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...
Flash CyanogenMod… Through a Text Message!?
There are many, many ways to install a custom ROM nowadays. Although most of us currently do so by downloading (or building) an archive that is flashed through a custom recovery, there are many other ways to accomplish this same task. For example, you can manually flash the required images via Fastboot, or you can use a tool like Goo Manager to handle all the recovery commands for you. But you surely can’t flash a ROM from a text message, right? Wrong.
XDA Forum Member rootfan‘s new application SMS-Romer allows you to install official CM builds onto your rooted device via a simple text message. The app currently allows you to select between build types (nightly, stable, release candidate, or snapshot). In addition, you are also able to wipe dalvik, cache, or data in the installation process. Finally, you can install any particular gapps version.
Obviously for this to work, your device must also currently have or have had official CyanogenMod support in the past. But given the vast number of officially supported devices, this isn’t too difficult of a criteria to meet. And in addition to official CM, you need to have TWRP2+ installed on your device. This is because this app works by utilizing TWRP’s open source ORS like the TWRP Coordinator app we covered yesterday.
While we certainly still recommend at least keeping an eye on your phone while using this tool, SMS-Romer is a great little novelty trick for the crack flasher looking to be even more addicted. Head over to the application thread to get started.
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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...