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...
Verizon Galaxy S III Now Receiving Android 4.3 OTA, Complete with KNOX and Added Bloat
Just yesterday, we wrote about how the Verizon variant of the HTC One finally received its Android 4.3 update—quite some time after the International variant and other US carrier variants. Well the Verizon-flavored One isn’t the only device on America’s largest carrier that is receiving the official Android 4.3 goods. Now, the Verizon Galaxy S III gets to join in on the fun as well.
Today’s update brings the Verizon device to Android 4.3 (I535VRUCML1). In addition to simply bumping up the Android version, the update also brings support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, as well as Samsung KNOX.
Unfortunately, the update also brings some forced bloatware, as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from the carrier. And just like the carrier’s HTC One update, it now packs the VZ Cloud app. Strangely, this is the same Verizon that showed so much promise once before.
Rather than launching as a staged rollout, this update appears to be rolling out to everyone running stock firmware and recovery, so it’s time to check for system updates if you haven’t already received the OTA. Make your way over to the update discussion thread and our Verizon Galaxy S III forums to get in on the action.
What are your thoughts on Verizon’s recent trend towards adding bloatware via OTA updates? Luckily, the vast majority of readers here will root and remove the unnecessary bits. But for those who stay at stock, added bloat can’t be fun. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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