Facebook Home has finally been released, although not without its problems. I’ve been monitoring several forums who have been keeping an eye on the release of the launcher, and at the moment there are still some issues.
Just a matter of hours ago, Google announced the new Play Store design, and informed us that it would be rolling out to customers starting today, but could take a week or two to reach everybody. Thanks to Droid-Life, you can experience it right now, as they’ve released the full APK ready for you to use.
Facebook Home has been dominating a lot of technology news headlines over the past few days, following it’s announcement last week. The Android launcher is due for an official release on a handful of devices this Friday, the 12th of April. However, the application APK files have been leaked onto the internet today, and are available to install right now on a number of unsupported devices, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.
A couple of months ago, a Google Now themed Android music player appeared on Reddit. At the time, the design was just a concept but thankfully, somebody saw this concept and decided to make the real deal, named ‘Now Playing’, which is available as an APK right now.
Almost all of Google’s Android applications are beautifully designed, with the exception of Google Music. While some people may like the blue theme, I feel it’s too different from the rest of Google’s style to feel like a part of Android.
SnapKeys SI is yet another unique take on the standard qwerty keyboard on mobile devices. Rather than a full keyboard, SnapKeys uses four carefully arranged buttons with the most used letters inside. When the user wants any other letter, they simply tab in the middle of the screen, and just like SwiftKey, the keyboard guesses what you were trying to type.
SwiftKey is an extremely accurate keyboard for Android which predicts what you are about to say and attempts to continue the sentence you are writing through a number of possible answers at the top of the keyboard. The latest SwiftKey release tries to combine the extreme ease of use of previous versions with the swiping style of Swype and the official Android 4.2 keyboard. The result is SwiftKey Flow, possibly the fastest and most accurate keyboard which has ever been available on Android, and the beta is available to download right now.
A port of the Android Jelly Bean Keyboard is available in the Google Play Store right now.
The company who have brought us this keyboard is Beansoft, the same company behind the ICS Browser + and Thumb Keyboard, both relatively popular apps in the Android community.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the new Jelly Bean keyboard is very similar to SwiftKey. This version of the keyboard is still an alpha port, so be prepared for any glitches.
Google Now is arguably one of the most exciting features of Jelly Bean. It’s hard to resist the idea of an Android Siri alternative which, according to early reviews, blows Apple’s voice assistant out of the water. Luckily, developers are already hard at work to port Google Now to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and the early attempts are available to download now.
None of the ports have functioning voice recognition, obviously one of the main features which makes Google Now so exciting. However some results and user configuration options are working quite well.
It’s nowhere near the final product in Jelly Bean, but it’s a good idea as to what sort of thing you can expect. There are several problems which include network errors, force closures and trouble with the install.
Unfortunately, Jelly Bean looks set for a very slow roll out, meaning that many people will not get it for a very long time, if at all. Especially as it was revealed today that Ice Cream Sandwich is currently only on 10% of devices after almost 9 months on the market. So if you are eager to get your hands on the goodies that come with Android 4.1, then you should definitely keep an eye on the XDA thread below.
To download, visit the link below and follow the download instructions. There have already been, and will continue to be updates each and every day. So be sure to read through the thread to make sure you have the most up-to-date version. I’ll be sure to write a new post when (if) a fully functioning port becomes available.
Source: XDA Developers
The Galaxy SIII is set to come with a huge amount of new features, which Android developers and modders will be desperate to get their hands on for other devices
Earlier this week the entire ROM of the SIII was leaked, but not for public use. From this ROM developers have been hard at work to bring you some of the features which Samsung intend for only their customers.
The first feature to leak to the public is ‘S Voice’, Samsung’s attempt to beat Apple’s Siri.
The whopping 25mb APK file only works on phones running Android 4.0 and up, and I use the term ‘work’ loosely. At the moment many users are reporting force closures, including me. I have experienced a couple of network errors, and the occasional force close.
To give it a try for yourself, use one of the links below. A lot of the links I noticed weren’t working due to the huge amount of people that were trying to download it, so I uploaded the file for you to download my self.
Original XDA: Link
XDA Mirror: Link
Our Link: Link
If you have trouble with getting it to work, you may need to change the permissions. Use Root Explorer for this, and change the permissions so it looks like this.
Let me know if you get it working, and what you think!