Goodies time! Our buddy @kovdev grabbed the new and official Jelly Bean wallpapers and tossed them together in an installable app for you all to enjoy. If you were looking for the next beautiful wallpaper pack, this is most definitely it. Google, doin’ big things in the wallpaper game.
Swype, who seemed to have been losing its edge in the keyboard game to Swiftkey around these parts, announced a major overhaul today that as you may expect, brings it inline with some of its strongest competitors. In this latest version, Swype predicts better and also learns from your emails, texts, and posts. It even includes a new 4-in-1 keyboard of sorts, meaning you can Swype words, rapidly type them key-for-key thanks to predictive text, speak using their Dragon button, or go as far as writing actual letters out with your fingertip.
It should be available at beta.swype.com for those itching to test it out, however, their site is completely overloaded. We’ll update this post as soon as it comes back.
Update: The site appears to be back up, go download it!
Update 2: Added video of the new Swype in action below.
Ready to get your Flipboard on? One of the most popular iOS readers has made its way to Android in beta form this afternoon. Some of you may have been running the version that was pulled from the Galaxy SIII a few weeks ago, but this is the official beta version for most phones. The Flipboard has talked about doing this test on Android for some time, as they hope to make the experience as seamless and beautiful as it is on iOS. Let’s see if they accomplished that goal.
New Swiftkey Beta 3 Released with “Refined” Chrome Beta Experience, Improved Predictions and Gestures [Download]
Swiftkey Beta 3 received an update today for the world to test. Included in this latest build that was just posted to Twitter, users will notice improved predictions, better punctuation behavior, a refined Google Chrome experience (whatever that means), and more. At this point in the game, I’m finding it to be more and more difficult to even consider switching to another keyboard. Is anyone not using Swiftkey?
At the beginning of the month, Google made the 4.0.4 update file for the Galaxy Nexus available for everyone to download. Unfortunately, Google must have jumped the gun, because just a short time after release the link was pulled and G-Nex owners were back in the dark with no word from either company. The link is now back in order which could mean our 4.0.4 update is finally on the way.
If you’re tired of waiting for Verizon to give you the OTA, head over to our previous post here and read the instructions on flashing this official zip file.
With an entire Samsung Galaxy SIII ROM leaking over the weekend, including S Voice, it was only a matter of time before it was picked through. The wallpapers, clocks, random apps, ringtones, and other goodies from it are all available for you to download today. You may have to sift through the source link below to find them all, as some have been downloaded enough that the original links no longer work.
After enjoying Samsung’s new S Voice service that had been pulled from the Galaxy SIII, users started to notice a network error appear often enough to assume that Samsung had blocked the service. If you were running into this issue and can’t live without S Voice on your phone, there are a couple of fixes out there for you to try.
The first is a new .apk file. Simply uninstall the old one and install this one instead. You may even be able to install this if you aren’t rooted.
If that doesn’t work, there is another method that involves editing your build.prop to trick Samsung’s servers. You can find those instructions at the source link below.
Cheers Adam and Joey!
When we got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy SIII last week at CTIA, we came away impressed with all of the software tweaks that were made to take it beyond just an impressive hardware device. While many of us hate the look of TouchWiz, it’s hard to deny that Samsung isn’t trying to pack it full of industry leading features. To get a better look at those ahead of launch, the 180-page user guide for the device has been released, detailing almost all of them. You will find more info on gestures, S Voice, S Beam, new camera software, and more.