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...
More Magic from the Android-x86 Project–ICS Ported to the Asus X101 Netbook
The Android-x86 Project has done a lot of impressive work porting the Android OS to devices with x86 processors. When the project started a lot of users downloaded their semi-functional Android 1.6 ‘Donut’ image and installed it, myself included. The build was intriguing to say the least, and was rather simple to install. The Project saw a lot of updates over the following months and the build became more and more functional. Now, the wizards from the Android-x86 Project have done it again with a magical build of Ice Cream Sandwich, fresh and ready to install on your x86 device.
ICS is a more versatile OS than Donut was and it lends itself to use on a netbook much better than its predecessors. The build was first spotted running on an Asus X101 netbook in a how-to video at Asus Campus Life. According to the release notes, the ICS build (Android version 4.0.3) supports multi-touch, sound, WiFi, Bluetooth, built-in cameras, G-sensors and even OpenGL hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets.
If you’d like to give it a try on your netbook, laptop or other x86 device, head over to the Android-x86 Project Release Note page and download an image of the latest build. It can be installed via USB or CD as a multi-boot OS option, so be sure to make a backup of your device before installation.
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