Android Overload: Developers can now localize graphics/video in Google Play, Facebook testing $1 messages to strangers, and more



  • Facebook could start charging users $1 to message strangers. [AllThingsD]
  • Apple kills Kickstarter project by refusing to license Lightning chargers with a product that includes micro USB, and 30-pin connectors. [VentureBeat]
  • Apple plans to appeal Judge Lucy Koh’s decision to to not ban Samsung products. (No surprise there). [Reuters]
  • Vizio Co-Start receives U3.5.0 software update. Improves a speed and performance. [GTVSource]
  • Meizu MX2 now available in China for $390. High-end specs, Google Play Store price. [Softpedia]
  • MiHome Launcher update brings improved 720p layout, and bug fixes/improvements. [Google Play]
  • EU regulators investigating Samsung over breaking competition rules in filing patent lawsuits against Apple. [Reuters]
  • Samsung closes deal with Texas to build system-chip factory. Will invest $3.9 billion on the project. [Reuters]
  • Activating your Nexus 4 in Swedish will bring up this message, “The configuration of the iPhone can require significant network activity.”  [Imgur]
  • Android developers can now localize graphics and video for listings in the Play Store to specific regions. [Android Developers Blog]
  • Facebook now lets users drag and drop pictures into their posts for bulk uploading. [Inside Facebook]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Quoting the link a couple of paragraphs into the Facebook story, “This test will give a small number of people the option to pay to have a message routed to the Inbox rather than the Other folder of a recipient that they are not connected with.” http://newsroom.fb.com/News/558/Update-to-Messaging-and-a-Test

    I’ve always wondered why they introduced the Other folder. People can and do receive legitimate messages from non-friends. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with spam, since there are other options to deal with that. Hmm…and now they introduce this.

    The best part is that there doesn’t appear to be an option to turn filtering (the ‘Other’ folder) completely off. There’s Basic Filtering and Strict Filtering, explained here — https://www.facebook.com/help/398578543552207 — and looking at my FB account, these are the only two options.

    Hey Facebook, I don’t want you filtering my inbox AT ALL.

  2. Apple further killing innovation and Facebook is one more company getting greedy. No news there.

  3. Vizio Co-Star, not Vizio Co-Start as far as I know ;)

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