If you use the Google Voice Search, you will be happy to know that you can now easily call people based on their relationship to you. For example, if you want to call your wife, you can simply say, “Okay Google, call my wife.” It will work with texting too. You’re probably wondering how on earth Google knows who your wife is?
Well they don’t, you have to set each relationship with the appropriate contact. Just say the command and you will be prompted to opt into the program if it’s your first time. Then say it one more time, and if none of your contacts are registered with that relationship, Google will ask you to select a contact.
This isn’t limited to spouses or parents. It will work for a girlfriend, boyfriend, brother, sister, grandmother, and grandfather. You can even choose someone for “my honey.” It’s pretty slick, give it a try.
Owners of newer Samsung devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, have enjoyed a feature made available by Samsung called Group Play. This app gives users the ability to share a song to multiple devices and have them all synced and playing together. The obvious downside is that everyone has to have a relatively new Samsung device that supports the Group Play app. XDA developer rahuliyer95 wanted to help all the people with older Samsung devices or non-Samsung Android units enjoy similar functionality, which led to the creation of Chorus. Read more
After a brief hiatus, the popular theme app, Themer is back in the Play Store. Pulled because one of its themes violated Apple patents, specifically the icons, the team behind the theme app worked quickly to rectify said violations. While the app was absent from the Play store for over a week, it looks like it’s back for your downloading pleasure. We can assume that the theme that caused all this unnecessary hoopla is gone. We have the download link and QR code after the break. Enjoy!
You rarely, if ever, see an app get so popular that the developer voluntarily pulls it, but that’s exactly what happened to Flappy Bird. We were lead to believe that Dong Nguyen, the developer of the game, just wanted to go back to living a simple life, but he took a different direction in a recent interview with Forbes. According to Doug, you were only supposed to play the game a few minutes here and there, but you got addicted to it. So the only way to fix the problem was to delete it from the Play Store and iOS App Store.
“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed, but it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”
Bolt is another VoIP app that allows smartphone users to call other Bolt users free of charge. Bolt also hopes to eventually bring full number porting, messaging, and possibly a monthly subscription fee that would give unlimited calling and texting to any number. Links after the break!
In the “are you kidding” news of the day, Themer, from MyColorScreen, is no longer in the Play Store. It was removed on February 2 due to copyright infringement. Take a guess as to whom is complaining about the infringement? Yup, you guessed it, that wonderful company in Cupertino that would rather spend time on stuff like this rather than actual innovation.
In cast you aren’t aware, Themer is an app that allows you to change the theme on your Android device with pretty much one-click. At the time of the pull down, there were over 200 themes to choose from. Now get ready for this…..Apple is complaining about only one of those themes. The theme is called “Seven” and Apple says it uses icons that infringe on its own patents. There is no question that the theme (pictured above) does look like iOS, but who the hell cares?
So you forgot to download Flappy Bird before it was removed from the Play Store (and iOS App Store), and you are in complete panic. Take a breath and calm down because you can play it right now using your phone or tablet’s web browser. You can even use your desktop. It’s written in HTML 5 and accepts input from touch or a mouse (via the desktop).
We gave it a try using the Chrome browser and it works well, but don’t expect it to be an exact replica. It actually moves a little quicker, and the edges will get cut off on smaller displays. If you’re an Android user, you might be better off searching for the APK and sideloading it, but this will work if you don’t want to go that route. Just hit the source link to get your flap on!!
While Flappy Bird may be dead on the Android and iOS smartphone and tablet platforms, at least “officially,” that is not stopping those who hope to capitalize on the craze or those players who must get their fix. A new port of the game, called Tiny Bird, has surfaced for Pebble smartwatch devices. To make it work on the Pebble form factor, developer Stuart Ha had to scale it down to only 144×168 dimensions and go with a monochrome graphics package. Since the Pebble does not have a touchscreen, the other challenge was figuring out how to flap the wings. That is achieved by repeatedly pressing on the up button.
This may not sound like it would produce the best gameplay experience. Fortunately for Ha, the game is really simplistic so it is able to overcome the hardware restrictions. Players clamoring for access to Flappy Bird or a clone will likely overlook the hardware limitations as well, which would explain why it has already skyrocketed up to the number one spot in the Pebble app store. Meanwhile, demand for Pebble smartwatches could be getting a bump about now.
With pressure caving in and the desire to live a simple life, Dong Nguyen, the creator of the much popular Flappy Bird game, has decided to pull the game from both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. With Flappy Bird making a whopping $50,000 dollars per day just on ads alone, it seemed like the pressure and press got to the developer. According to his personal Twitter account yesterday:
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. I also will not sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.”
He also mentioned that while he’s humbled that his game has gotten so popular, it comes as a cost as he prefers to live a ‘simple’ life and not be in the limelight. Sometimes other things are more important than money, right? Dong also mentioned that he still has and will develop more games, but the much popular Flappy Bird will be retired, at least for now.
Bring on the clones!! Did you enjoy Flappy Bird?
Qualcomm has released a new lockscreen app, Snapdragon Glance (Beta), for devices powered by their Snapdragon chips that will help users access information a little quicker and easier. This is achieved by presenting users with notifications, calendar information, weather updates, and quick access to contacts and apps. Read more