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2 years ago

Swiftkey X hits v2.2, adds more languages, improves prediction engine

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Popular third-party Android keyboard Swiftkey X just got an update to Version 2.2, bringing with it new languages, new layouts and an update to its prediction engine -- the heart of the Swiftkey keyboard. Here's the skinny:

  1. Full language localisation for French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese
  2. Typing support for 35 languages including Arabic and Hebrew
  3. New multi-touch framework for faster typing
  4. Faster, more efficient Fluency engine reduces memory usage and improves prediction/correction
  5. DVORAK and COLEMAK layouts
  6. UX enhancements, including better settings menu, alternative character selection and sharing features

You can update your smartphone or tablet version in the Android Market now.

More: Swiftkey

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2 years ago

Google Music now available for Google TV

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Google TV is finally starting to grow up, now that the Honeycomb update is rolling out. And following yesterday's Google Music announcement, you can now stream all of your music to the updated Google Music app for Google TV. Presumably your TV's hooked up to at least a decent stereo. If not, well, Christmas is right aroudn the corner.

Head into the Android Market on Google TV to download the app.

Source: Google TV blog

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2 years ago

Updated Android Market with Google Music now rolling out in earnest

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Google said it could be days, but it looks like a good many of you -- and a number of our own devices -- are starting to see the Android Market update with Google Music. Odd that the version number of the Market app didn't change, but we're not going to worry about that.

Note that you'll also have a "My music" button available from the menu in the music section that will take you to the Music App -- and the Music App now features a handy button to take you back to the Market. Nicely done, Google.

If you're still not seeing Google Music in your Android Market, try clearing the app's cache and data (go to settings>applications and tap on the Android Market app), reboot and see if that doesn't fix things.

Thanks to everybody for all the heads ups!

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility stockholders approve merger with Google

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Not that we ever really expected otherwise, but the shareholders of Motorola Mobility today approved the company's merger with Google. Motorola says 99 percent of the votes were in favor of the merger, and the votes represented about 74 percent of the company's outstanding shares as of Oct. 11.

“We are pleased and gratified by the strong support we have received from our stockholders, with more than 99 percent of the voting shares voting in support of the transaction," CEO Sanjay Jha said in a released statement. "We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners.”

Google has said it intends to continue to run Motorola as a separate company. The deal, worth some $12.5 billion, is expected to close late this year or in early 2012.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the ZTE Warp

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With pre-paid cell phones becoming increasingly more popular, it should come as no suprise to see manufacturers developing devices to run on prepaid carriers. ZTE recently launched the ZTE Warp, a 4.3-inch Android 2.3.5 powered handset that runs on the Boost Mobile network.  Powered by a 1GHz processor, the overall feel of the software is quite smooth, and very little lag can be noticed. Many of us prefer vanilla Android, and that is exactly what they have given us.

Of course the device contains the usual bloatware that we are used to seeing so frequently now-a-days, but aside from that the device is great. The 5MP shooter has an LED flash accompanying it, and the overall picture quality is pretty impressive. So, whether in the market to replace an old phone, or looking to add a second line without contract, this device is one you will definitely want to check out. Priced at only $199 (sorry for the $249 mention in the video!) and $55 a month for unlimited everything, this sure is a tempting purchase. Be sure to hit the break for a few more pictures, and a quick video tour!

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2 years ago

Screenshots on the Rezound, Music and Market [From the Forums]

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With the week almost done and everyone now jealous of those who were able to get their hands on a Galaxy Nexus in the UK, it's time to rock out another Android Central podcast for you all. In case you missed all or some of the events of this week, make sure you jump on back a few pages and have a look, plus -- don't forget to check out the Android Central forums as well.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Evernote for Android - New update adds notebook sharing, further Skitch integration & new widget

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Evernote for Android is getting a rather healthy update today. They've taken three of the top requested features and gone ahead and implemented them into Evernote. So what's new? Quite a bit:

  • Notebook sharing - now share your notebooks on-the-go with a friend or the whole world.
  • Skitch - more integrated settings means you can more easily send your notes to Skitch for edits, and just as easily send it back into Evernote.
  • Widget app - this enables users, whether they have a SD card or not, to have fast access to Evernote features. You can create text, audio and snapshot notes, as well as jump right to the search screen.

Aside from the new features being added they've gone ahead and fixed a few bugs along the way. Overall, a pretty awesome update for Evernote users. If you dig using the app, you can find the download past the break waiting for you.

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2 years ago

So how well does the Galaxy Nexus stand up against keys?

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So the Galaxy Nexus is officially and actually now out in the wild (in the UK at least) and in the treasured hands of some eager Android fans. One such fan has done what to many would be unthinkable, and rubbed a set of keys all over the screen! 

As we all know by now, there is no Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Nexus. Curious for the results? Check out the video after the jump and see for yourselves, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks migespy!

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus features explored in new instructional videos

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If you're one of the few lucky people who managed to bag a Galaxy Nexus at Phones4U in London today, then Google has some brand new instructional videos to help you get to grips with your shiny new plaything. The videos cover everything from first-time startup to the new NFC-enabled Android Beam feature. Head on over to the source link to check them out.

Source: Google Nexus on YouTube

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2 years ago

Dead On Arrival - Fight off an endless horde of zombies exclusively on your Xperia Play

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Zombies, guns, mayham and chaos -- what more could you want? Dead On Arrival is the latest game released for the Xperia Play as an exclusive for a limited time and it's pretty awesome. Featuring top down 3D gameplay, Dead On Arrival uses comic-style cut scenes tell the story of a endless horde of zombies after you but you get an a massive catalog of weapons to blast them to bits and have fun while doing so. Right now, Dead On Arrival is available for free in the Android Market for all Xperia Play owners, jump past the break for the trailer and full press release.

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