Reverse Lookup 3.1 BETA


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Just a super quick note to end the day – Reverse Lookup 3.1 has just been published to our beta channel on Google Play and will be available in the next few hours. This update adds several dark and light themes so you can match the app to your personal style.

If you’d like to preview this version , you can join our beta testing community here. We expect to push the update to everyone else by the end of the upcoming weekend assuming that testing looks promising.

Thanks again and enjoy!

Reverse Lookup 3.0 is live! (and more!)




If you have automatic updates turned on, you’ve probably already received it, but we just wanted to let everyone know that Reverse Lookup 3.0 is now officially available on Google Play (coming soon on Amazon).

Reverse Lookup Free:

Google Play

Reverse Lookup PLUS:

Google Play

In this version, you’ll find lots of material design elements, a few bug fixes, and a refined and rethought user experience. As usual, if you have any issues, please shoot us an email and let us know.

We’re not done yet, though – in the next version of Reverse Lookup, we’ll implement themes for those of you who prefer a lighter look. Paid users will also receive some alternate color choices in case you don’t like red. Eventually we’ll make some of the alternate color themes available to free users as well, but we’ll probably require you to unlock them somehow whereas paid users will get them right off the bat.

That’s all for now. Please enjoy your weekend and keep an eye out in the next couple weeks as we continue to update!

Living in a Material World – Reverse Lookup 3.0 Preview


Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been hard at work applying more and more polish to Reverse Lookup. We’re not quite ready to release it just yet, but we wanted to show a few screenshots of the direction we’re moving in.

In this release, as you can see, we’re bringing the app’s design up to date with a Material-inspired overhaul. Check out these screenshots for a small taste of what to expect:

reverse lookup material designreverse lookup material designThis update won’t stop with design updates though. Don’t worry – nothing is going to be drastically different, but you’re going to notice small details throughout the app that we’ve rethought for this update. We hope you’ll appreciate them as much as we think you will. We’ve also included several bug fixes and lots of internal code cleanup and optimizations. That last bit won’t affect you as a user, but it’s always helpful for us to drop as much cruft as possible.

That’s all for now. As mentioned above, this update is planned to be available within the next few weeks, so please keep your eyes open for it.

Merry Christmas! Have a free Android game!


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!

Reverse Lookup latest update


Reverse Lookup has been published to the Play Store. This is a small update which fixes a problem where some searches would not complete correctly. If the app has seemed a little wonky to you in the past couple days, you’re going to want to go grab this update in a few hours after it goes live. This update has been published for both the free and paid version of the app.

Sudoku update and Amazon availability


Sudoku fans – We’ve just updated our version of the popular puzzle game with a cleaner, friendlier UI experience.

Along with this update, we’ve also published the app to the Amazon Appstore, which means it’s available for Fire devices for the first time!

Available at amazon Sudoku on Google Play

App Updates and Plans For The Remainder of 2014


Hey everyone,

Those of you paying close attention may have noticed spotty Play Store availability on a few of our games in the past week. Long story short, we had to un-publish them until we were able to make a small tweak, and we started republishing them this weekend.

Without making this change now, we would not have been able to publish any further updates, so we decided to do it all at once, like ripping off a band-aid.

So,.. good news – by the time you’re reading this, just about everything should once again be available except for Colordu. We decided that it could use some further polishing, so we’re going to take the time and freshen it up a bit while it’s down. When it’s back up in the next couple weeks, it should look and behave a little nicer, and hopefully you’ll all check it out if you’re a fan of Sudoku games.

In the course of making this round of updates, we also made some minor aesthetic tweaks to our Classic Sudoku game – the changes are subtle, but the game should feel a lot nicer to navigate through. We are planning some more polish work on this one in the next few weeks as well, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Oh, and the game is now compatible with older devices running Android 2.3.x Gingerbread.

..And as if we weren’t busy enough, we’re nearing the end of development on our next game, which we hope to release by the end of the year. We can’t say much more about it yet, but keep your eyes open for more information when we can start to share it.

Reverse Lookup fans shouldn’t feel left out, either – we have more updates coming for you too, including the beginning of our implementation of Google’s Material Design Guidelines.

Thanks again for checking out our apps, and stay tuned for more updates soon!

Service advisory – 7/28/2014


Update 10:39PM: All issues have now been resolved and service is now back to normal! Thank you for your patience!

Original Entry – Hey everyone,.. just wanted to let you all know that we are currently facing an outage with some of our backend services for Reverse Lookup. We’re working hard to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but until then, you may experience some issues with Reverse Lookup including slow or spotty search results and an inability to read or leave comments.

We expect to have the issue solved within hours, and will update this post as soon as we have the app running properly again.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused!

A word on Android permissions


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.