Leading Android keyboard developer Swiftkey announced a new app today, Swiftkey Flow. This new app will enable users to “flow” a word by gliding their finger across the keypad instead of tapping letters, somewhat reminiscent of the input method found in Swype and other apps. Swiftkey indicates the new Swiftkey Flow app will be different because it incorporates their real-time prediction technology as a user is “flowing” a word. Swiftkey touts the power of its artificial intelligence engine by noting it can correctly predict the next word 30% of the time before any characters are even entered. Once two characters are entered, whether through traditional typing or using the new “flow” mode, the odds of correctly predicting the next word jump to 84%.
Swiftkey indicates they will start beta testing the new app with members of the VIP community before eventually releasing it in the Google Play Store. Hit the break for a video of Swiftkey Flow in action and the text of the full press release.
Earlier in the month AT&T announced they would release Sony’s Xperia T in time for the holidays as the Xperia TL. They just officially announced that it will be available starting November 2 for $99 on contract. That’s a screaming good deal for a darn good phone. As a reminder, the Xperia TL sports a 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) Reality display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Full press release and quick video after the break:
If you happen to be on a Jelly Bean-enabled device like me, then you’re always itching to try new and cutting-edge stuff that Google brings to the table like Google Now. Unfortunately, most devices aren’t going to see Jelly Bean and especially Google Now– but Google has indirectly given all Android users (or Google Talk users for that matter) the ability to use a Google Now-like feature called Guru. It works in a simple way too: you add email@example.com and Guru is added to your friends’ list. Once he’s a friend, you’re able to issue commands such as the following below:
- Score *team*: Let’s you search the score of the specified team
- Weather *city*: Tells you the current weather on defined location
- Define *word*: Dictionary
- Translate *word*: Translator
While Guru won’t speak to you, at least all Google Talk and Android users will be able to enjoy Google Now finally— if at least at a basic level.
source: Droid Dog
Tablet data prices are starting to come down for those that already have a phone. Verizon and AT&T are already offering better rates if you already have phone and now Sprint is going to do the same. Starting November 11, you can add your tablet to your account and get 1GB of data for $15 per month or 100MB for $10 per month. In addition, if you need a standalone deal, you can grab either of these monthly deals: 300MB for $14.99, 3GB for $34.99, 6GB for $49.99, or 12GB for $79.99.
Hit the break for the Press Release:
In anticipation of the massive pandemonium for the release of what should be the hottest-selling phone for the holidays, Verizon has announced its pre-order page is now live for customers interested in purchasing the smartphone, but want to avoid the line. The carrier has listed its latest phablet for a price of $299.99, so the pricing seems to fall in line with other wireless carriers in the US— though Verizon has curiously decided to release its smartphone on November 27th as opposed to you know… earlier in November like certain magenta-colored or blue-white carriers.
Still, if you’re a Verizon customer and don’t mind the
long wait (or the unusual home button), head on down to the source link for more details and to pre-order the device.
source: Verizon Wireless
In a legal document filed earlier in the week, Apple says that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Samsung on whether they misused some of its mobile-device patents that violate antitrust law. This stems from Apple accusing Samsung of using some of their patents improperly to block the sale of competitor’s products. I don’t claim to be a big patent expert, but I think this probably deals with FRAND, which means “Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory”. Certain patents fall into this category and it means that owners of these patents must give a reasonable licencing deal. They usually deal with patents that are standard.
It looks like the investigation has been going on for several months and the European Commission announced they were doing a similar investigation in January. I also suspect that Samsung’s LTE patents will fall into this category.
We have some good news for those of you who own the unlocked Galaxy S III. According to the ultra-reliable SamMobile, Samsung has plans to update its unlocked Galaxy S III smartphone to version 4.1.2 which not only brings the device to the latest Jelly Bean build (I9300XXE = 4.1.2), but also introduces Multi-Window on the device. That’s right kids— Galaxy S III owners won’t have to envy their Galaxy Note II brethren anymore and will be able to enjoy the same innovative features in what should be a matter of months at this point (the update and feature is reportedly due to arrive in December).
Naturally, owners of the carrier-branded models will need to wait a little longer for that same feature. But hey— here’s hoping the wait won’t be too long.
It looks like the Nexus 4 will be available pretty quickly following Google’s presentation this Monday. It could literally be available for order in the Play Store the same day, but we also know that Carphone Warehouse will have it the following day, October 30. The image is the same one that leaked yesterday and they list the full specs. They match up with what we have already heard, which include a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768) display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 8GB of storage (no microSD), and 9.1mm thick. They also mention Android 4.2 and refer to it as Jelly Bean, but deeper in the specs it’s mentioned as 4.1.2 and even 4.0, so it’s obvious they don’t have all the facts. One other noteworthy item is that it has an “Amazing 360-degree camera”.
You can pre-order it right now. The phone is free with a contract at £31 per month. So who’s buying?
source: carphone warehouse
Verizon unveiled the final version of its Galaxy Note II today, and while it does look significantly like it’s fellow US brethren, you may haven noticed one minor change. Yes, that’s the home button with Verizon’s logo. Remember when we originally saw a leaked photo of the Galaxy Note II, revealing what we had believed to be a carrier-branded home button? Well, unfortunately it looks just as bad now as it did then.
The reason behind the move makes little sense considering no other carriers have received this type of special treatment from Samsung. It’s very possible that large sums of money exchanged hands for this deal to happen. Regardless, let’s just hope it’s easy to remove.
US Cellular has announced availability for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, alerting customers that the device would make its debut this Friday, October 26th. Customers can continue to pre-order through Thursday, and orders will begin shipping as early as tomorrow. This lines up nicely with Sprint’s launch which kicks off in just a few short hours. Pricing is slated at $299 with a new two-year commitment, mirroring the cost of both the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon models.
In terms of hardware, the US Cellular variant of the Galaxy Note II remains identical to its cross-network counterparts. This ultimately means you get the same 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1,280 x 720 pixels), 8-megapixel rear camera and 3,100mAh battery all running atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Source: US Cellular