Election Got You Down? Alternative Facebook Client ‘Friendly’ Arrives on Google Play

Election Got You Down? Alternative Facebook Client ‘Friendly’ Arrives on Google Play

Dec 7, 2016

Facebook, for all the familiality it engenders, can still be a pretty rough place. It has become a melting pot for interesting pronouncements and scary prognostications — and that is before you add election cycles into the mix.

Friendly is a Facebook client that looks to cut through a lot of the unwanted noise, and present Facebook to you the way you want Facebook presented: in a friendlier way.


Friendly’s signature feature is a nifty keyword filter; it can be used to filter out posts that contain certain words of phrases. So, if posts containing “Smokey Bear” get your goat, you can then get posts and stories containing it to not appear on your feed.

But wait… there’s more…

The filter works both ways. It is also possible to highlight search terms you want to see more of. SO, if “Vader” makes you smile uncontrollably, you can get more posts related to the dark side of the force to show up in your feed.


And still more…

The app also consolidates Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram into one application. It includes sorting, fingerprint authentication, no location checks, multi-account support, customization and more. Correction: Instagram integration is not yet present on Android, but is coming soon.

Friendly App Studio co-founder Stephane Philipakis is happy the former iOS exclusive is now on Android as well. “We’re thrilled to make Friendly available to Android users,” he says. “It’s no secret that people’s news feeds have become ‘heated’ during this election year. We’re confident that the Keyword Filtering feature can restore balance to the news feed — and bring peace back to Facebook walls everywhere.”

Friendly is available now, for free plus optional in-app purchasing, on Google Play.

Roll your dice on a whole new platform, Game of Dice is now available on Facebook Gameroom

Fans of Game of Dice, get ready to experience the game in a whole new way following its launch on Facebook Gameroom.

In case you’re not familiar with it, Facebook Gameroom is a new platform which delivers a Windows PC experience to your favourite mobile games.


Not only can you enjoy enhanced graphics, but you’ll also get the benefit of Facebook Gameroom’s brilliant network connection without any loss of features.

In case you’re already playing the mobile version of Game of Dice you can get in on the Gameroom gaming experience simply by logging in to Facebook on your mobile device too.

JoyCity, the South Korean developers behind Game of Dice, are also running a very special launching event that will reward 100 winners with 100 gems. Not only that, but a further 30 lucky players will receive not just the gems but also a ★6 Skill card.

To give yourself a chance of winning these fantastic in-game items you simply have to post a screenshot of the game on your Facebook feed plus a comment about your experience of playing Game of Dice on Facebook Gameroom.

So if it’s a new experience you’re after, head over to Facebook Gameroom and check out Game of Dice right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner’s.

Facebook Live is coming to Android

Facebook Live is coming to Android

Feb 26, 2016

Straight from the horse’s mouth. Literally.

At a Townhall Q&A session in Berlin, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg revealed some news about Facebook Live, the social networking behemoth’s real-time sharing initiative. Amongst a bit of news regarding its reach and roll-out to other countries, Android users will be specifically happy to hear that it is indeed coming to Android.

As soon as next week in the US, even.

Per the Facebook Newsroom Post detailing the news:

We know that people on Android love interacting with live videos —more than 50% of people watching live videos are using Android devices. We’re excited to announce that in the next week we are going to start rolling out the ability for people on Android to share live video. We’re starting our Android rollout in the U.S., with more countries coming soon.

Nah… we cannot wait.


[via Facebook Newsroom]

Facebook 360 Video Comes to Android

Facebook 360 Video Comes to Android

Sep 23, 2015

Facebook is introducing 360-degree video to mobile newsfeeds on Android.

Excerpts from the press release:

Starting today, 360-degree videos will begin rolling out in News Feed.

Our goal at Facebook is to connect you with the people and things that matter, every single day. Over time, we’ve seen that people enjoy more immersive content in their News Feeds. This is one reason video has been so successful on Facebook, and we’re excited to take it a step further with 360 video.

To create 360 videos, a special set of cameras is used to record all 360 degrees of a scene simultaneously. This means that when the video is playing on Facebook, you can choose what angle you want to see it from. On the web you can do this by dragging around the video with your cursor, and on mobile devices you do it by dragging with your finger — or even just by turning your device. You’ll be able to hold up your phone and the 360 video will follow you as you turn, looking around, to experience things from all over the world like never before.

The update will be rolling out on Android over the next couple of days.

360 in News Feed

[via Facebook Newsroom]

Facebook for Android Gets Updated News Feed Preferences

Facebook for Android Gets Updated News Feed Preferences

Sep 12, 2015

Facebook is updating the way folks can control their News Feed preferences in the Android app.

– To make sure you don’t miss posts from particular friends and Pages, you can now select who you would like to see at the top of your News Feed

– You can now find publishers, artists and businesses you might be interested in with new Pages to follow

Facebook remains free on Google Play.

Netflix for Android Gets Update

Netflix for Android Gets Update

Dec 13, 2014

Popular streaming entertainment app Netflix is getting an update that is currently rolling out.

According to the Google Play app page, the new build brings the ability to recomment content to Facebook friends when using the app on a smartphone.

Netflix remains free for subscribers to the streaming service.

Facebook Becomes First App Not Designed by Google to Notch One Billion Downloads

Facebook Becomes First App Not Designed by Google to Notch One Billion Downloads

Sep 4, 2014

Yes, you are allowed to think this really isn’t surprising news… but, don’t cry for the Facebook app just yet. The house that the Z-Man built is going strong.

Very, very strong, especially on Android.

Facebook has become the first non-Google application in the Play Store that has been installed one billion times. That’s a cool nine (9) zeroes.

According to Android Police, Facebook isn’t only breaking non-Google download records, it is also beating some notable Google apps themselves: we’re talking about heavy hitters like Chrome, Search and hangouts. According to the same article, Youtube, Gmail, maps and Play Services had all reached the billion-install threshold prior.

Of course, with some of the controversy that Facebook has had to deal with recently with regards to its mobile app, this will be good news, in that it seems its Android app is still a popular option.

[Source: Android Police]

Presenting Brabble, a New Social Messaging App

Presenting Brabble, a New Social Messaging App

Jan 23, 2014

Brabble 2

Brabble is a social app that allows users to share photos, videos, and texts. The users can send messages anonymously, or on the contrary – share them on their Twitter or Facebook. They can record audio from their phones, and of course, they can like others’ posts. It’s available for free from here: Brabble on Google Play.

Protect Your Online Privacy With AVG Privacy Fix

Protect Your Online Privacy With AVG Privacy Fix

Dec 17, 2013

AVG Privacy Fix 3

AVG has released a special little app for various platforms, including Android, that allows the users to see and block tracking of their data by various websites, and notifies about potential privacy risks. It has different options to allow customization of the levels of protection, and is completely free. It can be downloaded from here: AVG Privacy Fix on Google Play.

Red Bull Kart Fighter 3 Has A New Update

Red Bull Kart Fighter 3 Has A New Update

Oct 24, 2013

Red Bull Kart Fighter 3 2

An arcade racing game about karts from Red Bull just received an update, featuring five new racing courses, a new track, and a kart. Fans of casual, multiplayer kart racing experience can download the game for free here: Red Bull Kart Fighter 3 on Google Play.

Marvel Announces Two More Android Titles

Marvel Announces Two More Android Titles

Oct 15, 2013

No stranger to releasing Android titles, Marvel Comics announced at New York Comic Con last week that they have two more titles heading for the Android OS soon.


The first of these titles, releasing on the Google Play store on November 21st, is the popular Facebook and iOS game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. This turn based combat game made huge splashes on Facebook and now finally sees it way to Android, incorporating missions and items from the upcoming movie Thor: The Dark World.

Additionally, Marvel also announced a new IP called Marvel Run Jump Smash! In this game, players use a host of their favorite Marvel heroes in an endless runner, running, jumping and smashing. No word on this game’s release date, but we do have a trailer

Source: Android Community

Klyph Pro for Facebook Review

Klyph Pro for Facebook Review

Aug 29, 2013

A true sign of Facebook’s reach is that developers work hard to make better portals for it than it can. This is usually a good thing, as it gives us an opportunity to check out apps like Klyph Pro for Facebook.

The first thing that will probably standout is how the app looks. After signing in with Facebook credentials and giving permission for posting and chatting, the shop goes straight into the newsfeed. It is easy to appreciate the clean, expansive look. There seems to be an emphasis on space that was quite appealing.

Additionally, the option set that governs the look of the app was interesting in its diversity. We all know howklyph1 Facebook looks with the familiar blue accents. What about green? The option to be a bit adventurous is there.

The customization options spill over into the amount of data that can be allowed to flow into the feed. Friends and pages can be made to restricted from the feed via tabs, which are accessible themselves from the menu slider button in the top left of the viewing area.

The navigation keeps Facebook’s familiar elements at the forefront, with the seamless ability to post and comment. Pictures and images take center stage. The developer clearly states the influence of Google+ on the appearance of the app, and yes, in my estimation, it is indeed there. There is a delicate balance that I think had to be maintained when doing stuff like this, and I think the developer traverses it relatively comfortably.

Klyph is a work in progress, and as such is missing some things that could make Facebook heavies howl (like chat). I was a bit disappointed that the “@” tagging convention doesn’t work — how else can I make fun of people and make sure they see it? I understand this is an API issue.

It packs a lot, missing some goodies as of now, but it works well with what it does have, and does provide decent access to the world’s most popular social joint.