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.
After being in a beta stage for a number of months, SwiftKey 4 has finally arrived on the Google Play Store. The most exciting feature in the updated keyboard is Flow, a gesture way of typing very similar to Swype.
Microsoft Office 2013 is available to download right now as a customer preview. Obviously, this means that there may be some bugs but after a few hours of solid testing, I’ve found none.
Included in Office 2013 is the new versions of Outlook, Publisher, Powerpoint, Word, Access, Excel and OneNote. Each of the programmes have a slightly altered user interface and now include the Metro bordering. Oddly enough, they only open from the main desktop rather than the new Windows 8 Metro Menu.
To download simply visit ‘office.com/preview’ and continue with the installation process. The new office drops support for XP and Vista which means if you are running Windows 7 or the Release Preview of Windows 8, you can download this right away. It’s completely free of charge so what are you waiting for?
Android Jelly Bean will bring an assortment of new features. Some are game changing such as the Siri-challenging ‘Google Now’ and the new notification system, but some are minor UI tweaks such as the new lock screen. If you’re eager to feel like you have Android 4.1 on your phone, you can now download the Jelly Bean Lock Screen as an application.
Holo Locker is free to download from the Google Play Store and immediately changes your lock screen to display the dot pattern we have seen in early videos of Jelly Bean. The dots are the only difference the application brings, as the only additional feature a real port would bring is the ability to swipe up to enter Google Now.
Each week we are receiving more and more goodies to theme Android to look like Jelly Bean. A combination of this with Holo Launcher, a Jelly Bean Keyboard and the Jelly Bean Wallpapers, you’re non-4.1 device can look like Jelly Bean before you know it. If you want to take it one step further, you could even download an early port version of Google Now.
Download: Holo Locker
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!