The Facebook Home app has surpassed 500,000 downloads on the Google Play store after about a week of availability for certain Android devices. Unfortunately, the early adopters testing out Facebook Home have provided mostly negative feedback. The app has an average rating of 2.2.
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Tumblr has redesigned their Android app. The app can be downloaded now on Google Play. The app lets users “post anything” such as photos, videos, quotes, links, text, etc. Tumblr Android users can also save drafts, queue posts, and customize tweets. The updated app still supports multiple blogs.
One of the reasons why people resist buying iPads and iPad Minis is because of the cost is past one of their pain points. For many people it is hard to justify the monthly cost of a smartphone and a tablet. Fortunately there is an Android-based tablet that retails for only $79.99 (Amazon link). The 7-inch Genesis Prime has a 1.1GHz processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 4GB of storage, front-facing VGA camera, and an 800 x 480 resolution.
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Evernote has released a new version of their Android app today. Known as Evernote for Android version 5.0, the company has added new photo and search features to their app. Evernote for Android 5.0 has several new home screen widgets too.
New Relic is a service that helps developers track the metrics of their web applications. Now the company is launching a real-time analytics platform for Android and iOS mobile app developers. New Relic will give end-to-end visibility from individual mobile devices to backend web services.
Larry Page announced that Andy Rubin has been replaced by Sundar Pichai earlier today. In an announcement about the news, he also pointed that 750 million Android devices have been activated between smartphones and tablets between 60 hardware partners. This is up from the 500 million figure in September 2012.
Andy Rubin, the head of Android at Google, is stepping down from his role at the company. Sundar Pichai will become the head of Android at Google going forward in addition to his duties as the head of the Chrome web browser and Chrome operating system. It is unknown what Rubin will be doing going forward, but it is believed that he may be working on the Google Glass project. Below is the announcement as made by Google CEO Larry Page:
SwiftKey 4 is an Android keyboard that has a new “Flow” swipe-to-type feature. SwiftKey 4 has better word prediction that learns from your day-to-day usage. SwiftKey 4 also has tons of themes, better word correction, and over 60 languages.
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