Google Keyboard in Google Play

GoogleKeyboardS4

Previously the only real Keyboard you could buy was Swift 3 and that’s what I did since I didn’t like the Samsung Galaxy S4 standard Keyboard. But as of June 5th the Standard Google Keyboard which was only available previously on the Nexus devices is now available as download for devices with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and above.

There are different levels of predictive text as well as the swype option, it’s a keyboard with options and a clean feel. If you don’t have a Nexus phone try it out, you will like, its a different and clean feel for Google Keyboard. What I like is that they recently made it into its own App just like GMail, Maps, & G+.

Link: Google Play

The Android Line Up For 2012

With the end of the Mobile World Congress everyone has something to show, there is a lot software vendors there but its where all the big mobile players show off their new phones and the line up for Android looks very enticing. I don’t really need a new phone since my Galaxy Nexus is a fantastic phone but damn these phones have amazing specs and look hawt.

HTC One X

As usual HTC come out with powerful machines, they were the powerhouse of Android when it first came out and still come with some impressive hardware. The main issue I had with HTC is that they had too many phones, I didn’t know what was good or bad from them and it seems they learned that lesson so they came up with the HTC One line up, only three phones and the One X is the powerhouse of the bunch. Also I was a huge fan of the HTC Sense User Interface since initially it made things so much smoother with Android 1.6 but over the past two years it has gotten a bit bloated and not simple as it used to be and they are planning to fix it with the new line up which is excellent.

  • CPU Speed 1.5 GHz, quad core
  • Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4
  • Total storage : 32 GB RAM:1 GB
  • HSPA/WCDMA:Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900//2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE:850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Sensors: Gyro sensor,G-Sensor, Digital compass,Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • NFC3
  • Bluetooth with aptX® enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • Camera with ImageSense – 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, 1080p HD video recording

Sony Xperia S

Sony do know how to design their phones and in this one it seems they got it right. The one part they always do an amazing job with is their cameras, they seem to be the best possible cameras out of all the phones but you never know what to expect. But the design of this phone looks very clean cut, and I had the last Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, it was a fantastic phone so I’m looking forward to their next line up, but I would wait until they ship with Android 4.0, I wouldn’t want it with Gingerbread since I have been using Ice Cream Sandwich and it is a fantastic operating system.

  • Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) (Upgrade to Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, planned in Quarter 2 2012)
  • Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz
  • 4.3”, 1280×720 pixels 16 million colours TFTDisplay
  • Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 12.1 megapixel camera with LED flash and Auto focus / Sony’s Exmor™ R for mobile CMOS sensor
  • Front-facing camera (1.3 megapixel, 720p)
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • Talk time (up to) 8 hours 30 minutes / Standby time (up to) 420 hours
  • Internal phone storage: 1 to 1.5GB / RAM: 1GB / Flash memory: 32GB eMMC
  • Networks: GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 / UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100Colors: Black / White

Samsung Galaxy S III

No specifications have been released by Samsung yet for this phone, but it seems it might have a Quadcore chip and all the bells and whistles to make it one very powerful phone. The S II surprised the market and Android became synonmous with the S II, even people who didn’t know what Android is they know its Samsung Galaxy SII, so now with the SIII I’m expecting it to be top of the line. At this point they are expecting some news in March and a release date set for July.