a Chromebook. Hell, I'm one of those people. Will it be 2017? Maybe. With the upcoming release of Samsung's new Chromebook Plus and Pro, and the...
by Android Match on Jan 11, 2017

Uber offers Calendar Shortcuts so that you can get to your events on time

After letting the redesign of its app sit for a few months, Uber is back at it with adding features to make commuting more convenient. This time, the ride-sharing service is adding "Calendar Shortcuts," which allow you to select your destination...
by Android Match on Jan 11, 2017

Gboard update rolling out with bug fixes for freezing and inconsistent glide typing

Google finally brought Gboard to Android last month after releasing it on iOS a while back. Of course, it was technically an update to Google Keyboard, but it was a significant one. The Gboard transition was not without its problems. An update i...
by Android Match on Jan 11, 2017
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