Swype for Android now available for public consumption

By on June 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM.

Swype for Android now available for public consumption

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Today Swype announced that its popular keyboard alternative is now available for public download for all Android users. The free-for-all beta download will be available for a limited amount of time — a few days most likely — and is a feature limited version of the keyboard. Folks that want the fully featured version will have to purchase a handset like the myTouch 3G with Swype pre-installed. Despite its limitations, the keyboard is a worthy replacement for the stock Android keyboard and is well worth the time it takes to sign up and snag a copy while it is free. Happy Swyping!

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Motorola announces the i1, the world's first PTT Android smartphone

By on March 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM.

Motorola announces the i1, the world's first PTT Android smartphone

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Big news today for iDEN fans who have been jonesing for the Opus One that we scooped and spec’d way back when in December as today it has been formally announced Motorola. Officially known as the Motorola i1, the device is the world’s first Android Push-To-Talk smartphone and it will be offered “this summer” by Sprint. While pricing is currently unknown, we do know practically everything else about the phone and its specs which include a 3.1″ HVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and stupidly a 2.5mm headphone jack. Running Android 1.5 with a custom UI overlay — possibly a less social version of MOTOBLUR — Motorola has also decided to replace the stock Android browser with Opera Mini 5 plus Flash Lite as well as include the amazing Swype virtual keyboard. Yay or nay, folks? More →

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G relaunched, now called myTouch 3G

By on February 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G relaunched, now called myTouch 3G

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Yeah, T-Mobile didn’t exactly get sexy with naming the myTouch 3G refresh, but hey, with a name so horrible from the beginning, we guess we can’t ask for much. While the name stays the same, the refreshed myTouch 3G definitely brings the slowly-aging device up a notch or two. Here’s a recap of the specifications for the new model:

  • 3.5mm headset jack and updated music player
  • More memory, with 288MB of RAM and an included 8GB microSD card
  • Swype soft keyboard
  • Preloaded applications including Barcode Scanner, Music Player, myAccount and Visual Voicemail

The new device is available starting today in T-Mobile locations as well as telesales for $149.99 with a new two year activation, and comes in both white and black color options. Merlot never had a chance. More →

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Download a beta version of Swype for Android

By on December 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM.

Download a beta version of Swype for Android

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Windows Mobile fans should be familiar with Swype, the popular and new input method that graces the Samsung Omnia II. When using Swype, you abandon the traditional method of hunt and peck and use a more natural swiping motion, running your fingers fluidly over the letters on the keyboard while the software predicts the correct word. The company behind Swype is developing an Android version which will be marketed to carriers and device manufacturers with the hope of integrating this novel keyboard into upcoming Android devices. But, if you have a WVGA Android device (read: Motorola DROID or Nexus One) and want to get a sneak peek of Swype, you can download a leaked beta version of the keyboard from DROIDMUFF.IN. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

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