Partnerships between keyboard makers and smartphone manufacturers aren't new — we all remember when Samsung started using Swype's technology on its keyboard a few years ago. So it isn't a surprise to see Fleksy striking a deal with an OEM of its own, as a way to extend its reach and installation base and as a benefit to the manufacturer who won't have to waste time and resources trying to develop a fast and reliable input method.
The deal in question is with Chinese manufacturer ZTE who will start bundling Fleksy with its smartphones. This includes Fleksy's fast keyboard and correction engine as well as its recently added rich content (GIFs, stickers, and emojis) and customization features (keyboard photos, colors, and effects). Read More
Evernote has just decided to kill its sketching, drawing, and annotating application Skitch. The app hadn't been updated since March 2015, and even then it was a small bug fix release that didn't do much to improve the responsiveness, functionality, or speed of the application. Now Skitch is officially marked as done. Evernote will no longer update it as of today, and the app will be removed from the Play Store on January 22 although it will continue to work if you have it installed. The same fate is reserved for its Windows, Windows Touch, and iOS counterparts. However, the Mac application will remain (for some reason).
You've decorated your house, you've put on a festive watch face, you can't help but see red and green Christmas stuff everywhere you go, so what about decorating your phone's messenger app? After all, this is probably the thing you look at most during the day, so adding some jolly good spirit would go a long way in making the holiday charm follow you all the time. Facebook agrees and so it has updated its Messenger application with lots of customization options and some end-of-year themed options. Read More
Microsoft makes a ton of apps for Android, to a point where we have trouble keeping up with all of them. It seems that the company shares that feeling and it decided that simply pointing you toward its page on the Play Store to find and download them wasn't that efficient. So it built Microsoft Apps... which just houses organized links to all of Microsoft's apps.
Yes. I know. It's not the brightest idea ever, especially since the app doesn't do anything beside provide a sentence of description, a rating, and a link to the Play Store. It looks good though, there's that. Read More
A couple of days ago, we pointed out a free eBook giveaway from Packt Publishing that involved a copy of the Android NDK Game Development Cookbook. Another great book just turned up and we wanted to give another shout out so everybody could jump on it before the offer was gone. Today's freebie is Android Database Programming by Jason Wei, first released in 2012. It's targeted at developers that already know something about database development, but focuses on building and optimizing a data-driven mobile app with SQLite and Google App Engine.
To score a free copy of Android Database Development, make sure you're logged into Packt's website (accounts are free), then go to the Free Learning promotion page and hit the big button to claim your copy. Read More
Android TV is getting some serious attention this week with updates to just about all of the Google apps, including a few that most of us never hear about. An update to YouTube's set-top variant just came out with a few subtle changes. The latest release fills out the interface a bit to make channel subscriptions slightly easier. There are also some new shortcuts and reorganization for Settings, including a toggle to enable Stats for Nerds mode. And YouTube Red subscribers will finally see a visual change when their subscription status is recognized.
Home screen – Left: old version. Right: new version. Read More
The Asus ZenPad S is a nice little tablet with a great 4:3 display. It launched at the downright reasonable price of $299 for the premium version and 199 for the lower-specced one. After dropping $30 from the price last week, Amazon is now selling the ZenPads for $40-50 off. Read More
When the Saygus V2 smartphone (or "V Squared") was announced back in January of this year at CES, it was not particularly premium, it was not particularly interesting, and it didn't even seem especially impractical to build. It was a high-end-ish Android smartphone with dual microSD slots that allowed Saygus to claim it could have up to 464GB of storage using two 200GB SanDisk microSD cards coupled with the phone's 64GB of internal NAND. Read More
Sundar Pichai, lately the CEO of Google and a huge figure in the world of Android, is apparently considering the advice of his dear mother when it comes time to name the next release of Android. That's according to a question and answer session Pichai gave at Delhi University, where topics such as football (soccer) and cricket were also broached. But he won't be considering his mother's input alone.
If Pichai is a notable figure for Android enthusiasts, he's a positive celebrity for tech fans in his home country. During the packed session at the University's Sri Ram College of Commerce, he endeavored to answer every question he could, both from live attendees and social media. Read More