According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...
Android 4.2 Camera and Gallery Now Available
We all knew it was just a matter of time before bits of software from Android 4.2 showed up on other devices. It has become customary for devs and power users to immediately swarm to port all the latest and greatest apps from leaked versions of the newest OS, and 4.2 is no exception. After seeing the new AOSP keyboard make it’s way to older phones, people have been anxiously awaiting some of the other binary goodies that will come pre-installed on the upcoming Nexus devices.
If you are one of the people hoping for a taste of Google’s newest desert, this will undoubtedly be a treat. Hidden among 4.2’s huge list of features are some exciting changes to the gallery and camera apps. Perhaps most intriguing of these is the ‘Photosphere’ camera mode, which lets users take highly detailed and accurately composted panoramic or 360 degree pictures that can then be shared and viewed just about anywhere. The images are JPEGs with XML metadata, which can easily be embedded, emailed, even posted to Google+. Some users here at XDA have reported the camera to work fine on their devices, while others have had to make build.prop edits. Others yet have stated that your device must have a gyroscope. Before trying anything at all, it should be mentioned that flashing these files or modifying system files could go wrong, so be safe and make a full backup of your device first.
XDA Senior Member synergeticink created a thread with details on the build.prop edit and some handy mirrors of the files. If that’s all you needed to hear, then get out there and flash away (yes, pun intended)!
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