Swype is easily one of the biggest alternative keyboards for Android, right next to SwiftKey. It even comes preloaded on several devices out of the box, like many Samsung phones. Swype didn’t reach that popularity without making some pretty incredible innovations, of course, and it looks like they’re trying to outdo themselves again. The latest beta of Swype offers a new feature called “Living Language.” This feature analyzes the words you text and type and tries to predict your next word based on that analysis. Sounds a little like SwiftKey, right? Well, here’s the other awesome part; this feature is going to track trending words based on the location you’re typing those words. “Packers” would probably have been a pretty hot topic this past weekend in Wisconsin, for instance, so SwiftKey would be able to make some better predictions based on that trend. Pretty impressive. Hit the break below to check out the press release, and don’t forget to check out our CES 2013 coverage this week for the rest of the cool stuff.
TV manufacturer Haier may be a mainstay in many living rooms out there, but it is using CES to introduce itself and its brand into the Android world by launching its HXT 3D Smart TVs. The special line of TVs will arrive in a super slim profile, but come packing a major punch featuring a built-in quad-core Snapdragon processor and operated by the latest version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2). Additionally, the television will also feature a specialized WiFi Direct QWERTY remote, giving users of the device all sorts of additional functionality and umph.
Unfortunately, Haier is staying mum on how much the Android-powered TV set will cost or when it will be available, but we suspect that both will be known sooner than later.
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With the dawn of the Nexus 7, we’ve seen the cost of tablets continue to come down (watch out Apple). Today at CES, Acer is showing us that the cost of tablets will continue to plummet while demand for the computing slates rises. Acer just announced the Iconia B1-A71, a 7-inch tablet that is aimed at the budget-conscious crowd. The tablet is expected to come in at the sub-$150 price range and boasts some pretty decent specs, considering the cost. Inside Acer’s offering you’ll find a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Mediatek, 512MB of RAM, a 7-inch WSVGA screen, 8GB of storage, a 2710 mAh battery and a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera. The tablet comes in at 11.3 ounces and is a mere 11.3mm thin. Not too bad for a budget device. We’re thinking 2013 will shape up to be the year of affordable tablets. Now if only Google would release that rumored $99 Nexus.
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Alcatel certainly seems to be a company ready to jump on the Android bandwagon based on their activity at CES 2013. Along with their high end Scribe X and Scribe HD smartphones and the new One Touch Tab devices, Alcatel also revealed a lineup of smartphones targeted at the budget-minded buyer. Three different versions of their “Pop” phones will be released during the first quarter of 2013 to markets in Asia, Europe and Africa.
More news from Alcatel at CES 2013 this morning. Along with the new 5-inch smartphones they are planning to release, Alcatel is coming out with a trio of tablet devices. Alcatel indicates they will be released in the third quarter of 2013, loaded with Jelly Bean, but they will not have mobile data options to choose from.
Three different devices will be offered including:
- One Touch Tab 7 HD – a 7-inch tablet running at 1280 x 800 resolution, this version will come equipped with 1GB of RAM and a dual-core 1.6GHz cpu. The device is expected to retail for $149 initially.
- One Touch Tab 8 HD – a close sibling to the 7-inch version, this device steps things up to an 8-inch XGA screen running at 1024 x 768 resolution. Otherwise, the specs should be the same for this device that will retail for $179.
- One Touch Tab 7 – the non-HD version of the devices, this will only run a 1024 x 600 TFT display and a single-core 1GHz cpu. It will not have a rear-facing camera and storage will be just 4GB. This bottom of the line device will retail for $129.
Both of the HD versions have 2MP rear facing cameras and a front-facing camera. All three devices have microSD slots.
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Alcatel is intent on making a major splash at CES this week by not only revamping its brand perception from consumers, but waging war against other smartphone manufacturers in the ever-growing 5-inch smartphone market. The modest manufacturer has announced a couple of not-so-modest devices called the One Touch Scribe X and the One Touch Scribe HD-LTE. Each device will come fully loaded as they will feature a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a full 5-inch 1080p HD display and a 12MP camera for starters. The main difference: the Scribe HD-LTE will feature an LTE radio on-board, while the Scribe X will not. Additionally, each smartphone will be complimented by some pretty neat accessories, which promise to greatly enhance the overall entertainment potential and capabilities
Looks like Alcatel is certainly on its way to bringing a compelling device that will take on the likes of HTC and other manufacturers out there. You’ll find more deets of the announcement when you hit the break and check out the full presser.
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Today marks a joyous day for all you gaming fanatics as PowerA has officially taken the wraps off its MOGA Pro gaming controller here at CES. Similar to the original MOGA gaming controller, the MOGA Pro is a full-sized controller which transforms your Android device into a full-fledged mobile gaming system. The MOGA Pro comes fully decked out too as it will have dual analog sticks, 4 action buttons, a traditional directional pad, two shoulder buttons, two shoulder triggers, rechargeable batteries, USB charging cord and a tablet stand. Additionally– the controller can work with many different types of smartphones thanks to the MOGA arm and complimentary Pivot App, which can secure phones up to 3.2 inches wide. Or if you are the type that prefers your devices to function wirelessly, there’s full Bluetooth support too– meaning the MOGA Pro can work with most smartphones and tablets.
There’s no set price available for the MOGA Pro at this time, though PowerA has confirmed we should see the accessory in stores and online by Spring of 2013– which isn’t too long of a wait from now.
Additional details can be found once you hit past the break to see the full presser.
Google’s executive chair Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have arrived in North Korea. The trip has been described as a goodwill mission to the country that in many respects is cut off from the rest of the world. It should be no surprise that Schmidt, a big believer in opening up access to the Internet to all people, would be interested in establishing a relationship and possibly starting the process of changing North Korea’s stance. The visit comes at a time when tensions have notched up a bit between the U.S. and North Korea over some of North Korea’s military moves, like the recent test firing of an intercontinental capable missile. The timing of the trip had not been disclosed previously.
NVIDIA just showed a video at their CES press conference introducing an interesting product known as “Project Shield”. Project Shield is a portable, all-in-one gaming device that basically looks like a gaming controller with an HD screen built in. The device uses NVIDIA’s newly announced Tegra 4 processor and boasts a 5-inch HD touch screen (1280 x 720 at 294 dpi) that opens up like a clam shell. NVIDIA is boasting that the product’s rechargeable batteries will last an amazing 38 hours and will power some high quality speakers that are “on par” with Jambox and other mobile speaker competitors. It can download and play games from Google Play and TegraZone, but it can also be used as a wireless game streamer to a nearby PC that’s equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher. The device also has a micro SD slot, an HDMI output, one USB port, and an 1/8-inch audio jack. As of now the device is in the beta testing stage and currently runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We don’t know anything about pricing or release dates, but we will keep you posted as things develop. Keep checking all of our CES posts for more interesting info. If you want to read all the juicy details about Project Shield, check out the press release after the break.
It’s been a long time coming, but NVIDIA has finally unveiled its latest addition to its chipset family and “GeForce Experience” by introducing the world to the Tegra 4 processor. As indicated before, the world’s first speedy ARM 15-based quad-core all-in-one chip will feature an astoundingly efficient 28nm process (which happens to match the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip), 72 GPU cores and the ability to handle a 2,560 x 1600 resolution at 120Hz. The neat thing is that we’ll all see the same type of DDR memory and 4 + 1 architecture as found in the Tegra 3 chip, so we can expect to see incredibly responsive and fluid performance in everything from gaming to just the swiping from screen to screen in an efficient manner. Oh and for those of you that care about looking towards the future— the Tegra 4 has full LTE support.
Additionally, NVIDIA also announced its NVIDIA Grid cloud computing tool. NVIDIA Grid allows for any sort of smart devices from TVs to Android devices to run high-quality graphics and games all based off of the cloud. Essentially— users will open the app and through high quality servers that host specialized graphic cores, the same users will be able to play all sorts of high quality apps and games in awesome video and rendering quality thanks to a basic internet connection. This means that users won’t need to worry about having a device with an old built-in graphics unit anymore since it won’t be doing the dirty work of having to render high-quality video— the cores on the NVIDIA Grid servers will do all the dirty work for you.
Full press release after the break: