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...
What Developer are YOU Most Thankful for? Win a Nexus 7 for Yourself and Your Favorite Dev!
Today is Thanksgiving! To those celebrating the holiday, we at XDA would like to extend wishes for a day stuffed with much food, family, relaxation, and most importantly, mobile development.
Thanks to the dedicated developers who make up the backbone of this site, we are able to enjoy our mobile devices in ways never envisioned by their original creators. We would like to hear from you regarding which developer here on XDA has made the biggest impact in your life.
In order to help us give thanks where its due (our hardworking developers), the kind folks at MaxMP (creators of the extremely popular media player Poweramp) have provided us with two Nexus 7 tablets. We will be giving them away to one lucky developer and one lucky community member. This contest is part of Max’s efforts to say thank you for the strong support: 15+ million downloads and 1 million paid users.
How do I win a Nexus 7 for myself and my favorite developer?
Simple. First, visit the contest thread. Next, give us your story between now and next Thursday! We want to hear about what XDA Developer (see what I did there?) and what development work(s) have had the biggest impact in helping you better enjoy your mobile device(s). Feel free to get as creative and detailed as you’d like, but remember that these stories must actually be true. Also, make sure you link to your favorite developer’s user profile in your contest entry post.
Now for the technicalities: This contest will run from today, November 22, until next Thursday, November 29. Due to previous difficulties we’ve encountered when mailing internationally, this contest will be open to US residents (or those with proxy US shipping addresses) only. The winning entry will be selected by myself and the rest of the XDA Administration team. We will be looking at which posts receive the most “thanks,” but that is certainly not the only criteria for winning. Finally, since each member can only have one “favorite” developer, each community member is allowed at most one entry. Those with multiple entries will be immediately disqualified.
Thank you for your contest entries and for being a part of the community! Good luck! And while you’re at it, be sure to visit the Poweramp website. For those looking to jump on the Poweramp bandwagon, Max will be having a Black Friday deal from Friday through Sunday for those in the US, Canada, and UK! The discounted pricing for the full version unlocker can be found in the Google Play store. And as always, you can find the trial in the Play store, as well.
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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...