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...
Get Back App Ops with Just a Root-Enabled Application
Many things has been said about Google’s recent decision to further hide App Ops. It certainly caused a big disturbance in the force, and some critics have a point in saying that Google tries to play the big brother and decide what we should and should not do with our phones. In the last few days, we’ve presented various ways of getting App Ops back on Android 4.4.2. One of the methods used an Xposed Framework module, while the other was a smali hack, which didn’t break ART compatibility.
There is a third method, and it’s probably the easiest one so far. It was created by XDA Forum Member safet.me. The app adds a sub menu in Settings with many common use cases, rather than one-to-one mapping. For now, it requires root access to work, but we hope that the developer will manage to create an application that can be run on unrooted Android.
This application is a great chance to bring back App Ops without much effort. The newest APK can be found in the application thread, where you can leave your feedback regarding this app.
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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...