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...
Force Translucent Status Bar in KitKat ROMs with Xposed
It’s been a while since Android 4.4 KitKat was released, and we’re slowly preparing for a new version cooked up somewhere in Google’s secret AOSP laboratories. With KitKat, Google for the first time decided to use transparency in Android’s ubiquitous status bar. It’s a great improvement in terms of aesthetics, but unfortunately not every app has this feature enabled. Fear not as with the help of XDA Senior Member StephenMilone‘s Xposed module, KitKat can start look better.
With this module, status bar transparency will be available in every application, not just the launcher and a handful of other apps. This module is experimental, and some applications like Gmail, Greenify, and even Xposed Installer itself may suffer some weird bugs or even stop working properly. The list of incompatible applications isn’t long though, and hopefully will get shorter with upcoming releases. Needless to say, this module will work only with API level 19+ (Android 4.4 and higher), where transparency has been enabled. To use this module, you need to root your device and enable the module in Xposed Framework Installer (which will stop working afterwards, so be prepared or don’t mark it on the list).
If you want translucent status bars in every app, head over to the module thread and give it a shot.
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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...