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[Update: Official Statement] Swype Keyboard for Android with Dragon Dictation has been Discontinued

For the longest time, one of the advantages of Android over iOS was the ability to use third-party keyboard apps available on the Play Store. These keyboards each provide their own unique features to make text entry a better experience. One of the pioneers in swipe-gestures in mobile keyboard apps, Swype, has been a mainstay...

[Hands on] ‘Reply’ brings Smart Replies to Twitter, Hangouts, Android Messages, Facebook Messenger, and more

Last week, we heard about an interesting new application that is in development. Called 'Reply,' the app was made by Googlers from Area 120, an experimental division within Google. The app aims to bring smart reply functionality to chat/messaging apps that currently do not have it, such as Twitter, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, Whatsapp,...

Official TWRP now available on the Honor View 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Honor is looking to improve their standing with the developer community, and so with the launch of the Honor View 10 also came with the Honor Open Source Program which aims to provide much-needed kernel sources in a timely fashion and APIs that allow developers to take advantage of AI capabilities in the HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC. Honor invited...

Android P will also Prevent Idle Background Apps from Recording you via Microphone

The next major version of Android, Android P, might be weeks away, but each passing day brings new breadcrumbs. One of the focuses of Android P appears to be protecting user privacy. Yesterday, we wrote about how Android P will impose limitations on "idle" background apps that request access to the camera. Following up on that,...

Samsung Internet Updated to v6.4, Enables Web Bluetooth by Default, Security Updates, and More

The default web browser on Samsung devices is called Samsung Internet. It is based on Google’s open source Chromium web browser, but Samsung has worked to add additional features such as an API to block ads. The last time we talked about a Samsung Internet browser update was last August with version 6.2, but this week...

Microsoft Windows 10 on ARM Limitations Revealed: no Hyper-V or OpenGL Support

Late last year, Qualcomm formally announced the Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip at its annual technology summit. But the 845 wasn't the only thing the company spoke about during the event. Microsoft is collaborating with Qualcomm to get x86 Windows programs up and running on ARM chips, and it was during the summit we heard more about the...

HTC Desire 12 Specifications Confirmed by Retail Box

If you're a fan of HTC's mid-range devices, you've likely heard of its Desire series in the past. The company has refreshed the Desire lineup every year like clockwork, which is a good thing for folks on a budget -- mid-range devices have become increasingly better over the years. Rumor has it that HTC's working...

Honor View 10’s Face Unlock Ported to the Honor 8 Pro, Huawei P10 Plus, and Possibly Other EMUI 8 Devices

Smartphone OEMs are constantly developing new features to help their devices stand out from the competition. Sometimes, it's the material in the chassis, or an iconic design, or new software functionality. Android has had primitive face unlock for years, but it wasn't until recently we started to see it feature heavily in devices. Huawei and Honor...

Leanback Launcher is an Android TV Launcher for the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon competes with Google on a number of fronts, from smart speakers to streaming boxes. (It even had its own smartphone once upon a time.) But the operating system at the heart of Amazon's Fire tablets and Fire TV set-top boxes is Fire OS, which is based on Android. It even supports a lot of Android's core...

Google Pay Rolls Out Globally, Replaces Android Pay and Google Wallet

In January, Google announced Google Pay, an umbrella brand for its mobile and web payments platforms. It brings all of the search giant's services under one roof, and on Tuesday, Google kicked off the global rollout Before Google Pay, Google's payments platforms ran the gamut. In 2015, Google spun off Google Wallet's tap-to-pay, in-app payments, and online...

Cortana Now Works with IFTTT, Adds Support for LIFX, Honeywell, TP-Link Devices, and More

Virtual assistants are constantly improving -- voice apps such as the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple's Siri go toe-to-toe in terms of features. Other assistants, including Microsoft's Cortana, aren't quite as popular, but that doesn't mean they aren't getting better over time. Yesterday, Microsoft announced the addition of support for IFTTT and other services...

OpenSignal State of LTE Report Shows 4G Speeds Stagnant at 45 Mbps, Ranks US 62nd Overall

Wireless carriers advertise baseline numbers for coverage area and bandwidth speed, but they inevitably vary from place to place. You may get great service on one side of town, but see your signal drop as you drive down the street. That's why the folks at OpenSignal crowdsource 50 billion measurements from more than 3.8 million smartphone...