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Fancy giving a new Twitter beta a go? If so, you can head on into the BlackBerry Beta Zone and grab v188.8.131.52 for smartphones running BlackBerry OS. There is a pretty large change log that goes along with this release as well so before you decide, maybe give it a look so you know what exactly has changed:
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There’s a perfectly good reason why you haven’t seen update for Chameleon ever since version 1.1.4 came out in November. You see, Teknision has been busy working on a major revision for the widget-based launcher, the result of which you – well, some of you – can finally get a taste of.
The Chameleon Launcher 2 in its beta form has been released for the company’s Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers.
While Chameleon began its life on tablets, Teknision said that the version 2.0 is now optimized for Android smartphones too, though it only supports devices with a resolution of at least 1,280 x 720 pixels. Other new features include the ability to have three widget apps and folders on each contextual home screen, better widgets support for more devices and with greater functionality, and other core improvements.
Bummed out that you can’t try the beta out? Don’t be. The team said that once the all the bugs have been ironed out, which it aims to do in the next few weeks, the Chameleon Launcher 2 will get its full release on Google Play. The new phone only version will be offered for .99, while the existing version – which supports both phones and tablets – will remain at .99.
The post Chameleon Launcher 2 beta for phones and tablets is out appeared first on Android Authority.
Last month I did something I thought I’d never do, I bought an Android smartphone that wasn’t a Nexus. For those of you following me on Twitter (@WhatTheBit), you know that the phone in question was a Galaxy Note II. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it, but man, Samsung can’t make a keyboard to save their lives. One of the first things I did was ask my friends which keyboard to install, and all of them said the same thing: SwiftKey.
The trial version of SwiftKey has been living on my phone for a few weeks now, and today I decided to just buy it because version 4 hit the Google Play Store. The guys behind SwiftKey also dropped the price, so now it’s just .99 instead of the regular .99.
What’s so awesome about SwiftKey? Where would you like me to begin? The predictive text engine is outstanding. And with this new version there’s something we’ve written about before called “Flow“. It’s essentially SwiftKey’s version of Swype. I’ve been using “Flow” for less than an hour, but it’s already become my new favorite way of inputting text.
If you don’t have any problems with the keyboard you already have on your phone, then you probably haven’t even made it this far down the article. If you’re curious to try out SwiftKey, then there’s a free trial waiting for you. What’s the harm in giving it a go?
It’s kind of sad that companies like Google haven’t nailed the predictive text problem, but then again it is a bit more difficult on Android since screen sizes vary so widely. Imagine how hard it must be to make a keyboard that works just as well on the 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II as it does on the 4.3 inch HTC One S.
Thankfully, SwiftKey knows how.
A few days ago we reported that a completely redesigned of Plex for Android was in the works. Now a beta of the reworked app is available, if you’re a PlexPass subscriber, anyway.
Unlike the less-than-attractive version of Plex that is currently for sale in the Play Store, the new app has a look that complies with the Android User Interface Guidelines. In addition to the new look, the Plex beta has a bunch of new features. Undoubtedly, the coolest of the lot is the ability to act as a media server. For a more in-depth look at some of the features in action, check out the promo video below.
Unlike the standard Plex app, which sells for .99, Plex for PlexPass is a free download in the Google Play Store. Remember though, unless you’re a PlexPass subscriber, the app will do you no good. Want to check it out? Hit the Google Play Store link in the sources section below for the download.
There is no word on when the new Plex app will become available for non-subscribers, but we’ll be sure to let you know.
Have you used the new Plex beta? What do you think of it?
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