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Facebook Messenger Gets a new UI and Few New Features

Facebook Messenger has been updated with a new UI for iPhone and Android both and in this post we will talking about the updates in both the platforms. The UI is somewhat similar in both the platforms but there have been certain problem which users have reported in the Chat heads after installing this update. Most of these complaints and problems have been reported in the ratings and reviews section of Android on the Google Play Store and as far iOS version is concerned people are loving the new UI because it completely jells with the new UI of iOS7.

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iOS Version of Facebook Messenger

This messenger application completely takes over the chat feature on Facebook, in other words now you will not be able to chat via your Facebook application which is usually used to check out the notifications and newsfeeds. Whenever you tap the messenger section in the Facebook main application then it will take you to the new Facebook Messenger application.

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After chatting when you wish to go back to checking the newsfeeds or notifications then you will have to change the application which is somewhat annoying because initially it was much easier to switch between the application and the newsfeeds but they are 2 different applications.

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The application now also has the feature to sync with the contacts on your iPhone in order to show you that who all are available on Facebook Messenger.

Android version of Facebook Messenger

The UI is almost similar to what you would have read above in the iPhone section. In the older version any Facebook chat used to open in form of chat heads by now you are using some other application then only the chats will ping as the notifications in form of chat heads and from there you can choose the open to go to the main application to chat or else if you still want to be busy with the current application and then you can reply in chat-head itself and then close it.

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When you will see the contacts section of the application, then there you will find that all the friends who are online or active either on their cellphones or on desktop (and this will be clearly mentioned in front of their names). If you do not want to appear like that in anyone of your friend’s Facebook Messenger then you can toggle the button named Active to OFF which make you inactive in other Facebook Messenger application.

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Conclusion

Facebook Messenger is slowly increasing the degree of its integration with your smartphone, it has already done that with its application named Facebook Home on the Android devices and now it gets into the contact section for the iPhone users. Please let us know if you face any problem while using this application as we have seen many negative reviews recently for the users who have upgraded their Facebook application (especially for Android users).

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Share a Contact via SMS without any Attachment [#New App Android]

When it comes to contact then either we use the instant messengers to send or share the contact. We also share the contact through an e-mail which attaches the .vcf file or sometimes while following the most lengthy approach we open your contact book go to that particular contact copy his or her number and then paste it in the SMS to send to it any person.

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Actually the last way is the most general way to share a contact because SMS is the most general feature which is available on all the device. You might not find some of your friends on Whatsapp or BBM or Line Messenger but they will always be approachable through SMSs. But again this is most lengthy way to share a contact

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Today I will be sharing an application with you which will make it really quick for you to share a contact with an SMS (without attaching any attachment like vcf files). Once you open this application it will ask you to choose the contact which is to be shared and then you will select the medium via which it should be shared.

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Once the SMS option is selected it will take you to the new SMS screen where the contact number details of the contact will already be available there in the textbox. You will just have to enter the details of the contact to which it is being send and then the contact details of the person will go as a normal SMS (which is really a great part of this application).

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List of Google Play Store Alternatives [Android]

When you want new apps for your Android device, the only and only place to look forward to is the Google Play Store app. But there are other alternatives out there in the market too which are worth taking a look at. In this post we will be talking about five best apps that are closest to the Google Play Store in terms of features and application database.

Amazon App Store

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Instead of starting off in a random order, we would consider the best Google Play alternative first. Amazon App Store is the best alternative to the Play store as it is neat, user friendly and offers a free app on a daily basis. Another unique feature that only Amazon App Store has is the Test Mode, wherein the app you wish to download can be tested on an emulator before you actually buy it. This avoids unnecessary purchases.

Download: Android

AppBrain

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AppBrain has been in existence for quite some time now and is a solid Google Play alternative. In fact many blogs provide AppBrain download links which clearly tells how popular it is. AppBrain consists of almost all the apps available on the Google Play store and is essentially the latter, but with a different skin. This app store alternative recommends you new apps,and also lets you manage and sync your settings and we really like it.

Download: Android

Fetch

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If there is an alternative to the Google Play store that is really fun to use and is equally innovative in terms of interface as the original Play store, it is Fetch. It is an extremely competent alternative and the main reason why we like it, is the ability to filter out your search results with an enormous amount of keywords: Meaning you would be able to search using almost any appropriate keyword. You can also narrow down the results by ranking, price, category, etc.

Download: Android

GO Launcher EX

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The app is essentially a home screen launcher app for Android, but with that comes packed an integrated Go Store featuring plenty of apps. The apps, obviously, are linked to the actual play store but the idea of getting the launcher and Play store alternative in a single app is itself quite interesting. There are various categories to filter your search results and the interface is simple to understand too.

Download: Android

GetJar

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GetJar is one of the strongest contenders in the list when it comes to downloading and trying apps that are less popular. When you download an android app from GetJar you are rewarded with gold coins, which can further be used for in-app purchases. This is an encouraging feature and beneficial for both developers and users. The major downside of this app is that it does not have categories.

Download: Android

Other Alternatives

Although the aforementioned Play store alternatives are more than enough for all sorts of users, but other apps like AppsFire, F-Droid and Opera Browser (yes it does have an in-built app store) are also worth considering.

Conclusion

Of all the apps listed above, the best that we can pick is Fetch and Amazon App Store and for a change there are really good.

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Now Rent or Buy Movies on Android From Google Play India Store

It was Apple iTunes Store and now Android has also joined the Indian movie market. I can easily say that as the apps on Apple App Store are centric towards US, in the same way most of the apps on Android are centric towards India. The reason is simple because India has the largest market of Android phone users and so the apps are. Google Play Store has the new section of providing movie on rent and selling them too and in the same format as it was done with the applications. Here in this post we will talk about this new feature of Google Play Store.

How To Navigate to Google Play Store India Movies Section

It’s simple, just open the Google Play Store and then tap the Movies section as mentioned in the screenshot below.

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You also have the mandatory categories for such movies.

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You also 2 modes in which you can watch a movie, you can either buy them or watch them on rent, the rent price are almost 50 percent to that off the original price of the movie when the Hollywood movies are concerned but the rent for Bollywood movies are pretty cheap which starts from 50 INR.

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The moment you buy the movie, it will be downloaded on your device whether it is a phone or tablet and then you can see it there. Once the movie is bought it will be associated with your Google account and then you will be able to download it again anytime in future.

Google Play Store Movies Buy – Things You Should Know

You will need to enter credit card details for making the payment for these movies you will download and rent from google play store india and you can download the rented or bought content on multiple android devices but the number of devices where you can download the content is limited.

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Android Tips

[Solved] Apps Stopped Downloading in Between on Android Phone, Tablet

One of our reader informed us about a problem he was facing as some of the apps on his phone stuck at downloading while he tried to download them from the play store, this problem persisted for him even after restarting his android phone.

This problem mostly does not happen on most of the high end android phones which has powerful hardware but its quite common on mid range android phones, again its not limited to a specific android phone from a company or a brand.

For some users things more complicated when they are unable to remove the app stuck in downloading from the notification or semi downloaded app from the phone. In such cases you can easily fix this issue by following some of the methods below and some of them will surely work in your case.

Try Restarting Your Android Phone

The most simple way to fix this issue is by turning off the phone while the app is downloading or stuck in most of the case the app which was getting downloaded should go away and then you can go to google play store and reinstall the app from there again or we recommend that you don’t install that app if it not compatible with your android phone.

Clear The Cache of Android Play Store App

Another successful way to fix this issue which actually worked for many users is to clear the cache of play store app from application manager on your phone so that play store starts downloading the stuck app without any issues.

For this you will need to go to android phone settings >> application manager and then go to all applications and locate google play store.

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Tap to go to google play store app settings and then you have to clear the cache of android google play store app by tapping on clear cache button.

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Most of the time when you clear the cache like this of the play store app, the stuck app should start downloading normally or you may need to restart the android device.

Uninstall Play Store App Updates

In some of the cases users reported that, this issue started appearing after they updated the android play store app on the phone, so if you uninstall the new updates that could also help you to fix this if above methods are not working in your case.

For this you need to tap on the button under app settings which says Uninstall Updates.

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Conclusion

This is how you can fix this issue when an app is stuck while downloading on your android phone or device. If you have a related tip to share or something else about any other thing or in case the above procedure does not work for you then please let us know through our comments section at the end of the page, also let us know if this tip is helpful for you.