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SwiftKey 4.3 Moves 'Layouts For Living' Out Of Beta, Provides Users With A Keyboard Layout For Any Screen Size

Swype may have just gained new split and mini keyboard options, but the SwiftKey folks have been sitting on something even more visionary for quite a while now. Their "Layouts for Living" program adds many layout options - split keyboards, movable pop-up keyboards, etc. - to what is already one of the most popular Android keyboards out there.

The video above highlights thumb, compact, and full layout options.

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Swype Updated To Version 1.6.2.22328, Gains Split And Mini Keyboard Options For Large Phones, Better Language Support, New Theme, And More

It's often the case that one piece of software will introduce a groundbreaking feature, but others will expand on it, eventually replacing the original. When it comes to Android, Swype and SwiftKey come to mind. But the latter has yet to vanquish the former, nor has the addition of gesture-based typing to the stock keyboard, and Swype has now been updated with a host of new features that show just how much of a heavyweight this contender remains.

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AT&T Announces 14 New LTE Markets, Pushes Total To 461

AT&T is continuing to push its LTE network into more places as it races to catch Verizon, which got a head start in the LTE era. Today Ma Bell has announced 14 new markets with 4G LTE access. Is your town among them? Only one way to find out.

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Here are the new markets direct from AT&T:

  • Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, AK
  • Galesburg, IL
  • Macomb, IL
  • Peoria, IL
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Madisonville, KY
  • Maysville, KY
  • Cumberland, MD
  • St.
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[Hands-On] Cover Is A Good-Looking Lockscreen Replacement That Might Have A Shot At Taking Over Your Phone

The Android lockscreen has been slowly evolving over the years, and it's got a respectable feature set these days. But sometimes rethinking a feature can provide a better overall experience. Cover is a new beta lockscreen alternative that tries to learn where you are and what you're most likely to need access to, then put it right there on the lockscreen. It's a compelling approach, but how is it?

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PSA: The Latest Google Play Services Update May Disable Android Device Manager (Remote Lock And Wipe) In Device Administrators

There's a new Google Play Services app in town, and it includes all kinds of goodies for developers. But there's a nasty surprise waiting inside Google Play Services 4.0, at least for users on some devices: it may have disabled the Android Device Manager's permission to act as a Device Administrator. This is what allows users to access the new remote lock and device wipe features from the web... which some of them might not realize they can no longer do.

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[New App] Dayframe Turns Your Android Device Into A Customizable, Animated Web Photo Frame, Beta Ends Next Week

We're not the first to observe this: plug an Android tablet into a charge (or even better, a wireless charger or dock) and it becomes a pretty splendid digital photo frame, like the one you gave your Grandma three Christmases ago that's still in the box. Cloud.TV, the developer behind the excellent HD Widgets, would like to offer you a more powerful alternative. Meet Dayframe, a connected and continuously-updating photo frame app.

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Vodafone Drops Play Store Carrier Billing In The UK, Germany, Italy, And Spain, No Explanation Offered

Normally we're pretty pleased when we can report that a new country or carrier has enabled the option for carrier billing in the Google Play Store, allowing customers to charge app and media purchases directly to their phone bill. But for some reason, European carrier Vodafone seems to have dropped the option entirely. Vodafone has disappeared from the list of carrier billing partners on Google's Play Store support page, and we've confirmed the loss of capability from individual users in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

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Report: The 'Google Experience' Launcher From The Nexus 5 Won't Come To Other Devices Any Time Soon

One of the more drool-worthy aspects of the software from the Nexus 5 (and not necessarily Android 4.4) is the homescreen and launcher, which includes a ton of new features tied directly into Google Now and Google Search. But you might want to curb your enthusiasm: according to a report from The Verge, Google isn't interested in expanding that launcher to other devices at the moment.

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Google tells us that the new Launcher on the Nexus 5 is exclusive to the phone — though the company may change its mind and offer it for the Nexus 4 and perhaps even put it on the Play store someday.

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Leak: US Cellular's Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update Is Scheduled For Friday, November 8th

There was an unusually specific leak from Samsung last month, showing a relatively accelerated schedule for updates on the Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II on all four major American carriers. That isn't much comfort for those customers on US Cellular, since the #5 carrier wasn't quite important enough to be included in the leak. But now there's a new leak in town, helpfully provided by an anonymous tipster, showing that the US Cellular Galaxy S4 will be updated on Friday the 8th.

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KitKat Feature Spotlight: Full-Screen Album And Movie Art On The Lockscreen With Long-Press To Activate Seeking

Google has been fiddling with the way lockscreen media controls should work since Ice Cream Sandwich, and they've gotten yet another makeover in KitKat. When a supported app like Google Play Music, Netflix, or Play Movies is running in the background (Chromecast-only in the last two instances) you get a full screen display of the artwork associated with the content on the lockscreen. It offers some new functionality too.

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You can still navigate around to other lockscreen widgets and the album art will still be there – it essentially takes the place of your background.

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