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...
Galaxy S 4 Weather Widget and Launcher on all JB Devices
Occasionally after rooting and installing an AOSP-derived ROM, you may become nostalgic and want a taste of the OEM-skinned life. OK, we’ll admit it: The main reason why most users root and install a custom ROM is to remove the TouchWizes and Senses that mar our overall Android experience in the first place.
That said, there are some who genuinely enjoy the aforementioned custom UIs. And if you’re one who cares for Samsung’s TouchWiz, specifically the version emulating the look found on the Galaxy S 4, you’re in luck.
XDA Senior Member emwno ported the launcher and Accuweather widget to all devices running Jelly Bean. So far it has been tested and reported working on AOSP-derived ROMs such as CM10 and CM10.1, as well as various manufacturer-skinned releases. It has resources for XXHDPI, XHDPI, HDPI, and MDPI devices. However, if you’re running TouchWiz on an MDPI device, you are currently out of luck. However, we don’t imagine too many users who are already running TouchWiz would be installing this in the first place.
If you’d like to get a little taste of the Galaxy S 4’s interface, head over to the application thread and give emwno’s port a try.
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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...