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3 years ago

Swiftkey Flow Hard brings swiping to the desktop keyboard and all its keys

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Not satisfied with all the April 1 shenanigans from the U.S., how about some with a British flavor to wake up to? We're all familiar with SwiftKey, and this latest 'innovation' takes it from our Android devices to our desktop or laptop keyboards. Say hello to SwiftKey Flow Hard.

Flow Hard allows users to type radically faster by dragging their fingers from key to key on a keyboard, instead of slowly tapping each letter individually. The innovative technology, built on SwiftKey’s award-winning NLP and Machine Learning input platform, automatically corrects typos and offers real-time predictions as a user ‘Flows Hard’.

Billed as 'gesture typing for the typewriter generation,' Flow Hard is all about efficiency. And having some fun! Another little fun thing to note, this came with an embargo, so kudos to SwiftKey for making the effort.

For more on SwiftKey Flow Hard check out the video up top, or take a look at the link below.

Source: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

Google+ Photos introduces Auto Awesome Photobombs, with David Hasselhoff!

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Not to be left out of the April fool's fun, the Google+ team has conjured up an April fool's joke of their own involving the auto awesome feature on Google+ and none other than David Hasselhoff.

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3 years ago

HTC follows Samsung for April Fools' joke, releases wearable for your hand

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HTC can't let everyone else have all the early April Fools' fun, and they just had to show us a pair of smartgloves of their own.

Unlike Samsung's imaginary smartgloves, HTC's imaginary smartgloves feature an industrial design and Boomsound. And tiny holograms of cats.

Have a look, and be thankful that this only happens once per year.

Is it Wednesday yet?

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

Flexible display, multiple touch points, and 5G connectivity — it's the Samsung Fingers

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It’s April 1st somewhere right? While not technically April Fools’ Day here in the United States, our friends in Asia, Australia and Europe are now enjoying the one day that pranksters love. Google has already done a handful of pranks for 2014, but now Samsung wants in on the action (and free PR). Introducing the first wearable glove - Samsung Fingers.

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3 years ago

Google+ finds balance between work and personal accounts, adds more admin powers

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Google is bringing new Google+ admin tools for Google Apps and Enterprise accounts.

Today's change controls the way Google+ user profiles are shown and indexed, and lets the account admin choose whether people can search for individuals.

In short, it will keep you from finding two +Jerry Hildenbrands or two +Phil Nickinsons when searching out one of us, because our corporate accounts are hidden.

As someone affected, it's great to see this change. Keep them coming, Google.

Source: +Google Enterprise

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3 years ago

Motorola updates its boot animation, is now 'Powered by Android'

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What do the Loch Ness Monster, a UFO, a Sasquatch and "Powered by Android" have in common? They're all on the new Motorola boot animation. Motorola today updated its "Boot Services" app in Google Play, and with it comes a new animation. Gone is the old world animation, the "a Google company" tag line — which makes sense after Motorola was unloaded to Lenovo.

And arrived is the new "Powered by Android" line, which we recently learned has been mandated by the folks in charge.

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3 years ago

Microsoft announces official OWA app for Android, coming later this year

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Office 365 users will soon have an official app for their Android devices

Microsoft has announced Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android. If you’re in a company that uses Office 365 for Business you probably are already familiar with OWA. Outlook Web App is the webmail service that comes with Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Server. A dedicated OWA app for Android is expected to come later this year.

Outlook Web App includes access to email, calendars, contacts, tasks and more. OWA is a competitor to Google Apps. Microsoft did not give a firm release date for the Android app.

We’ll of course let you know when you can get access and download it. If it’s anything like OWA for iPhone you can look forward to features like conversation view, mark as junk, support for Outlook flags and more. You’ll also be able to manage your schedule, view shared calendars and find contacts.

Anyone out there using an Android handset and using Office 365 at work? Let us know if any of you would use this app.

Source: Microsoft; Via: WPCentral

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3 years ago

Best Android games of March 2014

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Android games

Need Android games? We got 'em! Here are our favorite game releases for March 2014

In our ongoing quest to bring y'all the best games the Google Play Store has to offer, we're going to start rounding up our favorite Android game releases every month. Often this will include big releases that you might have missed throughout Android Central news stories or our picks of the week, but we'll try to dig up some hidden gems for you too. We're also going to be rounding up the month's non-game apps in a separate post, so keep your eyes peeled.

March was a pretty solid month for Android gaming! It was particularly nice to see so many of these launch so closely in line with their iOS counterparts. Below you'll find some action, some strategy, some RPG, and even a rare high-quality trivia game.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile removes employer discounts from Simple Choice plans

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T-Mobile

Tomorrow might be April 1st, but T-Mobile's not joking around with their latest move: they're scrapping employer rate plans discounts. Gone is the supposed complexity that came with wondering what kind of discount you might get on your Simple Choice plan based on where you work, replaced instead with a T-Mobile gift card worth $25 when your purchase a new device… based on where you work. It's simpler than trying to figure out if it's 15% or 5% or 2.8% that you'll get off of your bill.

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3 years ago

Chrome for Android will translate the web into emoji

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Emoji translation in Google Chrome

Lest you think you'd have to wait for April 1st for all of Google's April Fools' Day jocularity, there's more to be had tonight: try translate to emoji in Chrome on for size. That's what Google has in store for Chrome on Android, but they very cleverly intended it be saved for the day itself — the hidden feature doesn't activate until the date and time matches that of April 1st. But you can trick it by manually skipping your date forward to April 1st, when a tap on the overflow menu will offer you the Translate to Emoji (with a little yellow dude on a surfboard).

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3 years ago

Google+ now shows the total number of views you've received

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Good news, folks! If you like to use the Internet as some sort of popularity contest, Google+ has you covered, as it now shows the total number of views your profile, posts and pictures have received. If you've got it but don't want to flaunt it, you can hide the number in your settings. (Same as you can the number of circles you're in.) Try not to let this go to your head, m'kay?

And while you're at it, be sure to circle up +Android Central.

Source: +Eddie Kessler

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini supposedly headed to Sprint

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According to habitual leaker and knower of things unknown @evleaks, the LG G2 Mini will be headed to Sprint as the LG LS885.

While most of us reading here at Android Central will give the Mini — and it's decidedly low-end specs — a pass, it should be a nice addition to Sprint's entry-level line-up. The G2 Mini features a 4.7-inch qHD (that's 960 x 540) display, and will come in two different configurations — a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, or the Tegra 4i quad-core. We assume the US version will be packing the Qualcomm. Both versions run Android 4.4.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Withings Bluetooth-equipped Blood Pressure Monitor now available

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Wirelessly check on your systolic and diastolic

Android users looking to stay healthy might want to check out this wireless blood pressure monitor from Withings. This is a new version of a previous award-winning blood pressure monitor made by the company. Android support is probably the biggest change for you.

You’ll be able using the Withings Health Mate app from Google Play to connect to the wireless blood pressure monitor. That app for Android is also used to connect to various other Withings products like weight scales, baby monitors, activity trackers and more.

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3 years ago

Original Pebble smartwatch now available at Target for $149

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A quick heads up, folks, that you can now buy the original Pebble smartwatch at Target for $149. This is the classic plastic model, and it's available in red, black or white. (In fact, white's a Target exclusive for now.) [Target]

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3 years ago

Gmail Shelfie: share your selfie as your friend's Gmail theme

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Google is celebrating Gmail's birthday and April Fool's today. They've announced "Shelfies" as a way to share your selfies (SHare sELFIES — get it?) through the Gmail interface.

Billed as a replacement theme that will be rolling out in the next few hours, Google also tells us that self-portraits are much more popular than pirate themes. They even have a chart to prove it.

As far as April Fool's pranks go, this one is pretty lame. If this is something that really ends up rolling out, it's even lamer.

Source: [Gmail blog]

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