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...
Firefox Beta for Android
Mozilla just launched the Firefox 4 Beta 1 for Android and Maemo devices. Thanks to XDA member dadyal for pointing this out to us. The app codenamed “Fennec” is now available for download from Mozilla’s site. Finally, as the sites slogan states, you can “Take your Firefox anywhere”. The browser features:
- Browser based Add-ons
- Personalized Start Page
- the “Awesome Screen” – Access to history/bookmarks/favorite search engine
- Simple and Clean UI and Touch Friendly
- Highly responsive
- Pinch to Zoom (Android)
- Tabbed browsing
- Location Aware Browsing
- Share Pages via Social Networking sites
- Password Manager
And much much more! This browser is sure shaping up to be a grand mobile browsing experience for your Android Smartphone. After personally testing this on my Motorola Droid, I found it to be very responsive and will now be using it as my main browser. To go give it a try, checkout the download page, release notes, supported devices, and the discussion thread.
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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...