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...
Android 101: How it all Fits Together
Many of us forget how daunting and sometimes downright confusing the terminology that’s thrown around on the forums can be for new users. Once upon a time, you wouldn’t have even found your way to XDA without already having a solid understanding of your device and how it functions at either a hardware or a software level. Those days, however, are long gone and many, many new people find their way to the site on a daily basis—many of them with little or no previous knowledge of how a mobile operating system functions. As the number of such users increases, so does the need for readily available and easy to understand information that answers some of the commonly asked questions and provides a solid base upon which to build further knowledge.
XDA Recognised Contributor Tha Technocrat created a thread to help those new to Android gain a good understanding of the OS, the kernel, and how the two interact with each other. He also talks about the way in which ROMs are structured, how to prepare to flash one, and some of the possible errors you might encounter while doing so. The final thing he talks about is the various partitions found on most modern Android devices and their specific uses.
While you might argue that anyone who doesn’t already know what the kernel actually is shouldn’t be flashing one (and you’d be right), many people seem to be asking the kind of questions answered by this guide only after something goes wrong. If you are new to modifying your devices software and feel there are some knowledge gaps that you’d like to fill, check out the original thread for more information on the subjects mentioned above.
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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...