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...
ICS Gradient Fix for Many Galaxy Nexus ROMs
It would be both a great thing and a terrible thing if software were perfect out of the box. It would be great because people would stop complaining. However, it would be terrible because people would stop creating. This is the case for Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners who have been suffering a horizontal gradient banding in their settings for quite some time. For anyone that’s had enough of this bug, XDA Senior Member arzbhatia has a fix for you.
The fix comes in the form of a modified framework-res.apk file that is then pushed via ADB. The modification gets rid of the gradient banding entirely—both in the settings menu and wherever else that particular gradient is used. While this won’t improve or image quality in any other way, it will certainly take care of an eyesore for Galaxy Nexus users. In a world where customization is key, removing an eyesore can be just as important. Additionally, arzbhatia is willing to apply the fix to any ROM that needs it, and that’s an opportunity many ROM devs should consider.
You can find more information, the full instructions, download links, and more in the modification thread. As usual, make a backup just in case you run into problems.
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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...