One of the great things about Android is that instead of being dependent on major OS upgrades like that other mobile operating system, Google's core apps receive regular updates throughout the year. While this is usually a highlight of the platform, it's not uncommon for features to be altered or randomly disappear without warning. Case in point: A number of reports are claiming that the Play Store notification that should be received when an app successfully updates is no longer appearing in the notification shade. Read More
Tapatalk, Android’s most popular app for browsing forums, recently received another refresh to its interface with little initial fanfare. It was not a milestone update and the overall look of the app was not drastically changed from its past few updates. The way you navigate within a site, though, has been altered significantly. Judging by Play Store reviews, Tapatalk’s feedback board, and our tips inbox, users are not fans of this update whatsoever. Read More
Chromecast not working? Now you can complain in an official place on the web – a Googler might even see and help you out. The official Chromecast product forums are up and running with plenty of general information and threads with specific questions.
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.
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. Read More
If there is one major downside to the custom development community, it's that the sheer volume of minor variations in custom ROMs and largely-borrowed development makes it difficult, if not impossible to find real, quality development. XDA aims to change this by creating Original Development forums. These special forums will be reserved for projects that adhere to a set of rules, not the least of which is being largely original work.
Other criteria for the Original Development forums, from XDA:
- Official releases of highly original and upstream custom ROMs (built from the ground up with significant original development within them
- Official releases/development of such original ROMs, perhaps posted by the maintainer or their nominated person.
Motorola Droid RAZR owners (and developers) received a bit of good news yesterday, thanks to a leaked set of fastboot files which allow your RAZR to be restored to stock in case of a soft brick or other unforeseen issue.
Many users over at XDA and DroidRZR.com forums have already reported success in flashing the files and restoring their devices, indicating that the fastboot set is, in fact, the real deal.
For users, this means that there is always a way to get the RAZR back to stock configuration. The same goes for developers, meaning development for Moto's latest addition to the Droid family will liven up considerably. Read More
Where do you go when you have an Android related problem? Where do you hang out on a rainy day? Where does a good percentage of Android news originate from?
I'm talking about Android forums. Today, inspired by this reddit post, I wanted to highlight some of them and provide a list for people looking to ask questions, start an Android related conversation, report a problem, or just become part of another community (of course, you should always be close to Android Police by following us on twitter at @AndroidPolice and keeping up with the RSS feed).
Howard forums: http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/379-Android
AndroidCentral forums: http://forum.androidcentral.com/
AndroidCommunity forums: http://androidcommunity.com/forums/
MoDaCo forums: http://android.modaco.com/forum.html
Samsung devs: http://forum.sdx-developers.com/
Droid Forums: http://www.droidforums.net, though they also have non-Droid sections
NexusOne Forum: http://www.nexusoneforum.net
Sprint Users: http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=145
Sprint.com forums: http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/buzzaboutwireless/phones-and-devices/android_phones?view=overview
T-Mobile forums: http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/Android/ct-p/Android
Where do you go hang out when you need help? Read More