Facebook recently launched a beta program where a limited group of folks using its Android app could get new features first. To do that, Facebook started sending update notifications to users within the Android app itself, asking users to download and install an update without going through the Google Play Store.
It doesn’t seem like Google’s fond of that way of doing things. The company’s new developer policies prohibit developers from pushing updates outside the Play Store to apps that were originally downloaded from the Play Store.
Here are some of the day’s top tech news stories from around the web.
- Google Play policy change prohibits apps from auto-updating outside the Play Store (looking at you Facebook)
Remember when Facebook started pushing software updates to users without going through the Play Store? Google thinks it could be dangerous to let app developers do that, so the company is updating its terms. If you want to distribute apps in the Play Store, those apps can only push updates through the Play Store. [The Verge]
- AirDroid 2.0 hits the Google Play Store, control your Android device from a web browser
AirDroid is an app that lets you manage and control your Android phone or tablet from a web browser. You can even snap photos with the camera, find your missing phone, and more. Best of all, it’s free. You can read more at [Android Police]
- Overview of Ubuntu 13.04’s alternate versions: Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu GNOME
Ubuntu 13.04 is out. But if you’re not a fan of the Unity user interface, there are other options available. Here’s a look at the four most popular remixes. [The Register]
- 30 B&N stores are selling the NOOK HD+ for $149 (in-store only)
If you’re lucky, you may be able to walk into a B&N retail store and walk out with a 9 inch, full HD tablet for just over half the price the bookseller normally charges. [The Digital Reader]
- Creative Airwave Bluetooth speaker hits the FCC, pair with your phone via Bluetooth/NFC
Creative appears to have a new wireless speaker in the works that’s designed to pair with an Android phone or other mobile device. [FCC]
- Custom ROM for the Cube U30GT2 tablet based on Android 4.2
This week the first official Android 4.2 firmware for Cube’s 10 inch, quad-core full HD tablet hit the streets. Now there’s a custom ROM which takes Cube’s software and strips the Chinese-language apps to make it a little more friendly toward users outside of China. The ROM is also pre-rooted. [ArcTablet]
- Lenovo’s promo video for the IdeaPad Yoga 11s Windows 8 convertible
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S looks a lot like the Yoga 11. But this model has an Intel Core processor and Windows 8 software instead of a Tegra 3 chip and Windows RT operating system. [YouTube]
- Google Drive now lets you automatically sync docs for offline access
Want to view or edit your Google Drive documents when you don’t have an active internet connection? Now you don’t need a Chromebook to do that. [Google Drive]