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Swype Beta 3.25 Now Available with Copy/Paste Features and more [Video]

Today the latest version of the popular Swype keyboard for Android has been released to beta testers. While many have probably seen or heard about it already I'll be posting the videos below for you all to see the new features in action. The update is available right now over at the Swype's beta webpage and so far I'm actually really liking the copy and paste features as well as gestures.

BlindType acquired by Google

BlindType, the highly impressive typing software for mobile devices, has been acquired Google. Most known for it’s impressive videos of typing “blindly” and still coming up with an accurate result, the addition of this software could be very helpful for all, especially those who find typing on a virtual keyboard an annoyance, or unreliable. In the official statement on their blog, BlindType stated:
“We are excited to announce that BlindType has been acquired by Google! We want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and positive feedback. We know that typing on your mobile device can be a frustrating experience, which is why we’ve worked hard to make touch typing easier and faster than ever – the way it should be. We’re excited to join Google, and look forward to the great opportunities for mobile innovation that lie ahead. 
The BlindType team”
As seen in the video demonstration below, BlindType allows you to type without being even slightly accurate, aka typing blindly. This could be very effective for people who type fast, distracted, or just mindlessly, and will still compute the desired result. Further word is to come, and we will for sure keep you updated! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6eKm1gUnTE&feature=player_embedded#at=28[/youtube] [Via BlindType]

Software Update: DROID Eris by HTC Coming Soon!

Verizon has made it official, the Droid Eris will be joining in on all the Android 2.1 fun. The4 update is currently listed as “Coming Soon”. This means that the OTA could reach Eris users anytime now, I wouldn’t hold my breath on it though.

T-Mobile Unveils New T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

Today, T-Mobile official announced the newest addition to the myTouch family, the myTouch 3G Slide. We’ve heard many rumors in past few months about this device but now it official. This device is slated for release in June, that’s right folk, next month you can go pick one up. This is an Android 2.1 device with a custom version of HTC’s Sense UI called Espresso. It also packs in a few other surprises as well.

2.1 For The Droid is Near

Android 2.1 for the Droid may be closer than we think. An official pamphlet has been discovered from Verizon wireless that gives specific details on the update. So we can pretty much put this in the confirmed pile.

DSP Multimedia Handset – Android Based Home Phone

DSP Group brings the smart phone user experience to the cordless home phone via the interactive multimedia handset. This device has just debuted at this years Cebit. DSP Group has been on of the leaders in telecommunications for the past 20 years. This will be their first entry into the world of Android.

A Mystery Motorola DROID-Looking Smartphone Appears

Sometimes the leaks and rumors fly really fast, we just had some leaked images of what appears to be the Motorola Sholes. And now, thanks to Android Community (AC) forum member TheJuan, we get a picture of another Motorola phone that looks a lot like the DROID, sans the hardware keyboard. Although the unknown Motorola smartphone on the above image is tipped to have the Android OS and a 3.8-inch touchscreen as well as an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash. There isn't any hard evidence to support those claims, and very little is known about this unnamed Motorola handset. Since several AC forum members were not sure about this phone, they took it upon themselves to investigate. AC member samuraiBSD came back with the images below to compare one of the images from the back of the mystery Motorola device. As samuraiBSD put it: "Notice that the Motorola logo has something weird going on, and the design of the back looks overall very similar to the Omnia...too similar." [Thanks to TheJuan and samuraiBSD]

Facts surface about Cupcake elements in a new T-Mobile G1 update

All of you who have coincidentally become cupcake followers can finally have something to sink your teeth into. No the update has not been pushed out by Google, but there is some information regarding what will be included in future updates. More information included after the jump. Google does have the INTENTION to release and over the air update (OHA) that includes elements taken from the cupcake update.  A senior G1 PDA Specialist, Dylan, has apparently made a few facts clear, these facts are listed below.
  • FACT - There WILL be a G1 update shortly as it was INTENDED to be by mid-January so the next target is now by the end of January.
  • FACT - T-Mobile will not just provide Cupcake elements to the G2 and leave the G1 behind.
  • FACT - The next update will be called RC31 and include Cupcake elements.
  • FACT - The mass of calls lately for Cupcake is registering and causing T-Mobile to double their efforts in getting the update out.
  • FACT - NO ONE has received RC31 as of today.
  • FACT - When the update is released it will be done in stages “Over The Air” but it will be by region not when you purchased the G1.
  • FACT - The memo I was privy to is NOT distributed to Support personnel.
  • FACT - T-Mobile Specialists & Support are LAST to know when an update happens and are notified AFTER it is released as was the case with RC29 & RC30.
  • FACT - T-Mobile does have a battery improvement program in motion.
  • FACT - T-Mobile’s plan for battery improvement will be one of OR a combination of efficiencies in an OTA update and an extended life battery replacement.
[Via GoogleAndBlog]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 1 2009

We started the week off with a hardware hack that allows users to use the T-Mobile G1 with an iPod dock and speakers. Though this hack is not pretty and only somewhat useful, it is very interesting and really gives the iPod the good old one two. Open source developers who prefer using Python to Java can now rejoice as Damon over at damonkohler.com has managed to get it running on his G1. As most projects are in the first stages this is still a little rough, but it does show great promise with future development. More photos of the OpenMoko FreeRunner running Android have surfaced. Nothing new or exciting to report here. ShopSavvy needs your help to win the Crunchies 2008 Best Mobile App award. Voting only takes a few seconds and two clicks of the mouse. Please help Big In Japan win the award for creating such an amazing application. Google has sent out an email to those registered as developers informing them that paid applications will indeed be available in mid January. So grab the free applications while you can. HTC has a firm belief that the cupcake update will become legitimately available through Google in time. HTC has no say while Google and T-Mobile are in full control of what is included in the update. Right now Google and T-Mobile are declining to comment on such a statement. The guys over at VentureBeat have managed to get Android running on the Eee PC 1000 netbook. Though there are still a few issues with the port, they say that the process was fairly easy. There were a few other discoveries made while digging through the source code. The RC29 firmware has made its way to the Internet and now users who upgraded to the RC30 firmware and lost root access can now regain it. The process is fairly easy to do and has been confirmed to work. As with all firmware updates we advise you to proceed with caution.
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