More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Android Notifications to Your Desktop
Recently, a neat little app slipped under the radar and XDA Member kristopherson posted a link to it. The app is called Android-Notifier. This allows your phone to send notifications to your desktop (Windows,Mac,Linux) over the network (Currently WiFi and Bluetooth, USB in the future). It can send such notifications as SMS/MMS Received, Low Battery, Missed Call, Phone Ringing, and much more. The app is perfect for people who leave their phone in a bag or listen to music using headphones and cant hear when their phone rings or vibrates. The app is currently on Google Code and the Android Market (Search or use the QR Code below). It does have a few prerequisites to run depending on what OS you are using on your desktop.
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While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...
There already are many solutions on the Google Play store if you want to send a link to one of your devices -- but what if you wanted to do it quickly without having to install any software or logging in to a website on the recipient end? Most apps require you to do either or both, which can be a hassle (or even a security risk) in some cases. Luckily, XDA Forum Member wyemun has developed CaastMe. Inspired by...