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Everything posted by Brandoberry

  1. Not really a hack or mod, per se, but recently it was discovered that Samsung has a hidden setting available in the latest flagships. Full coverage can be found here: http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-s7-dpi-scaling-setting-680736/ While the story above covers the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, I've been able to locate the exact application mentioned on my S6 Edge, and am now under the assumption that this is available in all Marshmallow updates for Samsung devices. Of course, I can't confirm this without some help, but hey—it's a pretty cool setting that'll allow you to fit more on your screen (especially for something as large as the Note 5 or S7 Edge)! Right now, there are only two options: Standard, which is set by default and shows items in 640 DPI, and "Compact," which shows items in 540 DPI. Who knows if Samsung will eventually migrate this to the Developer Options section or even the Display section, but so far everything seems to be working just fine! To get into the setting, you'll need to have a 3rd party Launcher, such as Nova (which we'll be using in this example), so you can create an Activity shortcut. 1. Launch Nova Launcher, long-press the home screen, tap Widgets and drag Activities (in the Nova Launcher widgets) to your home screen. 2. This will bring up a menu. Scroll down to Settings, expand the list and tap .DisplayScalingActivity which will place an icon on your home screen. 3. Tap the icon and you’ll see the DPI scaling menu in typical Samsung form. Selecting between Standard and Condensed will show a preview in the app list below and as soon as you tap Done you’ll be prompted to reboot, after which the setting will have taken root. 4. You’ll have to reboot your phone, but the change will persist through further reboots or even Android updates. Here's a comparison of Standard and Compact (respectively) in the Play Store, when searching with SwiftKey: As you can see: the text has gotten smaller, along with even SwiftKey! The status bar is smaller, too! I think everything gets a little...crispier! I've noticed that setting the text in your Display settings one notch higher changes the size back to about where it was, so you don't have to squint your eyes as much just to read, but everything else will remain smaller. You should definitely check it out when you get the chance!
  2. Thanks for the suggestion, Dreamkeeper63. I've passed it along to my higher-ups. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to disclose if/when this will be implemented, but seeing as so many users have reached out to us about this since changing it, I hope they're cooking something up! Hang in there!
  3. Was without a phone for a good week and a half, and a good friend of mine gave (sold) me his iPhone 5S because he just received his iPhone 6. I am very excited to come back to the SwiftKey VIP forum and give my input on, help out with, and test out all there is to be had when it comes to the IOS SwiftKey! If you don't know who I am, be sure to take a moment to browse around on my Profile and click on the awesome little clicky link iny my signature for a sweet SwiftKey Blog! (So far; no complaints. )
  4. I thought quick actions through notifications/pop-ups was supposed to be a Lollipop feature? How come Hangouts, as well as a few other apps, don't use it yet? It's been almost a year... :/
  5. Let's see... 9 apps here: SwiftKeyFacebookNova LauncherSmart LauncherTapatalkHoundSnapchat(Hexy Launcher)(Clarity Keyboard)
  6. At least just the recently added photos would be nice. However, the only main thing I see this being useful for would be emails, as most other apps don't incorporate photos alongside text.
  7. Can't wait to have it! Not as "refined" as how I would have preferred to have it, but it's a good enough step in the right direction to fit in a little better with the rest of Google's Lollipop-styled apps (about time, lol).
  8. My current screen. We won't go into details of my widget screens, haha! Smart Launcher Pro. Apps, 12 o'clock, clockwise: Stock Camera, Games, Google, Stock Messenger, Chrome, Stock Dialer, Calculator, Play Music. Wallpaper courtesy of Tapet - Infinite Wallpapers (Play Store Link).
  9. Oop! I seem to have stumbled along and found Smart Launcher 3. Bought the Pro version just because, and I'm starting to enjoy it for the time being. (Just needs a few kinks worked out for my GS6 Edge, and it'll be pretty well worth it!)
  10. Clipboard items (yeah; we've all submitted/seen that one before), custom shortcuts/ common phrases, also phone numbers and email addresses (in agreeance with Sarge), recent camera photos, links. Hmm...anything else?
  11. Hey! We can't leave this empty for too long, Brandon!

  12. When I lost my Galaxy S4 (as I'm sure most of you have heard about multiple times already), a friend let me borrow his iPhone 5S whilst he upgraded to the iPhone 6. While it was fun to play with, and follow SwiftKey along its journey into the Apple Sea, I missed my Android family dearly. Now I'm back with the GS6 Edge, and am appreciating every moment I have. Would it be nice to have a tag-along iDevice to use when it comes to testing out apps? Yes, but I wouldn't much use it as my daily driver. I'm, as you would say, "hooked on Android." Hah! (High fives to those that got the reference.)
  13. I tested out Nova Launcher on my S6 Edge, and ended up saving a backup in case I decided to purchase Prime. But for now, I'm kind of stuck on the new and vastly improved TouchWiz (I'll probably get bored eventually, of course, what with the lack of ability to hide apps in the drawer and whatnot). Go Launcher and Next Launcher haven't been updated in some time; I'm hoping they haven't just died without at least a goodbye. Nevertheless, I'm looking at/into more Material-oriented launchers, and Nova's update gave me a smile.
  14. While at first I didn't much like the Moto 360 because of dimensionally available space (when, at the time, compared to the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch), I've been able to take a few steps back and really think about what it is that I'd want in a Smartwatch before purchasing one. With that, I've come to "like" all of the currently available Smartwatches. The only problem is: I don't "love" any of them enough for what they're actually worth at this point in time. Sure, it'd be nice not to have my phone out sometimes, when I just want to send a message or look something up, but I also don't want to feel silly in a small group where it appears that I'm talking to myself (not that I don't do that already *cough*). But as of right now, as much as I'd like an Android Smartwatch, I'm not entirely sure I want to pony up the dough right this second (though I've almost impulsively purchased one or two). Battery life is a huge turn off for me. Whether it's a phone, tablet, laptop, or even a Smartwatch—if it doesn't get me through my day, I'll eventually become annoyed with having a charger both at home and work (or even having to carry my charger around with me, just in case). Granted, most of the time, battery life is user-defined, which is understandable, and I can be quite the heavy-user at times. Respectfully, it would be helpful in my case to have companies test their Smartwatches in a "heavy-use" sort of way, so that they can not only list an average battery life, but a minimum and maximum that they've been able to calculate (outliers are no help of you can't identify them). The style of the watch is another thing I've started to consider. Color, density, finish, and even shape have all but defined most of the Smartwatches out on the market right now, and I've been drawn into looking at them from this aspect more now than before (after all, I want it to be a watch that'll I'll want to keep for a long time—hopefully it's lifespan). A customizable strap and skin would be nice, but isn't really necessary since I've worn the same analog watch for a good year before, until I just...stopped. Bright and shiny, or dark and slick? The manufacturer that makes the Smartwatch that I'll "love", to be honest, isn't really a huge subject for me. To be blatant, as long as the watch is built in a sturdy manner (given its price tag), works as proposed, and looks good, I don't care who made it or what company they work for. Kudos to you for making something great. There's more than just these things in my plate when it comes to purchasing a Smartwatch. And the funny thing is: it's just a tiny little wristwatch. Truth be told, I'm quite the picky buyer sometimes. [Do I currently own a Smartwatch? No. Would I like to now, or sometime soon? Yeah...]
  15. Well, I'm not saying that it opens your default browser to work. More that, just like the Facebook website on your browser does, the app will simply load just url's to display your content, but add minimal coding only to alter the look and feel, thus causing it to take up "minimal" resources. Just a thought, though. Not an accusation, haha. [emoji6] So, given that this app "flies" on your Note 3, in retrospect, it should run on low-grade devices at least somewhat smoother than the original Facebook app. Sounds good. But I think the view of the consumer has been slightly worked around rather than addressed, seeing as it requires almost the same permissions as the regular version. It is still a new app, same as third-party keyboards on iOS. It'll take some time to iron out what should and shouldn't be included to make the app/website the best it can be for all devices.
  16. So it seems to me that Facebook Lite is essentially a browser redirect, similar to what Comcast's Xfinity app used to be (now it's actually a useful tool!). Is it still relatively smooth, do you know, on a low-grade device?
  17. Seeing as you've already tried out Facebook Light, might you be able to post some screenshots for those users who cannot yet download it? Also, what other things make you not want to use it, or make you want to use it?
  18. SwiftKey-oriented: Well, it doesn't address the two main issues I've been having with iOS: Editing contacts and leaving App Store reviews using third-party keyboards.* *Details: When editing contacts, both opening SwiftKey and pressing the backspace cause the cursor to jump to the next input box. When trying to write an App Store app review, the text boxes leave the screen and do not return. Overall [Coming soon...]
  19. I informed my boyfriend about this just last night, Ryan. He owns a= somewhat low-grade, Android 4.0.4 phone, and said that his Facebook app is always extremely slow and never wants to load things properly. Granted, his phone was passed down to him and is about two years old now. When I read the article to him, he immediately wanted to give it a shot--but then I read, "The app is currently test launching in Asia and Africa, with support in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe." Is it currently available in the U.S. version of the Play Store? If so, I'll have him look it up and try it out. If not, I guess he'll just have to wait for a little bit. ^^'
  20. Have you tried the new Holiday Theme?

  21. Google Adds Play Music (Mini-)Features to YouTube in Closed Beta, Coming Soon to Everyone! The best of Play Music, on YouTube! Subscribing to Google Play Music gives you access to many features that you'll find similarly on Spotify, with a few extra kicks. YouTube Music Key will be bringing along a set of new features to YouTube, similar to Play Music, including: Ad-free music - "Enjoy millions of songs without ads," everywhere you see "Ad-free," — millions of official videos, album tracks, concert clips, covers, and remixes.Background listening on mobile - "Listen with your screen off or while using other apps." You'll be able to watch/listen to your videos even if you need to text someone in the middle of it, without needing to pause.Offline playback on mobile - Keep listening anywhere, even without an Internet connection." You'll have the ability on your mobile device to save a video offline, so you can watch it later, as well as create an Offline Playlist (or download Playlists you have already saved).Access to Google Play Music (All Access) - The Google Play music offers all these features, plus a little more. More details on Play Music can be found hereWhat devices are supported? Currently, all Google-branded devices that have the latest version of the YouTube app downloaded on them, as well as the desktop version of YouTube, are supported. iOS is not supported right now; however, Google reassures us with a friendly message that it will be here soon. It's unknown which features it'll be able to carry over to the iOS YouTube, but some is better than none, and we'll just have to see when it arrives. When exactly will it be here? Music Key is currently in Closed Beta, which means only select users are able to test it out before it's released to the public. [booo!] Should you want more information upon its release, you can send them your info at https://www.youtube.com/musickey, and they'll inform you when ready! They're keeping their mouths zipped, and aren't telling us exactly when it'll be available to everyone, so we'll just have to sit back for now and wait for those emails. [Lame...] Google Play Music subscribers get early access! If you're a Google Play Music user and have already purchased All Access, you're already in, and don't have to do anything! Or if you're not currently, but do sign up before it's released publicly, you'll be in, too! Because YouTube Music Key is included in your Play Music subscription (or as Google puts it, "YouTube Music Key includes Google Play Music; and visa versa"), you can get these features without the need to sign up again; just be sure to sign in to YouTube using the account you have set up to Google Play Music. So...how much is it? Google lists the during the Beta, you can get a 6-month free trial to try Music Key. That's quite a long time, but you'll still have to enter your credit card information and "subscribe" while you sign up. When YouTube Music Key is released, or after your trial is over, it'll be available starting at $7.99/mo, under a presumably 1-month-long promotion, and then will raise to the $9.99 that Google Play is currently posted at. Currently uncertain whether they'll drop the price of Play Music or not during this promotional period (because, that would make sense). But we'll find out! Some last-minute things to note: Amazingly, as we've been reassured, you'll be able to have the same streaming experience in both the YouTube and Play Music apps. That means, you can stream videos/music from both apps, as well as access your Playlists from them and play all of your offline stuffs with either player.Sadly, this means that the limit of "One streaming device at a time" will conjoin the apps so that you can only watch a video or stream a song on one device at a time, no more. This is because they want to limit the number of people using one account to get ad-free streaming, so everyone will eventually need their own Key/Pass. We're not sure whether this limit will block you from non-ad-free videos on YouTube whilst you're streaming on your phone/tablet, but we'll soon find out.The "Ad-free' feature won't apply to all videos, as noted above. Only 'certified' videos, as it were, will have the marker. In addition, you'll still see ads in the Related Videos column on the right side of the desktop version. You just won't be disturbed during playback (or even before you start the video). There also won't be any ads in between videos/songs, so you can skip as many times as you want. So I guess it's a win, or something like that.YouTube Music Key will not interrupt regular YouTube functionality. You'll still be able to do everything you normally would on YouTube if you choose not to sign up for Music Key. You'll just see ads, and won't be able to stream while out of the app, or download videos/songs for offline play. That's about it; no big deal, right?While you can't get into the Beta if you haven't been invited already, Google lists that they "we aim to extend invites you can pass along to your music-loving friends," which means, just like Google Inbox, you'll be able to invite some friends to come along for the ride. We can't say whether or not this will come with the 6-month free pass, but they'll still have to enter their credit card information to "subscribe". You can visit the official YouTube Music Key page for more details. For some reason, if you're already invited, there's a few added details, which we've listed here for you, but it's mostly just reiterated stuffs. Likewise, you can visit this page for help with YouTube Music Key and its functions/features. And, that's about it for now! Leave a comment letting everyone know what you think! Will you be using these new features? Will they be useful to have just in case? What about Google's approach to getting more paying customers? Hmm... Signing off! ~Brandon
  22. I know what you mean, Ryan. Because most of my friends don't use Play Music, it's like sending emoji—not knowing who can see it and who can't. Though, from what I've been told, when you share a song with a friend, they get one free play of it (based on IP address and account). When I want to share what I'm listening to, say on Facebook, I find myself screenshotting most of the time rather than hitting that share button. But I see Play Music as the new-age Grooveshark. I was a heavy user of that website when it was first introduced (back when you'd get credit for uploading a specific song for others to listen to). But the site isn't the same as it was, and is no longer "ad-free" free. I have recently started uploading my own music copies via Play Music Manager, and have fallen in love with the feature. No fussing around with storage space on this iPhone when it comes to syncing music via iTunes. *sigh of relief* It provides a wonderful alternative.
  23. It very much is, however, in the last couple of weeks, Google has actually been updating their iOS apps (such as Play Music and Maps) to closely reassemble those of Android! It's made me both miss home even more, and appreciate the kindness.
  24. Put your hands in the air if you feel...oh wait. No. That's not fair! Where's my hands-on with the latest and greatest Material--everything?! Google! Over here! Don't forget the guys over here in iOS Land! D: