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...
Easily Compile CM10, CM10.1 or AOKP on Ubuntu 12.10
XDA forums are full of ROMs of all sorts, and for devices of all types. One can usually find a new version of Android for many of these devices much before the manufacturer pushes its official update—and that’s if they decide to do it at all. Most of these releases come in the form of CyanogenMod or AOKP builds. However, you can’t always find a ROM based on the latest version of Android for some of the less popular devices. Whether it’s that, or you just want to get into ROM development yourself, XDA Senior Member mithun46 has written a brilliantly detailed guide for you at the recently launched XDA-University forum to help you compile CyanogenMod 10, 10.1, and AOKP for practically any device.
The guide walks you through the entire process, starting from setting up the environment on Ubuntu 12.10, installing and configuring all the required software, pulling the source code, making the necessary changes to get it working on your device, and compiling it into an installable build.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the forum thread and start compiling your own ROMs![Image Credit]
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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...