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...
ActiveNotifications Becomes DynamicNotifications, Drops 4.3 Requirement
Yesterday we wrote about a new solution for simulating the active widget functionality from the Moto X on other devices. In our article, we mentioned a limitation of the previously covered ActiveNotifications by XDA Forum Member niko001, where it required the use of Android 4.3 (and the new Notification Listener service) to function. Well, times change, app names change, and requirements change.
As of version 1.5 alpha 2, nik0001 has added limited support for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or greater. This is done by using the Accessibility service rather than the Notification Listener service. Unfortunately, the functionality is not quite as high on older Android versions. For example, when using the multiple notifications option, only the most recent three notifications are shown. Furthermore, notifications cannot currently be dismissed from the lock screen on older devices. That said, the core functionality now works on devices running 4.0 and up, and it’s always good to have more options.
If you’d like to give
Active DynamicNotifications another go, head over to the application thread. Be sure to leave your feedback for the developer while you’re at it, as the app is making great progress.
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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...