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...
Amazon Announces Kindle Fire Tablet, Forum Live on XDA
Today Amazon announced the $199 Kindle Fire, an Android-based tablet that holds a tremendous amount of potential to be a fantastic e-Reader and Android tablet (once rooted, of course). It will begin shipping on November 15, but you can pre-order today. You might recall that XDA was hugely instrumental in rooting the B&N Nook Color, allowing thousands to get much more out of the tablet than B&N ever intended. And we’re going to do the same thing with the Kindle Fire!
In terms of specs, the Kindle Fire isn’t exactly the most impressive, but for $199, it’s a great value. It includes a dual-core CPU which powers a 7″ IPS gorilla-glass display. It weights 14.6 ounces, which is about an ounce lighter than the Nook Color.
That said, we’ve gone ahead and added Kindle Fire forums to XDA-Developers. Let the development begin (just as soon as they start shipping!).
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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...