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Update: Cloud.TV has clarified that it will unlock the Prime features for anyone who bought the old Prime unlocker, but does not have it installed. You just need to get in touch to make that happen. That sounds reasonable.

Update 2: Dayframe Prime unlocker app is back too.

Update 3: Google has asked Dayframe to pull Chromecast support for the time being until the official Play services SDK is out. Apparently that should be soon. v2.0.2 is out sans Chromecast support.

Photo frames are one of the lamest gifts you can buy, but an app that turns your tablet into a photo frame? That's surprisingly cool. Dayframe has a ton of features and photostreams, but now it has one more thing – Chromecast support. Version 2.0 is live in Google Play, and it really shakes things up. It's not all good news, though.

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Here's the changelog for v2.0. It's almost like a new app.

  • interactive Chromecast player
  • UI overhaul
  • new library organization
  • view and play individual photostreams
  • better album playlisting
  • library shortcuts in left menu
  • playlists in the right menu
  • favorite streams
  • PRIME now IAP
  • Chromecast shows animated gifs!

The Chromecast support is obviously the headlining feature here. Just connect and you can beam the super-pretty photostream over to your TV. You have to upgrade to Prime ($2.99) for Chromecast support (and a few other things). The app itself now has a light UI with an easier to use library view as well. Remember, for the new Chromecast apps to work, you need to have the most recent version of Google Play Services.

There is one troubling bullet point in that changelog – "PRIME now IAP." The Dayframe Prime app has been removed from Play, so you can't re-download it. The app will continue to work for anyone who bought it, but it probably won't be available again. Most of the features unlocked with the $2.99 IAP in the new app are the same as the old Prime version. Dayframe is a cool app, but let's be honest – this is not a very nice thing to do to customers.

[Cloud.TV]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Chris G

    Agreed, not a cool move

  • Bill G

    $2.99 to use my Chromecast for this app? NO THANKS. GOODBYE.

    • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

      Dayframe Dev here. Sorry you feel that way, but we can't work on Dayframe unless we charge. FWIW this isn't just a simple integration. We've been working on it for months.

      • Rick Perez

        I bought the full app when it first went up (Dayframe Prime) and now i have to buy it again..? :-(

        • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

          No you don't have to buy it again. If you have the apk, it will still be recognized as prime.

          If you want to install it on another device without the apk, just email us and we'll whitelist all your devices: hi@cloud.tv

      • joser116

        Will people who have already bought Dayframe Prime continue to get updates? Or will they have to buy Dayframe Prime again through the in-app purchase ?

        • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

          Yup - they'll get all updates. IAP is just a different way to purchase.

          If you want to install on a different device that doesn't have the Prime apk just shoot us and email and we'll whitelist you: hi@cloud.tv

      • Bill G

        The thing is, in about 3 months from now there will be a lot of apps that have Chromecast functionality that your app charges $2.99 for. For someone that would only use your app for the Chromecast ability... it's not worth it.

    • RyanWhitwam

      That's not really fair. Plenty of apps have pro versions with additional features. If you want good apps, developers need to be able to make money. $2.99 is reasonable for all the stuff Dayframe includes.

    • Tim242

      Would you work for free?

  • Bender Bending Rodriguez

    Pathetic

  • Milind Shah

    Woah that was an extremely bad move from the devs. they should atleast give the people who bought the prime version access to all the features :/

    • Jair Andres Moreno

      Who says that prime members can't access all features?. Just install the prime add on via Play Store and you are fine.

    • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

      I think there's a misunderstanding. If bought prime already you should still have prime as long as you have the unlocker. If that's not working for some reason shoot us an email and we'll fix it: hi@cloud.tv

      • Frank B

        What if I bought prime and want to use a new tablet? Re-buy?

        • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

          We just republished the APK for prime so you can use that. Alternatively you can just email us and we'll whitelist you: hi@cloud.tv

  • andy_o

    I got a couple of q's about app authentication. If the premium unlock of an app is an IAP, is it "worse" in the sense that the premium version is unlocked on the developer's side, as opposed to a separate premium version in the Play Store which you only need to download from Google?

    Also, anyone knows how can one be sure about typing your Google password to sign in to Google (Drive, Cloud Print, etc.) from a 3rd party app that doesn't support oauth? For instance, Camscanner opens a browser popup asking for the Google password. App-specific passwords don't even work here. As far as I know apps still do this commonly and did it a lot before oauth, was there a way to know to trust these prompts?

    • Kyle Riedemann

      It's much worse when many already paid for the premium version, and have to pay again to get the same features back of they want to get updates.

      • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

        Prime will still work fine if you have the apk on your device. If for some reason you don't and purchased the app just ping us and we'll whitelist you: hi@cloud.tv

        • http://www.netcessor.com/ Aaron

          Good guy developer, comes to Android website to clear up misconceptions and answers questions politely.

  • Joe Anderson

    Money hungry, not a good idea.

    • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

      We're not money hungry, just switching to a better system for purchases. If you already purchased Prime your purchase is still valid.

  • Jair Andres Moreno

    I don't think that it's a bad move. In fact the prime app it is available from the all apps menu in Play Store if you bought it. The In App purchase it is a good move from my perspective.

  • Doctor Awesome PhD

    Still no widget and I have to pay for chromecast? yeah, gtfo

    • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

      If you are already a Prime user you do not.

      • Doctor Awesome PhD

        Thank you for the clarification. I have updated my Google Play review.

  • Bill Anderson

    Well that sucks. And, their UI really infuriates me. Sometimes you can click the icon in the Action Bar to go back, sometimes you can't. And now there is a "hamburger" menu on the right side? that's not standard...

  • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

    Hey Ryan,

    One of the Dayframe devs here.

    We removed the Prime APK as to not confuse people. If any folks that already bought the app and want to use it on another device we're happy to honor that. If they shoot us an email at hi@cloud.tv we can whitelist all of their devices from our side.

  • Eddie Hooper

    If every app charges 3 or 4 bucks to use the Chromecast, does that not defeat the purpose of the Chromecast being so cheap?

    • Leif Sikorski

      It's not just for the chromecast, there are more features you get in the premium version. The Chromecast feature is just a good thing to have as a premium feature I guess. Every app which gets further development and support, deserves to earn some money - so there's nothing wrong with it.

  • Phil

    They did what they said they would! A simple email to them and they fixed it. I paid for the old version, got a new device, went to install, and it wasn't there! I emailed them, they "whitelisted" me. Problem solved, New app unlocked for me. I know it's a bit of a pain that maybe could have been avoided, but good on them to honor past purchases. They really didn't have to...

  • Chad

    Dayframe needs Box integration. That's the only thing keeping me away, most of my photos are in Box.

  • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

    Hey guys,

    We really confused some early users by saying Chromecast was available too soon. Anyone who bought the In App Purchase for Prime last Thursday (02/06) will be refunded and whitelisted. Simply visit this page and let us know your account: cloud.tv/i/df-prime-fix