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4 years ago

SwiftKey Flow brings trace input to leading Android keyboard

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SwiftKey has announced a brand new version of its popular keyboard app for Android, dubbed SwiftKey Flow. Launching "soon," SwiftKey Flow will bring continuous input -- similar to what's found in Swype and others -- to SwiftKey, while retaining the personalized prediction tech for which it's is best known.

An evolution of the intelligent prediction software used in SwiftKey 3 powers the flow-based input, meaning it's sensitive to context, as well as individual typing styles. SwiftKey Flow will also allow users to switch between the two input modes on the fly depending on their preference, or how many hands they have free.

Android Central had the chance to demo SwiftKey Flow recently, and we were impressed with the speed and accuracy of its new trace input features. We noticed that the keyboard analyzes the pattern your finger takes in real time, rather than waiting until the pattern is complete, allowing predictions to be built up on the fly. Overall, it's an incredibly speedy typing experience.

The SwiftKey Flow beta test will begin "within weeks" for those registered on SwiftKey's VIP community site, ahead of an eventual launch on Google Play.

Check out the demo video above. We've got today's full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 pre-order page goes live early at UK retailer, release slated for Oct. 30

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, new '360-degree' camera, 'gesture typing' and Gorilla Glass 2

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has prematurely opened up its Nexus 4 pre-order page, laying bare all the details of the next Nexus smartphone from Google and LG. In addition to confirming already-leaked details, the CPW listing reveals the presence of "Android 4.2 Jelly Bean" and Corning Gorilla Glass 2. As for what's new in 4.2, the retailer claims an "amazing 360-degree camera" and Swype-like "gesture typing" in the stock keyboard.

The phone is listed with 8GB of storage, so there appears to be no sign of the 16GB model just yet.

Price-wise, the Nexus 4 is shown as available for free on Vodafone and O2 contracts starting at £31 per month. No SIM-free price is listed, unfortunately.

Interestingly, Carphone Warehouse says to "pre-order now for delivery on the 30th October," suggesting the Nexus 4 could launch at retail immediately after the Oct. 29 announcement event.

Update: The Verge has received a photo from the Carphone Warehouse inventory system, which shows the 8GB Nexus 4 priced at £389.95 SIM-free. That's considerably lower than the Galaxy Nexus launch price, but still not a small amount of cash.

Update 2: The Carphone Warehouse pre-order page has now been pulled.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Multi-window feature could be headed to Galaxy S3 in Android 4.1.2 update

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The Galaxy S3 may have just been updated to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean in Europe, but it seems Samsung may already be focusing on the next major software update. According to reports from SamMobile, the S3 will be updated to Android 4.1.2 before the end of the year, and that new firmware will also include one of the Galaxy Note 2's killer features -- "multi-window" support.

The Note 2's multi-window feature, shown in our quick demo video above, allows true multi-tasking by having two applications open on-screen at any one time -- for example, a browser window up top, and a YouTube video down below. Not all apps are supported yet, but all major Google and Samsung apps work just fine, as do some third-party offerings like Twitter.

SamMobile has a pretty decent track record for revealing Samsung software secrets ahead of time, so there's a good chance they're right about multi-view on the S3. And as the international Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 share much of their hardware, it shouldn't be a huge technical challenge to get it up and running.

If these reports are true, we're sure S3 owners will be eagerly awaiting that 4.1.2 update.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Kindle for Android updated with Japanese text support, Jelly Bean improvements

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With Amazon having recently announced the sale of the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets in Japan, they're complimenting their launch by updating the Kindle for Android app. The new version now supports manga books, as well as right-to-left vertical text. Those aren't the only changes within the app though, as noted in the change log --

  • Improved support for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and the Nexus 7 tablet.
  • Send PDF, DOC, DOCX, and image files to your Kindle using the share buttons in popular Android apps like Adobe Reader, Documents to Go, ES File Explorer, and many others.
  • Several bug fixes.

If you frequent using the Kindle for Android app, you'll find the update available now in the Google Play Store.

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4 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 preorder page goes live

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If you've been waiting for Verizon pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to go live, now is the time. Oddly, there hasn't been any official announcement from Verizon as of yet but the page is there live and ready to take your order.

As noted in the image, the full retail price is set for $699 and the ship by date is set for November 27th. No telling yet whether or not that date may change so we'll just have to wait for some sort of official announcement from Verizon.

Anyone going to be preordering or did that Verizon branded home button chase you away?

Source: Verizon Thanks, bigguy_132!

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4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire and Fire HD released today across Europe

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For Europeans waiting -- patiently we might add -- for the release of the Amazon Kindle Fire, today the waiting can finally end. Right on cue, the Kindle Fire, and Kindle Fire HD is shipping today from Amazon and selected high street retailers. 

There are three versions up for grabs, all at 7-inches. The Kindle Fire with 8GB of storage costs just £129/€159 and is available for a small extra fee without the "special offers." 

The Kindle Fire HD is available in both 16GB and 32GB forms, with the smaller costing £159/€199 up to £199/€249 for the 32GB version. Again, for a small extra fee the "special offers" can be removed. 

The Amazon ecosystem has previously been somewhat lacking outside of the U.S, but with the recent launch of such products as the Amazon Appstore, Cloud Player, and a commitment to deliver movie and TV content -- in the UK via LOVEFiLM -- to the Kindle Fire, Amazon could have a hit on their hands. 

If you're picking one up today, be sure to hit us up in the comments below, or head on into the forums and let us know how you're finding it. 

More: Android Central Forums, Hands on with the Kindle Fire HD

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 2X ICS source code released

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LG has surprised just about everyone this evening, and released the Ice Cream Sandwich kernel source for the Optimus 2X. Word from developers is that this source also applies to the P999 (T-Mobile G2X) as well. This means two things -- one, LG is serious about releasing ICS for the 2X, and that the CM team can now crank out a much better CyanogenMod 10 build for the devices.

It's a little late, but better late than never. Look for development on these devices to step back up again.

Source: LG; via XDA

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4 years ago

Reading magazines on Nexus 7, Phone functionality is still important [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Sprint introduces new 4G LTE tablet data plans starting November 11

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Although Sprint is still lagging behind when it comes to LTE coverage compared to Verizon and AT&T, that doesn't mean they're not looking to add more customers by offering aggressively competitive data plans as their coverage increases. As of November 11th, Sprint will be offering a whole new set of 4G LTE rate plans for tablets and here's what they look like:

  • 300MB for $14.99
  • 3GB for $34.99
  • 6GB for $49.99
  • 12GB for $79.99

Looking at the plans, you'll likely notice they're not any cheaper than the competition but they do offer more data allowance. 20 percent more in fact, according to Sprint who also notes their is no contract requirements for these plans.

In addition to the stand alone offerings, Sprint smartphone customers can add a tablet to their account and get a discounted plan that includes 1GB of data for only $15 per month or 100MB of data that will only cost $10.

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4 years ago

LeBron James got his custom Galaxy Note 2, shows it to the world

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LeBron James seems like he's enjoying his new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. He took to Twitter tonight to remind everyone he got his first, and showed off this custom version someone had made for him. Looking good, sir!

Source: @KingJames. Thanks,  Bryan!

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4 years ago

TELUS offers up estimated release times for Jelly Bean updates

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With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates around the globe, Samsung reminded U.S. Galaxy S3 owners their update was still coming but neglected to say when exactly. Couple that information with the estimated times TELUS has now posted for the Canadian Jelly Bean schedule and it's not a far stretch to think the U.S. variants will arrive around the same time or sooner for some carriers:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II x  - 4.1 - OEM not yet submitted - Late December
  • Samsung Galaxy Note - 4.1 - OEM not yet submitted - Late December
  • Samsung Galaxy S III - 4.1- OEM not yet submitted - Late November

Even though they are just estimates, it's nice to see them laid out and not really that far off. In that past, TELUS has done fairly well with letting everyone know when their updates are coming, so we'll see how close they are this time around.

Source: TELUS via: Mobile Syrup

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4 years ago

Flipboard update welcomes audio into your newsfeeds

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Flipboard has now released the latest update to their Android app. Sitting at v1.9.7, this release brings audio into the fold for those of you out there who like to listen while reading. The content itself is broken into sections that offers news, sports, books and more.

Plus, if music is your thing, there is integration with Sound Cloud added that allows you to discover, like and share music from your friends. In addition that, Flipboard has also addressed some unnoted various bugs in the app and worked on various performance enhancements.

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4 years ago

These Cruzerlite Plushies are awesome, and we're giving one away

I am an Android nerd. I love little Android toys, figures, t-shirts, you name it. If it has Android on it, in it, or around it I'm all over it. I work all day in an office with no Xbox, why not fill it with cool toys, right? RIGHT?!?

Now I've got some new ones to collect, as the new Cruiserlite Android plushies are available from ShopAndroid. Super heros, pirates, even Big Android BBQs are well represented, and there's no way I can know that these are available and not have them. ALL of them.

I imagine I'm not alone, Slide those Bucky Balls over to the side, and make room for these jewels. We're giving one away at random in the comments, but you can also grab one (or all) of these 8-inch tall rascals at ShopAndroid for $19.95. Just keep them away from your dog!

Here's where you win one. Just comment below, and somewhere around midnight PT I'll pick a comment at random. I'm going to have to send you email through the site to find out where to send it, so make sure you have real details filled out on your user page. Just click your name in the upper right if you need to adjust anything, 

Good luck!

Update: Congrats nickrouwhorst! A random comment is you. Be sure to check your e-mail.

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4 years ago

Sector Strike brings free, classic arcade space shooting to Android

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The guys behind the venerable Tank Hero game have launched their next title on Android called Sector Strike. It's a free-to-play sci-fi shoot 'em up with all of trappings of classic 2D spaceship games. You move your ship around to evade enemies while holding the trigger down on your guns and picking up credits from their wrecks to spend on upgrades. Players gradually work their way through new sectors, provided they survive the withering hail of plasma fire from a wide range of crafty foes. 

I've played a little bit on my Nexus 7 and the graphics are buttery smooth, the gameplay is challenging, and the controls are very responsive. Yeah, they offer in-app purchases for accelerated progress, but it doesn't feel like there's anything you can't get just by playing the game a whole bunch. As far as casual, old-school pew-pewin' on Android goes, Sector Strike is looking very promising. Check it out. 

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4 years ago

From the Android Forums: Getting an OTA after rooting

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HOLLYWOODANT215 asks in the Galaxy S3 forums

A friend rooted my device for me. I only use the root access to see emojis. Will he need to unroot my device for me to receive [the] OTA update to jelly bean?

Another great question from the forums. The answer isn't simply a yes or a no, unfortunately. Rooting, in itself doesn't do anything. It simply allows you to do more things that you could without root. Things like changing or moving files in the system to see emojis. 

Your phone is like a computer, with partitions and folders. When an OTA comes along, the first thing it does is check to see that the partitions holding the boot image and the recovery image are unmodified. It also checks the folders containing the system files to see if everything is in order. Most of the time rooting your phone simply adds a couple files without changing any others, and an OTA will flash over just fine.

The issue comes when you change any of the system files, or delete ones that should be there. In this case, the normal method to see emojis is to change the system font files. If the OTA needs to touch those font files in any way, the process will fail because they aren't the same as unmodified stock ones should be. The good news is that the OTA probably won't care about the font files and all will be well. 

For you pros out there, what I'm saying is that any time you replace or remove a file inside /system, you run the risk of not being able to accept an OTA. Of course a custom recovery or kernel also means you can't accept an OTA as well.

One thing worth mentioning before we end this. You always run the risk of losing root anytime there is a system update. Hit the Play store and install OTA RootKeeper, and run it to protect your superuser access. 

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