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...
Customize the Google Experience Launcher Like It Should Have Been from the Start with Xposed
The Google Experience Launcher, also known as GEL, was one of the highlights alongside the release of the Google Nexus 5. For the first time, Google released a launcher with navigation and status bar transparency, as well as integrated support for Google Now—the latter being something that not everyone cares for. The launcher is extremely popular, but seriously lacks some customization settings like the ability to disable the omnipresent Google Now and Search.
As you may have noticed, Xposed Framework is the launching pad for many amazing projects. With a small application, almost every element of Android can be customized. The Google Experience Launcher is no exception, as XDA Forum Member theknut created a module to add some options that enhance the user experience when using that launcher.
With Xposed GEL Settings, users can easily hide the aforementioned Google Search bar, hide apps from the drawer, change the number of application above the notification bar, and more. New features will be implemented soon as the developer gathers more ideas on how to make the module even more user-friendly. The module has some issues, but they aren’t too major, and don’t impact on the overall stability too much. To use this module (or any other Xposed module), ensure that your phone is rooted and has a working copy of Xposed Framework installed.
If you are a GEL user and want to be able to tweak it a bit, make your way over to the module thread and give this piece of development a shot.
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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...