Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
SwiftKey Flow Beta Available for Free
In the world of gesture typing, there are two big keyboards that most users know about. The first being Swype, which comes pre-installed on quite a few Android phones nowadays, and the latest keyboard from Android 4.2. One is an old favorite, and the other is the new hotness. There is now even newer hotness out there for users to try out. Most are familiar with SwiftKey. Now, SwiftKey Flow beta is available for free for everyone to try out.
The SwiftKey Flow beta comes with all the goodies that comes with the latest SwiftKey goodies including predictive text, theming, and the ability to learn your grammar and typing tendencies from your email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. The big deal, though, is its new gesture typing functionality.
It’s a beta, so there are some issues reported. Sometimes, words don’t get saved to the dictionary. It doesn’t have the same gesture functions as Swype, so typing words like “it’s,” “they’re,” or “I’ll” means you have to swipe the letters and hope the predictive text gets it on the first try. Additionally, typing website URLs can be challenging, as SwiftKey Flow likes to add spaces after every period. Other than that, people have reported that it works remarkably well. Swype finally faced some good competition with the Android 4.2 gesture typing. Now, it seems a third contender has taken to the gesture typing field.
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Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...