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...
Easy-to-Follow Root Guide for the Nexus 7
Google I/O 2012 brought with it a variety of exciting announcements in both software and hardware. Many Android enthusiasts have been drooling over the 7 inch, Tegra 3 powered Nexus tablet since it’s unveiling at the kenote of the event. As you are no doubt aware, the tablet is already available for pre-order through the Play Store, where it is listed as ‘Ships Soon (2-3 weeks)’.
Power users awaiting their pre-orders won’t have to wait for a root method, though. In no time at all, the root method was documented and shared to the community—weeks before release! The process requires the use of ADB and fastboot via command line, and works on any OS as long as the Android SDK is installed.
Thanks to the unlockable bootloader on the Nexus 7, the root procedure is as simple as one would expect. XDA Forum Member FadedLite has gathered the instructions in his root tutorial thread for the lucky people already using the device or those who simply want to be prepared for their upcoming tablets. As is expected when unlocking via fastboot oem unlock, your user data will be cleared. Be sure to save all of your important data beforehand.
The Nexus 7 will arrive very soon. If development for the device continues at this speed, the tablet will undoubtedly become a community favorite!
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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...