Featured Android App Review: TypeSmart Keyboard [Productivity]

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I have been a loyal user of SwiftKey for a while now, but another keyboard replacement app called TypeSmart from Comet Apps might change that. I have been playing with it over the last couple of days and I like what I see. From what I have found with most keyboard replacements is that they always seem to be too gimmicky with an interface that will only attract a few people. TypeSmart went in another direction by trying to improve upon what’s out there without trying to develop a brand new way to type.

TypeSmart’s claim to fame is that it not only does what all the other keyboards do, but there are six cool things that no other keyboard offers. The first is a slide-out number row. I tend to do a lot of my typing in portrait mode and I hate switching to a different keyboard for numbers. I know a lot of keyboards offer long pressing, but that is only good when you only need to type one digit. With TypeSmart, you simply swipe up and the dedicated number row appears. Don’t worry, there is still a separate dedicated number pad if you find that your phone’s display is too small. I would like to see this option added to the settings giving you the ability to always display it without needing the gesture, but a quick swipe up isn’t all that bad.


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Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 and A3000 get priced, begin at $149

lenovo_a1000Lenovo is getting ready to release a pair of affordable tablets for price-conscious users. The first of these devices is the IdeaTab A1000 – a seven inch tablet with 4.2 Jelly Bean,a 1024×600 display, 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a 0.3 MP front camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery. It will run for a cheap $149 with a promo code applied. The price without the promo code is $189.

The second device, the IdeaTab A3000, has the same specs as the A1000 except comes with a front and rear camera and a 1.2 GHz single-core processor.  There’s not much of a difference between the two devices, the A3000 even loses one CPU core, and for some reason it costs $229. Confusingly, that’s $80 more than the A1000. The devices aren’t available yet, but they should be soon, if you’re interested.

Source: Unwired Review

Sony and Google rumored to secretly be working on Xperia Z Google Edition smartphone behind the scenes

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We know that Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone is one heck of a smartphone already, but it’s looking like Sony is joining the ranks of HTC and Samsung by having a Google Edition of its flagship in the works behind the scenes. According to an insider confirmed that Google and Sony are currently collaborating on an Xperia Z which would feature stock Android and be released sometime in July. This new model should be fairly identical to the existing version and arrive with a quad-core processor, 5-inch TFT display, 13MP camera and be fully dust and water-resistant– but the main difference is that it will come with the latest version of pure, unmolested Android (which could be Android 4.2.2 or possibly Android 4.3).

The fact that this device is in the works shouldn’t be too surprising considering Sony is a staunch supporter of the AOSP and is often very friendly with the developer community. Of course we will need to wait and hear about a confirmation from Sony and/or Google directly— but all indications is that we’ll hear something sooner than later.

source: Android GS

 

NVIDIA Shows off Tegra 4 gaming processor in Dead Trigger 2 video— game set to launch this summer

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Making use of before/after effects, NVIDIA showed off the graphics and performance of Dead Trigger 2 with a Tegra 4 processor in comparison to Tegra 3. This is all in preparation for the 2013 E3 gaming conference scheduled for next week. The Tegra series emphasizes low power consumption and high performance for playing audio and video. There are definitely some nice improvements— check it out for yourself after the break.
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Samsung releases new video showcasing the Galaxy Note 8.0

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Samsung has released a new video on YouTube touting the capabilities of the Galaxy Note 8.0. Samsung’s S-Pen equipped note devices previously came in the phablet size hovering around 5.5-inches or the large tablet size at 10-inches. The new device which went on sale this year, tries to bring the Note’s strengths to the small tablet market with an 8-inch screen. Like its siblings, the device sports an S-Pen with “air” capabilities and the ability to run multi-window capable apps.

The video follows a male character throughout his day, first traveling to work, then attending some meetings, and finally running some errands before meeting a girl. Along the way he describes via his voice-over some of the things he can get done with his Galaxy Note 8.0 like reading, scheduling meetings, taking notes, and navigating with the device. Throughout the video, Samsung stresses the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the “best fit” for the demands of daily life.

Check out the video after the break.
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Asus “We Transform” event at Computex 2013 available to watch in entirety

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The event that Asus began promoting about a month ago with its series of video trailers is now available to watch in its entirety. Asus made use of the “We Transform” mantra as expected, and unveiled some pretty interesting products including the Transformer Pad Infinity, Fonepad Note, MeMoPad HD7, MeMoPad FHD 10 and Transformer Book Trio. Check out the full video after the break.
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Ticket To Ride loaded up in Google Play Store

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Developer Days of Wonder has released the Android version of their popular Ticket To Ride title to the Google Play Store. The game is available across a variety of platforms, including a non-digital board game. With an intuitive interface, users should be able to jump right in and play this strategy title, but to do well they may want to check out the video tutorial below to better understand the basic flow and options in the game. Gameplay involves a virtual board with train routes laid out from and to several destinations. Players receive “cards” for trains and destinations with the challenge then to claim routes on the board. The longer your routes, the more points you can earn. However, other players may block your route if they sense your plans. This can not only reduce the length of your routes diminishing your possible points, you could end up holding destinations in your hand which results in negative points.
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Radio Shack offers new trade in program, up to $300 credit toward purchase of any Samsung device

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Radio Shack is unveiling a new deal that will allow customers to trade in their old devices for an in-store credit toward the purchase of any Samsung device.

There are a few caveats, however. The Samsung device you are getting in return must be branded by Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, and the amount of credit you receive for your trade-in varies by device and the accessories that you trade in along with the device. According to Radio Shack, the only two devices that will get you a $300 credit are the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the AT&T 64GB iPhone 5. You also have to sign a new 2-year contract with the purchase of your Samsung phone.

The deal ends on July 7th, so if you’re looking to get a new phone, you may want to take advantage of this program.

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The latest comScore results are in folks, Android platform still reigns supreme, but Apple continues it’s quiet upward trend

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It’s the first week of June gang— so it’s time for us to go through the latest comScore report with you all. Based off the the latest data, Apple continues to hold steady as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer with a 39% market share (a minor increase from the previous month-end period), followed by Samsung at 22% and HTC at 8.9% (a 0.8% decline from the previous period). Despite Apple’s cemented status as the top dog in smartphone manufacturing king, it’s the Android platform that is still the overwhelming leader in the mobile world. Google’s popular platform currently holds over half of the overall smartphone market with a comfortable 52% share, followed by Apple (with a 1.4% increase in the market) at a 39.2% share and Blackberry at 5.1%.


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Asus CEO shows off upcoming MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE with Snapdragon processor

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Asus has been busy this week announcing two new tablets, a phone and a transforming laptop/tablet that dual-boots Android and Windows. If that wasn’t enough, Asus CEO Jerry Shen took the opportunity to show off an unannounced tablet (called the MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE) with an LTE radio built in during a Qualcomm keynote. The device, due out sometime in Q3 of this year, will obviously be powered by one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.

The tablet is almost identical to the MeMo Pad FHD 10, including a full HD display and ditching the Intel Atom processor for a Snapdragon. In his words, “In Q3 of this year, we will raise the bar of mobile devices by launching an incredible LTE tablet, which will have Qualcomm Snapdragon, full HD display and ASUS SonicMaster to bring our consumers the most superior and seamless mobile experience. I will save the rest for our launch event in the fall.

Unfortunately that is all we know for now, but as usual check back constantly for more news as we get it.

Source: Engadget