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...
Farewell 2013: Happy New Year from XDA Developers!
In all but a few parts of the world, 2013 has already come and gone. And as we begin our journey into 2014, all of us here at XDA-Developers would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
2013 was a wild ride in the mobile tech world. We saw bucket loads of innovation in the form of new smartphones, tablets, and gadgets—and even the emergence of new categories of devices. 2013 brought us the Google Chromecast, which lowered the cost of entry into TV-Internet integration. This past year also brought us new Android-powered gaming devices such as Nvidia’s Project Shield, the Ouya, and the new Mad Catz MOJO. 2013 also brought us the proliferation of wearable computing thanks to smartwatches like the Pebble, Sony SmartWatch, and Samsung Galaxy Gear—and let’s not forget about Google Glass. Suffice it to say, 2013 brought us many cool new toys, and many of these innovations will continue to shape our lives going forward.
Now that we enter 2014, we will undoubtedly bear witness to quite a bit more innovation, breakthrough, and refinement in the mobile tech world. Nobody knows what this year will bring, but we would like to hear from all of you about what you are most excited for in 2014. Leave us a comment below telling us your predictions for 2014 or what you are most thankful for from 2013. And of course, Happy New Year!
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Many people are under the impression that once Apple finally launches its smartwatch, the market for wearables will suddenly become mainstream and be taken to the next level. Taking an idea that already exists and making it incredibly successful isn't something new to Apple, but does the Apple Watch have what it takes? The wearable hasn't even shipped yet, but has already won multiple awards and has been featured on numerous fashion magazine covers. Do you think the Apple Watch will be a huge success? Let us know your thoughts.
The smartphone landscape is drastically changing its focus. What was once a North-America-centric monopoly of high-specification phones is now merely an afterimage of the past. The meat of the game is elsewhere now; emerging markets looking for good bang-for-buck are what OEMs are increasingly aiming towards, and in this new game the old players must adapt-or-die. Xiaomi has grown at one of the most notable rates in the industry, leading it to become the world's most valuable start-up; and its...