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Christmas Catch Updated For 2015

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Just in time for the big day, we’ve published an update to our little Christmas game, Christmas Catch, to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

The game features simple gameplay that’s perfect for kids or anyone that just has a few minutes to kill here and there. It also features a countdown to Christmas to help build anticipation.

The game is completely free with no in-app purchases, so download it today and enjoy it while you wait for Santa to arrive later this month!

 

 

Get it on Google Play 

Merry Christmas! Have a free Android game!

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From all of us, to all of you who celebrate, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Heck, for that matter, happy whatever-you-celebrate this time of year!

If you or your kids are brimming with spirit, we want you to try this little game we threw together to celebrate.

Christmas Catch on Google Play

Next year we’ll refocus on it to add lots of new content including new scenes, achievements, leaderboards, and more.. so start practicing now!

A word on Android permissions

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As you may know, this weekend we published the most significant update to Reverse Lookup ever. Unfortunately, it seems there has been some confusion about the permissions that the app requests, and Android permissions in general.

So please take a moment to read this blog post, and we’ll teach you a few important things to keep in mind when you are reviewing permissions –

1. Permission requests are not generated automatically.

Whenever we see or hear a discussion about Android permissions, it seems there are always people who assume that the permissions list presented during install is generated based on what the app tries to do.

This is actually false. The permissions that you are asked to approve during install are specifically requested by the developer. If the developer fails to request a needed permission, the app will simply crash when that code attempts to run.

With that being said, it’s generally bad practice for a developer to request unneeded permissions, but they can if they want. In some cases it’s difficult to avoid – some apps are written using third party frameworks that simply request everything(or at least more than what is needed). In this case, the developer may not be able to reduce the list to just what’s needed.

2. Don’t judge a permission by it’s group

When you install an Android app in the latest versions of the Play Store, you are shown a summarized list of permission groups. 

In the image below, it looks like we want access to your whole phone, and that’s understandably creepy. Calendar access? Photos? What?permission groups

But if you expand each section(image below), you can see the actual permissions we are asking for, and things start to make much more sense. You should do this for any app you install rather than just assuming it’s asking for complete access to each group.

expanded permissions

In the case of Reverse Lookup specifically, here’s what the permissions are actually used for:

  • Find Accounts – used when creating contacts so they can be attached to your Google account
  • Read Contacts – used so that we can omit people you already know from the main screen of the app
  • Modify Contacts – self explanatory – so the app can create a contact from found results if you choose that option
  • Read Call Log – used to generate the call list on the main screen – this permission wasn’t necessary in the past, but the method we used to query the call log has long been deprecated and has begun causing problems on some newer devices.
  • Directly dial phone numbers – The app contains a function to dial a number directly from the results screen
  • test access to protected storage/modify contents of USB storage – required by embedded Google maps to store temporary cache files on your SD card in order to improve performance
  • Read Phone Status – required for the ability to show a notification when receiving a phone call from an unknown number
  • Network access – needed to reach the call databases
  • View Network Connections – needed to check for internet connectivity

Recently removed permissions:

  • Location access – inadvertently requested in the past but was never used
  • Vibration – vibration functions were tested in some early test versions but never in a production release. Permission was left in until recently.

We know permissions are a scary issue for many users, and we always want to be as transparent as possible about the ones we use. We hope that this explanation has shined some light on how permissions work and specifically how and why we are using them.

If you have any further questions, as always, feel free to shoot us an email.

 

 

 

 

Beta for Reverse Lookup 2.6 Now Available

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The next update to Reverse Lookup contains a lot of changes, and we wanted to be sure we test it a little more thoroughly than usual before releasing it to the Play Store.

..So we’re happy to announce that the first Beta will be available within the next few hours.

Want to try it out early? All you have to do is join our beta tester Google Group and then follow this link to opt-in: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.esmobile.reverselookupfree

Keep in mind that the point of this test is to see what works and what doesn’t, and while we’re already pretty happy with the stability of the app, there’s always the possibility to encounter bugs. So please bear with us and let us know if something in the app breaks so we can fix it before launch.

We’re expecting to move forward rapidly from this point, so expect another update or two in the beta channel before we launch. We’re primarily working on aesthetics and general UX from here on out, but of course we’ll be trying to eliminate any bugs we discover as well.

Oh, one last thing.. this is a completely open beta so please feel free to share those links with anyone who may be interested.

New app: Binary Clock ES


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Hey guys and gals..

We just uploaded our latest app onto the Play store. This one is just for our fellow geeks.. a little novelty application that shows you the time in binary.

It’s designed so you can customize the colors, and it’s usable as a full screen app(desk clock) or as a home screen widget.

This is super fresh so Google doesn’t have it’s Play page live yet, but search for “Binary Clock ES” in about 30 minutes from now.

And since we know some of you can’t be bothered to search on your own, we’ll post a proper link tomorrow.

Binary Clock ES
Binary Clock ES
Developer: Nomadic Ratio
Price: Free
  • Binary Clock ES Screenshot
  • Binary Clock ES Screenshot
  • Binary Clock ES Screenshot

Reverse Lookup update hitting Monday

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Check out the Android Market on Monday morning for a new update for Reverse Lookup.

This one focuses on polishing the user experience and includes:

  • Fixes a condition where notifications would be shown for known contacts.
  • Cleaner main screen layout
  • Background tweaks to make displayed data more consistent

Sorry!

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Just want to apologize if you’re still waiting for the Reverse Lookup update I promised before the holiday weekend. It was pushed back a bit(obviously) but this weekend or early next week is looking really good!

Diet Points Calculator 2.0 is out!

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We missed our target of Thanksgiving by a few days, but we’re happy to announce that Diet Points Calculator 2.0 is now available on the Android Market.

Use the link to the right to read all about it and scan the barcode below to try it for yourself!

If you don’t want all of the new features, you can still obtain the old version by using this barcode to download Diet Points Calculator Classic: