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...
USB OTG for the HTC Sensation on ICS Sense ROMs
USB On The Go is an incredibly useful feature that opens up a myriad of new ways to make use of your device, whether its taking advantage of external storage or USB peripherals. It’s something that HTC Sensation owners have unfortunately been deprived of for some time. For a device to support USB OTG, the function must be enabled in the kernel running on that device. This was sadly not the case in HTC’s stock kernels. In true XDA style, XDA Senior Member SebastianFM decided this wasn’t good enough and has enabled this feature in his custom kernel.
The kernel itself is based upon the latest sources from HTC, and is compatible with Android 4.0 Sense based ROMs. It includes a wealth of extra features that you might expect from a custom kernel, but the one I’m sure most users will be excited about is USB OTG. SebastianFM has even gone to the trouble of putting together a comprehensive guide to making the most of this feature. Normally it’s simply a case of using a USB OTG cable to connect to the external device, but due to the fact that the Sensations board isn’t capable of supplying power to a USB device, users will need to take a few extra steps. All of this however is covered in depth in the guide. If you intend to try this out on your device, I highly recommend making that your first port of call.
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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...