The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 26 to the Beta channel for Android. Chrome 26.0.1410.26 contains a number of fixes and enhancements, along with these new features:
- This will be enabled over the coming days. We will only sync with other clients that are based on Chrome 26 or higher.
- Autofill Sync
The latest Chrome Beta for Android includes an experimental feature to reduce cellular data usage and speed up mobile web browsing, using proxy servers hosted at Google to optimize website content.
Source: Google Chrome Beta
Swype is a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods - at over 40 words per minute.
The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens, and more.
Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today released the latest version of the Swype keyboard at https://beta.swype.com. The latest version of Swype is more personal than ever as it now lets people sync their personal dictionary across multiple mobile devices. Swype also now features three different tablet keyboards, updates dictionaries with relevant trending 'hotwords', and offers multiple fun keyboard theme choices.
Swype is a four-in-one keyboard that lets people choose how they stay connected, whether they swype, type, write, or speak. Swype "learns" each individual user's text input style and builds a personal language model- in other words, the more Swype is used, the smarter it gets. In addition to the new capabilities announced earlier this year, Swype now features:
· Dictionary Backup & Sync: Swype now backs up and syncs a user's personal dictionary across any of their mobile devices. So now when nicknames like "Ollie" are added to a mobile phone, that word will be automatically added to the personal dictionary on a tablet as well as all other registered devices.
· Swype for Tablets: Swype has taken tablet innovation to the next level by offering a choice of three different keyboard layouts for tablets: the original keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split keyboard. So no matter what style keyboard, people can stay connected and productive from anywhere.
· Hotwords: Language is evolving faster than ever and Swype now updates dictionaries with the latest global trending words. Swype users can opt-in to receive updates to their dictionaries and stay up to date with the newest 'hotwords', like "Gangnam Style."
· Themes: Swype allows users to further personalize their devices with the new keyboard theme options. Users can access up to 10 different themes in Swype's settings menu for quick and cool keyboard customizations.
· More Language Support: The latest update to Swype also features enhancements to the Chinese keyboard with an additional tool bar and has added a Flick keyboard to Japanese. Users can also expect many more languages with Advanced Language Models that predict the words and phrases users Swype the most.
"Swype has proven that Android users love choice and flexibility as part of their user experience," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "Swype has truly embraced a multimodal, personalized keyboard that learns and adapts to each user's preference. And with the ability to carry that experience across Android devices, pick your keyboard layout, automatically stay up on key trends and hotwords, Swype is by far the most customizable keyboard on the market."
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SwifeKey developers have been working hard on a number of performance enhancements to make SwiftKey Flow work faster and more smoothly on your devices.
The new version 22.214.171.124 of the trace-enabled keyboard features improved performance, as well as fixes for a number of bugs identified over the past month.
SwiftKey Flow Beta 126.96.36.199 changelog
- Flow-through-space autocommit: if you flow-through space but mess up your last word, all the prior words will be inserted (instead of losing all the words)
- Flow in landscape on tablets (not on split layout with numpad)
- Battery usage improved (when flowing and when not in use)
- Performance of flowing and tapping improved
- Longpress of bottom-right (smiley/enter) button now works
- Fixed some force close issues
- Fixed some memory leaks
- Predictions not lost when changing keyboard layout (e.g to symbols)
- Fixed DOuble CApitalization issue
Download SwiftKey Flow Beta 188.8.131.52 for smartphones
Download SwiftKey Flow Beta 184.108.40.206 for tablets
Chrome Beta for Android was updated today, fixed many issues and added a few new features. Build 25.0.1364.33 is being pushed to Google Play, and everyone should see it in a few hours.
The change log shows the following fixes:
- 164632 - Edit Bookmark is broken
- 167351 - Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen
- 167016 - Some Samsung Galaxy S2 freezes
- 168062 - Double tapping on non-zoomable sites scrolls the page to the top briefly before returning to original position
- 167379 - Sometimes tabswitcher is frozen
- 166998 - Tab content stretched out while returning to it through side swipe gesture
- 168632 - Crash - Stack Signature: TabAndroidImpl::FromWebContents
- 168388 - Sync signed in info text's font size is too small
- 168430 - Bookmark star icon doesn't turn grey/white immediately after bookmarking URL /deleting URL from bookmarks
- Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S
- Frequent freeze on devices with specific versions of Qualcomm GPU driver
- Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites
- Video continues playing after exiting fullscreen on android phones
- [HTC Droid DNA] Getting crash on tabswitcher mode
- 163439 - yahoo.com page links are not working
- 166233 - Cannot submit comments on facebook posts or pictures
- 165244 - Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
- 162486 - iframe scrolling broken
- 158633: Tap disambiguation overaggressive
- 169910 - Flickering while opening new tab
- A partial list of changes in this build is available in the SVN revision log. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information about Chrome for Android is available on the Chrome site.
You can install Chrome Beta alongside your current version of Chrome for Android. Chrome Beta will request additional permissions when using Chrome Sync for the first time.
If you are an AirDroid user and have been using AirDroid 1.1 version, I am happy to tell you that the AirDroid 2.0 is now available for download. AirDroid 2.0 was in beta version for a while and it looks like it's finally read for prime time, please download using the link below.
For those not farmiliar with AirDroid. It offers a lot of great features such as wirelessly manage your Android from your favorite browser, transfer files between Android devices and computers, also with drag & drop support cut, copy, paste, search, rename or delete files on the SD card.
The AirDroid 2.0 beta contains several improvements over the old version. Firstly you no longer need to input a code to verify your online connection. You now simply click accept on your device when you attempt to connect, which is immediately more convenient. There's also the new option to remotely control the camera on your device.
Also, if you register with AirDroid you'll be able to access your device over the internet, rather than just via WiFi. Registration also grants you access to use the "find phone" feature, enabling you to locate your device using its last known GPS location.
AirDroid 2.0 Beta Download Link
As SwiftKey Flow nears its launch date, an update for users on the beta version has been introduced. There are additional input fields under SwiftKey's precognitive autocompletion and flow text entry facilities while featuring more languages, easier corrections and pre existing attributes from SwiftKey 3.
Highlights of the changes include the capability to see three possible corrections for a word with one tap, split keyboard layout in landscape mode and accelerated long press delete. Despite a long list of issues, the update includes plenty of bug fixes. For more information, go to SwiftKey's latest blog entry.
You will find Beta version 220.127.116.11 on the same link. SwiftKey 3 is currently retailing at the Google Play Store for those who do not prefer the Beta version. On release, Flow is to be offered as an update.
The company behind one of the best Android keyboard replacement apps has pushed a new update that brings a variety of bugfixes and enhancements.
Please download the APKs onto your phone or tablet, try them out.
SwiftKey Flow phone beta 18.104.22.168 - 5.8 MB
SwiftKey Flow tablet beta 22.214.171.124 - 6.6 MB
Changes in this version:
- * Fixed crash on changing keyboards
- * Fixed force close on clicking update language
- * Fixed other crashes
- * Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems
- * New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction to SwiftKey Flow
- * Added Turkish layout
- * Chrome Beta should now behave like Chrome
- * Snap and tap (correction of words) now compatible with Vietnamese
- * Memory usage of settings app reduced
- * Improved handling of non-zero length selection in Chrome and Samsung mail client
- * Fixed jumping cursor in ExDialler and Samsung calculator
- * Microphone key disabled in fields that don't support voice input
- * Fix for keyboard disappearing when phone build installed on tablet sized devices
- * Disabled predictions in Kingsoft Office and UC browser to make SK usable in them
- * Double space for period turned off by default to prevent accidental period insertion when flowing
- * Replaced ‘learnt' with ‘learned' in personalization page (US English)
- * Turned off slide down from candidate bar to close keyboard when flow is on (to be consistent with the description in the Settings menu)
- * Crashes when looking at the heatmap if you visit immediately after using the alternative symbols layout
- * Comma key on Arabic keyboard inserts western comma
- * Predictions sometimes blank when switching between languages
- * Flowing words sometimes results in surprising capitalizations
- * "No SD card" ribbon looks bad on low end devices
If you are wondering what is the WeMo App, WeMo let you controll devices over Wi-Fi or cellular network, set custom icons and names, update the local firmware, and take advantage of IFTTT integration. This version doesn't offer WeMO rules, in-app support content, or remote firmware updates.
This App is an early Beta version, specifically tested on the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Although all 4.0 and higher devices can download the app, stability and performance can't be guaranteed.
- WeMo device control via Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks (remote access)
- Setup, custom icons and names
- Local firmware updates
- IFTTT integration
- English language only
After beta testing its latest version, the Firefox 19 is slated to be released officially on February 19th but no word yet from Mozilla on their site. Firefox-loyalists will surely appreciate Mozilla's move to include a PDF viewer in place of the non-secure Adobe. Furthermore, it also has an Android version that features ARMv6 and comes with a Google search widget.
Aside from bug and speed fixes, it the new Firefox 19 is said to be friendlier for developers and it allows users to view PDFs directly on the browser. Things are getting exciting for Mozilla, with its Google collaboration and other plans of developing Firefox for phones.
However, people should always remember that Mozilla is well-loved because it is open-source and supposedly free from clout of tech bigwigs like Google and Microsoft. With these developments, things might also be viewed as largely unlike what Mozilla is about. Let's wait and see.
- NEW: Built-in PDF viewer.
- CHANGED: Canvas elements can export their content as an image blob using canvas.toBlob().
- CHANGED: Startup performance improvements (bugs 715402 and 756313).
- DEVELOPER: Debugger now supports pausing on exceptions and hiding non-enumerable properties.
- DEVELOPER: Remote Web Console is available for connecting to Firefox on Android or Firefox OS (experimental, set devtools.debugger.remote-enabled to true).
- DEVELOPER: There is now a Browser Debugger available for add-on and browser developers (experimental, set devtools.chrome.enabled to true).
- DEVELOPER: Web Console CSS links now open in the Style Editor.
- HTML5: CSS @page is now supported.
- HTML5: CSS viewport-percentage length units implemented (vh, vw, vmin and vmax).
- HTML5: CSS text-transform now supports full-width.
- FIXED: Starting Firefox with -private flag incorrectly claims you are not in Private Browsing mode
Finally, SwiftKey is out of its beta stages and version 4 is now offered for sale at $1.99 on Google Play. This application extends the capabilities of some phones and tablets that do not have keyboards such as the Galaxy Note II and other HTC devices. Some smartphone users are not satisfied with their own keyboards and can also download the trial version of SwiftKey prior to buying it and most do because it is very simple to use and makes typing and keying in text messages easy.
It does well with the predictive text input and the new version also features "Flow" that makes it really easy to type in new text. All in all, there are fairly plenty of nice reviews for the SwiftKey and it fares well where most keyboards fail such as how easy they are to use with smartphones or mini tablets that have smaller than 5.5 inches display. SwiftKey is quite satisfactory on this aspect.
An update to Swype Beta (v126.96.36.19905) is rolling out to users over the next 72 hours or so. The update brings the obligatory bug fixes and but more important, Swype is promising a more responsive keyboard when tapping to type:
Please make sure to check out their site here.
Here are the changed logs.
Swype Beta v188.8.131.5205
- Advanced Language Models added for Hindi and Belgian Dutch
- Responsiveness for tap input improved for all languages
- Improved overall Smart Editor behavior and implemented some bug fixes
- Fixed a Gingerbread crash that occurred when rotating device into landscape mode
- Fixed miscellaneous crashes reported by the Beta community
- Fixed an issue where default Android voice input (‘mic'/'microphone') icon displayed instead of Dragon logo
- Changed subtype text in notification drawer to be more accurate
- Word Choice List behavior improved in Polaris Office
- And many more bug fixes and improvements!
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