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...
Instago Helps You Traverse the Streets in New Cities
We’ve all gotten lost in new locations before. What’s more, most of us have probably gotten lost despite having all of our modern gadgets in front of us. This is because even though we have all the goodness of Google Maps at our disposal, getting around a new area is hard–especially when it’s crowded, everything looks the same, you’re not quite sure which direction leads to what, and your mobile device’s compass isn’t exactly up to snuff. Luckily, there are a few innovative applications that go above and beyond what’s offered by Google to make navigating unfamiliar cities just a little bit easier.
Created by XDA Forum Member theredsunrise, Instago is a walker-friendly GPS application that uses your phone’s orientation in conjunction with Google Street View to help you get where you need to go. After selecting where you need to go, Instago pulls up an eagle-eye view of where you need to go, as well as a Google Maps Street View box from your location that shows you what it’ll look like. Let’s face it, we’ve all been conditioned to not believe Google Maps telling us that we’re going North when we’re really going East. And now with Instago, you don’t have to rely on sensor-detected orientation. Instead, you can simply walk in the right direction, as seen in the Street View image, and be on your way.
If you frequently find yourself getting lost in new cities, head over to the application thread and give Instago a shot.
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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...