Android

New SwiftKey update now out of beta phase

SwiftKey has been releasing a few beta updates over the past month, teasing us as to all the possibilities when it will finally be released in its real form. Finally, the virtual keyboard has released the major update which includes a new Hub menu, free default theme, additional languages and additional Dashlane integration for your saved passwords. Plus, a lot of the new designs have been inspired from the Material Design visual guidelines that Google has been suggesting for developers.

Enter to win a Nexus 9, Chromecast, and Google Play gift card [DEALS]

The Google Gadget Giveaway offers the chance for one lucky person to take home a new Android powered Google Nexus 9 tablet, a Chromecast stick, and a $100 Google Play gift card. It’s a formidable combination that’ll help anyone get more out of their home entertainment system. Enter to win an entertainment and productivity prize package valued at $550 with The Google Gadget Giveaway, presented by Android Community Deals.

Samsung developing denser batteries, slimmer camera modules

This is not a surprise, if you guys know what I mean. Samsung should be doing research in these areas, given the trend of ever-increasing battery capacity and the “slimming down” of devices. We are talking about Samsung looking into denser batteries (that means higher capacity to you), and slimmer camera modules (which means slimmer devices overall).

Wear Mini Launcher lets you manage apps in your smartwatch

Unlike with smartphones where you can still survive without an app launcher, Android Wear smartwatches aren't that great yet when it comes to managing and launching apps. You'd have to rely on apps like Wear Mini Launcher in order to quickly find the tools you need at that moment when you need it. Aside from getting to the apps, you also get to customize your settings and options so that it's easier for you to manage your smartwatch, even without opening your smartphone.

Samsung bringing easier adjustment of exposure to Galaxy S6, S6 edge

When it comes to the camera and its easy functions, some say that Apple has been way ahead of the game in some aspects compared to most Android smartphones, specifically Samsung. People who own both an iOS and Android device (this writer included) would still automatically turn to their iPhone when it comes to picture-taking crunch time, not because it has the best one, but because it is much easier to use.

Chevrolet adding Android Auto, CarPlay to 2016 car lineup

Chevrolet seems to be serious with digitizing cars. Why, the car manufacturer has announced the it's adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to fourteen cars under GM's 2016 line-up. This means the infotainment systems, even if still in their early stages, will be utilized and finally used as a common feature. While other companies charge more for such systems, Chevrolet is making the advanced smartphone connectivity a standard item.

Moto Maker now available in China

Almost a year after Motorola launched the Moto Maker in Germany, the company has finally made available the web customization service in China. This is the second country outside of the United States to allow consumers to personalize their own Moto X online . This means more people, probably millions of them Chinese, can have smartphones that are unique, attractive, and one-of-a-kind from Motorola.
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