When it comes to third-party keyboards on Android devices, there are two roads developers take. You have the likes of Swype, which makes its money getting preloaded onto devices (but also has a "beta" line for anyone else to download). And then there's most every other keyboard developer, which uses the Android Market (among others) for distribution. Such has always been the case with Swiftkey. Until now.
Pocket-Lint first reported -- and we have independently confirmed -- that Swiftkey indeed will come preloaded on the Motorola Xoom 2 (and Media Edition) Android tablets. That's less of a big deal for us, the users, but it's a pretty big deal for Swiftkey.
We're seeking official comment from Swiftkey. Swiftkey replied to us with a simple "No comment." In the meantime, are we about see two keyboard giants go head-to-head in the OEM space? News at 11.
Odds are that if you own one of the Amazon Kindle tablets / E-Readers you enjoy reading. (Duh.) But have you ever avoided reading a book because of the pricetag? Meet Amazon Kindle Lending Library, a new way for Kindle owners to "borrow" a book for their reading pleasure for free, if they meet a few requirements. First you must own a Kindle device -- shocking, huh -- and second you must be a part of Amazon Prime, which is an $80 annual membership (sign up for one month free) that also allows for free second day shipping on all Amazon orders as well. If you are a Prime member, and own a Kindle device you can borrow one book a month, without any due dates for its return. Hit the source for full details on how to get started.
You should know by now just how we feel about benchmarks -- they're easy to manipulate, and really don't tell you anything about how a device will actually behave. And so you should know by now that we're really not going to get all that worked up over the ASUS Transformer Prime showing up in a benchmark app. Look, it'll be fast. It'll be great. Hell, we got to experience some early quad-core processor action some nine months go. It's going to rock. And that a quad-core device tops out like you see here should really surprise no one. But, anyway, there it is. Huzzah.
Back when Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, we were shown a pretty cool time-lapse video that was recorded using nothing but the phone. I was curious if there was something out there that'd let all the non-Galaxy Nexus users (see: all of us) do the same thing. What I found was Lapse It.
Lapse It is a free app that takes a snapshot every couple of seconds (at an interval you decide) and then strings them all together into one nice, complete time-lapse video. It's all pretty straightforward, and if you're only using the free app, there's not too many settings to jiggle with, aside from the time interval.
Following on from yesterday's root-based escapades, MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has uploaded the boot and recovery images from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, along with a full (non-odexed) system dump from the device. While all three files should be of interest to Android hackers and developers, the system image in particular should be a great source for anyone looking to pillage ringtones, graphics or live wallpapers for use on other phones.
Paul points out that these are from a pre-release development build (ICL23D), so they'll likely differ from what you'll find on retail units later this month. With that in mind, hit up the source link for more info, along with download links.
Looking for something a little more challenging for yourself than flinging some birds across a screen? The folks at Second Lion have released Revolutionizer for Android, a rather interesting and brain enticing puzzle game for your downloading pleasure. For 99 cents you are sure to get hours of challenge, check out the video above and hit the break for the download links.
It's been a crazy ride for Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles. The second in the "Legends" series of mobile MMOs, Star Legends started out in closed beta, then eventually was made available to the masses and now is the top dog among mobile MMOs.
It feels like forever since I last mentioned it, but I had to take make the time to really dig into this excellent game when it was announced it was finally downloadable in the Chrome Store. A fully fleshed out MMO on my phone and my browser? For free? Those charms are too strong for even yours truly to resist.
Swiftkey's long been in our rotation of top keyboards, and it's now testing a feature that may make your fast phalanges even faster. Multitouch is in the works for tablets and smartphones, and it's currently being tested in a two-week alpha period in the developer's VIP track. Here's the low-down:
We have made improvements for rapid typists. We now properly support multi-touch so you shouldn't get accidentally repeated letters or accidentally missed letters when typing at speed with more than one finger. If you could try this out and in particular look out for issues with long-press keys, alternative character selection or keys where the highlighting gets stuck. We are particularly interested in results from tablet users touch typing as well as phone users with two thumbs.
It's still very early in the game, and bugs are expected. So if you opt to give this a go, you're a guinea pig, not a customer. But no matter, it's going to make a great keyboard even greater.
We might still be guessing about when the Galaxy Nexus will be making its debut on Verizon in the US, but the UK remains on track to get it on Nov. 17, according to Samsung UK. Sammy originally announced the date at last week's Galaxy Note World Tour in London, however we'd heard some rumors of a delay in the past 24 hours, so it's good to have confirmation that that's not the case.
Check out today's press release after the jump, or dive into our hands-on feature for more Galaxy Nexus goodness.
Bazinga. The Qualcomm chip in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II has been overclocked to 1.8GHz, and as far as we know nothing has caught fire and no fuzzy animals have been harmed. The Hercules is the oddball of the Samsung Galaxy S II line, using a different chipset to achieve those rocking 42 M/sec HSPA+ speeds, and many feared there would be little developer interest in the handset. It looks like that's a theory that's been thoroughly squashed, as Romanbb's kernel has been reported to work just fine with most of the custom ROM's floating around out there.
If you have a T-Mo Galaxy S II, and aren't put off by the risk of the pretty blue smoke, hit the source link and give it a look. Be sure to shout out in the forums about how it went, we all love a guinea pig tester.
Google has released the latest version numbers for Android, and they're about what you'd expect. For the past two weeks ending Nov. 3, Gingerbread has crept up to 44.4 percent (up from 38.7 percent a month ago), while Froyo has fallen to 40.7 percent, down a little more than five percentage points from last month. That's due to phones getting updates, of course, as well as sales of new phones.
What's not really changing are the Honeycomb numbers, which only increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, from 1.8 percent to 1.9 percent. Really no great surprise there. We'll really start to watch those numbers in the next few months as Honeycomb tablets get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich and those API levels disappear altogether.
The number of phones on Eclair (Android 2.1) dropped a full percentage point to 10.7 percent. Donut was unchanged at 1.4 percent, a Cupcake's lingering at 0.9 percent.
The HTC Rezound is here, and it's the first in a wave of high end devices headed to Verizon Wireless this holiday season. HTC introduced the Rezound today in New York City and we managed to push through the crowd for some quality hands on time. Hit the break for full impressions.
So we've given you the scoop on the new Nook Tablet, and the price drop on the Nook Color. Lastly, we've got the Nook Simple Touch. It's going to see a price drop down to $99, from its current $139. And that's just about where the dimunitive Android-based e-reader should be. (Check out our full review.) Looks like a new software version is on the way, too, with v1.1 set to hit. Huzzah.
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