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...
Guide on Using the Repo Tool
Everyone who builds ROMs knows about the repo tool, right? I say wrong. You can build ROMs all the live long day and know nothing about it. But you’ll face-palm after learning about what you’re missing.
The repo tool is a Python script that adds a layer of abstraction between you and Git. Git is of course the source code management system used by the Android code base. If the last two sentences were more gibberish than sense here’s the breakdown: The repo tool automatically handles the source code base needed to build a custom ROM. The previous link takes you to a page for the repo tool itself, but you’ll need a shove in the right direction to start using it efficiently.
Head on over to XDA Senior Member Red Devil’s guide on the subject. The original thread, which is part of XDA-University, covers the basics (and then some) in a graphic rich, well organized, and non-bloated way. After explaining what each part is about, Red Devil shows how to install the tool and use it to automatically pull down the code base. He even hits the GUI version of the folder to show what the file structure looks like after that step. From there, you’ll learn about the XML manifest files that govern how the tool operates on your local copy of the code. Even if you’re already quite comfortable with the repo tool, it’s worth your time to hit the second post in the thread to hear some pro tips.
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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...