It appears that SwiftKey is just getting better and better. Today the 3rd-party keyboard developer has announced in Barcelona that it will release the keyboard SDK for use by device and handset manufacturers. The SDK isn’t just for Android folks either as it will also be available for a slew of other OS’ including iOS, QNX/BlackBerry 10, OS X, Windows, etc. As Dr. Ben Medlock, CTO of SwiftKey puts it:
“As we are interacting with more devices, technology that accurately understands what a user is trying to say or do with their devices is vital. It only takes a cursory look at user groups to realize that typing is one of the biggest frustrations that people have on tablets and smartphones. The launch of our SDK will give OEMs access to better typing experience, with their own look and feel.”
So we can look forward to seeing SwiftKey on a whole bunch of different devices here in the future. You can hit the break below to check out the press release in full detail. It will be exciting to see how the software’s prediction capabilities work on something other than a phone or tablet down the road like for instance a SmartTV or an Ultrabook. What do you guys think?
The adoption of Google Music has been dismal. Maybe it’s because we expect Google services to erupt like a volcano and immediately soar into the sky, blanketing the people below in Google awesome ash. Or maybe it’s because iTunes, Pandora and Slacker Radio already have a foothold ’round those parts. Or it could be that Google Music is only currently available in the U.S.
My guess is as good as yours, however there might be some sunshine on the horizon in the form of a developer, Simon Weber. Simon has been working on his unofficial Google Music API for a month, and has pretty much every functionality of the service coded into the API. Only one major implementation is missing at the moment: support for uploading formats other than .mp3. Unfortunately, however, the API is currently coded in Python, restricting it to desktop platforms. It isn’t impossible to port it to a mobile-friendly language though, and thankfully Aaron Gingrich of Android Police has put Simon in contact with CM9 [music player] Apollo developer Andrew Neal.
This could mean we see a port of the API to mobile platforms, pending the result of Neal and Weber’s collaboration. The only problem that will immediately come to mind reading “unofficial”, “Google”, and “API” is action taken by Google to, well, cease and desist. I don’t think that’s likely to happen, as Mr. Weber will be interning at Google this summer — possibly bringing official Google support for the API in the near future. This could be great news for Google Music, as integration into Android applications could surely inject some much needed life into the service’s disappointing adoption stats.
source: android police
Okay so I’ve always felt that the Android development community was on top of their game, but this is insane. Hours, HOURS, after Asus released the bootloader unlock tool for the Transformer Prime developers were able to get Clockwork Recovery and a CyanogenMod 9 build onto the device. This only suggests that the development community for this device is about to take off and grow exponentially. If you’re wanting to install the custom recovery on your Tegra 3 tablet then follow the following instructions:
Well it’s been some time since we first saw the CyanogenMod team go to work on CM9 and since then we’ve seen a bunch of devices get alpha or pre-alpha builds of the ICS ROM. Given that it’s pre-alpha it’s design is strictly for previewing only. However the only aspect that appears to not be working is the camera. We’ve seen the original Galaxy Tab get a CM9 build but now it’s available for rooted WiFi versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Specifically it’s available for the GT-P7510 model and should NOT be flashed on other versions.
The Galaxy tablet will probably be upgraded to Android 4.0 by Samsung but there isn’t an exact time table as to when this will happen. It will also see a version with TouchWiz intact. So CM9 is a good choice for seeing a more pure ICS experience. So if you are wanting to flash this make sure to flash the recovery.img with fastboot first. Once that is done you can go ahead and flash the ROM in recovery mode.
One month ago, Notion Ink had an alpha version of Ice Cream Sandwich for Adam users. As with most alpha versions, it was extremely buggy. Now, you can download the beta version. The GPS, graphics acceleration, 3G, USB, Youtube and Wi-Fi are working much better compared to the alpha version. However, the camera, light sensor and microphone are still not functioning as they work out the bugs. If you own one of these nifty tablets and would like a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, hit up the link below to download it.
source: Notion Ink
If you are impatient like I normally am and you can’t wait to get the official Ice Cream Sandwich build on your HTC Sensation then you’re in luck. A new ROM for the Sensation has been released based on a leaked build from the HTC Edge turned Endeavor turned HTC One X. While nothing new, considering ROM ports happen a lot after leaks, it’s interesting to see considering the One X runs Tegra 3 versus the Snapdragon S3 chip of the Sensation.
As with most early ROM ports, everything doesn’t work right from the get go and there are still some issues with the ROM. However TripNRaVer and other awesome developers over at RootzWiki are working their fingers to the bone getting this ROM as functional as possible as quickly as possible. Sense 4.0 though has been disabled along with the lock screen and HTC keyboard. This is due to resolution differences from the 72op resolution of the One X and the qHD display of the Sensation. But it’s only a short matter of time before this issue is rectified.
If you’re of the Rootin’, ROM’in and hackin’ community we’ve got some good news for you. Check out the Auraslate by Aura Design, an extremely affordable tablet for the dev who wants to launch that next big idea but still remain within his/her budget.
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We encourage mischievous and curious individuals to see what comes naturally for them to dig in and see what possibilities this tablet may become.
The device is an Ice Cream Sandwich compatible 10.4-inch tab built from scratch with dev’s and hackers in mind. The company is offering the device in two flavors. They’ll make a 7-inch and 10.4-inch available for you and will also toss in a hardware source disk because the hardware itself is open source as well ($20 extra). Keep in mind that the device is not meant for high-end performance with said specs, but rather you’ll get just what you need with a doable Android Cortex A9 under the hood. Auraslate is offering a ton of support for the device with a promise to keep the updates coming as well as making a support community available. This should be of great value to someone working on a project as he/she will able to communicate with others using the same hardware that they are. If this sounds like something you’d like to hop on, check out the source link for more information. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how and if this takes off with devs and hackers, so stay tuned to TA.
Here’s an announcement that always brings a smile to my face. The wonderful folks over at HTC have just added yet again some new devices to their line-up of handsets with unlockable bootloaders.
We’ve added more devices to the bootloader unlocking tool on HTCdev, including the HTC Hero, Legend, Droid Eris, myTouch 3G, and myTouch 4G.
Time to unleash your brilliance. HTC is constantly pushing to create the ultimate experience for developers. Now you can access the tools you need to make great things happen. OpenSense SDK. HTC Sense…
So, what are you waiting for? Hit the source link and get your booty unlocking party on. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Feel free as well to hit up our new forums with any questions or issues you might have on a specific device.
Well it was only a few short hours after the Droid 4 was released that we saw that it could be rooted. Well it’s only been a few short days and we now have some more awesomeness for you speed freaks out there. Thanks in part to some awesome developers over at the OPPtimizer Projekt we can now get the 1.2GHz OMAP dual-core processor in the Droid 4 overclocked to 1.4GHz. Now this may not be a significant increase in speed but it shows that the development community is kicking off support for this device with a bang.
If you are an early adopter and feel the need for speed you can hit the link below to find the correct speed mod. While this device is already snappy out-of-the-box it’s nice to push it a bit further. As always we must warn you to be careful with software that mods your phone but if that doesn’t scare you then scroll on further. You can check out our initial hands-on of the 4th generation Droid and look for our full review in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
OPPtimizer Projekt Downloads – Link
Since the Nokia N9 is such a nice piece of hardware, we totally get why you’d want to port Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto it. As we told you last week, Alexey Roslyakov has brought Android 4.0.3 to the Nokia N9, and now there is video to prove it. This will turn the phone into a dual booting device; if you press the volume button during the boot, it will bring up ICE instead MeeGo.
The video shows a few problems that remain. The first is the battery indicator. The N9 is obviously plugged in, but the phone shows low battery. Also, there is no data connectivity as of yet.
Another issue to be worked out is OpenGL; the N9 has 2D/3D graphics that need to function properly in ICE.
Regardless, the progress being made is pretty amazing, and we’re anxious to see what’s next.