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...
How to Transform Your Current ROM into an Xperia-Like ROM
In the last few weeks, we’ve been writing a lot about Sony Xperia devices. The Xperia UI has quite a few fans because of its nice aesthetic design and functionality. Unfortunately, this UI is only available on Sony devices, and not many developers have decided to port Xperia ROMs to other devices.
If you are a fan of the Sony Xperia UI, XDA Senior Member naheel azawy shared his resources and wrote a handy guide showing you how to transform the AOSP framework into the one used in Xperia ROMs. The transformation process isn’t the easiest one, as you have to use APKTool to decompile files. The guide explains the whole process step-by-step, and shows possible troubleshooting steps and issues. After applying resources and re-compiling, the newly modified framework should be ready to sideload back onto your device.
If you want to use it on your device, ensure that it’s rooted and your ROM is as close to AOSP as possible. It should work flawlessly with Omni, CyanogenMod, and other AOSP-based ROMs. Be sure to have a copy of your current frameworks-res.apk in case of any trouble.
To learn more about transforming your ROM into an Xperia-like one, visit the Theme your framework-res to Xperia style for all AOSP KitKat guide thread.
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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...