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2 years ago

Swiftkey testing multitouch in its latest keyboard alpha

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Swiftkey's long been in our rotation of top keyboards, and it's now testing a feature that may make your fast phalanges even faster. Multitouch is in the works for tablets and smartphones, and it's currently being tested in a two-week alpha period in the developer's VIP track. Here's the low-down:

We have made improvements for rapid typists. We now properly support multi-touch so you shouldn't get accidentally repeated letters or accidentally missed letters when typing at speed with more than one finger. If you could try this out and in particular look out for issues with long-press keys, alternative character selection or keys where the highlighting gets stuck. We are particularly interested in results from tablet users touch typing as well as phone users with two thumbs.

It's still very early in the game, and bugs are expected. So if you opt to give this a go, you're a guinea pig, not a customer. But no matter, it's going to make a great keyboard even greater.

Source: Swiftkey VIP

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2 years ago

Samsung re-confirms Nov. 17 as Galaxy Nexus UK launch date

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We might still be guessing about when the Galaxy Nexus will be making its debut on Verizon in the US, but the UK remains on track to get it on Nov. 17, according to Samsung UK. Sammy originally announced the date at last week's Galaxy Note World Tour in London, however we'd heard some rumors of a delay in the past 24 hours, so it's good to have confirmation that that's not the case.

Check out today's press release after the jump, or dive into our hands-on feature for more Galaxy Nexus goodness.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.8GHz

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Bazinga.  The Qualcomm chip in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II has been overclocked to 1.8GHz, and as far as we know nothing has caught fire and no fuzzy animals have been harmed.  The Hercules is the oddball of the Samsung Galaxy S II line, using a different chipset to achieve those rocking 42 M/sec HSPA+ speeds, and many feared there would be little developer interest in the handset.  It looks like that's a theory that's been thoroughly squashed, as Romanbb's kernel has been reported to work just fine with most of the custom ROM's floating around out there. 

If you have a T-Mo Galaxy S II, and aren't put off by the risk of the pretty blue smoke, hit the source link and give it a look.  Be sure to shout out in the forums about how it went, we all love a guinea pig tester.

Source: XDA DevelopersThanks, Mario!

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2 years ago

Gingerbread's numbers still climbing at Froyo's expense

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Google has released the latest version numbers for Android, and they're about what you'd expect. For the past two weeks ending Nov. 3, Gingerbread has crept up to 44.4 percent (up from 38.7 percent a month ago), while Froyo has fallen to 40.7 percent, down a little more than five percentage points from last month. That's due to phones getting updates, of course, as well as sales of new phones.

What's not really changing are the Honeycomb numbers, which only increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, from 1.8 percent to 1.9 percent. Really no great surprise there. We'll really start to watch those numbers in the next few months as Honeycomb tablets get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich and those API levels disappear altogether.

The number of phones on Eclair (Android 2.1) dropped a full percentage point to 10.7 percent. Donut was unchanged at 1.4 percent, a Cupcake's lingering at 0.9 percent.

Source: Android Developers site

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Rezound (updated with video)

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The HTC Rezound is here, and it's the first in a wave of high end devices headed to Verizon Wireless this holiday season. HTC introduced the Rezound today in New York City and we managed to push through the crowd for some quality hands on time. Hit the break for full impressions.

Update: Now with video after the break!

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2 years ago

Nook Simple Touch dropping to $99

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So we've given you the scoop on the new Nook Tablet, and the price drop on the Nook Color. Lastly, we've got the Nook Simple Touch. It's going to see a price drop down to $99, from its current $139. And that's just about where the dimunitive Android-based e-reader should be. (Check out our full review.) Looks like a new software version is on the way, too, with v1.1 set to hit. Huzzah.

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2 years ago

Facebook photos, $299 not bad [From the Forums]

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Busy day for news. Galaxy Nexus root, HTC Rezound announced -- Awesome. If you missed out on anything, navigate a page back and get caught up. Otherwise, check out some of the posts 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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2 years ago

Nook Color dropping to $199; new software update brings Hulu Plus, music

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Will cost just $50 less than the new Nook Tablet

The venerable Barnes & Noble Nook Color hasn't been left out in the cold just because the new Nook Tablet specs and pricing are here. No, the Nook Color's going to find itself with a nice little price drop down to $199. That's only a $50 drop, and for that difference you'll get a pretty big spec boost in the new Nook Tablet, but we'll take what we can get.

And along with the price drop, a new software update is on the way for the New Color. Nook Color v1.4 will bring TV shows, movies and documentaries with Hulu Plus. You'll get music from Rhapsode, MOG and Grooveshark, with free trials. (Pandora is still included.) You'll get even more magazines and special Nook editions, expanding on current content. And more apps are on the way, too.

So, if you're in the market for an e-reader tabelet this holiday season, and don't want to break the $200 mark, the Nook Color is about to become very, very attractive.

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2 years ago

Leaked: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet release date, pricing and full specs!

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Pre-orders start Monday,
Nook Tablets in your hand Nov. 16 for $249

Behold, the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet. Faster, lighter and no longer just a mere e-reader, if the promo materials we've been slipped have anything to say about it.

Let's back up a second, though. Barnes and Noble is in a horse race with the likes of Amazon and its new Kindle Fire to stake claim to the more-than-an-e-reader/not-quite-a-tablet realm. And The Nook Color did wonders for that over the past year. It was a slightly pricey (but still excellent) e-reader at $249, and it quickly became an above average Android tablet thanks to the Android hacking community.

So where does the all-new Nook Tablet fit in, with its "No, we're not an e-reader name"? We've got full specs, launch information and details on what we expect to see at next week's announcement. Keep on reading.

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2 years ago

HTC announces the Rezound on Verizon: 'The smartphone revolution is sweeping the world'

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We're live at HTC's little event in New York City, where the HTC Rezound for Verizon was just announced. And just as we expected, we've got a Beats Audio device on our hands, along with HTC Sense and a 4G LTE radio.

It's got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8660 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 16GB mircoSD card. It'll ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is no surprise. But HTC says it's committed to upgrading it to Ice Cream Sandwich ASAP.

It's also HTC's first smartphone with a 720p resolution display. That is, the 4.3-inch display has a width of 720 pixels, just like the Galaxy Nexus.

HTC's also incorporating its newer camera technology into the Rezound, just like we've seen on the HTC Amaze. It's got an 8-megapixel sensor, f2.2 lens and 1080p video recording -- including slow-motion. There's a 2-megapixel up front.

And, of course, there's that Beats audio. "You should have the best audio experience in your mobile experience," they said at the launch event. And included with the HTC Rezound, of course, are Beats earbuds.

The HTC Rezound will be available Nov. 14 at Verizon, Best Buy an online -- for $299.99.

We've got the full press release after the break.

HTC Rezound Image Gallery | HTC Rezound Forums| HTC Rezound Specs

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