These days everyone is moving a thousand miles an hour managing their jobs, social lives and various other extracurricular activities. No one wants to sit around and wait for their Facebook client of choice to slowly download messages and upload comments while on the go in this fast paced world. Development group Team2Soft has just released the beta version of their new app, Fast Facebook. The app promises no hidden services or annoying notifications along with low battery and memory usage. The UI is quite different from the traditional Facebook mobile model, giving FB fans a new, fresh ICS-type look. Do keep in mind that this is a beta version, so at the moment it does lacks certain features but that shouldn’t be any different from any other Face Book client currently offered in the Play Store. Click the link below to give Fast Facebook a test drive.
Play Store Download Link
Today, Google+ received an update that allows 41 new countries the ability to send SMS (text) messages. Before today, the U.S. and India were the only countries able to take advantage of this feature and I guess the big G decided it was time to spread the love. If you or someone you know lives in any of the following countries, you/they can now post new status messages and respond to comments via your/their phone’s text messaging function. The added country list is as follows:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
In order to take full advantage of this function, be sure to active your phone number under Google+’s settings tab on the website. You carrier must also support this function, too. To see if your carrier allows this option be sure to check out the source link below.
We already know that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S III on May 3rd in London but we are now learning that there may be a nice supplement to the anticipated announcement. Maeil Business is reporting that Samsung will also unveil its could service that they have been working on, and is to be called S-cloud. It will work similar to the other cloud storage options that are currently available but will have no restrictions on the type of data it can store.
Instagram’s release for Android generated an enormous amount of enthusiasm, but also significant angst among iPhone users. Apparently among the people who were unhappy about Instagram’s recent expansion was Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller. 9to5Mac reported one of its readers reached out to Schiller after noticing that his Instagram account, under the name @schiller, had vanished suddenly. Schiller responded directly to the reader through Twitter highlighting Instagram “jumped the shark when it went to Android”. Ouch.
Oh there’s more too. Another 9to5Mac reader named Clayton Braasch asked Schiller to elaborate on his statement. Braasch shares in a post on his blog Schiller’s response. Schiller contends that Instagram is still a “great app and community”, but liked the fact it was limited to a small and select group of early adopters. Since the growth and expansion of Instagram, Schiller believes “the signal to noise ratio is different”. Looks like he would have rather seen all of those Instagram alternatives for Android users instead of Instagram being available for Android.
via: The Verge
First, let’s get this out of the way. 500px is NOT like Instagram. It won’t allow you to snap quick pics with your handset, add filters, and upload them to share with friends. No, 500px is more of a photography community where the uploading is done through their web site. These are not your typical phone pics, either. These are, in most cases, taken with full DSLR cameras, and tend toward more artistic and professional-looking compositions.
500px also allows you, as a member, to not only upload your pictures, but sell them on wrapped canvas through their site. Nice touch. They offer three tiers of membership: Free, Plus ($19.95/year), and Awesome ($49.95/year). The free membership limits you to 10 uploads per week. Exploring their web site feels almost like Pinterest but for great photography.
The Android app is now available and runs on Android 2.2 and higher, and looks great on a tablet. Here’s a list of features as displayed on their Play Store page.
Say what you will about Verizon’s LG Spectrum and whether you love it or hate it, it’s finally getting Gingerbread. Build VS920ZV5 will be gracing the device and with it will come quite a few changes. A few apps such as the NFL Mobile 4.0, Google Play Store, Amazon Kindle App and My Verizon will all receive tweaks for the better. In addition, there will be a few bug fixes coming to address the calendar alerts, WiFi network search force closes and more to accompany the update. No official release date has been given just yet but be patient. We’re positive this won’t be a long wait at all.
Fetchnotes just hit the Google Play Store about a week ago. This app allows you to make quick notes for yourself that might include todos, shopping lists, ideas, or whatever you might use a sticky note for. If you’re a hardcore tasker, this one is probably not for you, but if you’re looking for something simple and easy you might one to take a look. Each note can include a hashtag for easy organizing. Fetchnotes will show you all your notes or you can just show notes with certain hashtags. What’s also nice is they have a website that syncs with the app. You can enter or look at your notes from your desktop or phone/tablet and it’s always synched.
Overall the interface and UI is simple, in fact it might be a little too simple, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, give Fetchnotes a try. It’s free. Download links and more screenshots after the break.
Android gaming is one step closer to becoming even more sweeter than it already is folks. Sony promised we would see an open beta for its Playstation SDK Suite this month, but we hadn’t seen anything about it until now. That means not just select developers in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, but all developers around the world can get right to it and use the program immediately. Developers will be able to find the tools needed at www.playstation.com/pss, which will give them the ability to create apps and games for Playstation-certified Android devices. The open beta is available now for all developers for the not-too-shabby price of free, though developers will have to sign a contract and pay a fee to use the Playstation SDK Suite after the open beta ends.
If you’re a developer and are interested in creating some snazzy apps and games through Sony, hit the source link for additional details. I’m sure there are more than a few owners of Sony devices who are eagerly awaiting the first creations from you all.
Amateur artists and finger painters everywhere will rejoice with the latest update to the popular Draw Something Android app by OMGPOP. Former iOS exclusive, now turned Android mega hit, Draw Something is an online multi-player Pictionary that gives players a small pallet of colors that is used to draw a choice of 3 words that range from one to three coins in difficulty. Correct guesses gain each player the number of coins that the word was worth and the coins earned in turn can be used to purchase more colors with which to better detail future drawings. Android fans of the app can now enjoy new features like notifications, comments that can be sent along with your drawing, and an undo-the-last-line-drawn option. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods and see what all the fuss is about.
Play Store Download Link
Sure the filter enhanced social photo app Instagram is apparently worth 1 billion dollars and now owned by Facebook, but no amount of cabbage will protect it from being faked and infected with malware. This application which was originally an iOS exclusive was recently ported to Android, and became an instant hit. Somewhere around 5 million+ downloads in the first week. These malware creators took swift advantage of the photo apps popularity and created a fake version of Instagram and it is now infecting unsuspecting Android users.
Finding from Sophos, an IT security and data protection company, spoke about the malware called Andr/Boxer-F:
“In our tests, the app didn’t do a very good job of emulating the genuine Instagram app, but that may be because it failed to find the correct network operator. Because this is a malicious app that seems to be relying in the sending of background SMS messages to earn its creators revenue.”
We all need to be cautious as of course this isn’t the first time malware has raised its ugly head in the Android community, and won’t be the last. Your safest bet to decrease your chances of malware is to stay away from third party android markets where the security isn’t monitored as well (if at all) as it is with Google Play. On another note, if you chose to just stay away from Instagram all together, our own Ed Caggiani put together a great article listing and discussing 7 free Instagram Alternatives.
Hit the source for more information on this malicious software.