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Swiftkey 3 Beta 3 Released; Google Maps and Translate Also Updated

If you own an Android handset, chances are you must be using Swiftkey X keyboard. The keyboard has awesome prediction abilities, and actually learns your typing style as time passes by. A couple of months ago, the Swiftkey team had released a new beta version of their keyboard known as Swiftkey 3.

The new version brought about a slightly redesigned layout, a better prediction system, a bigger space bar with an intelligent space bar prediction system that will totally eliminate the use of the space bar. While the keyboard does not really eliminate the use of the space bar, the new improved prediction system is definitely a noticeable improvement over Swiftkey X.

Swiftkey 3 is still in beta though, and a new beta of the keyboard was released yesterday. The new beta fixes some bugs, improves the prediction algorithms and provides a much better and consistent punctuation key behavior. There are some other bug-fixes and changes as well. Here is the full change-low of the beta 3 update -:

  • Improved prediction algorithms
  • Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
  • Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
  • A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
  • Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
  • Improved gestures
  • Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
  • Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
Interested readers can download the Swiftkey 3 beta for free from their VIP forums by signing up.
Two popular apps from Google – Maps and Translate – have also received an update. The new update for Google Maps brings with it reviews of popular places from your friends or experts, and Zagat scores and summaries for popular places. The update for Google Translate brings with it a Holo themed UI, an updated icon, and many “new text to speech languages.”

Download Google Drive for Android, Windows and Mac

It was no secret that Google was working on a competitor to and SkyDrive and the official announcement came today. will provide users with 5GB of free space to all users. This is in line with Microsoft’s recent announcement to provide 7GB of free space for SkyDrive.

Google Drive

Google Drive will tightly integrate with and allow users to create and store documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files and more and collaborate with friends and family online.  Additionally, Google Drive will also provide users with apps for PC, Mac and .

Also Read: Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive | Google Drive, Another Privacy Disaster

Google Drive will directly compete with the likes of Dropbox and SkyDrive on PCs and mobile devices. It will also be an answer to Microsoft’s SkyDrive on Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices which is not available for Android devices. Dropbox on the other end is available for all mobile devices and also supports Linux. However, their initial free space is only 2GB which might potentially go up now. Additionally, Dropbox also allows for 16GB additional space from referrals.

Also See: Get 50GB Free Space for Android from Box.net | 5 Best Ways to Keep Documents Online

Google Drive will also provide users with a search functionality which will also make use of OCR to search images and scanned documents thanks to their acquisition of reCaptcha. This is definitely a big plus for them.

You can download Google Drive for your computer or device by using the link below; an iOS app will be released soon:

*Please note that the Android app is a rebranding of the Google Docs app for Android.

Instagram Finally Arrives on Android

The wait is finally over. Instagram, which was named by Apple as the “App of the Year” for 2011, is now available in the Android Market. In less than two years since its release, the free photo sharing app has managed to pull in over 30 million users who have already uploaded more than a billion photos.

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Instagram is undoubtedly among the most anticipated apps for Android. More than 430 thousand users signed up for the beta testing program, which was announced a few days back. Instagram makes it dead simple to take great looking pictures and share them with your friends through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. While the quality of the picture depends greatly on the quality of the camera, smart filters ensure that the results are almost always eye catching.

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Instagram for Android looks and feels like its iOS counterpart, which is of course a good thing as its simplicity and intuitiveness is what made it so popular in the first place. Instagram should work with all Android handsets running FroYo (Android 2.2) or above (with support for OpenGL ES 2). Unfortunately, tablets aren’t yet supported. The Android app is also a bit behind its iPhone counterpart with respect to functionality. Tilt shift/blur, share from feed, live preview and share to Flickr features are currently not available in the Android version, but all of them will find their way into the app in the near future.

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Google Maps v6.5 Goes Live; New Navigation Homescreen, Map Tiles and More!

Google has just released a new update for Google Maps for Android. With this release, the search engine giant is celebrating 50 billion KMs of turn-by-turn navigations (!), which is equivalent to 130,000 trips to the moon, 334 trips to the sun or 10 trips to Neptune.

The new update (v6.5) contains a redesigned Navigation home screen for devices running Android 4.0+, which follows the Holo theme introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich. If you own an Android phones with a very high screen resolution like the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II or the Droid RAZR, you will now get maps tiles with higher resolution for better clarity and sharpness.

The new tiles will automatically start showing up in the next few days. For immediate effect though, users can clear the Map’s cache. The new update also allows users to set a preferred public transit mode, and/or a route option. The new update of Google Maps (v6.5) is already live in the Google Play market for Android device owners to enjoy!

Cut the Rope: Experiments Lands On The Google Play Market

Cut The Rope is one of the most popular games in the Android as well as the Apple’s App Store. ZeptoLab had released a new version of Cut the Rope, Experiments, a few weeks ago for the iOS platform. Today, the Android version of the game has hit the Play Market and it has the same gameplay and the same graphics quality as its iOS counterpart.

The basic gameplay in Cut the Rope Experiments is still the same as the original Cut the Rope i.e. to feed the adorable Om Nom. However, this time Om Nom is discovered by a bad (but not mad) scientist who does some wacky experiment with Om Nom to study his candy loving behavior. The game consists of a whopping 125 new levels across 5 different stages. There are also tons of new gameplay elements, social integration and characters in Cut the Rope: Experiments compared to the original game.

Like the original game, ZeptoLab has priced the game at a mere $0.99, which definitely is light on the wallet. Interested readers can download the game from the Google Play Market.

FIFA 12, NBA Jam and Go Launcher HD Now Available In Play Market!

Over the last few weeks, quite a few popular gaming titles and apps have hit the Google Play Market. Firstly, EA has released two popular gaming titles to the Play Market – FIFA 12 and NBA Jam. FIFA 12 has been available for the Xperia Play owners for a long time now, and is now finally available to the rest of Android handset owners to enjoy.

FIFA 12 contains more than 500 licensed teams, whopping 15,000+ players including Kaka, Rooney, Gerard and more. It also contains all the popular leagues like EPL and La Liga, along with 32 stadiums. The game costs $4.99, and requires a data download of more than 300MB after the initial APK is installed from the Market. Sadly, the game is not available in all regions of the world for some strange reason. Here is the link to the Play Market.

For NBA lovers, the NBA Jam game from EA is a must buy. The game provides users with options to play against a computer opponent, or against your friend via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Like FIFA 12, NBA Jam also costs $4.99, and requires additional data download of more than 300MB.

In some Android app related news, the popular Go Dev. team has released Go Launcher HD, the tablet version of their free popular launcher, Go Launcher Ex. Go Launcher HD includes all the nifty features users have loved in Go Launcher Ex, along with support for all the useful Go Widgets from the Go Dev. team. Most importantly, like its phone version, Go Launcher HD for Android 3.0+ tablets is available as a free download as well.

Draw Something To Say Something, The New Addiction For Smartphones

draw-something-omgpop-thumbnailA picture is worth a thousand words. With Draw Something app, it is just one. A new app for the iOS and Android that combines sketching to words is sure to stay here with a certain kind of madness of its own.

Find the right word for the picture you are challenged with and vice versa. Yes, the game is dead simple. All you are required to do is paint or guess. You can challenge anyone from your Facebook or email contacts. You can also create a game with any random user who is also playing the game. Once you are connected you will be asked to guess the word that best describes your partner’s sketch. Or you can just draw something that best illustrates the word you have chosen.

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The app has already recorded 20 million downloads in just 5 weeks as told by the developer, OMGPOP’s CEO Dan Porter, to Business Insider. If that number does not make any sense, consider the fact that the popular Instagram has an entire user base of 27 million.

The app certainly has a level of addiction that keeps you glued to it. The fact that simple freehand sketches for simple words can be drawn by any average user is perhaps the key reason the app is already trending high among smartphone users. Also noteworthy is that despite being a two-player game the app is seeing high download score proves that the viral quotient of the game where the user itself is generating the buzz while seeking out for partners to play with. The app has an ad-supported and a premium version. Give it a try and find out how DRAWSOME are you.

Download Draw Something by OMGPOP:

1. Premium Version for iOS and Android.

2. Free Versions for iOS and Android.

Instagram Is Coming To Android “Very Soon”; Will Be Better Than The iOS Version

Instagram is the most popular social networking image sharing service for iPhone users out there. The app allows users to add some wonky effects to their pictures after snapping them, and then uploads them for other Instagram users to enjoy. While there are thousands of similar services for Android like Picplz etc, the lack of an Instagram client for the open OS has always been a huge issue for many iPhone to Android converts.

While Instagram did talk about an Android version of their app quite a few months ago on their blog, the company has since then been quite mum about the app. Today at SXSW, the founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, stated that the official Instragram app for Android is coming “very soon”. Surprisingly, they also mentioned that the app would be in some ways better than the iOS version. Considering how Android developers bitch about OS and hardware fragmentation issues, it is a surprise that the developers of Instagram are instead promising a better app than the iOS version.

Sadly, Systrom and Krieger did not mention a concrete date as to when the app will be released, except that it’s coming “very soon”. Well, until the Instagram apps lands on the Android Market, I will try my best to find out the why people are fascinated with an app that apply color filters on their pics and uploads them, when there are thousands of other similar service.

Via – The Verge

Android Apps Can Now Be Greater Than 50MB In Size!

Last year at Google I/O, the big G had announced that it would be increasing the Android app size limit to a whopping 4GB from the current limit of only 50MB. Now, more than 8 months after the initial announcement, Google has finally announced in a blog post that from going forward developers can host their APK files along with two companion files of 2GB each in size.

The increase in limit does not mean that Android apps APKs will be of up to 4GB in size. Instead, the maximum APK file size limit is still 50MB. However, this APK file is now accompanied by two expansion files, in any format as selected by the developer, with a maximum size of up to 2GB. When a user downloads the app, he will see the total size of the app, and not just the size of the APK. In newer Android devices, the 15 minutes refund window will also begin only after the whole file app (APK + expansion files) has been downloaded. On older devices though, the expansion files will be downloaded only when a user starts the app for the first time.

The advantage of this method from Google is that users don’t need to download the whole (APK + expansion) files again, if the app is ever updated. Simply updating the APK file will do the job!

While developers are free to host the files on their own server, hosting on Google will give them certain advantages. These include a progress bar in the notification bar and the estimated download time remaining, the ability to resume downloads safely, run in the background as a service and most importantly, pause a download when there is no Wi-Fi network available and then automatically resume it when it is.

Developers can find more info regarding this on Google’s official Android Developer’s blog.

 

Must Have New Smartphone Apps: Remove, Caffeine Zone, Pingit

Here are three cool new apps that you should have on your smartphone.

Remove

Scalado has a cool object-removal app that allows you to remove unwanted people/objects from your images. This app is still not released, but was put out on protoype testing to Engadget, who found a couple of bugs and saw some issues with the responsiveness of the app. This app is designed for Android phones. It takes several photographs in a row and then builds an image with the most static details that the user can edit.

Its as simple as click, remove, and share!

Scalado will showcase Remove, the first of many new innovations planned this year, at the 2012 Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, February 27th to March 1st, as per their press release.

Caffeine Zone 2

This free Android and Apple app is a wonderful way to ensure that you do not overdo the coffee (that happens to be my choice of poison). I often have coffee based on my workload and meal times. Come high-turnover periods and I am on a coffee binge. According to this app, there is no need to do this. It recommends that we have our first (and only) big cup of coffee at the start of the day and then follow up with smaller doses.

The user is expected to continuously enter details like when coffee is being consumed. This app translates these details into how much coffee there already is in your blood stream. The point being that we often do  not require as much coffee as we think to stay sharp.

Image from iTunes

 

Pingit

This is a mobile phone-based payment app for Barclays available for all smartphones. It allows transfers of up to  £300. The daily limit for receiving payments is £5,000. Right now this is only enabled for Barclays current account customers.

“For friends splitting the cost of dinner, repaying a borrowed £10 or people sending money to a son or daughter at university, it’s free, quick, convenient, secure and easy to use. You can send and receive money in seconds, without having to enter account details.”

said  Antony Jenkins, chief executive of Barclay’s retail and business banking

It could pose a threat to PayPal as it may not keep transaction fees for transactions processed by consumers.

Barclays even has a video on YouTube on how this works.