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...
Hangouts Widget Completes Android’s Most Popular Messenger App
Hangouts is a first-party Google application designed to handle various types of messaging such as Google Talk, and more recently SMS and MMS. Hangouts is the successor the previously popular Google Talk, which it replaced back in August 2013. And right now, it’s probably the most popular messenger on Android.
Despite being such popular application, Hangouts lacks one major feature: a good widget. Instant access to messages should be a priority, and Google obviously failed to deliver this with decent widget support. But who said that there must be an official widget to support Hangouts?
XDA Senior Member RSenG2x made an unofficial widget that allows you to preview and create messages instantly. It has very nice, clear look, and does its job perfectly. You can also resize the widget, so that it doesn’t take up too much space on your home screen. Unfortunately, though, this app only works on Android 4.3 or higher, so not everybody will be able to use it.
If your device runs 4.3 or 4.4, you can get the newest version of the widget from the original thread. Make your Hangouts communication as fast and easy as it should have been from the beginning.
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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...