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 the Sense 4 Recent Apps Look on Your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Neo and Pro
HTC Sense 4’s approach to the recent apps interface function is probably the most unique and visually appealing of them all. As opposed to rather dull and stock(ish) vertically scrolling tiles of your recent apps, you get a full preview of an app, which you can swipe left or right to the next recent app—and all in snazzy 3D. And although it is true that this isn’t the most efficient way of navigating to a recent app, not everything in life is about efficiency.
So for users of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Arc S, Pro and Neo who are getting a bit bored with their current look of the recent apps interface, XDA Senior Member Madaditya ported the Sense 4 recent apps interface to the aforementioned devices. However, only users running either the official Android 4.0 ICS firmware or CyanogenMod 10 on their devices will be able to install the port.
There are two ways of installing this mod with very little variation between the two. The first method is to simply flash the provided zip file called ‘Whole Mod’ through a custom recovery. This installs the mod with default settings. If you want to switch things up a bit, you can change the dimensions of the recent apps preview thumbnail by editing an xml file in the Framework-res.apk according to instructions, and flashing the zip file called ‘SystemUI only.’
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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...