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Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Chris is fluent in all mobile languages. Having been a member of the Smartphone Experts community now for nearly three years, you can often find him here on Android Central over at CrackBerry and sometimes even at iMore. If you find Chris wondering around your local neighborhood, please point him towards the nearest electrical outlet and toss him a can of Full Throttle energy drink.

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Swiftkey keyboard updates with a new HD skin, 5 new languages, holiday trial period

Phil Nickinson 41

Swiftkey, one of our favorite keyboards for Android -- just got a pretty major update. The already stellar key design is now even better, with an HD skin and better fonts. Five languages have been added, as well as five new keyboard layouts. There have been a fair amount of bugfixes, and the trial version of the keyboard (the full version is $3.99) has been increased to 31 days as a...

NookColor getting Froyo and Android Market -- officially -- in January [updated: Erm, not so much]

Phil Nickinson 23

Good news for those of you looking longingly at your Barnes & Noble NookColor and wishing that the Android-based e-reader could one day legitimately run Android apps. An update to Android 2.2 Froyo is coming, and it's bringing with it the traditional Android home screens and access to the Android Market.That's right, none of that hackery required -- and hackery that's as liable to...

New 'StrictMode' Gingerbread API helps developers write better, faster apps

Jerry Hildenbrand 12

There's a lot of new, behind-the-scenes goodness going on in Gingerbread, and not all of it was made with the end user in mind.  One of the new APIs, "StrictMode," is built for Android application developers to use as a debugging tool.  It monitors code as it's executed, detecting things that can slow an application down. It specifically was designed to target disk reads and writes, and...

Words with Friends coming to Android (update: plan on playing your iOS friends)

Phil Nickinson 16

Words with Friends -- the uber-popular Scrabble-esqe word game for the iOS -- is coming to Android, according to an e-mail tipster Jordan has sent us and others. In the e-mail, Jordan asked about the prospects of an Android version of the game. The response he got from the developer:"We've since hired a team to develop an Android Version. They're actively at work on it at the moment and...