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...
Dual Boot on the Sony Xperia ZL
In the past week, two prominent devices gained dual boot functionality. Aside from giving you the option of playing around with separate, otherwise incompatible builds, dual boot is just plain “cool.” Now, this functionality has been added to the Sony Xperia ZL with ROMSwitcher.
There are a few caveats with the installation. For starters, the primary ROM must be stock Timescape with any kernel. The secondary ROM can be any AOSP-based ROM, but it must use mithun46’s modified CyanogenMod 10.1 kernel. The secondary ROM ends up being installed in /cache, and /data and /cache are then stored in /data/dual. Finally, ROMSwitcher is still in its alpha stage. That said, it should be stable enough for daily driver status, so long as you’re careful during the initial setup.
As with any major modification, make sure you read the instructions thoroughly before getting started. Once you’re ready to take the plunge and expand your ROM horizons, head over to the development thread.
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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...