Since the launch of the refreshed Nexus 7, there has been quite the rollercoaster of good and bad news. Some stores jumped the gun on the release date, which inspired Google to get an early start, as well. That was followed by the revelation that the device would never be able to support Google Wallet. Then came the really shocking news that factory images may never be published, which was almost immediately resolved after JBQ announced he was leaving his station with AOSP.
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from last week can be found here.
Been fighting over the single USB charging cable in your car? This deal will alleviate all your car-charging-related problems. Amazon has a PowerGen Dual-USB charger for only $7.99, and it's rated at 4.6 stars.
This charger outputs 3.1A across the two USB plugs, which is enough to supply power to two thirsty devices at once. One of the ports is supposed to be for Apple devices, and the other for non-Apple.
The Chromecast is already a cheap device, but it isn't exactly easy to get your hands on one right now. The device sold out online and in Best Buys across the US within the span of a day. Now Google Play estimates that new purchases won't ship for 3 - 4 weeks, and who knows when Amazon will restock. What's a person left to do? Enter the CheapCast, a free app by developer Sebastian Mauer that lets any Android device replicate the functionality of a Chromecast.
Sony has a history of doing odd things with mobile devices, but this is pretty out there. According to Sony Alpha Rumors, which has a good track record on all things Sony camera-related, the company will soon announce a range of "lens cameras" that snap onto Android phones so you can take better pictures. It's every bit as strange as it sounds.
The lens cameras will actually contain almost everything you need to take a picture – a built-in sensor, Bionz image processor, WiFi/NFC, and an SD card slot.
SwiftKey introduced Cloud Beta – a new feature that stores users' data in the cloud and syncs it across devices – a little more than two weeks ago, and so far the company has already pushed one update with a slew of bug fixes. Today marks Cloud Beta's second update in as many weeks, which brings several fixes and enhancements:
Full changelog and known issues for 18.104.22.168
- Now possible to personalize from a second Gmail account before personalizing from an earlier one has finished
- Fix for crash when starting Gmail personalization
- Increased responsiveness of Flow predictions (this should reduce the likelihood of the flowed word prediction changing right at the last second)
- Handcent and Hangout Emoji entry fixed
- Language models no longer backed up via Android back up if you have SwiftKey Cloud backup and sync enabled (this should save on network and battery usage)
- Further fixes for crashes in the Cloud preferences
- Disabled predictions in Pleco where requested
- Removed SwiftKey account details from the Android Settings, as these were confusing when you had multiple installs side-by-side
Of course, it doesn't fix everything, so there are still a handful of issues that the SK team is currently working on:
- If you re-add a word that you previously removed from predictions, it will not always get re-added across all your synced devices
- The showerhead Emoji in GoSMS messes up input
- Spanish inverted ?
No one makes watches quite like the Swiss, and the same seems to be true of smartwatches. While competitors tout the ability to check text messages and emails without having to pull out a phone, which is pretty convenient, or answer calls just by holding your hand to your ear, which is admittedly kind of awesome, the first Swiss smartwatch promises a 41MP camera. If James Bond were in the market for a smartwatch, he'd put down a pre-order for the Hyetis Crossbow.
Have you been waiting with bated breath for news of the Verizon Wireless Moto X? Well, Big Red has made its Moto X signup page live so you can get the "latest information" on the device. I'm sure that's accurate. They wouldn't take your email, then wait days after the official release date is announced to let you know, right? At least not again.