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...
Keep Informed of Everything with Notific
Just a few days ago, our XDA Developer TV Producer TK gave us a walkthrough of this little app. Ever since Motorola hit the market with their innovative Active Notifications feature, lots of devs have tried to not only mimic this functionality but also to improve it. In case you are not entirely familiar with said feature, it is basically a way to see your notifications on your lockscreen–particularly that of AOSP, which lacks native notifications. This little tool shows your notifications for a short period of time or until the user interacts with it either by accessing it or dismissing it. Battery consumption is minimal due mainly to the fact that the app is only triggered by the notification event, so it is not like it is always listening (preventing your device from sleeping) or anything of that sort. As stated earlier, there have been several incarnations of this tool and now we bring you the work of XDA Forum Member anandbibek, Notific.
Notific displays your notifications on the lock screen in Heads Up Notification style. Most other Active Display type programs show you the icons, whereas Notific shows you a preview of the message in a floating window in the middle of the lock screen. Another feature that sets Notific apart from the rest is the innovative “pocket mode.” Essentially, this makes use of the device’s proximity sensor. If a notification comes through and your device is in your pocket, the sensor will know this and it will instruct the screen to not turn on. Worried about battery? Don’t be because as explained earlier, this type of app is not always awake but rather wakes up due to the notification triggering the app. Once the notification comes through, the sensor will remain active for a mere 10 seconds, which has minimal (if any) impact on your battery life.
The app is still in early stages and there are some bugs present/some polishing left to do. Because of that , if you do decide to take it for a spin and notice something is off, please let the dev know so that the app gets improved. Of course, feedback is welcome as well. You can find more information in the Notific application thread.
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