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...
Custom Recovery, One-Click ICS Root for RAZR and MAXX
Not long ago, we brought you news that the Motorola Droid RAZR ICS update was rooted. This not only allows users who upgrade to get root again if they lose it, but also allows users just buying the device to root it for the first time. It is always good to see root methods obtained for new versions of Android on a popular device. However, that is not the end of the story for the Droid RAZR. There is now also a one click root solution and custom recovery specifically for the device’s ICS update.
Developed by XDA Recognized Contributor pedrotorresfilho, the one click method does as its name implies. Based on the root method mentioned above, the one click method simply requires users to plug in the device and run the script. This is especially helpful for those who aren’t comfortable using Command Prompt or Terminal commands.
As if that weren’t enough, thjere is now a custom recovery specifically made for Droid RAZR ICS users. XDA Senior Member hacker812c created an unofficial port of ClockworkMod Recovery for the Droid RAZR that works for ICS. This allows users to flash ROMs safely after upgrading, without having to worry about compatibility issues. Combined with the one-click root method, Droid RAZR users can get root and recovery at the drop of a hat. Additionally, these methods will work with both the GSM and CDMA variants of the RAZR, but users need to be sure they download the correct files for their devices.
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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...