SwiftKey Updated With Performance Enhancements, New Languages, Themes

An update is rolling out to users of SwiftKey this morning, bringing with it a ton of performance enhancements for Flow, typing, and keyboard loading time. Other fixes included in the update are repairs for Yahoo! personalization, a background disappearance bug, and other numerous force close issues.

Besides a ton of optimizations and bug fixes, the team has also added in new themes, as well as three new languages - Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen. 

For the full changelog, look below.  (more…)

This Concept of Instagram With Material Design is Stunning

We are still waiting for most major Android apps to receive a Material Design makeover, so much so that we have found ourselves checking out developer concept videos on Google+. The latest comes from Emmanuel Pacamalan, who has published a very polished concept video of Instagram, redone with a Material Design layout. It looks awesome.

The overall look of Instagram with Material Design is flat, properly laid out, and perfectly utilizes the new circular button in the bottom righthand corner. Check out the video below to see the whole concept in action.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller Review

With the Android platform continuing its growth, mobile app and game developers, as well as hardware manufacturers, are all looking to slice themselves off a piece of the pie. NVIDIA, known for their long history in desktop computing, has always seemed highly focused on mobile gaming on Android, going back as far as the release of the Tegra 2 processor which powered the DROID X2.

Now, NVIDIA has the Tegra K1 quad-core processor, capable of running PC grade games on mobile devices. Not only are mobile processors stronger than ever, but the hardware game has changed significantly in the past few years, with the company releasing the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller as of this morning.

Both devices broaden the newly-named “SHIELD Family,” which also includes last year’s SHIELD Portable, previously known as just SHIELD. This new tablet and controller are NVIDIA’s commitment to make mobile gaming on Android an experience like you have never had on Android. I’m not sure anyone could have imagined when we all got our first DROID devices back in 2009, that this is where we were headed in terms of mobile gaming. Below, we take a look at NVIDIA’s new Android-powered gaming offerings, putting them to the ultimate Android fanboy gaming test.

This is our SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller review.
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This Week in the Life of DROID: 7/25/2014

Another week has come and gone in the Android world, leaving us with a lot of good news to think about over the weekend. The highlight from this week might be Verizon’s announcement of its “network optimization,” after we broke the story yesterday. If you are not a grandfathered Verizon customer, however, there was plenty of other things to keep you busy over these past five days.

Other news surrounded NVIDIA’s announcement of the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, with our full review of the devices coming up very soon. In addition, we may have gotten out first look at Motorola’s upcoming Moto X+1 smartphone, Google looks to have finalized its purchase of Twitch for $1 billion, and LG announced a G3 model for overseas markets that features a Snapdragon 805 processor.

Here are the highlights in case you missed anything.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Dead Space, NBA Jam, Sprinkle Islands, Beautiful Widgets Pro, and More

With the weekend finally upon us, you may be looking for something to eat up your time. If playing games on your phone sounds fun, Google Play currently has a massive list of apps and games on sale, with a few really good titles up for grabs.

For starters, you can grab a couple of Final Fantasy games for just $8 each, Dead Space for $2, NBA Jam for $1, Beautiful Widgets Pro just $1, and a ton more.  (more…)