Speaking of Optimus, it's official -- LG is launching the Optimus G Pro in the U.S. on May 1 at an event in New York. More a micro-tablet (giving that term a try instead of the "ph" word) than a smartphone, the big device has been widely compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, though it lacks that one's stylus.
That's all well and good, but given that Samsung's already got the Galaxy Note 3 in the pipeline, the Optimus G Pro might not have much chance to make a major impression -- particularly if SamMobile's story about the Samsung device sporting the world's first all-plastic OLED screen is true. The rumor site says that such a display would be far more durable than regular glass screens, as well as thinner - leaving more room to fit an oversized battery into any given device.
Then again, the SamMobile story doesn't have the Note 3 coming out until the last few months of 2013, so the Optimus G Pro could still get a good run atop the micro-tablet market.
Going a lot smaller, The Droid Guy reports that HTC is working on a mini-version of its One to compete against (what else?) the Galaxy S4 Mini. As you might expect, the hardware will be scaled down to fit the device -- a 4.3-inch, 720p screen, Snapdragon 400 Krait dual-core and 1GB RAM. However, The Droid Guy also says the One mini will retain the metal construction that helped make its larger cousin such a critical success.
(Also, H/T: Phandroid)
After one seriously long open beta test, Swype is officially available in the Play store. If you're unfamiliar, Swype is a gesture-based keyboard replacement for Android that lets you type a lot more quickly than hunting and pecking your way across an on-screen qwerty.
I have strong -- though not unmixed -- feelings about Swype, in that I think it's easily the best alternative to a physical keyboard out there but also immensely frustrating when it doesn't work right. (Accidentally deleting long, irregular words that you had to spell out because they weren't in the dictionary, the fact that it CONSTANTLY reminds you "Swype automatically inserts spaces where necessary -- just keep typing." Listen, Swype -- I grew up having to hit the damn spacebar. Sometimes I'm going to hit the damn spacebar. Stop sticking a damn notification over what I'm typing when I do.)
As annoying as this is, though, it's a joy to use most of the time, and for $1, you could do worse. (You can also try it for free for a month ...)
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