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Facebook Beta Updated (Still v3.4) – Lots of Bug Fixes And Some Facebook Home Tweaks

Facebook is apparently hard at work this 4th of July having just released a new update to its beta Android app. In case you missed it last week, Facebook started using the Play Store beta program to test new versions of the app prior to wide release. If you want in, follow the instructions we posted last time. If you're already in, get ready for a bug-squashing update.

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GoBank Exits Beta, Is Now Available For Everyone

We've covered GoBank (and its competitor, Simple) rather extensively here at AP, but up until now, the service was invite-only. You may have seen GoBank's #gimmegobank campaign across Twitter for those who were seeking an invite, but as of today, the online-centric bank exits its beta program and is available for everyone.

During my time testing out the service, I was extremely impressed with how feature-rich and well thought-out the app was, as it allows essentially every aspect of the service to be tweaked and/or modified without ever touching a computer. It also features an intuitive bill-tracking system that allows you to keep up with your monthly responsibilities and better manage your finances.

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[New App] Where'd Ya Get Those Peepers? EyeVerify Eyeprint Beta Scans Veins In Your Eye To Unlock Apps

Most people make do with a PIN or pattern lock to secure their Android devices. If you need something a little stronger (or just want to feel like Ethan Hunt) EyeVerify has just released the beta version of an app that uses honest-to-goodness eye scans. Eyeprint takes a photo of your face, then matches the pattern of blood vessels on your eyeballs to a previous photo to access locked apps. The beta is extremely limited - none of my devices are showing compatible on the Play Store. The listing specifically mentions the Galaxy S III, Note II, and HTC One.

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Technically, Eyeprint isn't using the classic retina scan to grant access - that would require a small amount of infrared light to illuminate the membrane at the back of the eye.

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[Hands-On] Minuum Keyboard Beta: Good Enough To Renew My Faith In Crowd-Funded Campaigns

Minuum Keyboard launched an IndieGoGo campaign back in March, and by the time it was over in April, the developers had raised almost $90,000. That's 873% of the goal. It was a big vote of confidence from Android users, but Minuum promised something unique – a keyboard that takes up only a tiny strip of screen real estate, yet still provides all the functionality you need. It sounds crazy on the face of it, but what if it's not just smoke and mirrors?

The beta app has been launched for IndieGoGo backers in Google Play, exactly as promised. Let's see if it lives up to the hype.

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gReader Developer Working On New App Called News+, With Extensions Supporting Multiple RSS Sources

In exactly two weeks, the bell will toll for Google Reader, taking down the infrastructure for quite a few popular RSS reader clients with it. But a few are sticking it out, including the developer of popular Android Google Reader client gReader. Noin Nion has decided to expand the basics of gReader into a new app, tentatively titled News+. The new app will add support for extensions synced to external multiple external sources, including Feedly; gReader is one of the launch partners for Feedly's new alternative backend.

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Screenshots taken by a gReader Google Groups user.

But that's not all.

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Imgur Beta App Updated To 0.1.11 With Not-Really-Holo User Interface, Still Has A Long Way To Go [Update]

Imgur has become one of the standard Internet destinations for quick and dirty photo sharing, but its official Android app leaves a lot to be desired - though to be fair, it's still in beta. The latest update adds a much-needed Holo interface... sort of. The UI has definitely been improved over previous versions, and according to the changelog, it's Holo. While it's clear that the designers were trying for a more standardized app, the guidelines have been followed in some places and not others. It could be called "I Can't Believe It's Not Holo."

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The biggest change is the new side menu, which is activated with a logo tap (like some of the newer versions of Google apps) but won't show up with a simple side-swipe.

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Falcon Pro Officially Updated To Version 2.0 With Multi-Account Support, New UI, And More

After a short beta period, notable Twitter client Falcon Pro has gotten its big update to version 2.0. The headlining feature in this update is the new multi-account support, but there are a few more goodies in there.

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[Hands-On] Falcon Pro Version 2.0 Beta – New UI, Themes, And Multi-Account Support

Falcon Pro is the latest app to take advantage of Google's new Play Store beta program, and the developer is testing out some much anticipated features. The UI is flatter and more clean, a new theme is on-board, and there is finally multi-account support. Rejoice, brothers and sisters. Your prayers (complaints) have been answered.

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[New App] Version 4 Of Popular Forum Browser Tapatalk Drops Into The Play Store As A Free Public Beta

Tapatalk: love it or hate it, it isn't going away any time soon. For those who fall into the former category, version 4 of the ubiquitous forum browsing platform is now live in the Play Store, in a public beta version chock-full of new features. The app has been circulating among the Tapatalk faithful in private beta for just short of two months now. Tapatalk 4 is a free download, but requires Android 4.0 or higher.

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A brand-spanking-new interface tops the list of added features in Tapatalk 4. It's easy to see why, with a mix of Holo elements, Google Now-style cards, and the sidebar menu that seems to be all the rage.

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Chrome Beta For Android Updated To v28: Translate Bar, Fullscreen On Tablets, Bandwidth Savings Graph, And More

Following the release of beta features to Chrome stable yesterday, the beta channel of Chrome for Android was promoted to version 28 today.

The update brings a number of desired additions and improvements, all of which I will break down for you below. Here's the relatively incomplete list the Chrome team posted on its blog:

 

The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 28 to the Beta channel. Chrome for Android 28.0.1500.21 contains a number of new improvements including:

  • Google Translate: When you come across a page written in a language that isn't in the same language as your phone or tablet, look for the translation bar
  • Fullscreen on tablets: Simply scroll the page to dismiss the toolbar
  • Support for fullscreen API 
  • New graph showing your estimated bandwidth savings when you use the experimental data compression feature
  • Mobile friendly error pages

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Here's what Chrome's new mobile-friendly Translate bar looks like if you visit a site with a language different from your device's (for example, newsru.com):

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I find built-in translation support to be one of Chrome's most useful features, so I applaud Google for finally bringing it to Android.

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