There’s A New Keyboard On The Block, “Siine” Uses Icons For Fast Typing And More

Move over every single keyboard out there, because Siine wants to make its way onto an Android smartphone near you.  As we’ve mentioned before, virtual keyboards on the market are a dime a dozen however, once in a while we’ll come across a pretty fascinating and functional keyboard that’l make you want to ditch your old one and give it a try.  The latest keyboard to hit the market comes by the name “Siine” (pronounced sign) and offers you a ton of new features and a bit of a different way to get your typical desired results when typing out messages. The keyboard has a pretty decent layout, very close to the all too familiar Android 4.0 ICS keyboard only slightly larger.  There are quite a number of shortcuts and features embedded into the keyboard for quick messages including using icons to type out messages.

Utilizing one single tap can render a full blown calendar for quickly inserting full date names such as “May 4th” or “January 10th”.  So, no need to type those things out in great length.  In addition, you can say things like “Hey Dude, what’s Up? You coming over to watch the game?” and it will render pretty quickly.  Quicker than we’re used to seeing anyway (video shows 1.5 sec)  As you can gather from the video, there may be a small learning curve to this but it appears as though once you get it down, you’ll be flying through messages.  The keyboard kind of reminds me of my outlook email where it’s easy to insert things you’ll sometimes need like times and dates, only now you’re doing it with a built-in clock and calendar feature.  With a keyboard like this, one post is not enough to tout all of its features.  Check out the quick demo video below and don’t forget to let us know what you think or how it compares to your favorite keyboard.  Hit the break for the download links as well as a qr code for added convenience.  
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Bank of America brings out a tablet optimized app

 

If you bank with Bank of America, and have an Android 3.0+ tablet, this app is for you. The first banking app that is optimized for tablets, this app lets you check your account balances, pay bills, transfer funds and find nearby banking locations using GPS. Bank of America assures us that the app is secure, and it uses the same SiteKey technology to log in that the normal online banking website uses. All of this will be easy on the eyes with the larger displays of tablets. At least paying bills will be a little more fun with the new Bank of America app. Download it for free with the Google Play Store link below.

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Verizon Intros HomeFusion Residential Internet Access Via Your 4G LTE Connection, Expect A Cap

Verizon is looking to introduce a new concept when it comes to home internet access as they want to bring a tailored residential version of their 4G LTE into your home.  Who can deny how fast LTE is and the thought of powering my home connection with insane speeds sounds superb, so long as they have the capacity to do so.  However, what does that mean as far as data usage goes?  Will I constantly be worried about hitting my data cap?  Well, nevertheless, Vz wants to roll out the new service, dubbed HomeFusion, to several markets.  For $59.99 you’ll land 10GB per month after forking over a $199.99 equipment fee.  After that, they’ll install it for you at no charge.

According to Vz, you can expect to land anywhere from 5 to 12 Mbps down and depending on where you live 2 to 5 Mbps up.  The hardware will allow you to directly connect up to four devices and up to 10 different pieces of hardware via a wireless connection.  They’re looking to kick things off initially in Birmingham, Dallas and Nashville before rolling out to other markets.  Stay tuned as we deliver to the masses when and where Vz will be rolling out with the new service next.  All in all, the entire idea sounds great to me with one exception, the constant fear of hitting my data cap.  What say you?  Hit the break for the full press release.  
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Google Play Arrives On Google TVs As Well

 

Without missing a beat, the new Google Play service has launched on Google TV. It was previously mentioned that roll out would occur over the coming weeks but my Google TV received the update immediately after powering it on this afternoon. Google TV came first for once! To me that sort of  makes sense given the entertainment centric connotation of Google Play. However, here’s hoping some apps launch to drive that notion home. As you are all aware, the GTV Market Play Store is relatively barren. That being said, the update admittedly doesn’t change much either. A small difference in color and of course the icons seem to be the only difference for now. Google Play IS rolling out at least.

Although, if you don’t want to wait for the roll out. You can get it now using this super simple method.

Apple May Be Willing To Settle, For Up To $15 Per Handset

Another day another lawsuit, although this time it is a bit different. For once, Apple seems willing to settle, but of course on their terms. Needless to say, the terms aren’t going to be appreciated by Android vendors. So far Apple has proposed settlements to Samsung and Motorola. The proposed deal has each Android vendors paying Apple $5 – $15 per handset. If the report is true, it marks a slight shift in Apple’s strategy: previously that of the late Steve Job who famously decreed,

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

We’ll see how Android vendors respond to these steep fees, many of which are already paying  royalties to Microsoft.

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GSM Version Of Motorola DROID 3 Gets FCC Approval, Possibly Headed To AT&T

 

Is AT&T set to get a popular slider phone for its wireless waves? It sure appears to be the case as a “Motorola Mobility XT682″ has just received filing approval from the FCC. In case you’re unfamiliar, the “XT682″ is the codename for none other than the DROID 3 smartphone. Moreover, the device has gotten approval to run on GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA II/V bands which are you guessed it— AT&T-specific bands out here in the States. Keep in mind we’ve seen no previous hints from both AT&T and MOTO indicating an AT&T version of the popular slider phone was on the horizon, so the phone is possibly not for AT&T’s network. Still— the fact the device has gotten FCC approval makes it a good bet that the GSM version of the phone will likely be on its way out here. The only question is when.

source: Wireless Goodness

Samsung to make a special announcement at SXSW

Today, Samsung gave us their game plan for South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas. They’ve dangled a carrot in front of us, mentioning a “Special Announcement” on March 9 at 4pm. Samsung says that more details will be released soon, which leaves us wondering what they have up their sleeve. We’re all anxiously waiting for the official unveiling of the Galaxy S III, and for more hands-on time with the Galaxy Note 10.1. There is a very high chance that the announcement is not regarding either of those devices, though. Let us know what you think the announcement is about in the comments below.

Also on Samsung’s agenda at SXSW is more time with the Galaxy Note, a phone with a 5.3-inch display and a stylus. They plan to show off the phone in the Austin Museum of Art, where “Samsung Mobile will integrate the Galaxy Note to show how technology, art and communication come together in new ways.” Very clever, Samsung.

Skip over the break to read the full press release.


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Verizon Releases Device ICS Update List, Solidifies What We Already Know

While you folks already know, thanks to various announcements, that certain devices would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, Big Red has decided to reiterate and solidify these announcements with a list of their own. While yes, we’ve known for some time that ICS would be coming to most of these devices, it’s nice that Verizon has gone and made it official. There isn’t a time table from in regards to when these devices will see the official update but it’s safe to say that we can assume it will be roughly around the announced times from the respective manufacturers.

If you haven’t been keeping up you can hit the break to see if your device will be getting its own taste of the very sweet OS and while you’re at it, check out the original announcements so you can get an idea of what kind of time line you’re looking at. Enjoy!
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Get the Google Play Store Update Now, No Stinking Download Required

Yeah, yeah, there is a new name for the Android Market now, Google Play. For those of you who are just dying to see what the name change and new logo looks like on your phone, don’t go downloading any silly apk file. You can do it directly from within your phone in about 30 seconds flat.

  1. Go in to Settings and then Apps.
  2. Look for Market under the “All” tab and press clear data.
  3. Now open the newly updated Play Music app  (Google Music).
  4. Hit that little Market icon in the bottom tray.
  5. Confirm Google Play upgrade.
  6. BOOM!

There, now you have the new Google Play app on your phone and now you won’t have to wait for that pending update that is right around the corner. :-D

Android and iOS dominate with a combined 91% of mobile market share

Google and Apple’s mobile operating systems continue to go from strength-to-strength. Jumptap, market leaders in targeted mobile advertising have today revealed that according to February figures, Android and iOS currently make up 91% of the mobile OS market. Based on data from Jumptap’s network of over 95 million monthly users, figures show that Android leads the pack with 58.8% with iOS boasting 32.2 %. Back in January we brought you Nielson’s Q4. findings showing Android sitting at 46.3%, it’s good to see that even the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S did little to slow Android’s momentum.

The biggest losers were Blackberry who hit a record low with only 6.7%. Symbian continues to die a slow death whilst Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS still barely registers at all. Paran Johar, Chief Marketing Officer  at Jumptap said “With Google activating 850,000 mobile devices daily, it’s no surprise that Android has continued to outpace every other OS on the market, What advertisers should take away from this data is the importance of advertising cross-platform. Both the Android and iOS operating systems continue to grow while the remaining competitors represent only a fraction of the market.”

Eric Schmidt made the bold statement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, stating  “If Google gets it right, there will be an Android in every pocket” At the current rate of growth it seems that perhaps Schmidt’s claims may not be as far fetched as first thought.

 

source : jumptap