I followed the suggestions in “Speeding up the Samsung Galaxy Note” which worked, but now a new problem: after pressing the Home button, the ‘desktop’ takes very long to show the icons. This is on my Samsung Note (original) i717 with Android 4.1.2, on AT&T network.
Searching I found that many were blaming the lack of memory.
What I did
Using the SystemPanel Lite app, I saw that there were a bunch of apps in the Inactive (Cached) Applications list. I closed these. Now the home screen pops up a little quicker.
I don’t think it is just a memory issue. Something is wrong with this OS version on my phone. More likely the caching system needs a major revisit. Are the latest versions of Android any better?
SystemPanel Lite version 1.3.1
“So What” by Miles Davis from “Kind of Blue”
I’ve had my Note since Feb 2012, I think. Love it. However, even with the large screen I found using keyboard input tedious; I’m just not good with my thumbs like that.
Finally I retried using the Swype keyboard. It comes pre-installed on the Samsung Note. Swype is really good! Takes just a few minutes to get comfortable with it.
The way to get good at it is to not try to be accurate. Coming from the standard keyboards, you always try to tap the correct key. Swype works on gestures, so you can even miss going over the correct keys, it will figure out what your wanted. Plus, it will show you a list of word options too.
The upcoming Swype is even better and available as a demo. The new Swype will have word prediction built in:
Next Word Prediction
Swype’s next word prediction is more intelligent than ever. Imagine your device figuring out what you will type based on the history of how you’ve used specific words in relationship to one another. A cutting edge Advanced Language Model, the latest XT9 algorithms and a robust Dynamic Language Model all work together with a preloaded baseline language database to be able to (almost) read your mind.
That reminds me of something I was working on years ago, Predictive Interface technology. I’ll have to blog about it one day.
iSwipe on iPhone and iPad
Looks like someone is making a Swype-ish app called iSwipe that runs on Apple products. Will require a jail broken phone though. There are other apps that provide Swype type of input. I wonder why the makers of Swype don’t provide an iOS version.
- Phone: Samsung Galaxy Note i717
- Swype version: 3.26.92….. etc.
- Android version: 2.3.6