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3 years ago

Swiftkey X is here, making text prediction even more personal

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TouchType this morning announced Swiftkey X, the latest iteration of its on-screen keyboard which is now in public beta status. Long known for its word-prediction capability, Swiftkey's got a new look, and new features.

First and foremost is the setup process. Swiftkey's new guide will walk you through downloading a language pack, installing and enabling the keyboard, and then the option of tying into your Facebook, Gmail or Twitter accounts.

Wait. What? Yes, you can choose to give Swiftkey access to Facebook, Gmail or Twitter. Why on Earth would you want to do that? Swiftkey can now use API calls to analyze your sent messages to determine your typing pattern, frequently used words, etc. Remember that you are the one who gives access to this. If you don't want to use it, you don't have to, and you have to give Swiftkey specific permission to do so. (TouchType's privacy policy can be found here.)

Swiftkey has also seen improvements to its "fluency" engine, specifically with the addition of "Personal Input Modeling," which adjusts the touch-sensitive regions of the keyboard depending on how accurately you type.

Pretty cool, eh?

Now the important part: Swiftkey X is available on any smartphone running Android 2.x or above. It's a free upgrade for current paid users, and it's downloadable in the Android Market. We've got video with the Swiftkey folks as well as the full press release after the break.

Download: Swiftkey X

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3 years ago

PayPal goes on the defense, sues Google over trade secrets

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Well, that didn't take long at all. Having only announced Google Wallet yesterday, Google is already facing some distaste for the service from the competition, namely -- PayPal. Summed up in what turned out to be a 28 page PDF statement.

PayPal is claiming protection of trade secrets as the reason for the lawsuit, and that Google allegedly lured PayPal executives Osama Bedier and former general manager and vice president of PayPal Merchant Services Stephanie Tilenius away from PayPal.

If what PayPal alleges turns out to be true, then we're guessing this will be a long drawn out case that could have some serious implications for those involved.

Source: PayPal Blog; Thanks, to all who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC: No more locked bootloaders

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Break out the bubbly -- HTC CEO Peter Chou just announced via Facebook that they have heard everyone and will no longer be locking the bootloaders of their devices.  We're assuming (and hoping) this will start with the EVO 3D and the HTC Sensation, and users buying these new HTC phones will no longer depend on luck and skilled hackers to get them more open.

Said CEO Peter Chou, via Facebook:

"There has been overwhelmingly [sic] customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we've listened. Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience."

No word on exactly what this will mean for current models that have shipped with bootloader restrictions, or exactly how the new bootloaders will be "unlocked."  We're reaching out to HTC, and as soon as they give us a statement, we'll let you know.

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

Hello Moto, Acer Iconia tips & tricks [from the forums]

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Thursday folks, that means it's time for the Android Central podcast to go live and brighten up your day. As Phil mentioned, there is plenty in store for the upcoming podcast so if you missed out on some news throughout the week be sure to get caught up either here on the blogs or in the Android Central forums.

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

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 at the FCC

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Good news for everyone waiting for the feature-packed mid-size Galaxy Tab 8.9; it's just made its way through the FCC.  The 8.9 inch model, now known as the GT-P7310 (check out our hands-on) will sport a dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and of course Android 3.x.  Seeing it pass through the FCC testing makes us believe the "early summer" release date is still on track.  Starting at $469 for the 16 GB version, it's bound to be a hit.

You can read all the test results and assorted technical details at the source link, and hit the forums for more discussion.

Source: FCCThanks Emeterio!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Revolution

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You're going to talk down on the LG Revolution. You're going to say some not-so-nice things about it. And that's a shame, really. Because save for one thing, we really don't have much to say about Verizon's third LTE-capable phone in our initial use.

The phone itself? A 4.3-inch black slab with a 5MP camera on the back, 1.3MP shooter out front, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor the aforementioned LTE data and a whole lot of internal memory. Tack on LG's user interface customizations -- which we've long enjoyed -- and you've got yourself a solid little phone.

The one thing that's sure to cause curses from even the most liberal Android nerd? It's been Binged. Like the Samsung Fascinate before it (along with a a couple of other phones not worth mentioning here), Verizon's traded some Google services for Microsoft's Bing. Google Maps? Not there, though you can download it. Google Search? Negatory. You've got Bing.

But if you can live with that, the LG Revolution looks like it's got what it takes to be a solid Android device.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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3 years ago

Google's Music app updated, brings welcomed changes

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Google released the first update to their new Music app today bringing it up to version 3.0.1.  In this rendition, the ability to delete songs stored on the SD card was added and it brought about some bug fixes as well.  Our tipster, Adam, is reporting that the new update has eliminated some force closes users were experiencing on some custom Gingerbread ROMs.

As you should know, this Music app is your portal to Music Beta by Google.  If you haven't received your invite yet, keep holding your horses because Google is continuing to send out invites for their awesome new service.

Thanks, Adam!

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3 years ago

Xperia Play video hands-on

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Fresh out of the retail box and into our hands. This is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, people. The phone hits Verizon's store shelves today. We know a lot of you guys and gals are super excited for this gaming device and we can't wait to hear what you have to say about the long awaited "PlayStation Phone."

The phone comes shipped with a pure Gingerbread experience -- no crazy skins. Inside the device is a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 205 GPU. As for the display, the Xperia Play rocks a 4-inch, 854 x 480 FWVGA screen. And the most notable addition, of course: the slide out control pad. 

Watch the video above to see what the Play is all about and be sure to check back in the next few days as we will have our full review. But for now, be sure to head into the Android Central Forums to see what other Android gamers are saying.

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3 years ago

Netflix adds support for three more phones

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Netflix just got itself a little update in the Android Market. First and foremost, new phones are officially supported, with the LG Revolution, Motorola Droid and Casio G'zOne Commando getting access. That brings the total number of supported devices eight, including the Droid Incredible, Nexus One, EVO 4G, T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Nexus S.

There also are a few bugfixes, including:

  • Fixed application failure on startup when phone's embedded storage space is almost full.
  • Removed check that prevented attempt to playback on unsupported devices.

And we've noticed that the volume's not as low as it used to be, so that's nice, too. If you've got one of the supported phones, get your download on in the Android Market. We've got links after the break.

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 system update v1.141.07 rolling out to some users

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Although it's not the Android 3.1 update that is set to arrive in June, Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners are now reporting that a system update weighing in around 38MB is now starting to appear. As reported in the Android Central forums -- the update will bring your device up to system software version 1.141.07 and appears to be mostly bugfixes but a changelog is not yet available. Some of the fixes users have been reporting:

  • Daylight savings time fixes
  • Calendar appointment fixes
  • Fixes the screen wake/sleep issue
  • Browser bugfixes
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2
  • Improved Wi-Fi signal
  • Improved GPS signal
  • Corporate Exchange email support

One thing to keep in mind is that of you are currently rooted -- you may not see this update available as of yet. Returning to stock should help with making the update arrive, and you can re-root again using Gingerbreak. Did your device get the update? If so, jump into the forums and let us know what changes you've spotted.

Discuss more in the Acer Iconia Tab Forums

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