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 Updates Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 (VRUEMJ7)
Verizon is the first major US Carrier to update their variant of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 in official capacity. Who would have thought, right? Yes, this is Verizon—the same company that responsible for adding bloatware (albeit limited amounts) to an allegedly Nexus device. The same Big Red responsible for Android 4.3 still not being available for the aforementioned “Nexus” phone, despite Android 4.4 being just around the corner. It’s just a bit ironic that a device lacking the Nexus brand gets the update before a device built on the underlying promise of expedient system updates.
In any case, the update is being rolled out starting today, only a little over a week after it first appeared for the International version of the device. The build ID is VRUEMJ7, and Samsung is calling it Software Update 3. The release brings the device up to Android 4.3, and as expected, it brings Samsung KNOX as well as SELinux. It’s not all bad, though. The new update enables LTE Band 4, and it adds support for the Galaxy Gear.
If you’re running the stock, unrooted ROM, you should be receiving an OTA soon (assuming you haven’t already). Users. And shortly after the update is captured, you can bet that developers will push out pre-rooted builds here.
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