Flow for Facebook Updated – Facebook for Android Alternative

by Adam Johnson on
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I’m sure we can all agree that Facebook for Android (developed by Facebook) most times leaves something to be desired. Now I’ve seen this Flow for Facebook mentioned a few times in the past, just never took the time to install it, not even the free version. Call me a procastinator if you will. Well, today I decided to install it, and reason being, I came across much info on the app especially by way of an XDA thread I navigated to.  So the app was purchased, and I’m really enjoying it.

This article was intended to inform users of the application of the latest updates to Flow for Facebook, so here they are:

v3.5

  • Completely rewrote the Image Downloading function. Now works perfectly.
  • Changed Image Zoom levels
  • Migration of Favorites on Database Changes
  • Ability to Search Facebook for Friends.Just press the Search button on your phone.
  • Sentence case for Status Textbox
  • Fix the display of Post Tags and Checkin tags Speed up refreshing Friends
  • New Preference to open News Feed on Application Launch

v3.5.0.1

  • Fix for FC with News Feed Launch on certain Launchers

Installed it and gave it a run around the block, I’ll say that this is an app that anyone with regular visits to Facebook would want on their Android device. It will fill the void where the original Facebook Android app is lacking. So check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Download the pay version

Download the free (ad-supported) version

[Via XDA]

European Galaxy S To Soon Receive Gingerbread 2.3?

by Joe Sirianni on
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According to Samsung Mobile’s Romanian Facebook page, it appears that Galaxy S devices will be graced with the Gingerbread update by the end of March, and possibly along with European Galaxy S devices too.  This coincides with our earlier post about Samsung announcing several updates.  After translating the comment, our boys over at Android Central state that the post reads:

“The update to version 2.2.1 for Galaxy S will be available until 20 March, and Gingerbread (2.3) until the end of the month.”

I’d like to double check that translation, but I haven’t spoken Romanian in about….never.  So we’ll just take their word for it or check it out with Google Translate, later.  So, according to the comment it’s possible that Galaxy S devices could see the update on or by the end of that date.  I hate to say it, but if this pans out, we’ll have to retract some of our previous statements about Sammy and their update shenanigans.  Here’s to hoping the update does in fact arrive, as Samsung could use a little positive feedback for a change in the update department.  In addition to the Galaxy S, Samsung Romania has stated that two of their budget phones should also be receiving an update (2.2).  The i5500 Galaxy 5 and the i5800 Galaxy 3 will respectively receive the update on Mar 20th and Mar 31st.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

[via androidcentral]

*Updated* – XDA Developers Premium App

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As the headline says, the premium forum application for XDA has been updated.
Head on over to the Android Market and do what you have to do. You know the routine. This app is a must for any XDA addict, whether it’s the premium or free version, also available in the market.

See the screenshots below for recent changes, which include bug fixes and an improved splash screen:

Skyfire Announces Major Update With New Features, and, Yep, Pricing

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Skyfire is about to launch a big update to their browser.  Version 4.0 “Pro Edition” will feature greater customization options in the UI, and will have some form of a pricing model attached. They have not announced how much they will charge for the app, but they did state that all features will continue to be free for the current users of the existing beta version of the app. It sounds like they have great things in store, so everyone be sure and download the current version of the browser from our apps database. Full press release after the break.
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Motorola prepares to push update to the Charm

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In a perfect world, all Android devices would receive the latest and greatest updated at the same time, and we would all be equal. But what fun is that? Well, the Motorola Charm will be getting updates, but not to Froyo. It will remain on Android 2.1, so users will be happy to at least receive the following updates:

  • Added Wifi calling
  • Added SlackerRadio and NAB
  • Improved phone stability
  • Calendar bugfixes
  • Improved calendar performance
  • Added Google security patches
  • Songs purchased from Amazon MP3 store now visible in Connected Music Player
  • Improved touchscreen response
  • Last text message now shown instead of the first
  • Improved audio quality through speaker

Do you think it’s fair to leave Charm users a couple iterations behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[Via AC]

HTC Sense ROM with Gingerbread now available for T-Mobile G2

by Jesse Bauer on
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It’s apparently ROM week for Android devices, as we’ve reported on the HTC Evo Shift 4G, CyanogenMod 7 RC2, the Sprint Epic 4G, and now the T-Mobile G2 getting some lovings from HTC Sense ROM which is running Android 2.3!  This ROM is called GingerSense and built by TeamVillian, the same team that brought the first G2 Gingerbread goodness with ‘GingerVillian’.

Even though you may be tempted to grab this right away, be warned, as there are still some issues that need to be worked out. The issues are as follows;

  • Camcorder hangs when pressing record
  • Bluetooth does not work
  • HTC Hub fails to log in
  • The “card” mail widget does not work
  • Landscape mode in Sense is bugged (thanks to HTC for this), I would advice against using this too often
  • Question mark doesn’t work on hardware keyboard

So, if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a shot by heading over to VillianROM and let us know how it goes, otherwise, may be good to just wait it out a few days and see if they get some of the issues above tackled before you flash.

[via intomobile]

Google Maps Gets Updated To 5.2.0, Available For Download In The Market

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Google Maps recently received an update adding multiple new social features for the popular mobile mapping service.  The update included some minor performance enhancements along with the ability to post ratings for places directly to your personal Twitter account.  In addition you will be able to “ping” friends to request check-ins.  Per the Google Mobile Blog, both parties utilizing the mapping service must be on version 5.2 to benefit from this.  Let us know what you think of the new functionality in the comments below.  Head on over to our apps database for the download.

[via googlemobileblog]

Motorola will not update Flipout or Charm to Android 2.2 – will stay on Eclair

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This is going to sound a little like a total bummer for anyone who has a Motorola Charm, or Flipout, but here it goes… Motorola won’t be dishing out any Froyo goodness for those devices. There, I said it.

Motorola released an updated version of their update timeline chart, and it isn’t going to happen for the Flipout or Charm stating they “will remain on Android 2.1.”

We feel for you. But…it’s a great reason to sell that off to some teenager, and grab yourself a new fancy Gingerbread smartphone…oh wait…if you have one of these, you might be a teenager already. Jokes!

[via Motorola]

Nexus S 2.3.3 update changes your screen color slightly

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There’s been a bit of buzz online about the new Nexus S Android 2.3.3 update making the coloring on the display a little ‘different’ than what it was before the update. Google’s Ry Guy has let us know that this update and the effects on the coloring is intended to tweak the Nexus S display, and therefore, it was expected.

With your new OTA complete, you may notice a slight difference in the way colors are displayed on your Nexus S. For Nexus S, we have adjusted the color temperature settings to more accurately reflect darker colors at all brightness levels. The Gingerbread UI being darker, we found that the colors were not as accurate when the device was being used at lower brightness levels. For example, some users reported that the initial color temperature was too high leading to some darker greys having a reddish tone; with the new color temperature this is no longer the case.

Engadget went on and updated their own Google Nexus S and found the update did in fact change the color. Whether this is intended or not, still leaves some upset about the changes, as many Nexus S users have reported their unhappiness on forums as well. Here is a good look at the changes from Android 2.3.2, to 2.3.3, which Engadget is happy with after the update. I have to say as well, it does look like an improvement overall. have a look below.

[via Engadget]

Gingerbread coming to HTC Incredible S, Desire HD, Desire Z and Desire all in June 2011

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Looks like HTC will be making good on their promise to get Gingerbread onto the HTC Incredible S after we saw the device at MWC 2011 without Gingerbread. I admit, we had concerns why they would not put the latest Android OS onto such a fine device. HTC promised it wouldn’t be long, and it will be a few more months, 4 to be exact before we see Android 2.3 on the Incredible S.

To add to the update madness, the HTC Desire family will also be getting Gingerbread around the same time, which is awesome for those who still have an original Desire and thought with all these new devices coming out, why would they bother with little old me and my Desire. Well, they are bothering with all of them. Nice work HTC.

[via Slashdot]