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...
Dial an App Becomes The Dial, Now Searches Your Entire Phone!
You may recall that a little over a month ago, we took a look at an innovative application called Dial an App. At the time, this application allowed users to “dial” applications with a virtual T9 keypad. To launch an app, you simply had to open the Dial an App and hit the first few letters of the application you’re searching for on the virtual T9 keypad. The more letters you’d type, the further the list is narrowed down.
Dial an App worked extremely well–so well in fact, that we wished we could use it for more. As such, the only minor suggestion we had at the time was that this application be extended to also work as a regular dialer, so that users could replace their dialers entirely for both phone and app launching purposes.
Well, XDA Forum Member luciferabby has been hard at work over the past month, but now he’s done it. Dial an App has become The Dial, and it is capable of searching your entire phone. Obviously, it retains its initial/primary functionality by allowing you to find local apps by the application name—but that’s where the similarities end. In this version, you’re also able to find, call, and email contacts, as well as uninstall applications. The app is even themeable now, to allow you to tailor its appearance to your liking.
If you’ve been looking for an efficient and lightweight application launcher that can do so much more than merely open apps, we can’t think of a better option than The Dial. Head over to the application thread to get started.
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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...