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4 years ago

Facebook Home hits 500,000 installs, but what about active users?

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Sometimes a big number is just... a big number

The new "love it or hate it" app out there, Facebook Home, has surpassed a pretty notable milestone in the Play Store today: 500,000 installs. That's half a million installs of an app that many said would appeal to a very small section of people -- those who are presumably "all in" with Facebook. But what does that 500,000 number even mean? Not that much, actually. Any time that someone clicks "install" on the Google Play store, it counts as an install. It doesn't matter if the user never actually launches the app, whether they set it as a default launcher or even whether it stays installed on their phone for more than 10 minutes.

It's kind of like a hamburger restaurant saying "10 million customers served". Well, sure they were served, but did they actually enjoy the food? Lots of users may be taking one bite out of Facebook Home and throwing it in the trash, and the Google Play numbers simply don't reflect that.

The real number we'd love to take a look at is active installs. How many people have installed Facebook Home, then continued to use it. Given the current ratings it is receiving in the play store -- an average of 2.2 out of 5 -- we have to guess that number is well below 500,000. And without that "active installs" number, we don't believe there's any comment to be made about the success of Home this early in the game.

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4 years ago

App Developer? Take the Vision Mobile Developer Economics Survey!

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Developer? Take a 10-minute online survey and you could win great prizes! Results will be freely available in June via @visionmobile.

Our friends at Vision Mobile reached out to let us know they're once again running their Developer Economics survey. 

The Developer Economics research series, now in its 5th year, examines top mobile platforms, app monetization & many more key issues for developers today. The results from the surveys are released as publicly available reports.

If you're an app developer, take the new Developer Economics 10-minute survey, have your say on the latest trends in mobile development and you can also win great prizes!  

Prizes this year include a Samsung Galaxy SIII, a BlackBerry Z10, Lumia 920, AR Drone, Nest thermostat and Nike Fuel band up for grabs!

Take the Survey!

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4 years ago

These old AT&T commercials were a pretty good glimpse of today's tech

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What was science fiction in 1993 has turned into just science in 2013

Long before you did all these things with that tiny device you're holding in your hands, AT&T commercials from the early 1990s told the future. Navigation, PayPass systems, video conferencing and more have all turned from twentieth-century fantasy into twenty-first century reality.

Or maybe Elias is right, and Tom Selleck is a Timelord. Either way they're worth a look.

Via: +Elias Lugo

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4 years ago

Flip Frenzy: A unique new puzzle game

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A puzzle game with an original concept, but what about those in-app purchases?

We've seen plenty of games that just build off of other proven puzzle concepts, but they often end up being lackluster because you feel they could have been more original. Flip Frenzy is a breath of fresh air -- a nicely original game for Android devices that's challenging as well. On top of quality game mechanics, developer Funky Squid Games has put together fun and light hearted graphics and sounds to go along with it.

Like so many games today though, you don't get far in the game before the in-app purchases set in. Are the pay-to-play mechanics enough to turn you away from an otherwise enjoyable title? Read along with us after the break and see how it all breaks down.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Big things ahead

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Exciting things are afoot, folks. I'm mostly going off the grid this week, insofar as the usual work week is concerned, but that's not to say there's nothing going on.

So here's to a fun, fast and fruitful week in New York City, with some of the smartest people I know.

And now, a few thoughts on the week that was:

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4 years ago

Remove duplicate and empty Google+ photo albums in your Gallery

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It's a work-around, but there is a way to delete those pesky empty Google+ albums from your Gallery

Has your Gallery gone haywire with blank and duplicate Google+ albums? Don't worry, you're not alone. Since the implementation of Google+ Instant Upload and its deep integration into the included Gallery app, more and more of the photos you see on your device aren't actually... on your device. This all works great until there's an issue -- and what many people have been experiencing is duplicate, blank, and mislabeled albums showing up in their Gallery.

The problem is there's no way from the Gallery to manage these photos, it has to be done on the web. If you've been having issues with weird albums showing up in your Gallery, hang tight after the break and see if we can do something about that.

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations podcast: State of the camera art

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Alex Dobie of Android Central joins Rene to talk about mobile camera, from the dumb phone days to the latest iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry glass, plus a look at micro 4/3, high end DSLR, and a RED. Yeah, pretty much pure camera porn!

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4 years ago

HTC One pictured in black on AT&T site

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No details or announcement, but the black HTC One has appeared on AT&T's website

We know the black version of the HTC One was coming to AT&T eventually, but tonight we're seeing it on their website. There was no availability announcement, no details on the page and it's not available to buy just yet, but it is there. We're not sure if this means anything, but we thought a few of you might want a heads up that it's appeared. Click the link below to have a look.

Source: AT&T. Thanks, Patrick!

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4 years ago

Top HTC One forum threads

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It's big. It's bold. And people are talking about it now that they have one in their hands

The HTC One is finally out there in the hands of the people who have been waiting and wanting, and they have a lot to say about it. It's One fine piece of Android-powered equipment, and the HTC One forums is the place you want to be to talk about it. Here are a few examples of what's going on.

Of course, you'll probably want to read our HTC One review as well if you haven't already. What better way to spend a Saturday evening than talking about a great new Android phone?

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4 years ago

Google removes 32 apps from Google Play over malware concerns

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Apps contained a "fake" ad network, directed users to install malware disguised as free applications

Yesterday, the folks over at Lookout divulged their latest find. 32 applications, mostly Russian language, were found to contain what Lookout calls "BadNews" -- a new piece of code that facilitates easy installation of malware onto users phones who have it installed. They estimate that apps containing BadNews have been installed over 2,000,000 times. While this is but a small drop compared to the hundreds of millions of Android devices and 25+ Billion apps installed from the Play store, it's still quite the eye popping number.

BadNews is disguised as an ad network. Besides serving ads for other less popular apps containing the BadNews code, it has the ability to send some of your private data (including your phone number and IMEI) to a server. It also displays fake news messages about app updates and links to actual malware that a user could install outside Google Play. 

The offending applications, distributed across four different developer accounts, have been purged from Google Play. If you think you may have been affected, or are running one of the apps, Lookout's security application can assist in identifying the things you need to remove.

We appreciate a well researched and legitimate look at malware like this news, and don't want it to get buried like the so many FUD stories around the Internet that are speculation with no numbers. For a list of the applications, and a look at how this was discovered, click the source link below. Carry past the break for some further discussion.

Source: Lookout

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: franco.Kernel updater, World Politics Review, The Room and more!

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It's been a whole week since our last crop of app picks, so let's get to it

Every week we take to the "Apps of the Week" post to let everyone know the apps the Android Central writers have been using on a daily basis. If they're good enough to stay on our devices out of all the apps we try, they must be doing something right -- and that's why we take this weekly segment to share them with all of you.

So what are you waiting for? Click or tap along after the break and see what we have in store for you this week.

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4 years ago

Quick Look: The Black Mist Samsung Galaxy S4

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At the IFA Global Press Conference 2013 in Sardinia, Samsung brought along the Black Mist Galaxy S4 to show the gathered press

I'm on the gorgeous Italian island of Sardinia this week, for the annual pre-IFA Global Press Conference. A chance for the industry and the press to get together and look ahead to the main show in Berlin in September, in a truly stunning setting. Several consumer electronics manufacturers have partnered with the conference, including Samsung -- well, Samsung Electronics, at least. So, what's this we see here, then? Looks an awful lot like the Black Mist Galaxy S4. Nestled front and center in the Samsung booth, the soon to be released Galaxy S4 is here. And, since I've not yet seen the S4 for myself, I spent a few minutes taking a look. 

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4 years ago

Fear not, for we are working on a new Android Central app

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We've mentioned this in the forums and teased a little bit on Google+, but it deserves mention here: Yes, we're hard at work on a new Android Central app.

The short version is that our old app was never really up to snuff (and frankly probably never should have happened in the first place). We unpublished it some time ago. But we can't do anything about folks who still have it installed, except to say uninstall it and hang tight. Something much better is on the way.

We don't have any ETAs to give yet, but I can say things are progressing nicely, and this new app has far more features (and far less ad spam) than the old one.

See my post in our forums for a more detailed explanation of the old app, our new app, and better things to come.

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4 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 sign up page now live

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Still no dates given, but a great way to show your interest in Samsung's newest on Big Red

Yesterday Verizon confirmed that their Samsung Galaxy S4 would be available sometime in May, and today they have made the sign up page for the new Galaxy S model live. We know it's not the Verizon page most of us want to see when we talk Galaxy S4, but it's a start.

Potential owners can head to the page to sign up for more information, and more importantly, show that they have interest in the device. Carriers often use this sort of thing as a way to know how many units they need to have on hand for launch day.

We expect that number to be pretty big, but there will always be the chance that your store will run out before you can get your tail there to grab yours. Take a minute, sign up, and let them know they need to order yours from Samsung. When finished, share it in the forums with the rest of us waiting for this one.

Source: Verizon 

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4 years ago

AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S4 shipping date to April 23

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The previous date of April 30 has been changed to April 23, price and selection remains unchanged

AT&T has updated the Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-order page and there is a new shipping date - April 23. The previous versions had a shipping date of April 30 for the phone, which put it a week past T-Mobile (April 24) and Sprint (April 27). The price remains the same at $639 or $199 with a new agreement for the 16GB model.

Of course we can't be sure that this date is final, but all of us would like to see it sooner rather than later. There's a lot there to love, and we certainly can't wait to have our very own for the requisite fondling. 

Are you ordering an S4 from one of the carriers? Be sure to let us know who you're rolling with in our poll, then head into the forums where at least you can wait with friends.

Source: AT&T. Thanks, Eric!

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