I'm going to do my best to make it through this article without making a Portal 2 reference, but this new SwiftKey feature is not making it easy on me. After recently announcing Flow, the Swype-like gesture input method, someone inside SwiftKey HQ thought to themselves "Well, you know, this is great and all, but man, what's with all this raising-my-finger nonsense? So inefficient!" So now the company is demoing Flow Through Space.
OK, stay with me here - APIs are important. Case in point, ever notice how whenever one of your favorite apps uses a built-in Google Maps viewer, you suddenly want to open up the real Maps app? (Read: because the web maps viewer is old and ugly and terrible.) Today, that's all about to start changing. With Google Play Services 2.0[.10], Google's introduced a brand-new vector-based embeddable Google Maps view.
- Pinch to zoom: You need to go into the General settings menu and enable "Auto-fit messages" to use pinch zooming. Pinch zoom only works when this feature is enabled.
- Swipe to delete / archive: The swipe action can be configured from the General settings area as well, look for "Swiping conversation list." You can choose "Archive or delete" - which archives from the Inbox (or strips a label from a non-inbox message and sends it to All Mail), but will only delete a messages from the All Mail / Spam folders (it does nothing in Trash), "Delete only" which deletes from everywhere, or "Do nothing" ...
In the desktop world, there is virtually no end to the number of music and video managers out there. MediaMonkey was one of the not-quite-legendary-but-still-popular options that excelled for its ability to change tags and run custom scripts. Now, users of this program can sync to their phones without going through an extra program with the MediaMonkey for Android beta.
The beta APK is currently available over on Reddit, and obviously comes with some disclaimers, and you'll have to install the newest version of the Windows app to use it.
When last we left
our heroes XBMC for Android, the group behind the open source multimedia manager had announced that it would be bringing support to the platform soon. Of course "soon" isn't a word that tweakers like to hear, so some enterprising fellows compiled the source code into an APK for your testing pleasure, with all the disclaimers that entails. Today, however, a more official app is being distributed by the team with a hefty 'beta' tag attached.
Much like keyboards (which we covered last week), browsers are a dime a dozen. Google ships one browser with Android (in more recent versions, that's been Chrome), which most manufacturers then replace with their own proprietary version. And then there are the dozens (if not hundreds) of third-party browsers available on the Play Store.
If there's one thing that can be said of Dolphin Browser, it's that the dev team behind it stays on top of things. There's a steady stream of updates to the browser all the time, bringing new features, performance improvements, and all that other fun stuff that people usually like when they're favorite apps get.
Today's update is no different, though it is a little more notable. First - and most importantly - v1.2 brings support for Android 4.2.
I've noticed something: people who love Total Commander really love Total Commander. Like, they won't even consider another file manager most of the time. After seeing TC's extensive feature list, though, I can kind of see why - this thing's chock-full of useful features. And with v2 - which was released as a beta in early September - it just got a lot more powerful.
Version 2 brings a slew of new stuff:
- Drag&Drop files to other panel and to sub-folders
- Built-in media player with equalizer, play queue, background playing, full screen video in landscape mode, stream from LAN and WebDAV plugins (they need to be updated too)
- Improved stability of background operations
- Select a range of files/folders with a long tap on an icon
- Copy to external SD-Card on Android 3.0 or later even without root rights
- Multi-Window support for Samsung Galaxy N7000, N7100 and N8000
- Set permissions and owner/group for selected files
- Custom scroll thumb also in the editor to scroll long files more quickly
- Context menu now allows to add FLAC files to internal media player
The update's available now in the Store - hit the widget to give a try.
Start with a base of Google+'s Instant Upload, mix with about three cups of Instagram (sans filters, of course), add a dash of personal Pinterest and what you'll get is a photo sharing app from Nero that serves 3-5 platforms. The company that you best know for including a free trial of something DVD-related on any computer you bought in the last decade has released a free Android app that automatically uploads any picture you take on your phone to its central servers and makes it available on any device you have the app installed on.
Back in mid-August, we highlighted a gorgeous Twitter widget called Falcon. There was a lot to like a Falcon as a widget, but it didn't take long to realize it wasn't living up to its full potential - it needed to be a full app. So that's exactly what Joaquim Vergès - Falcon's developer - did. And it looks fantastic.
Simply put, Falcon Pro is probably the best looking Twitter client I've ever seen.