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3 years ago

Swype 3.0 beta is Honeycomb optimized, improves predictive text and layout

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Update 2: It's back, folks! Get to downloading.

Swype has announced the latest beta (version 3.0 for those keeping score at home) and one of the big changes that come along with it is a special WXGA version designed for Honeycomb tablets, which features a movable and resizeable keyboard layout. 

Other changes include the way word correction is handled when you stop swyping and revert to tapping out the letters -- you can now mix and match and still keep word autocorrect and prediction intact.  The pop-up for word choice when multiple guesses are presented gets an improvement, too, now an easier to read horizontal bar is presented versus that annoying dialog that used to jump up.  To top it all off, it looks like the predictive text engine itself has seen a big overhaul, and should work much better.

We know that Swype isn't for everyone, especially when it comes to using it on a tablet.  That's fine -- different choices are one of the main strengths of the Android platform, and Swype certainly is a different choice.  For the huge numbers of you who love Swype, keep an eye on the source link (currently down for maintenance) and give it a whirl.  Also, check out a short demo video showing it in action, after the break.

Update:  If you've been refreshing the beta download page at Swype, you've probably seen the latest update on the status of this.  If not, here's the latest from Swype:

BETA DELAYED BECAUSE:

a) We forgot to buy vowels

b) Our beta build server crashed

c) Upper management kept accelerating the beta schedule

d) All of above !#@$!&

No word on when to expect it, we'll tell you as soon as we hear something.

 

Source: Swype via MobileCrunch

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3 years ago

Pixel Wars, WiFi Hotspot for the Thunderbolt [From the forums]

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Another week and we're off running -- we've got plenty in store for the rest of the week as well but you'll have to stick around to stay up-to-date. Unless of course, you check out our new daily newsletter but then you'd be missing out on some of the action from the forums:

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3 years ago

HTC Merge review

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The White Whale of Android smartphones finally emerges on a handful of regional carriers

There's something quite satifying about the HTC Merge on US Cellular. Maybe it's the sleek design. Maybe it's the excellent slider keyboard. Or maybe it's because it's our White Whale.

The HTC Merge (codenamed Lexikon) first made an appearance as a dual CDMA/GSM World Phone in early September 2010 when the FCC outed it, pictures and all. At the time, it was clearly branded for Verizon. And it was the Verizon version that we got an exclusive look at it just a month later. At that time, the Merge still had not been announced by Verizon.

And so days went by and turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Still no word on the Merge. Meanwhile, the Motorola Droid 2 (another horizontal slider released that fall) had already been revamped and gained a GSM radio, so it, too, would work outside the United States. Whether that's the reason the Verizon held back the Merge, we may never know. But on February 25, 2011 -- nearly five months after its inital FCC showing -- HTC announced that the Merge would be coming to "multiple carriers" in the spring.

It first saw release on Alltel and Cellular South. And, this June, on US Cellular. One thing those carriers have in common? They all piggyback on Verizon's network. That's not a coincidence. (And you actually can buy a Merge at a third-party retailer and actually use it on Verizon.)

And so we finally have the HTC Merge. This is its story.

HTC Merge Specs | HTC Merge ForumsHTC Merge Accessories

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt gets teardown and repair video

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Although everyone hopes to never have to use them -- teardown and repair videos are a great resource of information for those who may need to repair a busted device. Having relied on a few in the past due to purchasing some grey market devices that were not covered under warranty, I know this all too well. The folks from DirectFix know this as well, and their latest teardown and repair aims to help HTC Thunderbolt owners should such a situation arise. Whether you need to repair some broken glass or something more internal, you can head on past the break for the video to see just how it's done.

Source: DirectFix

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Infuse 4G open-source code

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Samsung has released the open-source portions of the Infuse 4G OS and made it available for download at their Open Source Release Center website.  As is always the case, this isn't something that you can download and flash to your phone, it's code for developers to use to rebuild or tweak the system.  Everyone else just needs to sit tight, and feel good that Samsung is doing the right thing without needing to be reminded for a few months -- or years.

If you are the developer type, you can hit the source link and search for SGH-I997 to get to the download and release notes.  Then get busy!

Source: Samsung open Source Release Center

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3 years ago

Android Travel Tip: Know what time it is

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3 years ago

Milestone 3 gets a complete run-through

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Although the device has been caught on camera more times then we can count now -- its never been quite caught in quite such detail. Despite it not being the U.S. version, the Milestone 3 -- which may or may not come to market as the Droid 3 -- has just received a total break down of its screen, specs and even benchmarks courtesy of the folks from XDA.cn and it now we can confirm all those specs that have been rumored in the past.

  • 4-inch qHD Display
  • 8MP Rear Camera (1080p video capable)
  • VGA Front-Facing Camera
  •  1500mAh Battery
  • Dual-Core OMAP 4430 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Updated MotoBlur

We're guessing those specs won't meet the expectations of the hardcore users out there but when this thing comes to market, we're sure it'll still sell quite a bit. You can jump on past the break for some more image of the device, benchmarks and more.

Source: XDA.cn; Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global Gingerbread update set to roll out soon

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With the Motorola Droid X and the Motorola Droid Pro having already got their Gingerbread love, it's now time for the Droid 2 Global to get the same attention. If you head on over to the Verizon website, you'll see the updated software update info page is now available for viewing and as we know from the past -- that typically indicates a soak-test is coming and then a full roll-out to the masses. Needless to say, it's coming soon and we'll be sure to let you all know as soon as it happens.

Source: Verizon; Via: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

The Oatmeal on Smartphones [NSFW-L]

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Look around. If you don't know someone like this, chances are it's you. Now go read the whole comic.

Source: The Oatmeal

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3 years ago

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