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...
Bring Back the AOSP Browser on KitKat without Root
Chrome Browser has seen quite a few major advancements in its time since it replaced the old (and I do mean “old”) default Android browser. It offers a feature set that essentially rivals its desktop counterpart, and has been given great new functionality such as the ability to undo closed tabs, and much more.
Despite Chrome for Android’s ever-growing feature set, not everyone is a huge fan. For starters, it doesn’t support the wonderful Pie Controls, which were initially seen in the AOSP browser. Furthermore, it’s a bit more resource intensive so those on slower devices may find it a bit choppy with scrolling, panning, and zooming when compared to the AOSP Browser. But unfortunately, it’s hard to use the old AOSP browser since it isn’t included anymore on most devices. Luckily, the CM team was able to update the browser to work on KitKat and XDA Senior Member LitoNi shared it for all to use.
Installing this browser is a bit convoluted, but it isn’t too difficult–and most importantly, it doesn’t require root for the few of you who aren’t yet rooted. Rather than simply installing the APK, you must navigate to your /system/apps/ folder and “install” BrowserProviderProxy.apk. This installation will fail, but that is normal. After a reboot, you must then install the browser provided by the thread OP.
Unfortunately, no version of Flash player is known to work with this browser on KitKat, and it’s unlikely that untested versions will work. But for those who simply want the AOSP browser experience and streamlined speed, this is great news. Head over to the application thread to begin.
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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...