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...
Backup Your Main Settings with Backup 3.0
How important is it for you to have your device just the way you like it, particularly after hopping around ROMs like a bunny on caffeine? Does this interfere with you ORD? If you are like the rest of us, it more than likely does. Setting up your status bar with the right colors or transparency levels can be a daunting task for anyone, regardless of your level of mastery with the Android platform. To make matters worse, this is but one of the many general settings that people mess around with on their devices. There are other modifications that may involve messing with app specific DPI, setting up multiple user accounts, and of course, who can forget the ever popular need to re-enter your WiFi passwords for your home, office, school, and so on? We know that there are several apps out there that can perform master backups of everything that is contained on your device, but sometimes getting the old settings to back up properly can be a challenge on its own accord. Because of this, XDA Senior Member Kisler developed an app that tries to focus on this one part.
Backup v3.0 is a small backup application that focuses mainly on the general settings for your device. It is small and quite straightforward, with a very simple-to-use UI (unlike apps such as TiBu, which now has over 9000 options, settings, and other features). The app requests root access to work, which makes sense as it needs to write to areas with elevated permissions. Once root is granted, the app presents you with just a few simple options including where you wish to save the backup and what you wish to save. You are also given the option to restore from the backup. Simple, right?
The app is still in early development. With the right kind of feedback, an app in such early stages can easily become a more powerful tool than many of its elder brethren. but with far more ease of use. Please take it for a spin and let the dev know how it performs. Also, if you speak another language and would like to take a shot at making the app friendly for people who may speak languages other than English, drop by as well and offer your support. After all, that is what a community project is all about.You can find more information in the Backup 3.0 app thread.
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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...