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...
Mystery Android 4.4.2 KJT49K Build Appears on Chromium Issue Tracker
Progress is inevitable. And in the mobile tech world, this can take the form of new and updated versions of Google’s Android OS. Now, the vast majority of the minor changes that are made on a daily basis never see the light of day. But occasionally, some test builds appear out in the wild.
If you may recall about a month ago, a mystery KOT31B build appeared on the Chromium issue tracker. Now, a new mystery build has appeared, and this time it comes in at KJT49K. This is in contrast to the official KOT49H build, which further hid of App Ops and patched the Flash SMS vulnerability.
The build was first spotted on the issue tracker in bug 322057. It was seen on a Nexus 5, and came in at Android 4.4.2, just like the official KOT49H build. Strangely, trying to access the bug report now results in a 403 error. And given that the bug report didn’t contain any confidential data, we are curious as to why it was removed.
What do you think Google is up to in their top secret Building 44 labs? We recently saw major improvements to the Nexus 5’s camera in the 4.4.1 update. Could Google be testing some new features, or do you think this is purely an internal build with App Ops functionality intact?Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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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...