Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
Add the KitKat Easter Egg to Your Android 2.3+ ROM
Although they aren’t quite the most important aspect of a ROM, Easter Eggs have become somewhat of a staple in Android. Back in January, we talked about adding the Jelly Bean Easter Egg to a Gingerbread or ICS ROM. And then one month later, we talked a little bit about the evolution of Easter Eggs in Android. Now thanks to a simple guide by XDA Senior Member MuSaddiq, anyone can add KitKat’s Easter Egg to their own Android 2.3+ ROM.
In order to add in this Easter Egg, you’re going to have to first obtain the framework.jar file from your ROM. You then decompile the JAR file and replace some smali with code provided by Musaddiq. Then, you just have to recompile framework.jar, push it back to the device with the appropriate permissions, and install a particular app with the Easter Egg called by the smali code. After that, simply launch your device settings and tap the Android version number like your life depended on it.
Obviously adding the KitKat Easter Egg to your non-KitKat ROM won’t magically give it any additional features. However, it’s still cool for the novelty factory, especially if your device lacks a daily driver-capable KitKat ROM. Make your way over to the guide thread to get started.
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Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...