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3 years ago

SwiftKey beta sees 100k downloads, most of any app on Android Market last week

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TouchType has announced its SwiftKey keyboard hit the 100,000-download milestone in it's first week of availability on the Android Market, making it the most downloaded app of the past week.  For those of us using it, it comes as no surprise.  I've been a fan of SwiftKey for a while now, ever since the developers (great group of people BTW) shot us a preview for our Keyboard Roundup, and don't know how I'd get by without it!  We also talked about SwiftKey a little last week when we announced that it was coming to the Market, and from the comments it sounds like many of you guys were trying it out, give a yell in the comments and let us know how it's working for you.  We've got the full press release after the jump, where you can get the details and see what the buzz around the web has to say about SwiftKey.

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 and up now on 58 percent of devices

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Better late than never, the latest Android version numbers (ending July 15) show the number of phones with Eclair (Android 2.1) and Froyo (Android 2.2) now at 58.8 percent, up from 54.9 percent for the previous two weeks. Phones running Cupcake (Android 1.5) fell from 21.3 to 18.9 percent, and Donut phones (Android 1.6) are down a little more than one percentage point to 22.1 percent. March on, folks. [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Fast app switching

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3 years ago

Live Prints live wallpaper makes tracks with your Android phone

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Avid reader and AndroidCentral fan Leonardo has made one of the coolest live wallpapers I've seen so far. Live Prints gives you the choice between a coyote wandering aimlessly, bloody handprints staining your home screens, footsteps searching on a map, or any combination thereof. My favorite is the Magic Map setting, and you can see it in my screen grab above. The prints do things like follow your finger taps or any icons that you move. You can adjust the standard things such as the speed of the prints and how long they persist on the screen. At €0.79 (about $1.02 U.S.), it's a great unique live wallpaper for your favorite Android phone. Check the video after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Nexus One no longer for sale

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Poof. It's gone. Shortly after Google tells the L.A. Times that the Nexus One will be sold out by the end of the month, the phone no longer is for sale at Google.com/phone. Fare thee well, N1. You shall be missed. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Home screen tweaks on the Galaxy S

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The Galaxy S class of Android smartphones -- the T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate -- bring an all-new Touchwiz user interface. And it has one feature we know a lot of you have been clamoring for -- the ability to rearrange entire home screens. We break it down, erm, after the break.

Update: Ah ha! So you can change out the icons down in the bottom bar thingy. Video of how to do it has been added after the break. (Thanks, commenters!)

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3 years ago

Verizon may be following AT&T, switching to tiered data plans

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Verizon has been hinting for some time that unlimited data is unsustainable, and it looks like it may be ready to make good on that statement. AT&T went from all-you-can eat data pricing to a tiered system with the launch of the iPhone 4 last month, and Verizon looks to be ready to do the same. There is no word on what the pricing would be, but one might guess we will see more information on this story before the Droid 2 lands. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces HSPA+ expansion

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With all the talk lately of Verizon's LTE and Sprint's WiMax, T-Mobile wants to remind everyone that it's aggressively pushing HSPA+ and its up-to-21MBps speeds (theoretical, of course) to compete with Verizon and Sprints's offerings. It now says 85 million people are already blanketed in 50 areas, with 185 million in 100 areas to be covered before 2010 is out. The newest cities include:

Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan.

The just-released Samsung Vibrant was specifically named as one of "more than a dozen smartphones" to "benefit from enhanced speeds" when in HSPA+ coverage. In addition, TMO promises more information on their first fully HSPA+ capable phone "later this summer". T-Mobile also mentioned the launch of a new "webConnect Rocket 2.0" USB Laptop Stick with HSPA+ and a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook with webConnect.

Check out the full press release (minus the boring legal stuff) after the break.

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3 years ago

LoKast comes to Android, brings 'check-it-out' to check-ins

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LoKast has brought its proximity-based application to Android. Rejoice! Available for the iOther platform since March, LoKast allows you to find, connect and share with other LoKast users in your local (300-foot) area via 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth.  Not only fans and users are getting in on the fun, but some familiar names in the music industry are behind the project.  Shameless plug for Echo and the Bunnymen goes here.  ♫♪ Lips like sugar....♪♫

Maybe the best part about LoKast coming to Android is that little thing we like to call "cross platform."  You can freely connect with users on their iPhones as well as Android phones, and that kind of forward thinking can only help Android and the Market as a whole.  Hit the break for the press release, a couple videos, and download links.

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3 years ago

Fanfeedr now available to feed your sports fever

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Sports fans will be pleased to know that Fanfeedr is finally available in the Android Market. It differentiates itself from the other sports applications by creating an individualized social experience based on interest and localization.

In order to use the app effectively, you need to provide your Facebook login information. It then allows you to personalize your app experience by selecting favorite teams and players. Once you have it tailored to your interests, it allows you to receive push notifications for real-time scores, follow games live, view tweets from fans and players and track what your Facebook friends are watching and saying as well. 

The application is very personal and that's the way Fanfeedr wants it. [Market Link | App Brain]

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