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...
Float Widgets over Any Application with Widgets Everywhere
We can all see how having to exit to your home screen to access your widgets equates to user inconvenience. And since widgets, in concept and design, are supposed to be the epitome of convenience on an Android device, it’s left some people questioning their practicality. Overlays answered the call, an app that literally overlaid widgets on top of running applications.
Well, there’s now an alternative application called Widgets Everywhere that takes a more familiar approach. Developed by XDA Senior Member sak-venom1997, Widgets Everywhere incorporated XDA Senior Member pingpongboss‘s StandOut librarys to allow for widgets to be floated over your running application. This means once you’ve selected your widget, you can move it, and resize it all you like with a ‘pinch-to-zoom’ gesture. Multiple widgets can be activated, and can be overlapped on one another. As for deleting a floating widget, this can simply be done from the app’s main screen.
Sak-venom1997 has developed an app that addresses the home screen issue well, and a worthy alternative to Overlays. Still in beta, Widget Everywhere’s free moving and forming aspect combined with its compatibility with multiple widgets means (almost) endless possibilities. It’s compatible with any device running Android version 2.1 or newer, and is ad-free and free exclusively on the XDA forums. For more information and download, check out the application thread.
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