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4 years ago

Swype beta for Android updated, older version expiring soon

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Swype for Android

If you're rocking the Swype keyboard -- the beta version, not the one that's preinstalled on newer phones -- you likely just got an e-mail telling you it's time to update. Couple of reasons for that: One is that the current beta will expire in a couple of days, and the other is a slew of bugfixes. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Added German and Portuguese languages
  • Added the auto-space suppression short-cut gesture: Swype from the spacebar to backspace
  • Added the quick language switch short-cut gesture: Swype from the Swype Key to the Q key
  • Improved the word prediction algorithm to provide better support for additional languages
  • Improved handling of several gesture collisions, including want/wasn't, to/too and others
  • The Android IME no longer sometimes hangs/crashes when Swype scrapes the user's address book for dictionary entries
  • Tips and help menus now accessible when a password field is active
  • Backspace now works in applications which use raw key input instead of an editable text field (e.g. terminal emulator)
  • The single character "i" is no longer incorrectly auto-capitalized in non-English languages (reported by many of you!)
  • Tons of other minor bug-fixes, including many device-specific issues

Be sure to completely uninstall the keyboard and Swype installer files before installing the new ones. You can download the new version for your phone here (from your phone's browser), read the FAQ here, and get detailed installation instructions here.

So that there's no confusion: If Swype came pre-installed on your phone, stay away from this update. If you registered for the beta on Swype's website, and that's where you initially got Swype, you're good to go.

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4 years ago

DirecTV brings the NFL to Android with Sunday Ticket To-Go

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DirecTV

Do you have DirecTV and want to watch NFL games wherever you go? Now you can with NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go, which has now been brought to Android. You must have the NFL Sunday Ticket to register for this mobile package, which costs $49.95.

What's included:

  • Live streaming video of every NFL game (subject to blackouts)
  • The NFL Red-Zone channel
  • Highlights from every game
  • Scores and instant game stats

Once you subscribe to the service, download the app below to start watching your favorite team. [DirecTV] (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Droid X theme makes its way onto BlackBerry devices

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Ok, now we all know that many BlackBerry users have converted to Android, but there are still some that carry both devices with them for whatever reasons they chose. In the past we have seen BlackBerry users replicate various Android OS's with their BeDroid theme, BeNexus theme, BeFroyo theme and now we have a XDroid theme which is a Droid X replica for the BlackBerry. While we all know that the theme can't bring the true Android experience to their BlackBerry device, it's a step in the right direction changing the look to the ever popular Android style. [via CrackBerry]

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4 years ago

Here's your Verizon Fascinate Google search fix (update with even more fixed)

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Google Search on the Verizon Fascinate

Here's how to put Google search back on the Verizon Fascinate, and it takes just a third-party launcher and a single download. It's simple as can be and doesn't require root, and it adds one piece of functionality we were missing from our previous fix: You'll get native Google search and voice search back.

Here are your instructions:

  • Download the Enhanced Google Search provider apk from the second post of this forum thread.
  • Place the file on your SD card, and install it through your favorite file manager.
  • In a third-party launcher (like ADW or Launcher Pro), put the Google search widget back on your home screen, if you like. It'll work now. Same goes for the search button. Again, you have to use a third-party launcher.

You'll still need to download Google Maps from the market if you haven't already. And while the phone's physical search button (or capacitive, we know) will now work with Google, holding it to initiate a voice search still routs through Bing. So we're about 90 percent there. (Update: See below)

Otherwise, we're talking no root, no muss, no fuss, and no waiting for Verizon to "fix" this when it eventually releases Android 2.2.  I love it!  [Android Central forums] Big thanks to namebrandon and Cory!

Update: As Cory demonstrates in the video after the break, you can get the search button to work for voice search. Here's how he did it. You're going to have to be rooted. (Sorry, but that's how it is, get instructions for that here.) Go to /system/app and rename I500_BingSearchAndroid_07152010.apk to I500_BingSearchAndroid_07152010.old. You may need to reboot. But after that, it should work.

Update 2: Added more video of it in action after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab to hit Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, says WSJ

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

You should be able to gets your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab (see OUR hands on right here) through three of the big four carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon -- according to a trio of source that spoke to the Wall Street Journal.  (Three carriers, three sources. Coincidence? We think not.) This meshes with rumors that the Boy Genius Report received about the Tab coming to Sprint and Verizon.  While no details of the final costs or release dates are mentioned, this shows that Samsung's push to get it's high end Android devices across the board continues with their tablet. 

Samsung is going to need the potential sales that having the Tab on multiple carriers will bring, as they expect to sell over 10 million tablets and carry a full third of the market through next year.  We would love to see it, but there's a little company in Cupertino that may have something to say about all that.  [WSJ online]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible transitioning from AMOLED to SLCD touchscreens this month

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The Droid Incredible is switching to SLCD touchscreens, and it's happening soon, folks. HTC previously announced that the Desire and Nexus One were making the change due to the scarcity of AMOLED screens, which are manufactured by Samsung. We've already seen SCLD in the U.S. Cellular version of the Desire (read our review), which will be in stores in the next week or so. And the above screen shot from Verizon's internals and posted in the Android Central Forums shows that the DInc is switching this month.

The big question is will anyone notice the difference. Side by side, yes. But that's true between any difference screen types. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Cellular South will have the HTC Desire in stores mid-week

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Cellular South's HTC Desire coming next week

The HTC Desire from Cellular South (read our full review here) should be available sometime in the middle of next week, according to Cellular South's Facebook fan page.  This is great news for the many who have been waiting for the Desire to come stateside, and anyone who picks this one up is sure to be happy.  With the HTC Hero (also in sexy black), the Milestone, now the Desire, and soon the Galaxy S, Cell South is embracing Android and we're loving it.  Let's hear from you Cell South users -- represent! [Cellular South via Facebook] Thanks Adam!

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4 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo already on 28 percent of Android phones

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Android versions

It's been more than a month since we last heard from Google regarding how many devices are on which version of the Android operating system, and what a difference a month makes. As of Aug. 2, only 4.5 percent of phones were on Android 2.2, aka Froyo. Fast forward to Sept. 1, and that number jumps to 28.7 percent. We have the Evo 4G, Droid and Droid Incredible updates to thank for that, mostly, plus the Nexus One and Droid 2. (It will be interesting to see how all of the Galaxy S phones affect these numbers, as they all launched with Android 2.1.)

The other "outdated" versions of Android continue to fall, with Android 2.1 down to 41.7 percent (from 59.7 percent), Donut down to 17.5 percent (from 20.3 percent) and Cupcake at an even 12 percent (down from 15.3 percent).

Now let's get the carriers to push out a few more updates and see how much Froyo can grow by October, shall we? [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck releases yet another update, brings widgets, stability

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tweetdeck-android

Tweetdeck, a twitter client that we have all grown to know and love, continues to push beta update after beta update. In this Version .9.8, they have added support of a quick post, a column view, as well as a quick launch bar which takes you directly into a certain part of the application. In addition to these new widgets, there is also a new column interface along with some bug fixes that have been reported. Be sure to check out the update here, and if you haven't already signed up for the beta, be sure to do that here. [via Tweetdeck]

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4 years ago

Costco will sell the T-Mobile G2, throws in accessories for free

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T-Mobile G2 at Costco

The T-Mobile G2 will be sold at Costco, according to a tip we got this afternoon. And we've been told that accessories will be thrown in for free, sweetening whatever deal Costco has to offer. Speaking of which, we're told Costco should carry it for between $150 and $200 on contract, which should be in line with just about everybody else, we reckon.

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4 years ago

McAfee buys Wave Secure, offering 25% discount for new subscriptions

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Wave Secure now part of McAfee family

If you weren't one of the lucky 30 winners of our Wave Secure giveaway, or even if you were and have a need for another license, now's your chance as Wave Secure (we went hands on in January) and McAfee celebrate their union.  With Wave Secure you can backup, lock, or wipe your phone from any computer, as well as track missing or stolen phones via Google maps.  Great way to have peace-of-mind, and saving five bucks is icing on the cake.

Head over to the Wave Secure website to see just what the app has to offer, and you can sign up and maybe save some pennies while you're at it.  [Wave Secure]

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 preview on the Xperia X10

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Android 2.1 on the SE Experia X10

The Android 2.1 update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (see our hands on with the AT&T version) should start rolling out soon, so it's high time that someone leaked a video of it in action.  This is great news for everyone using the X10, as the awesome and capable hardware, (we expect great hardware from SE) has been languishing away on Android 1.6 for what seems like forever.  Sure would like to see Froyo running on the X10, but we'll take what we can get at this point.

The video (after the break) shows a vanilla looking Eclair, but it stands to reason that Timescape and other UI tweaks will be around on the final version.  Some of the tweaks are pretty nice, so it's a fair trade.  As always, no word on when to expect the update, other than "soon" or "this month," so keep an eye out and let us know if you see it! [SE-nse blog]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 RTM parade -- as photographed by the Evo 4G

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Windows Phone 7 RTM parade

In all seriousness, congratulations to the Windows Phone 7 team (and our pals at WMExperts) for reaching RTM status. It's a huge step in finally getting Windows Phone 7 to consumers (and we're excitedly curious to use it, too). And we're as equally happy to see that the congratulatory parade was photographed with ... wait for it ... a Sprint Evo 4G (according to the Exif data). [Flickr] Thanks, Tim!

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4 years ago

Samsung Fascinate launch bugs listed

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Verizon Fascinate

Every smartphone launches with bugs. But we usually have to find them ourselves (see our monster thread on the Epic 4G). Not so with the Verizon Fascinate, which has had its launch bugs leaked out for all to see. A good chunk of them are small nitpicks, but others -- don't press the search button while you're on a call! -- are pretty big. And still others are amusing -- you can't download an OTA update over Wifi, but a future OTA update will fix that. Check out the full list at the source link, as well as what we're finding on our own in our Fascinate forums. [BGR via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

AppBrain launches new version with social baked in

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 AppBrain main screen

After launching a new version of its website recently, AppBrain has brought many of the new sorting features to its Android app. In addition, AppBrain now has a social element so you can follow other users to quickly browse what apps they have installed. You can log in to Facebook to see if your friends use AppBrain (they should!) or browse by popular users. Also, you can share a link to your profile quickly via email, Twitter, SMS, and just about every other mode of communication on your phone. The free update is on the Market now. Click past the break for the usual Market link (with QR code!), more screenshots, and even a list of the Android Central writers so you can follow us in AppBrain. [AppBrain blog]

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