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‘Family Guy’ Joins the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is still leading the top free list on Google Play, but we’ve got some newcomers to the top ten list that are worth mentioning. First up, Family Guy –  my favorite TV show in the known universe. The game is free and fun, especially if you are really into epic chicken battles.

There’s also Cut the Rope 2 at #10, a follow up to Cut the Rope. If you like crushing candy and being addicted to games, this app is for you.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week as well as videos to the two new apps. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

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Google Now Continuously Scanning Installed Apps for Security Threats

Android apps from Google are now getting an extension of its Verify apps security features. From this day forward, all apps you’ve already installed will be scanned for security threats. If something is detected, you will be notified with a warning similar to this:

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Facebook Removes All Chat Features From App

Facebook MessengerFacebook Messenger is enjoying a momentous ride to the top of the Android App store, now that Facebook is removing all chat services from its main app, Facebook. It is #2 in the Android Play Store and #6 in the App Store.

Chatting in Facebook Messenger may be cleaner, easier, but users will now have to download both apps if they are to keep using the full service. By keeping the services separate, Facebook can keep it leaner, but no doubt the company will bloat it with advertising or in-app purchase options.

This change will not be affecting all phones – older Android devices, windows phones and tablets, and if you want to keep one app for Facebook, you can look into its Paper app.

‘Facebook’ is Leading the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is dominating the Android app marketplace with the social app permanently staking a home at the #1 position as the most popular free app. In the #2 position this week is Facebook Messenger followed by Pandora and then Facebook’s other app, Instagram. New to the List this week: Cut the Rope 2 and Super Bright LED Flashlight.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week and two video demos of Cut the Rope and LED flashlight. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Google Glass Live-Steam App Helps Doctors Get Instant Advice

remedyGoogle Glass, despite its social awkwardness, is getting a lot of attention in the public service sector – firefighters and doctors alike. With the wearable interface, doctors can use it to quickly access patient information during critical periods, and now, they can also use it to ask for a second opinion.

The technology comes from Remedy, a Google Glass platform that allows doctors to live-stream sessions to other professionals in order to seek advice. Created by Noor Siddiqui and Gina Siddiqi, the sisters bring medical school experience to the health profession via emerging wearable technology. Read more

Google Removes Fake ‘Virus Shield’ App

virus shieldOn Sunday, Android Police cracked down on a fake app that rose prominently to the #1 position in the Paid Apps category of Google Play. Virus Shield has since been removed from the Play Store, but not before over 10,000 users paid $3.99 for an app that did essentially nothing.

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Android Lockscreen App Cover Joins Twitter in Latest Acquisition

tumblr_inline_n3o3qfu2lP1spj4tqAndroid lockscreen app, Cover, has only been in the app store since October, but it’s already been swallowed up by Twitter. The small startup will be joining Twitter on mobile development and the app will remain in the Google Play Store for the time being. Cover is self-described as a tool that can identify and learn apps users need and placing it automatically on the lockscreen for easy access.

In an announcement about the acquisition, Cover describes the venture as a way to expand on Android technology:

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‘Facebook’ is Leading the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersWe’re beginning to think that Android users can’t get enough of their Facebook app, which has been leading the top free app list for weeks, not to mention Facebook Messenger biting on the heels of the popular social app. If you also count Instagram, Facebook owns three out of the top four apps in the Android App store on most weeks. That’s quite impressive, unless you’re Pandora, who feels a bit of a black sheep…

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

These New Emoticons Will Help You be Racially Diverse

Mi-Fone, a mobile manufacturing company rallying from Africa is bringing racial diversity to emoticons – those small, expressive facial images that we attach to Tweets and comments when there’s no better word. For a while, the internet was in anguish over the not-so-obvious whiteness of all the traditional emoticons, so, now, there’s a sigh of relief. Sort of.

 

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Study: iOS Apps More Likely to Crash Than Android Apps

A new study from Crittercism’s Mobile Experience Benchmark Report brings some optimistic data to Android users: their apps are more stable than iOS. In fact, iOS apps are twice as likely to crash. The study also found that Android apps on tablets show less stability than their smartphone equivalent.

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