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...
Forums Added for Ubuntu for Phones, Jolla Sailfish OS, and Android Stick Computers
When we covered the announcement of Ubuntu for Phones two days ago, many quickly demanded that we give the fledgling mobile OS a place in our forums. And with an impressive gesture-driven interface, as well as official support from Canonical, it was really only a matter of time. We’re just as excited as you are, and we can’t wait to see the development and porting that is sure to begin when the first builds are made publicly available.
In addition to the much requested forum for Canonical’s latest and greatest, we’ve created a forum for another, albeit somewhat more obscure, operating system known as Jolla Sailfish. Sailfish OS is based on the Mer project, which is the extant fork of the now-defunct open source MeeGo operating system. Promising compatibility with many unmodified Android apps thanks to the use of Myriad’s Alien Dalvik, Sailfish could indeed become an interesting prospect for some.
Finally, we have also given a home to all development on Android Stick Computers such as the popular Mk808 Mini PC. While not exactly a mobile device, these diminutive boxes carry many of the same internals as our mobile phones, and are powered by a mobile OS.
Those wishing to dive into the discussion can do so by visiting the newly created forums:
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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...