Users of the location-centric app Foursquare have been using it for several reasons predominantly over the past few years. One reason major enough to constitute its own app is finding friends. As such, the folks behind Foursquare have decided to do a split - sooner than later, users will be asked to use the app "Swarm" to keep an eye on their best buddies whenever they want to find them.
This week the folks behind Hulu’s mobile apps have announced ad-supported full TV episodes. This means that while you’ll still have to pay for full Hulu Plus action, the app won’t be completely useless if you’re not all about pushing the full Hulu Plus experience. This release will be coming to both iPhone and Android first.
Today the Android version of IFTTT, aka If This Then That will be released to the public. In Beta form for some weeks, this app has been released on iOS devices since last year. This version of the app will be working in a manner very, very similar to that of the iOS version of the app, recipes and all.
It should be clear at this point that Facebook’s acquisitions are not relegated to easily interpreted use-cases for social networking. Announcing today that they’d been acquired by Facebook, the ProtoGeo Oy and their Moves app are "delighted" that they’re going to be joining the brand giant.
Samsung bloatware or bonus features: however generously you want to refer to them, it turns out Galaxy smartphone owners aren't actually using them, according to new research. Total usage time for a sample of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 users of Samsung's key homegrown apps amounted to less than seven minutes in March 2014, whereas they used three of Google's apps for 149 minutes in all.
In its continued quest to separate out each app from its operating system master, Google has released Google Camera for Android. Much like Motorola released the Motorola Camera app for Motorola devices last year, Google aims to separate this app in order to make updates easier.
Did you know that you have a camera on the front of your smartphone? The folks behind the app Frontback know you do, and they’re aiming to bring the app - already a hit on iOS (per usual) - to Android. This app takes a photo with your phone’s back-facing camera, another photo with your phone’s front-facing camera, then attaches the two for a single tall photo you can share.
This week there’s word that Android - if not the web as well - will be getting a full makeover by Google in the icon department. Evidence suggests that the icons being added to the world of Android and the web will be flatter, a bit more well organized, and sized relative to one another.
Technology blogs and forums are rife with rumors about the upcoming launch of an Amazon Smartphone - coming as early as September. It’s a given that if they’re intending to enter a market already well-gripped by Apple and Samsung, Amazon will have differentiate itself at all levels. We have already spoken about the possibility of 3D features on the phone, tapping the hardware details several times as well. What's left? Software - specifically apps.