New Swiftkey 4.3 Beta Available; Tons of Features & Merges Phone & Tablet Versions

Oct 17, 2013 - 4:47 PM - by dgstorm

Check this out! There is a new Swiftkey beta available. It's version number 4.3 and it comes with a huge host of new features. Furthermore, it now has merged the phone and tablet versions into one. The folks at have named this new version "Layouts for Living." This new version not only combines the two former apk's into one, it also includes a set of layouts to all screen sizes. You will also find a new "undock" feature which allows you to drag Swiftkey around the screen to wherever you want.

That's not all though. This new version also includes several new keyboard sizes, locations and layouts. Furthermore, you will also get three different keyboard modes which can be accessed in the quick-setting panel. This is the same place where you find the sizes and undock button. Here's a description of the different keyboard layouts:

Compact: On many larger phones it can be difficult to enter text and hold the phone with just one hand. This new feature reduces the width of the keyboard and allows for easier typing with one hand or gesture typing using SwiftKey Flow. It also frees up more of the screen estate on tablets. You can switch it from the left or right side of the screen by a long-press or by dragging.

Thumb: For those who like typing on tablets in landscape or wide phones, the keyboard can be split into two areas, enabling fast, comfortable typing with both thumbs. Undock it from the base of the screen for even more flexibility.

Full: The traditional full-width keyboard is still available and users with tablets can opt for a layout that is similar to the presentation of a physical keyboard. This layout has left and right cursor keys and the backspace is positioned above the enter key, making it easier to type with two hands when not holding your tablet.
If you want to learn more and/or pick up a beta key, just head to the links below!

Swiftkey blog: New beta out today - Layouts for Living
Swiftkey Beta 4.3 Download:
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Google Plans to Shutter GoogleTV and Transform it into AndroidTV

Oct 11, 2013 - 9:46 AM - by dgstorm

According to a new report from late last night, sources from an undisclosed electronics manufacturer shared that Google is planning to close down GoogleTV. However, they aren't killing it, rather, they plan to merge it with Android and rebrand it as AndroidTV. The intel even points out the process has already begun. Several of Google's channel partners on GoogleTV have recently released devices which are technically GoogleTV devices, but they are not calling them GoogleTV.

One example is Sony's newest BraviaTV device. Jamie Marsh, TV marketing manager for Sony Electronics, said the BraviaTV “brings the full power of Google services to your TV.” That's not all. Here's a quote with more of the details,

Sony isn’t alone with this kind of wording. Geneva, Switzerland-based chipset manufacturer STMicroelectronics announced support for Google TV products last month, but also refrained from using the brand in its announcement, instead saying that its new SDK “allows the development of Android-compliant devices and supports the latest Google services for TV.” And LG recently showed off some new devices at the IBC in Amsterdam that were described as Android devices with access to “the latest Google services for TV.”

Even members of the original Google TV team have started to drop that name when talking about their work. A recently-scheduled developer event in Seoul was officially called “Android TV Developer Day,” and some developers have started to change affiliations in their online biographies from “Google TV” to “Android TV.”
What's really exciting about this change isn't just in the branding. According to the intel, Google plans to actually merge the GoogleTV team with the Android team to not only solidify the branding, but also to help evolve GoogleTV up to the newest standards of Android. Right now, GoogleTV users have basically been stuck with Honeycomb, which is several generations and several years behind all the other Android devices in the world. There is further confirmation of this from LG who have indicated they will soon be upgrading their current GoogleTV devices to Android 4.3/Jelly Bean very soon. Additionally, Google themselves recently shared they plan to make it much easier for GoogleTV developers to upgrade their products to the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat once it becomes available.

Finally, as an interesting bit of trivia. Supposedly, the primary reason Google renewed its focus on improving GoogleTV instead of letting it languish was because of the amazing and surprising success of the Google Chromecast. It helped them realize there is still a huge untapped market out there for the right product. Overall, if this info turns out to be accurate, this is welcome news indeed!

Source: GigaOM
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Several Android 4.4 KitKat Features & Pics Leak as Well as an Easter Egg

Oct 03, 2013 - 11:33 AM - by dgstorm

Here's a fun Android 4.4 KitKat leak for this morning! Not only have a host of pics hit the web for the new OS, but we also have a list of some of the new features, and we even already have an Easter Egg. First, here's a list of new stuff found within the OS:
  • NFC payments
  • Native printing built-in
  • Printing is now an option in the Gallery when editing pics
  • Save any image as a PDF or print directly to a wireless printer
  • Includes options such as paper size, color, black & white, orientation, etc.
  • The Gallery editor now includes extra options like Tilt-Shift, Center Focus, and Negative & Posterize effects
  • Can now find “Manage Wireless Plan” in the settings under Wireless & Networks
  • Animations a bit smoother
  • Icons in the notification area are now white

The Easter Egg occurs when you tap on “About Android” in the Settings. It brings up a large "K" along with a lime wedge. This is obviously a funny homage to the Key Lime Pie previous internal name of this version.

We only included the Easter Egg pic above, but have a random assortment of more here: Leaked Pics of Android 4.4 KitKat
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Square Enix Brings Classic 2D Final Fantasy V to the Google Play Store for $15.99

Sep 27, 2013 - 11:07 AM - by dgstorm

Although it's a bit on the pricey side for an Android game at $15.99, for fans of the JRPG genre, this classic 2D game will be worth the price of admission. Square Enix just ported the iOS version of their classic Final Fantasy 5 over to Android. You can now pick it up in the Google Play Store in all its 2D glory.

That's not exactly accurate... In fact, the game should have a bit more "glory" this time around. According to the video trailer above, there have been quite a few refinements and improvements. Yes, it is still 2D, but they have supposedly optimized the UI to match a touch-screen interface, and the graphics are also enhanced/tweaked to match as well. That's not all. Several new features have been added including some new character jobs (classes). Other than that, the same combat and storyline are all present.

Whether you just want to relive a little bit of your gaming past, or you want to check out how good some of the older classic games could be "back-in-the-day," the price seems worth it. What do you guys think?

Source: Google Play Store - Final Fantasy V from Square Enix
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Google's QuickOffice Mobile App is Now Available for Free

Sep 20, 2013 - 10:06 AM - by dgstorm

Google just made their QuickOffice Mobile app free to download and use for anyone. Prior to yesterday, if you wanted to get Google's QuickOffice Mobile App, you had to pay either $14.99 for the pro version or $19.99 for the pro HD version. You could also get it for free if you were a Google Apps for Business subscriber.

Google is also offering a nice bonus if you sign up your Google account for the new QuickOffice app by September 26th. If you sign up by this date you will get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for the next two years. For those rare few out there who are unfamiliar with the product, it allows you to create, view, and edit Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files on your mobile devices.

This is actually an update to the app as well and includes a few new features. Here's a quote with a few more details,

Google added a few new features to the app as well, including the ability to create ZIP folders and view charts in PowerPoint and Excel. Google said people already using Quickoffice for Google Apps for Business can update to the new app.

Google acquired Quickoffice in June 2012 and has been expanding its availability ever since. While the company is clearly investing resources in the software, its long-term goals still appear aimed at transitioning people to using its Web-based productivity tools.
Sound off if you are an avid (or soon to be) user of this product.

Source: CNET
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German Android 4.4 KitKat Team Spills Beans on October Launch

Sep 20, 2013 - 9:44 AM - by dgstorm

Here's one we missed from late last night. It looks like the rumors of an October launch for Android 4.4 KitKat are true. The German team of developers working on KitKat confirmed on their Facebook page that the new Android OS would be coming in October. It seems fitting that the German Android team leaked an October launch of a chocolate flavored Android OS, considering Germans are famous for great chocolate as well as Oktoberfest!

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Next Nexus 10 Could be Made by Asus Instead of Samsung

Sep 19, 2013 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm

Today seems to be a day for curious anomalies in the Android world. According to a leaked pic of a PC World computer database, the next Nexus 10 may not be coming from Samsung, but could instead be made by Asus. While it isn't too surprising that Asus would be Google's next best choice, (especially considering Asus' success with the Nexus 7 lineup), it is still an unusual move considering the Samsung version of the Google Nexus 10 is such a premium device. Samsung really nailed it with the feature-set.

Of course, Asus knows how to nail down a quality and feature-packed product too. They have continuously proved that with the Transformer series. Perhaps Asus proved to Google that they could do it better than Samsung, and/or could do it cheaper...

As you can see in the pic of the Tweet above, the intel also reveals that it will be hitting the UK at a price of £349.99.

Source: Twitter - @evleaks
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