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...
Cover Algorithm Rewritten from Scratch, Becomes Automaton
If you’ve been following the Portal recently, you may remember a little program by XDA Forum Member Akshay (Aky) that gave you the ability to intelligently sleep and wake your device. Akshay’s app made it possible to automate the process based on readings from your device’s sensors and emulate smart cover functionality on devices without magnetic sensors.
Akshay hasn’t been idle, it seems, as he has rewritten the app from scratch and fittingly given the app a new name: Automaton – Intelligent Lock/Unlock. When asking Akshay what the biggest changes are in this revision, he stated that the main difference is that this update allows the use of more complex sensor combinations for event triggers, a feature he calls “FUSION,” and the ability to now calibrate sensor values.
A pocket mode was added in this version, where the combinations have been optimized for devices entering and exiting user pockets. The UI also received a major overhaul to streamline the setup process. Upcoming revisions will feature S View flip cover support, as well as air gestures.
If you were a fan of the old version, there should be nothing stopping you from taking a trip over to the application thread to get your update.
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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...