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...
Droid RAZR Users Can Now Use Their SD Cards as Internal Memory
Newer Android devices have more space than their predecessors—a lot more, in many cases. It wasn’t long ago that Android phones came with 512MB of space and users had to have an SD card if they wanted more content than that. Even some devices that were released as early as last year still rock 1 – 4 GB of internal memory, necessitating the need for an SD card. Even with the newest generations coming out with 16GB and 32GB of storage, users still seem to prefer their SD cards over the actual internal storage for ease of use and mobility.
For owners of the Motorola Droid RAZR, you can take it one step further. XDA Senior Member pajn has released a few easy-to-flash .zip files that will tell the RAZR to mount the external storage as internal storage and vice versa. That means that on boot, the external SD card becomes the internal SD card and vice versa. There are enough uses for this mod as it is, including making MIUI Music Player work, or for applications that don’t support being placed on external SD cards including applications with widgets.
In most cases, users will have to re-install many of their applications, but this is nothing a good old fashioned application restore won’t fix. For those who want to switch back to normal, yet another .zip will put it back to normal with ease. You can find everything you need to get started in the original thread. This mod is pretty cool and seems like it could be a stepping stone to something bigger. As usual, don’t forget to make back ups before attempting.
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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...