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Why would someone put Minuum Keyboard on a smart watch? [VIDEO]

Because they freaking can. Minuum decided to see how their one-line virtual keyboard could perform on what looks to be a Samsung Galaxy Gear. While it doesn’t look like the most swift typing job in the world, you have to consider that it’s being done on a screen smaller than pretty much any display you might have in your possession.

Minuum isn’t for everybody — yours truly can’t quite get jiggy with it — but if for whatever reason you want to be able to type on your smart watch, this doesn’t seem like a bad way to do it. It’s small footprint is perfect for a device where screen real estate is at an absolute Minuum’s goal is to get smart watch OEMs to pick the keyboard up for their devices.

We’re not sure if the company will ever look to provide the keyboard as a download for users who might want to install it on their own devices, but we’ll be reaching out to learn more. In the meantime, watch the keyboard in action in the video above.

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[New App] Google Releases Cantonese Keyboard App With English And Cantonese Dual Input

kIt can be a pain to type on a virtual keyboard in a language that doesn’t use Latin characters, but for the many speakers of Cantonese, Google is here to help. A new Cantonese input app has appeared in Google play to make typing in Cantonese a breeze. Well, maybe not a breeze, but that rhymes better than ‘faster and more accurate.’

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The app supports multiple keyboards including Pinyin, Cangjie, handwriting, and voice input.

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Swype Co-Founder creates Dryft virtual keyboard, wants to change the way you type on tablets [VIDEO]

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When it comes to Android, virtual keyboards are dime a dozen. It seems like every other week we’re sent a new press release from a new startup promising to revolutionize the way we type on our Android devices. And we get it. Typing away on virtual keys still hasn’t reached the level the accuracy as typing on physical ones. More than often these new keyboards end up falling short of expectations, but this new keyboard — born from the mind of Swype’s co-founder, Randy Mardsen — caught our interest. Here’s why.

Built especially for tablets, Dryft is a virtual keyboard that actually doesn’t want to change the way you type. That’s the whole, beautiful point. No tiny keyboards, no gestures — just easy, fully functional, 10-finger typing, same as you would on desktop/notebook keyboard.

Simply lay your fingers on your tablet, and Dryft will dynamically change the position of the keyboard as you type. You can even lay all your fingers on the surface of the screen as you would a physical keyboard, with Dryft knowing the difference. This is thanks to Dryft’s software working with your tablet’s accelerometer to detect taps on the display.

Unfortunately, because the keyboard is more closely tied to the hardware sensors found inside your tablet, that means you’re not going to find Dryft downloadable from the Google Play Store anytime soon. Instead, just like Swype’s humble beginnings, Randy Madsen hopes to license out the keyboard to OEM’s for use in their tablets, with supported OSs ranging from Android, to iOS, and Windows.

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APP OF THE WEEK: Fleksy Keyboard. The Best Typing System you have ever Experienced.

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Back at CES, we visited a little booth of developers that claimed they had revolutionized the virtual keyboard. One of these developers then held out his tablet, looked straight at me, and began to type a sentence out while not looking at the tablet. Okay, I was intrigued.

Fleksy Keyboard is a new keyboard that had the soul purpose of creating a keyboard for the blind. Some of you might have come across the video online, where they demonstrated how it would work for the blind. That being said, a lot of you might have not been so intrigued simply because it did not appeal to you. Well I am here to tell you that even though their target audience was maybe for the blind, the style of this keyboard is right up my alley.

What I really love about Fleksy Keyboard is the way it looks. It has a slick Holo-like look to it, and when tapping the keys, the letters jump off the screen. When hitting the spacebar, a streak of light beams across the middle of the keyboard, which is pleasing to the eyeballs. Other than having great animations, the keyboard is relatively like a lot of the other keyboards out there.

When it comes to accurately guessing the word you intended to spell, Fleksy is a little hit or miss. If there is a word that is not stored within the keyboard, you can swipe up twice for the keyboard to remember the word. Swipe up one more time it will forget that word. If you complete a word and it was not the word you wanted, you can swipe to the left and it will completely delete the word. Swiping to right will put a period, so there is a good amount of swiping going on even if it is not “Swype.”

I love the keyboard strictly because of the style and animations. I recommend not having the spell checker option on, because for some reason it kept adding an S at the end of my words. If you want to look more into Fleksy, head over to their site and check it out. It is still in the beta phase, and not yet released in the Play Store. They might still be looking for beta testers, so head to the site and see if you can snag a download. Check out my video review below, and let us know what you think.

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APP OF THE WEEK: Fleksy Keyboard. The Best Typing System you have ever Experienced.

Fleksy-keyboard

Back at CES, we visited a little booth of developers that claimed they had revolutionized the virtual keyboard. One of these developers then held out his tablet, looked straight at me, and began to type a sentence out while not looking at the tablet. Okay, I was intrigued.

Fleksy Keyboard is a new keyboard that had the soul purpose of creating a keyboard for the blind. Some of you might have come across the video online, where they demonstrated how it would work for the blind. That being said, a lot of you might have not been so intrigued simply because it did not appeal to you. Well I am here to tell you that even though their target audience was maybe for the blind, the style of this keyboard is right up my alley.

What I really love about Fleksy Keyboard is the way it looks. It has a slick Holo-like look to it, and when tapping the keys, the letters jump off the screen. When hitting the spacebar, a streak of light beams across the middle of the keyboard, which is pleasing to the eyeballs. Other than having great animations, the keyboard is relatively like a lot of the other keyboards out there.

When it comes to accurately guessing the word you intended to spell, Fleksy is a little hit or miss. If there is a word that is not stored within the keyboard, you can swipe up twice for the keyboard to remember the word. Swipe up one more time it will forget that word. If you complete a word and it was not the word you wanted, you can swipe to the left and it will completely delete the word. Swiping to right will put a period, so there is a good amount of swiping going on even if it is not “Swype.”

I love the keyboard strictly because of the style and animations. I recommend not having the spell checker option on, because for some reason it kept adding an S at the end of my words. If you want to look more into Fleksy, head over to their site and check it out. It is still in the beta phase, and not yet released in the Play Store. They might still be looking for beta testers, so head to the site and see if you can snag a download. Check out my video review below, and let us know what you think.

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Tactus Technology Creates a Virtual Keyboard that ‘Pops’ Off the Screen [Video]

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Over the years, developers have done their very best by designing innovative, and unique style virtual keyboards. These virtual keyboards have been well received, and some have just disappeared in the internet world. With newly innovative keyboards, such as Fleksy, and the anticipated Minuum Keyboard project, what is going to be the next step in the virtual keyboard? How about buttons that pop up from the screen?

Tactus Technology has created new touchscreens that literally brings up physical keyboard buttons from within the screen when the user needs to type something, and then the buttons recede back into the screen once finished. It is pretty amazing when you see it. The screens on their devices are put together by different layers, where fluid is sent to the spots where the buttons should be. The video below explains the intricacies in more depth. No word on when these touchscreens will hit the market. The CTO interviewed mentions they will work with OEMs once the technology hits the market. Let us know what you think.

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Tactus Technology Creates a Virtual Keyboard that ‘Pops’ Off the Screen [Video]

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Over the years, developers have done their very best by designing innovative, and unique style virtual keyboards. These virtual keyboards have been well received, and some have just disappeared in the internet world. With newly innovative keyboards, such as Fleksy, and the anticipated Minuum Keyboard project, what is going to be the next step in the virtual keyboard? How about buttons that pop up from the screen?

Tactus Technology has created new touchscreens that literally brings up physical keyboard buttons from within the screen when the user needs to type something, and then the buttons recede back into the screen once finished. It is pretty amazing when you see it. The screens on their devices are put together by different layers, where fluid is sent to the spots where the buttons should be. The video below explains the intricacies in more depth. No word on when these touchscreens will hit the market. The CTO interviewed mentions they will work with OEMs once the technology hits the market. Let us know what you think.

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Tactus Technology Creates a Virtual Keyboard that ‘Pops’ Off the Screen [Video]

tactus-virtual-keyboard

Over the years, developers have done their very best by designing innovative, and unique style virtual keyboards. These virtual keyboards have been well received, and some have just disappeared in the internet world. With newly innovative keyboards, such as Fleksy, and the anticipated Minuum Keyboard project, what is going to be the next step in the virtual keyboard? How about buttons that pop up from the screen?

Tactus Technology has created new touchscreens that literally brings up physical keyboard buttons from within the screen when the user needs to type something, and then the buttons recede back into the screen once finished. It is pretty amazing when you see it. The screens on their devices are put together by different layers, where fluid is sent to the spots where the buttons should be. The video below explains the intricacies in more depth. No word on when these touchscreens will hit the market. The CTO interviewed mentions they will work with OEMs once the technology hits the market. Let us know what you think.

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[Video] The Minuum Keyboard Project. New Concept to Revolutionize the Modern Virtual Keyboard

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This always seems to happen. Just when I think that no one will be able to come up with a different kind of keyboard, a group of braniacs do just that. The video below shows us The Minuum Keyboard Project. This keyboard concept wants to help you type fast and type accurately, with barely a keyboard on your screen. Basically when you watch the video you will see how these guys are trying to revolutionize the virtual keyboard, and not just on a phone or tablet.

Right away, this keyboard already stands out from the rest. When it is present on your screen, it only takes up a little bit of the bottom instead of half your screen like normal keyboards. Now you would think, since we do not get a full keyboard, we would have to get use to a whole new keyboard layout. Not necessarily  They still manage to layout the keyboard in the QWERTY layout we are all use to. It is almost impossible to explain through an article. You just got to take a look at the video itself. If you want to back them on their new project and be one of the first to try it, head over to their page in the link below. Donate $5 and help them reach their goal of $10,000. Let us know what you guys think.

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A Keyboard that rises up from a flat surface

Tactus Technology's dynamic keyboard

What is the one thing that we miss working on a device with touch screen displays? Well, for a lot of us, one of these things is typing on a physical keyboard. We may be very fast typers on a physical keyboard, but we will not be able to achieve the same speed on a virtual keyboard. Even though you may be a fast typer on a virtual keyboard compared to your peers, you will not be able to achieve the same speed you can achieve on a physical keyboard. And this is one of the reasons why some of the BlackBerry lovers still do not want to change their smart phones.

But very soon, we may have devices with a special kind of display panel which will pop up a physical keyboard when you need one, and will pop it back in when you do not want it. You can get the idea from the image above. A California based company called Tactus Technology is working on this dynamic keyboard.

The secret here is to use a microfluidics, the same technology used in inkjet printers. The panel in this technology will have tiny channels in it. And these channels will act as one of the key parts of the technology. When you want to pop out the keys, you increase the pressure in these channels. The surface just bulges. When you want the keys to be gone, you just reduce the pressure.

But the company is facing a few problems. The keys make an audible noise when you press it. And the keys are just a fixed single array. So there is no automatic adjustment of orientation. The company is working on these issues.

The keyboard is still in the prototype mode. So you can expect the final consumer version to be a lot more improved with no noise and probably, the capability to adjust the orientation automatically and dynamically.

And one feature you will probably love about this keyboard is that the pressure in the aforementioned channels is adjustable. This means that you can have the keys to feel like gel packs, or like hard plastic. This is for sure going to be fun.

Source: CNET

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SwiftKey Sends Out Holiday Email, Hints At Big Things in 2013 For The Predictive Virtual Keyboard

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SwiftKey sent out a Happy Holidays email today notifying their beta subscribers that SwiftKey was 50% off. Not only did that mention that, but the company also hinted that the they were working with “big companies” to bring the keyboard to new device owners straight out of the box. They didn’t mention much more than this, but I almost wonder if SwiftKey will soon begin replacing Swype and becoming more widespread than it already is? There isn’t a whole lot to speculate here aside from who they could be working with. I highly doubt it would be Samsung though, as they have their own type of a predictive keyboard. Granted, I could be totally wrong on that.

It will be interesting to see what SwiftKey has in store for its customers in 2013, as they mentioned that “we’re working on some exciting new product areas that we’ll reveal throughout 2013.”

Personally, I can’t wait to see if SwiftKey will actually become a virtual keyboard installed on new devices straight out of the box.

 

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SwiftKey 3.0.1 brings new themes, languages and bug fixes

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Rejoice, Android keyboard enthusiasts! SwiftKey announced today that it’s pushing out an update to its popular virtual keyboard that brings new themes, languages and bug fixes. Version 3.0.1 incorporates two new summer themes — Sky blue and Fuchsia — and bumps the language count to 44 with the addition of Malay and Urdu. The keyboard now also supports continuous dictation with Google voice typing on Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Most important, however, are a plethora of tweaks, performance improvements and bug fixes designed to further improve the SwiftKey user experience. We’ve been using the update for a few hours now on AT&T’s red Galaxy S III and it definitely makes our favorite Android virtual keyboard even better. Hit the break for screenshots of the new themes plus the full PR.

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SlideIT Keyboard Available this Week for only 99 Cents!

SlideIT keyboard is on sale this week in the Android Market for the small price of a .99. In light of CES going on in the Las Vegas all week, this sale will end this Saturday when CES ends. For those of you that have been thinking about getting another virtual keyboard on your device, SlideIT keyboard is ranked number one right now in paid apps. Now I am not a fan of sliding my fingers over the keyboard to type because I just cannot get use to it. So if you are not a fan of it either, Slide-it is definitely not for you but check out the video of it in action and maybe it will change your mind.

 

Application: Slide-it keyboard
Developer: Dasur Ltd.
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SwiftKey X Alpha gets multi-touch support, VIP users try it early

SwiftKey X is a popular alternative to the standard Android keyboard, and the developers are in the habit of continually improving it. In addition to a Halloween pumpkin theme last month, they’re trying out multi-touch features in a new alpha release. The download has been spread around by the developers, but only VIP members (i.e. those who have paid for SwiftKey X) can access it.

For the present, TouchType is recommending that you not use the alpha as your only keyboard entry, because it disables some of the full version’s features and has considerable bugs. The alpha is for enthusiasts to try out, and will help the developers iron out the kinks in the new multitouch system. The app download will only be active for two weeks – after the testing period, both free and paid users will have to wait until the main app is updated in the Market.

SwiftKey X has swiftly risen to the top of the virtual keyboard replacement crowd, and is currently sitting with a 4.5 review rating and an Editor’s Choice highlight in the Android Market. There are of course dozens of alternatives, but SwiftKey distinguishes itself with a custom text prediction engine. You can download a free version from the Android Market to try it out for a month, and the full $3.99 version will get you early access to the alpha.

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Nuance Buys Swype For 100+ Million

Michael Arrington at uncrunched had the scoop on a pretty big story today as Nuance has purchased, virtual keyboard company, Swype for more than 100 million dollars.

Nuance makes popular voice recognition software that can be found in Android devices like the MyTouch 4G and MyTouch 4G Slide.  The voice recognition in the genius button in those two devices is a Nuance product. Of course these devices were doing voice interaction and recognition technology months before the Tuesday announcement of the iPhone 4S with siri.

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Nuance also makes the very popular, multi input virtual keyboard, Flex T9.  With Flex T9 an Android user can choose a gesture/Swype style keyboard, graffiti style input (as in Palm graffiti) or speech to text. Although Flex T9 is my keyboard of choice Swype is more popular.

Swype caught the eye of Nokia and Samsung early on. Both cell phone giants were heavily invested in Swype. Back on June 12th Swype announced a $12 million dollar round of financing led by Samsung Ventures and Nokia Growth Partners. Swype comes pre-installed on many Samsung devices and other OEM devices as well.

Swype launched at a TechCrunch conference in 2008 but ended up second place overall behind Yammer. According to Arrington judges were jumping out of their seats to use Swype and it’s still one of Arrington’s favorite apps.  Arrington said that Swype just wasn’t far along enough at the TechCrunch event to actually pull the win.

That’s water under the bridge now that they’re going to put $100 million into the bank.  What’s unclear is whether or not seed investors like Samsung and Nokia will still get first dibs to put the popular keyboard alternative onto their new devices.

source: Uncrunched

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T-Mobile finally makes the new myTouch line Official

Nothing like a long week of flub ups and for T-Mobile. The myTouch Q and, what ever the other one is called, hit the web and then was pulled. Which is odd that they would pull it and then announce it only a few days later. I guess they weren’t really prepared were they? Well, after absolutely no anticipation, T-Mobile has finally made the new mid-ish ranged device public knowledge.

They didn’t release anything special or any new information. There still is no release date or price available. They did however make mention of the alternate colors that will be available. The myTouch will come in black or white and the myTouch Q will be come in gray or violet. Feel free to check out the entire release below.

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the new T-Mobile® myTouch® and the T-Mobile® myTouch® Q, both by LG, as the latest Android™-powered smartphones to join T-Mobile’s line of myTouch products running on America’s Largest 4G Network®. The myTouch and myTouch Q, designed to be easily set-up on the first day and continue to be easy to use, are perfect for individuals adopting the benefits of smartphones for the first-time.

The myTouch and myTouch Q are designed with a number of features that make them approachable, including the option of two different styles of hardware to suit customer needs: the myTouch touts a 3.8-inch touch screen and a virtual keyboard with Swype®, while the myTouch Q is equipped with a 3.5-inch touch screen plus a physical slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.

To help customers not only get up and running and keep running, the myTouch and myTouch Q offer a number of useful tools, including the following:

  • Set-up Wizard: Simple instructions for quick e-mail and social network integration
  • Tips Widget: A quick ―how-to‖ providing an overview of the available device features, including a collection of instructional videos
  • Genius Button™: One-shot voice commands to call, text, or search the Web all with the press of a button

“When moving to their first smartphone, customers want a simple and uncomplicated experience without compromising on quality,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With the introduction of these new myTouch smartphones paired with our worry-free data plans and fast 4G network, we’re making it easier than ever to step up to 4G experiences.”

Both devices are powered by Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) and a 1GHz Qualcomm® processor giving customers the power and functionality they desire. Additionally, the myTouch and myTouch Q are equipped with advanced multimedia features, including a 5-megapixel camera and 720p HD video recorder for capturing photos and videos while on the go. The myTouch also includes a front-facing camera with access to T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™ for face-to-face video chat.

With access to T-Mobile’s 4G network*, the myTouch and myTouch Q allow customers to browse the Web, access email and social networking services, download free and paid applications through Android Market™, and much more. Both devices also offer built-in entertainment applications, including T-Mobile® TV and YouTube® for real-time mobile video streaming and on-demand TV.

Availability

The T-Mobile myTouch is offered in two colors – either black or white – and the T-Mobile myTouch Q is offered in two colors – either gray or violet. Both phones, exclusively from T-Mobile, are expected to be available in time for the holiday season. Customers can visit www.T-Mobile.com for more information.

*T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at http://www.t-mobile.com.

Source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q by LG are official, coming before the holidays

After weeks of leaks and teases, T-Mobile just let us know that the newest members of the myTouch line will be arriving “in time for the holiday season” – which probably means November 2nd. The T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q are both manufactured by LG, the first myTouch phones not made by HTC. We’ve finally got full specs for you to check out below.

Both phones feature Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz processor and 5-megapixel cameras with 720p recording capability. Happily, both will operate on T-Mobiles’ HSPA+ “4G” network. That’s where the physical similarities end: the myTouch is a 3.8-inch slate phone with a Swype virtual keyboard, while the myTouch Q is a slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 3.5-inch screen. The myTouch also features a front-facing camera with Qik integrated.

The T-Mobile branded phones will have Netflix’s Android streaming app and T-Mobile TV built-in, along with the line-standard “Genius Button.” T-Mobile neglected to mention the price for either phone, but according to a recent roadmap leak, they’ll both be $129.99 on-contract. You’ll be able to get the myTouch in either black or white, while the myTouch Q will come in gray or violet colors.

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T-Mobile Officially Announces The Mytouch and Mytouch Q by LG

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T-Mobile has finally unveiled the newest additions to their Mytouch line of smartphones with 2 devices from LG. The Mytouch features a 3.8-inch display while Mytouch Q comes equipped with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and smaller 3.5-inch display. Both devices are powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP cameras and are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The keyboardless Mytouch is the only one out of the bunch that also includes a front facing camera for video chat. Both devices will be available in 2 colors with the Mytouch having the choice of either black or white and the Mytouch Q coming in either gray or violet. Exact pricing or release date has yet to be announced but you can expect these lower-end devices to be available in time for the holidays. Check out the full press release.

T-Mobile myTouch Line Expands with Two New Smartphones:        

T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q

 

The latest in the myTouch family offer an easy transition for first-time smartphone owners

 

BELLEVUE, Wash.Oct. 6, 2011 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the new T-Mobile® myTouch® and the T-Mobile® myTouch® Q, both by LG, as the latest Android™-powered smartphones to join T-Mobile’s line of myTouch products running on America’s Largest 4G Network®. The myTouch and myTouch Q, designed to be easily set-up on the first day and continue to be easy to use, are perfect for individuals adopting the benefits of smartphones for the first-time.

 

The myTouch and myTouch Q are designed with a number of features that make them approachable, including the option of two different styles of hardware to suit customer needs: the myTouch touts a 3.8-inch touch screen and a virtual keyboard with Swype®, while the myTouch Q is equipped with a 3.5-inch touch screen plus a physical slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.

 

To help customers not only get up and running and keep running, the myTouch and myTouch Q offer a number of useful tools, including the following:

  • Set-up Wizard: Simple instructions for quick e-mail and social network integration
  • Tips Widget: A quick "how-to" providing an overview of the available device features, including a collection of instructional videos
  • Genius Button™: One-shot voice commands to call, text, or search the Web all with the press of a button

 

"When moving to their first smartphone, customers want a simple and uncomplicated experience without compromising on quality," said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing,
T-Mobile USA. "With the introduction of these new myTouch smartphones paired with our worry-free data plans and fast 4G network, we’re making it easier than ever to step up to 4G experiences."

 

Both devices are powered by Android2.3 (Gingerbread) and a 1GHz Qualcomm® processor giving customers the power and functionality they desire. Additionally, the myTouch and myTouch Q are equipped with advanced multimedia features, including a 5-megapixel camera and 720p HD video recorder for capturing photos and videos while on the go. The myTouch also includes a front-facing camera with access to T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik for face-to-face video chat.

 

With access to T-Mobile’s 4G network*, the myTouch and myTouch Q allow customers to browse the Web, access email and social networking services, download free and paid applications through Android Market, and much more. Both devices also offer built-in entertainment applications, including T-Mobile® TV in Mobile HD, Netflix® and YouTube® for real-time mobile video streaming and on-demand TV and movies.

 

Availability

The T-Mobile myTouch is offered in two colors – either black or white – and the T-Mobile myTouch Q is offered in two colors – either gray or violet. Both phones, exclusively from
T-Mobile, are expected to be available in time for the holiday season. Customers can visit www.T-Mobile.com for more


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T-Mobile Officially Announces MyTouch and MyTouch Q

T-Mobile has added two more devices to their MyTouch line of Android phones.  This time around though, they are being manufactured by LG and not HTC.  Although we learned about this change by rumor a few months back, there was never any word as to why T-Mobile switched manufacturers for their franchise brand.

T-Mobile has announced the MyTouch and the MyTouch Q.  In a press release sent out this evening T-Mobile has positioned both new MyTouch devices as transition devices for those looking to adopt the benefits of smartphones for the first itme.

More after the break
 

Both devices are running Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” and are powered by a 1ghz Qualcomm processor. The MyTouch features a 3.8 inch touch screen and popular virtual keyboard Swype.  The Mytouch Q features a 3.5 inch touch screen and a physical slide out qwerty keyboard.

The MyTouch and the MyTouch Q both have five mega pixel cameras with 720p HD video recording capabilities. both devices also feature front facing camera with access to T-Mobile video chat powered by Qik. On board media apps include T-Mobile TV with Mobile HD, Netflix and Youtube.

The T-Mobile MyTouch is available in black or white while the MyTouch Q is available in gray or violet.

T-Mobile says that both phones will be available in time for the holidays.  This leaked roadmap suggests that date would be November 2nd.

source: T-Mobile

 

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SwiftKey X for Android hits v2.1, fingers party everywhere

Rejoice, virtual keyboard aficionados! SwiftKey X 2.1 for Android tablets and smartphones just became available today, and brings a bunch of new features and bug fixes to your favorite touchscreen device. Since our hands-on with v2.0, TouchType has updated its on-screen keyboard using the feedback it gathered from its 25,000+ VIP members. The new version of SwiftKey X adds blog personalization, insights about your typing (shareable with friends), heat-map visualization (see screenshot above), localization / language enhancements, and an auto caps toggle. We’ve been using the final build of SwiftKey X 2.1 on our Nexus S for the past couple of days and noticed some improvements in terms of typing speed and accuracy. Pricing remains $4.99 for SwiftKey Tablet X and $3.99 for SwiftKey X. Full PR after the break.

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Galaxy S Glide for Canadians

Samsung has made a decision to treat our Canadian neighbors with another interesting smart-phone from the Galaxy line equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. This stranger will be known as the Samsung Galaxy S Glide and should have a full 4 row QWERTY keyboard as well as a 1.2GHz processor, an 8MP rear camera, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a board. Despite pretty big “Shift” button on the left – I do find this smart-phone inspiring and interesting to work with. To be frank – I always experience problems when typing messages on my virtual keyboard. Even when the correction feature is turned on – it is still a torture for me. So, maybe a perfect combination of a big screen and full QWERTY should help me to improve the problem? At least – I really hope so. But stay tuned for updates about the smart-phone mentioned and I hope that it won’t be heading Canadian mobile market only.

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ZTE Score hits Cricket Mobile

Contracts suck, we can all agree to that. If you are looking for a new Android device on a no-contract carrier on the cheap Cricket Wireless has a new offering for you that might be perfect. The smartphone is called the ZTE Cricket and it is the first ZTE branded smartphone to hit the Cricket network. Cricket is also the first carrier to launch the Score from ZTE as well. It will be in Cricket retail locations starting September 25.

It will be offered in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations as well. The ZTE Score is an Android phone that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has a 600MHz processor and a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen. The phone also has an accelerometer and a virtual keyboard. The rear camera is 3.2MP and is supports video recording as well as still photos.

The phone also has WiFi, 3G connectivity and XT9 trace for easy text entry. It will also work with the new unlimited Muve Music service and can access all the apps on the Android Market. The Cricket Samsung Vitality I mentioned a while back also supported the new unlimited music service. The phone will sell for $129.99 making it a low priced Android offering.

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Keyboard Fixer Update Now Rolling Out For The Motorola Droid X

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A new software update has begun rolling out for the Droix X. Build number 4.5.605 otherwise known as “the keyboard fixer update” should address a lot of the issues Droid X users have been reporting while using the virtual keyboard on the device. Things like freezes, random reboots have been plaguing the device so this 116MB update should come as a welcome fix. If you haven’t been prompted, feel free to pull the update by jumping into your Settings > Settings > About phone > System updates. Good luck!

[Via Droid-Life]

 


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Line Gets Update To 2.3.4

Sony Ericsson said earlier this month that they were going to update all of their current Xperia line phones to the latest version of Android. Currently the “latest’ version is Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, and as promised Sony Ericsson has begun to deliver the firmware updates.  Pocketnow is reporting that we were expecting the updates in October however they’re showing up a little over a week early.

The Sony Xperia Neo, Sony Xperia Arc and the Sony Xperia Play have all started to receive the new firmware update. The Xperia Play is the only one of the new Xperia devices available in the U.S.

More after the break

In addition to Android 2.3.4 the Sony Xperia Neo and Sony Xperia Arc also received Swype virtual keyboard.  All three phones have received an update that will allow the user to take 3D pictures with their 2D cameras by way of Sony Ericsson’s 3D Panorama Software. The software allows you to convert your photos to 3D for display on a 3D capable television.

Sony’s Android 2.3.4 update also includes Google Talk with video so you can video chat your friends when you’re on the go. They’ve also added the ability to take screenshots without rooting and a new social media UI called “Facebook Inside Xperia”.

There’s no word on which version of the Sony Xperia Play is ready for the update, Verizon or AT&T, or if it’s ready for both. Do you have a Sony Xperia Play? Have you seen the update?

You can grab a final build of the firmware here

Source: Pocketnow

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Cootek’s TouchPal Keyboard Now Available In The Android Market

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We last told you about the TouchPal virtual keyboard back in July and how it was shaping up to be a really good Swype alternative. Unfortunately, back then the app was in private beta and the only way to get your fingers on it was by contacting its developer Cootek via Twitter. It’s been a long time coming but I am pleased to announce that the TouchPal keyboard is finally out of beta and available in the Android Market.

As one of the first beta testers, I admit, I was having trouble getting TouchPal to replace my beloved Gingerbread keyboard. Thankfully, the TouchPal has come a long way since then and is now leaps-and-bounds better than its predecessor. Check out some of TouchPal’s features:

  • Unique patented technologies of TouchPal Keyboard
  • TouchPal Curve – the first predictive sliding in the world!
  • Intelligent next-word prediction. It may save up to 80% keystrokes.
  • Magic mistyping correction on Full QWERTY layout. Blind typing is no longer a dream!
  • Mixed language input allows auto language detection. No need to switch languages.
  • Innovation of T+ dual-letter layout. Bigger keys than QWERTY!
  • Multi-lingual support (download language packs after installation)
  • Voice input (system requirement: Android 2.2 or above)
  • Outstanding dictionary with online update
  • Import contact list to your user dictionary
  • Backup/restore user dictionary in SD card
  • Slide down on keys to quickly input number and symbols
  • Fantastic sliding experience

The only thing left now is for you guys to give it a shot. TouchPal is free right now in the Android Market but only for a limited time. Cootek is rewarding early adopters by making the app free until October 31st. Make sure to try it out for a few hours to get the hang of it. After that, don’t forget to rate in the Market accordingly. As always, I would love to hear your guys’ feedback in the comments as well. Happy swiping!

Thanks, Timmy!

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Vizio’s ‘Ground Breaking’ 8″ Tablet Now Supports Hulu Plus

Many of you may know the Vizio name because of their TV’s They are sold in many locations but the most prominent that I can think of is at Wal-Mart. They are a great product at a great price. Lets face it a 42″ LCD 1080p tv for $550 is a pretty decent price. What some of you may not know is that Vizio has also launched an Android Tablet.

Vizio 8″ WiFi Tablet:

  • 1GHz V.I.A Plus Processor
  • 4GB On-board Storage Memory with 2GB User Availablity & SD Card slot for up 32GB of storage
  • 8″ Color Touchscreen supporting 1024×768 resolution, Capacitive Touch & Multi Touch technology.
  • Virtual keyboard, Ambient Light Sensor & Accelerometer
  • Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, IR Blaster for Universal AV Remote Functionality, Bluetooth & GPS.
  • Android 2.3 Operating System

Today, Vizio announced that it’s media designed tablet will now support Hulu Plus Subscriptions. Giving its users even more bang for their buck.

“The VIZIO Tablet was designed to provide a world class Internet content experience and we are proud to be one of the first Android-powered tablets to support Hulu Plus™,” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “VIZIO is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers that break new ground, deliver new services and address gaps in the industry.”

That is pretty big news coming from a lesser known manufacturer. With this WiFi tablet coming in at only $298 at Wal-Mart, it is sure to be on someones Christmas wish list year.

Feel free to read the press release below -

VIZIO’s Groundbreaking 8” Tablet Launches Hulu Plus™

-Hulu Plus™ Now Available from Android Market Bringing Even More Entertainment Options to VIZIO Tablet Users

Irvine, CA — August 24, 2011 —
 VIZIO, America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today that the new VIZIO 8” Tablet with WiFi will support the Hulu Plus™ subscription service.  The highly-anticipated app will bring the extensive library of TV and film content from over hundreds of providers and independent creators to subscribers using the VIZIO Tablet for just $7.99 per month.

Allowing users to find and enjoy premium content on their own schedule, the Hulu Plus™ subscription service complements VIZIO’s mission to bring high-quality technology and “Entertainment Freedom™” to consumers at an extraordinary value.  The subscription service offers instant access to current and past seasons of shows likeModern FamilyThe X-Files, Arrested Development and Family Guy.

Last week, VIZIO’s feature-packed, multi-media Tablet hit retailers nationwide at a price of $299.  Designed with “Entertainment Freedom” in mind, the WiFi enabled VIZIO Tablet comes equipped with unique features like a three-speaker configuration for enhanced audio in landscape or portrait modes, built in universal remote app for home theater control and a HDMI® port for HD playback on the big screen. The addition of Hulu Plus bolsters the entertainment value of the sub-$300 VIZIO Tablet, making it one of the most affordable, media centric, Android-powered Tablets on the market.

“The VIZIO Tablet was designed to provide a world class Internet content experience and we are proud to be one of the first Android-powered tablets to support Hulu Plus™,” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “VIZIO is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers that break new ground, deliver new services and address gaps in the industry.”

According to early 2011 data from the Nielson Company, video streaming increased by 28% from last January. Not only are more people using video streaming, but 45% of viewers are spending more time watching the content they selected.  With more consumers choosing to view content via non-traditional channels, VIZIO viewed this as an opportunity to create a Tablet with an industry leading media-centric experience.

*Source: IHS iSuppli Corporation Research Q2 2011 Market Tracker Report of Q1 2011.


Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc.

 

About VIZIO
VIZIO, Inc., “Entertainment Freedom For All,” headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and in Q3 2007 became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. LCD HDTV shipments. Since 2007 VIZIO LCD HDTV shipments remain in the top ranks in the U.S. and were #1 for the total year in 2009 and 2010. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at a value through practical innovation.  VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics.  VIZIO’s products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners.  VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Fast Company’s 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009, and made the lists of Ad Age’s Hottest Brands, CNET’s Editor’s Choice, CNET Best of CES 2011 – Television, IGN Best of CES – Television, Bluetooth.org Best of CES, Good Housekeeping’s Best Big-Screens, PC World’s Best Buy, Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice and OC Metro’s 10 Most Trustworthy Brands among many other prestigious honors.  For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com <http://www.VIZIO.com> .

The V, VIZIO, VIZIO Internet Apps (V.I.A.), Theater 3D, Full Array TruLED, Edge Lit Razor LED, 240Hz SPS, 480Hz SPS, Entertainment Freedom and Entertainment Freedom for All names, logos and phrase are registered or unregistered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc.  All other trademarks may be the property of their respective holders.

 

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Physical Or Virtual Keyboard? Maybe We Can Help You Decide

It’s the age old question plaguing the smartphone industry, isn’t it?  And when it comes down to it, isn’t it based on a user’s preference?  ”Do I get a device with a virtual keyboard or a physical one?” While I’ll admit that this could be a difficult question to ponder, I’d still love to point out a few things that might help you decide what your next input method of choice could be.  First question I suppose we could ask is, “how bent are you on having a device with a physical keyboard?”  I ask this because for some it’s a major deal breaker.  There is a social demographic out there who shares RIM’s Blackberry arena and  hold that a physical keyboard is a must have and is the determining factor as to whether or not a specific device is purchased.  I too used to be a part of that arena, but have since then reconsidered.  Why?   Read More…

Physical Or Virtual Keyboard? Maybe We Can Help You Decide


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Exclusive: WaveLauncher Update Gives Full Instant Widget Support with out Taking up Screen Space

Not that long ago, Wave Launcher hit the Amazon App Store as the free app of the day. I know that many of you may have picked it up when you had the chance to snag it for free. It offers you a very unique experience that works with your current launcher. What makes this application stand out, is the fact that the ‘Wave” can be launched from with in any application you are currently using allowing you to switch apps quickly and easily. Lets take a closer look at this amazing application.

  

  1. Wave Launcher can hold up to 12 items. An item can be a user app/shortcut/widget/recent app/plugin/folder.
  2. A folder can contain up to 10 items, meaning Wave Launcher can hold a total of 120 items!
  3. Wave Launcher works from within any app, on top of any home-replacement app. No exceptions.
  4. Each item / folder / item-in-folder, can have a custom icon. Any ADW theme icon is supported, as well as any image from the gallery / sd-card.
  5. It is important to go through the Calibrate screen at first run, and set the gesture-area size to 20%, to prevent interference with the virtual keyboard or other apps.
  6. Wave Launcher supports built-in plug-ins, and 3rd-party plugins.
  7. It has a built-in app-drawer which can be accessed from the wave, or by long-pressing the gesture-area (Can be customized via “Long-press action” setting).
  8. The notification-action can be customized as well via “Notification action” (Most useful are enable/disable Wave Launcher, or enable/disable recents mode).
  9. Almost any aspect of the UI can be customized, wave color, label, label background colors, enable/disable label. Custom LED for user-apps/recent-apps and more.
  10. Wave Launcher is designed for high-performance, and being friendly to your battery-life, and memory of other apps.
  11. We take customer support very seriously. Most e-mails are answered within a couple of hours. Never more than 24 hours. A lot of features have been added following user-requests.

In the most recent update they have added widget support. You might be thinking, so what? Well, it is a fairly important and exciting update. Generally widgets get dropped onto our home screens and take up a lot of space. I have many widgets across my home screens for various things. I don’t always need to see them or use them, but they are there for when I do. With widget support now build into wave launcher you simply select the widget in the “Wave”. It will then pop up on your screen and become fully interactive just like if it was on your home screen. The widget will pop up over the top of any application and remains in the “Front” at all times until you hit the red X to close it. Talk about  a sweet feature. Imagine replying to an email and needing to check the weather forecast. Instead of heading home, checking the 7 day forecast and then going back to the email and finding your draft, just slide up the wave. Find the weather widget and look at what you need to and close it out. Super easy and super sweet.

 I can’t even begin to tell you how often I find myself using this application. Since the application works with all home replacements and doesn’t replace anything I already use makes it perfect. WaveLauncher removes the need to hold the home key to see the most recent apps to toggle back and forth and provided way more customization to our ever growing desire to use our devices more efficiently. If you already have this app, be on the look out for your update via the market. Check in with the Amazon App Store if you snagged it from them so that you can get the update that will ultimately shrink the number of home screens you will need.

P.S. We were able to get our hands on the latest update prior to launch. It is being processed today and will become available shortly. So keep your eyes peeled for it in the appropriate market place.

Summary and Downloads:

Application: WaveLauncher
Developer: MobileMerit
Cost: $1.99

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Quick Look At The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide

Last year around this time T-Mobile was introducing the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide.  At the time it was a novel idea to add a keyboard to the MyTouch 3G however it wasn’t as epic an upgrade as the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide is from the original T-Mobile MyTouch 4G.

The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G slide doesn’t just add a keyboard to the existing T-Mobile MyTouch 4G. It adds a 1.2ghz dual core Qualcomm snap dragon processor.  It also adds a reworked Genius button powered by Nuance.  In the interface department it gives you an upgrade to HTC Sense 3.o however that’s not the biggest part of the MyTouch 4G Slide.

More after the break including video:

The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide offers the best camera on any smartphone that’s out there to date.  The 8 mega pixel rear facing camera provides enhancements for low light, zero lag for taking quick photos and having the camera ready all the time, burst shot and much more.  With the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide there’s no reason to keep that old point and shoot around. Now we’re not saying that this phone could replace a DSLR but for every day picture taking and to capture the moment in nearly every situation this phone nails it.

The genius button isn’t a new feature to the MyTouch family but it’s been reworked and the voice response, powered by nuance, is amazing.  You can call a contact, send a message, search the internet or find a business from the Genius button. You can also use the genius button to control music playback by using a simple “Play” command.

Like the MyTouch 3G Slide, the MyTouch 4G Slide features a full 4 row qwerty keyboard that makes texting, emailing or any other text input a breeze. When you would rather use a virtual keyboard, the MyTouch 4G Slide comes with SWYPE, which is usually a staple with Samsung phones, this time the HTC built MyTouch 4G slide has it too.

The MyTouch 4G Slide will set you back about $199 (but you can find better deals sometimes) on a new two year agreement. As we’ve said with just about every phone we’ve reviewed since the merger announcement, don’t worry if T-Mobile gets bought out by AT&T you’ll be grandfathered into your T-Mobile contract as a customer of AT&T.

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HTC Puccini screens leak, AT&T bloatware and number pad make an appearance

HTC’s 10-inch Puccini tab’s been poking its head out from the speculative shadows and now we have a few leaked screens to further whet your LTE appetite. The bevy of shots over on Pocketnow show the AT&T-branded Honeycomb slate packing a serious amount of carrier-installed bloat, with AT&T’s Code, Family, MyText and Navigation apps joining the likes of Amazon’s Kindle app, Cordy, Let’s Golf 2 and NFS Shift. The OEM also appears to have tacked on a number pad to its virtual keyboard solution — a feature Sony’s rumored to include in its own tablets — taking full advantage of the purported 1280 x 800 display. And, lest we forget that last pic of stylus pairing, the slab’s menu dock sports a “pen icon in the tray,” confirming those notions of Scribe-functionality. Be sure to check the source for an extra peek at the orange-colored network’s future must-have device.

HTC Puccini screens leak, AT&T bloatware and number pad make an appearance originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Aug 2011 15:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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