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...
Compiling from Source the Easy Way
Not too long ago, we took a look at a simple, but comprehensive guide created by XDA Forum Senior Member neroyoung aimed at helping Android beginners get started with some basic ROM alteration and customization. However, kitchen work and scripting modifications can hardly be considered actual development work. That said, these methods make it easy for Android beginners to apply some basic tweaks, while serving as a gateway drug into real Android development.
What do you do after you’re ready to dig a little deeper and get further into the world of Android? Compile from source, of course. Now, thanks to XDA Forum member nerot, we have a simple and easy-to-follow guide that walks users through the process and gets them started in no time.
The guide is based on Ubuntu, and runs users through setting up Python, the Java JDK, gnu make, the basics of GIT, and the actual compile process itself. Geared for those who have never compiled their own ROM, this guide helps even the most novice users get started with some real Android fun. As described by nerot:
Before you can do anything you need to install Ubuntu.You can go with newer versions but i still think that 10.10 is best and this guide is adapted to it.You can install it like dual boot or use Wubi.However if you choose wubi there is a good chance that you wont have enough storage for more than 2 different source codes.
Those looking to get started should head over to the tutorial thread.[Thanks to nerot for the tip!]
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