It's that time of the year again, when the largest players in the mobile sphere gather in Barcelona for MWC, and one of the most highly anticipated unveilings is the next iteration of Samsung's Galaxy S series, Android's biggest OEM and one of the best selling series in the world. Numerous leaks have ensured that nothing mysterious remains about the supposed Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with images of both devices from multiple angles, as well as side by side shots and...
Don’t Like Proprietary Applications on AOSP ROMs? Join the NOGAPPS Project
As most of you are aware, XDA is dedicated to a spirit of openness in both hardware and software. One thing that proponents of open source ideals have long rallied against is the bundling of closed source proprietary software, especially when that software is required for the operating system to retain full functionality. Even Google is guilty of this, as not using their proprietary Google Applications (i.e. Maps, Play Store, etc.) with an Android device greatly reduces standard functionality.
XDA Forum Member MaR-V-iN has taken it upon himself to do something about this with his latest endeavor: NOGAPPS Project. The basic premise is to incorporate all of the missing APIs that would normally come from the closed-source, proprietary Google Applications (GAPPS) and incorporate them into open applications. This would in turn allow AOSP to become truly independent and functional, without the user having to flash additional proprietary content. (For those not aware, Google does not allow AOSP ROM developers, like Cyanogen, to bundle GAPPS with their ROM’s, forcing users to flash them separately.)
The project is being updated regularly, and MaR-V-iN is looking for assistance in both testing and development. So head on over to the original thread and contribute in any way you can.
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MWC is here, and two of Android's biggest OEMs, HTC and Samsung are gearing up to launch their flagships. The rumored HTC M9 is no stranger to the camera and various leaks have showcased the device from all angles, with cranked up internals and a look similiar to its predecessor. Despite the extensive nature of these leaks, actual announcement garners a lot of anticipation and is happening at an HTC event titled "Utopia in Progress", with the live stream available right here:
When Google announced its wearables initiative around this time last year with LG and Motorola being the frontrunning hardware partners, many were skeptical about the endeavor. However, in the time since then, the platform has grown in leaps and bounds and what started off as a two manufacturer arena, soon expanded to include all the big OEMs out there. Today marks another step in Android Wear's advent, as one of the relatively smaller OEMs, Huawei, took the wraps off the...