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...
Is this a Windows Phone from Sony?
Despite their many efforts, Sony has never been especially popular in the Android world. They have some very nice looking devices, but they have never been able to achieve the popularity of HTC, Samsung, or Motorola with their Android offerings. With that in mind, Sony has been branching out in an attempt to gain some of that all important marketshare. One of the more interesting steps they seem to be taking has been a move into Windows Phone space. Recently there have been leaks back and forth of shots of a slider phone from Sony, sporting the Windows Phone 7 button layout to drive the message home. Slider phones are great for some, but to really compete with a phone like the Nokia Lumia 900, Sony needs to bring something big to the table. Something powerful, sleek, and sexy. Something like the Sony Xperia Arc.
An anonymous source reports that what we see here is a piece of hardware that looks almost exactly like the Xperia Arc, but running Windows Phone 7. From the shots, you can clearly see where Sony has baked in some of their own features in their very own Sony tile, which will undoubtedly work like the HTC Sense tile we’ve seen before. It looks like Sony is planning a multiple device launch into Windows Phone territory, and with any luck they will maintain the modder friendly policies that have adopted recently with their Android devices.
UPDATE: Turns out this is fake. Nothing to see here, folks!
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