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 Flash, Mod and Backup Your Android Device from PC with UniFlash
Find yourself flashing ROMs to your Android phone or tablet frequently, but wish there were a way to do so from the comfort of your computer? Want to edit the ROMs you flash safely before installing them, to remove the apps you don’t need and add some additional ones that you do? Want to flash individual partitions to your phone directly from a PC using a GUI, without having to meddle with fastboot commands yourself? Want to edit your build.prop right from your PC? Want to modify the /system partition of your device to add or remove system apps from a GUI on your computer? You can do all this from one single application: UniFlash!
Brought to us by XDA Member MihailPro, UniFlash aims to be a Swiss Army knife for your Android device that lets you edit and flash ROMs and partitions, add or remove system apps, edit system files, and even perform and restore backups—all from an easy-to-use graphical interface on your PC. To learn more about the features of UniFlash or to get started using it, simply visit the forum thread. Do keep in mind though that it is a new tool and there may be some glitches, so always take a backup first.
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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...