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...
Auto Data App Turns Off Data with Screen to Save Battery
The never ending fight to obtain better battery life has taken users down some unique roads—everything from custom schedulers and underclocking / undervolting the CPU, down to lowering the screen brightness and using task managers. One popular way to get better battery life is to turn off Mobile Data. It does work, but it also leaves users with the problem of having no data unless they’re around a WiFi connection.
XDA Senior Member providence has developed an application to give the best of both worlds. The application is called Auto Data, and its purpose is to help soften the battery drain from using Mobile Data without having to manually switch it on and off. That can be annoying, and forgetting to turn it back on can mean no updates.
Auto Data’s premise is quite simple. When the screen turns off, the application toggles Mobile Data on and off every 5 minutes. This equates to having it off for 30 minutes and on for 30 minutes every hour, without input from the user. It could be enough time off to perhaps save battery life, but not off so long that applications can’t obtain updates. Even though the newest devices have much bigger batteries and better battery management, this app could be essential for users who have older phones with bad battery life.
For details, download links, and more, head to the application thread.[Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor mazdarider23 for the tip.]
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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...