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...
EOS Brings 4G to the Xoom and So Much More
Just a couple of days ago, we wrote about how CyanogenMod 9 had triumphantly been kanged for the Motorola Xoom tablet. However in writing this, we largely (and unintentionally) ignored some of the most important developers and releases for Google’s reference tablet.
Anyone following the Xoom development timeline has surely noticed that the Team EOS, the evolution of TiamatXOOM, has racked up more than a few “firsts.” From the first true custom ROM to the first the first 4G-enabled release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, EOS is a staple of the Xoom development community. In fact, although the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the WiFi-only Wingray has already started making its way to select WiFi-only devices, the 4G-enabled Stingray’s update release schedule is still unclear.
So who are they, and why do they do what they do? Simple. The EOS team—comprised of XDA forum members Solarnz, Nusince, Bigrushdog, GPstar, kcrudup, phokus, and MADIndustries—feels that although the Xoom is a “very capable hardware platform,” Motorola’s tablet “has been plagued from day one by short sighted decisions made in an attempt to rush to market a much needed answer to a competitors growing titan.” The result? The Xoom has become the “red-headed stepchild of the Android development community.” Naturally, it has been the goal of EOS to help alleviate this—and this, they have achieved.
Through laborious efforts centered around AOSP-based builds of Ice Cream Sandwich, their offerings have “received a number of enhancements and modifications, based primarily around usability and function. It is also the only ICS build currently available that fully supports LTE data services thanks in no small part to the efforts of Bigrushdog. Features are being added every day as we push ahead towards a release candidate and our first official EOS release.”
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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...