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Fenix Pulled From Play Store After Hitting Twitter's Dumb Token Limit

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 02:20 PM PDT

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Twitter instituted the API token limit way back in 2012. Since then, a number of high-profile apps have maxed out at 100,000 users and been retired. The latest app to become a victim of its own success is Fenix. It ran out of tokens yesterday and now it's gone from the Play Store. It took almost exactly two years.

So what is all this business about tokens? Each user who signs into Twitter via an app or service gets a token, and traditional Twitter clients (like Falcon Pro, Talon, and Fenix) are limited to 100,000.

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Fenix Pulled From Play Store After Hitting Twitter's Dumb Token Limit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Logitech Harmony App Arrives For Android TV [APK Download]

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 02:14 PM PDT

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There are many ways to go about building your own smart home. The easy approach is to buy a hub and look for products that are compatible. Logitech makes one of those hubs.

If you've embraced the Logitech Harmony approach to controlling your home, you now have one more way to manage everything. Logitech has released an Android TV app into the Play Store.

This piece of software is in beta, but it provides a tile-based way to turn on speakers, toggle lights, raise blinds, adjust the thermostats, and perform other tasks.

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Logitech Harmony App Arrives For Android TV [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Twitter Now Lets You Report Multiple Abusive Tweets At Once

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 01:45 PM PDT

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Twitter is one of the largest social networks out there. Sadly, where you have that much free exchange of dialogue, you also end up with a bunch of people saying and doing some pretty mean and offensive things.

Since bullying, mocking, and other forms of harassment don't always fit in 140 characters, Twitter is now giving users the ability to attach multiple tweets to a single report.

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Twitter Now Lets You Report Multiple Abusive Tweets At Once was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Facebook camera app could launch with a focus on sharing and live streaming

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 01:42 PM PDT

Remember back in 2012 when Facebook launched a dedicated camera app for iPhone? The social networking giant said the app would make it easier to share photos to Facebook, but it only took two years before Facebook ultimately pulled the app.

Here we are a few years later and Facebook is apparently back to its old shenanigans. According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook's "friend-sharing" team in London is currently working on putting together a new Facebook camera app. This one would let users automatically open up their camera app on their phone and then quickly share photos they take from the app to the social network.

The app is also said to put a big focus on live streaming video, something that Facebook believes is a huge feature moving forward for the site.

As it stands right now, the app is currently still in its early stages of development, and there's no word on whether or not it may actually get released. And, unlike last time, it's not likely that Facebook would make this new camera app an iOS exclusive.


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Gmail 6.4 Adds Exchange Support On Non-Nexus Devices [APK Download]

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 01:02 PM PDT

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Today Gmail is getting Exchange support—

Yes, I know, Gmail has been handling Exchange accounts for quite a while. Users have been able to sign in to corporate email addresses since Gmail hit version 5.0. In case you haven't been counting, we're now at 6.4.

So what's going on? Well, let me finish my sentence. Today Gmail is getting Exchange support on non-Nexus devices.

Okay, yes, you've been able to do this by installing an extra APK.

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Gmail 6.4 Adds Exchange Support On Non-Nexus Devices [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: REDCON, Boost+

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 12:43 PM PDT

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Boost+

HTC Boost

App info:  Boost+ is your free Android performance expert that smartly tunes performance, improves power consumption, clears unused junk files to reclaim storage and adds security on an app-by-app basis on any Android device.

 

2. Scarlett for Chromecast

Scarlett for Chromecast

App info: Scarlett is an intelligent homescreen for your Google Cast device (Chromecast, Nexus Player, or Android TV) to discover what's new from all your favorite apps.

 

3. N Launcher

N Launcher

App info: LAUNCHER IS BASED ON ANDROID N DEVELOPER PREVIEW.WITH ADDITION OF ALL THE CUSTOMIZATION AND HANDY FEATURES LIKE "SLIDE SCREEN" GESTURES NOTIFICATIONS COUNTER ETC.

 

4. REDCON

REDCON

App info: Command your own battle fortress! Assemble the mightiest artillery force and bombard your foes into oblivion! Lead the Empire State offensive against Traitor General and his foul rebellion.

 

5. Velociraptor – Map Speed Limit

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App info: Velociraptor is a floating speed limit monitor, using OpenStreetMap and HERE Maps data.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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Exchange support rolling out now to Gmail for Android

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 11:43 AM PDT

Exchange users, get ready to jump for joy. After spotty availability and partial compatibility across different apps on Android, complete, honest-to-goodness Microsoft Exchange support is rolling out now to the Gmail app for Android.

For those who live and die by the universal inbox, this is fantastic news. While Exchange support has been available on Android in different ways in the past, the Gmail app will most likely rocket to being the best and most universally-used way to access Exchange accounts.

The update is already rolling out now and is expected to hit all handsets within 3 days.


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Fenix reaches token limit, pulled from Google Play

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 11:43 AM PDT

Another great Twitter app bit the dust this weekend, as Fenix appears to have run out of tokens after topping 100,000 users.

Normally, as an app developer, knowing that 100,000 people are using your app is fantastic news. But for Twitter app developers, not so much. Twitter has a policy in place that only allows 100,000 users per third-party Twitter app, and it appears Fenix has hit that number.

In a post on Twitter (naturally), Fenix told one unlucky user the app had run out of tokens. Shortly thereafter, the app was pulled from Google Play.

Where Fenix goes from here is a mystery for now, but it may not be rising from the ashes anytime soon. If you have previously used Fenix, you will still be able to use the app using your old token. New users, sorry.


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Xiaomi set to launch MIUI 8, Mi Max and Mi Band 2 on May 10

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 11:43 AM PDT

Xiaomi is set to launch its latest swath of products including the Mi Band 2, Mi Max and MIUI 8, all on May 10.

The Mi Band 2 is the next generation followup to the hugely successful and incredibly inexpensive Mi Band, one of the few Xiaomi products sold directly to consumers in the US. The Mi Band 2 has been leaked before, and is expected to come with an LCD display (the original didn't have any display) and a physical button, presumably for cycling between information like the time, steps, etc.

The Mi Max is Xiaomi's upcoming phablet (yes, we're still using that word) rumored to include 6.4-inch display and possibly Xiaomi's in-house processor, the Rifle. The Mi Max will be Xiaomi's more budget-friendly tablet, set to compete with other affordable options in China.

Finally, MIUI 8 is an updated and redesigned version of MIUI, the Android-based operating system powering Xiaomi's phones and tablets.

Make sure to check back in on May 10 as we cover everything announced that day in detail.


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[Deal Alert] Three Storytelling Games Lifeline, Lifeline 2, And Lifeline: Silent Night Are Each Reduced To 10 Cents

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 10:46 AM PDT

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Bringing games to mobile phones has come with challenges. Touchscreens don't handle some genres as well as traditional controllers. Interface elements need to be large enough for fingertips. Some titles, frankly, feel shoehorned to fit on phones.

The Lifeline series of games are an exception. I don't mean these are three titles that are excellent adapted for small touch controls. This series offers an experience that only feels natural on a phone, and today you can get all three entries for 10 cents apiece.

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[Deal Alert] Three Storytelling Games Lifeline, Lifeline 2, And Lifeline: Silent Night Are Each Reduced To 10 Cents was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Still Not Seeing Podcasts In Play Music? Try Refreshing Your Account

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 10:46 AM PDT

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Google finally made podcasts official in Play Music last week, but not everyone is seeing the option even after updating to the newest app version. You might be able to give Play Music a kick in the butt by refreshing your account. It's is an option in the app's settings—refreshing, not butt kicking.

This is a complicated process that will surely tax your technical abilities. First you have to open the Play Music settings, and then tap refresh "Refresh" under the account section.

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Still Not Seeing Podcasts In Play Music? Try Refreshing Your Account was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Chase App Adds Support For Fingerprint Login With Latest Update

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 08:55 AM PDT

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Most of the top Android phones (and even some mid-range ones) are shipping with fingerprint readers these days. App developers are starting to take notice and add support to apps, and today an important one for many people has been updated. Chase Mobile, which has tens of millions of downloads, now supports fingerprint logins. Bank of America just did the same a few days ago.

The Chase app is a portal for all of Chase's banking products.

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Chase App Adds Support For Fingerprint Login With Latest Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Chrome OS could be gaining support for Android apps and the Google Play Store

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 08:44 AM PDT

Right now, Chrome OS is technically capable of running some Android apps thanks the "App Runtime for Chrome (ARC)" project that Google implemented. For some Chrome OS users, though, that might not be enough Android app love.

Luckily for those folks, it looks like a big change is coming down the pipe. According to a few different Reddit users, starting with "TheWiseYoda," it looks like Google is building up Chrome OS to officially support not only more Android apps, but allow Chromebook users to access those apps through the Google Play Store, too.

"TheWiseYoda" was using the latest developer build of Chrome OS on his Chromebook, when booting up them machine went through the standard settings process. Within that, though, "TheWiseYoda" noticed that an option for "Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook" existed. Unfortunately the confirmation screen doesn't last long enough to agree.

However, digging through the source code "TheWiseYoda" was able to discover strings that directly suggest that Google is bringing support for the Google Play Store and more Android apps to Chrome OS:

Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install and use on your Chromebook.

One interesting point is that there appears to be an opt-in process this time around. With the aforementioned Android apps that already support running on Chrome OS, they function that way out of the box. This indicates, along with the confirmation screen while setting up the Chromebook, that Google will let users decide whether or not their machine can access the Play Store and more than a million Android apps.

Back in October of last year a report surfaced that suggested Google had plans to roll Chrome OS into Android, and that doesn't appear to be what's happening here. Instead, this move would suggest that Google is preparing to ditch the Chrome Web Store and offer access to the Play Store instead.

What do you think of the move?


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HTC One Gallery Will Be Discontinued On April 30, but HTC Gallery Will Continue To Operate

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 07:40 AM PDT

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A product of HTC's research division, One Gallery allows users to upload photos and videos to a variety of cloud services through the HTC Gallery app. However, according to changelogs for both apps, the One Gallery service will be discontinued on April 30.

No reason has been given for the discontinuation, but it might be down to the number of installs it's had, somewhere in the 1 million to 5 million bracket.

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HTC One Gallery Will Be Discontinued On April 30, but HTC Gallery Will Continue To Operate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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