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...
Jelly Bean Emoji Font on Ice Cream Sandwich
We’ve all come across some weird looking characters on our phones while browsing Twitter, reading emails, or checking Facebook. They often appear as square shapes or blank spaces. Most of the time, these “glitches” are due to Emoji characters.
Emoji characters are an extensive set of icons or smilies, more commonly used by our dear friends, the iPhone users. The reason you don’t see them correctly on your Android device is because up until Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google had not implemented Emoji support in it’s mobile operating system.
For those running Ice Cream Sandwich, XDA Forum Moderator iridaki has come up with a fix to provide Emoji support just for you. The fix makes use of Android’s “fallback fonts.” Installations is through the usual method of flashing in recovery.
Though originally intended as a fix for Sony Xperia devices, iridaki has also provided simple fix for other Android devices, which consists of a simple xml file edit.
If you want to add Emoji support to your Ice Cream Sandwich device, check out the mod thread.
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