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...
Interview with XDA Chef Laurentius26 – Pt. 2 final
With no more introduction, we continue with the second and last part of the interview with XDA Chef Laurentius26.
Orb3000: After Universal times you moved and started to cook for other devices, but at the end you took your place as a well-known respected Chef for Leo. What made you decide to cook for Leo in particular?
Laurentius26: Well, you skipped a step here as I cooked for Blackstone too ha-ha
Both Blackstone and HD2 are pretty slim devices and I love the large display.
A pity nowadays, manufactures don’t make such devices with a hardware keyboard but who knows what tomorrow brings.
Orb3000: Actually you work in parallel with XDA and your own site where a great squad of Developers and beta testers are working as a solid team on creating new ROM´s for Leo with great results, please tell us about your motivation for opening your personal site and how this has improved the impact of your ROM´s on more mobile lovers?
Laurentius26: Building the website is another hobby from me.
I thought it was cool to create a home where I can test in private with the beta team and where I can collect all the work in a ROM archive so it doesn’t get lost.
Besides that, we can bring people tips/tricks and news to improve their device experience.
‘Together is Power’ ha-ha: P, I want to build a cool community around the ROM´s with my friends.
A huge amount of time goes in cooking and creating the website, a small favor we ask in return from the ROM users/fans is to register in order to download and support the work.
We can only do this with their feedback, it keeps us going.
Orb3000: Do you have plans for cooking for more devices? If so, which ones?
Laurentius26: Not really, the website is based on the current device I cook for and is also my plan for future.
I only have one device and cooking without a device isn’t that good to my opinion as we can’t test.
Orb3000: With all the new devices and the Windows Phone 7, did you consider cooking for that new OS?
Laurentius26: I wish I could already but hacking in to WP7 I don’t have the skills, great people like DFT Cotulla and Da_G are working on that and hopefully they manage soon.
Orb3000: What is your opinion about Android, will you consider cooking for that platform?
Laurentius26: I don’t know, it has some potential and great features which WM doesn’t have at the moment but it’s not my OS. Nothing wrong with it and its good people can choose but I guess I’m just a WM die hard.
Orb3000: A lot of people would like to know what you do for living. I meant apart from cooking
Laurentius26: I live in Amsterdam and I work for an airline in the ICT.
Orb3000: You are one of the old timers in XDA. What do you think about its development and growing in the last years?
Laurentius26: Its nice development is going so fast and tools are getting more automatic but it annoys me sometimes that everyone can cook nowadays. Well, it’s good off course but people don’t take the time to read anymore and ask questions first. The great fun of cooking is when you learn and do it yourself, at least for me it is.
Orb3000: What recommendation would you give to the members who are willing to learn the art of cooking?
Laurentius26: Read, read and read and use the search button on XDA ha-ha, almost all stuff is done before.
Just kidding but actually they could start in Chef Central, kitchens/tools and solved cases you all find it there. You can open a topic and ask a question (if it hasn’t been answered already) if you are really stuck.
Some great people are always willing to help, I check it every day.
Orb3000: Well Laurentius26, thanks a lot for giving us this time to talk and know you better, just one more question: What are the latest news regarding your work for the Leo?
Laurentius26: We are working on a huge project and currently we are in such a status that there’s nothing much to improve on the ROM´s anymore as they are bug free, fast and stable with awesome battery performance LoL
My buddy Spike is doing the skinning, he’s literally editing every dll and Manila and this gives you a totally skinned rom. Skinned to the bone. Very awesome skinning if I may say so, he’s a real artist.
I’m cooking the ROM´s in more languages, 6 we have at the moment and together with Spike we are trying to bring 3 flavors to every language.
* A Stock look
* Spike’s previous flavor
* Spike’s GTX Albino Perfection
I like to thank everyone who’s involved in this, without them this wouldn’t be possible.
Thank to all the great people on XDA for creating all the tools and applications making this possible.
Thanks for the interview Orb, it has been my pleasure.
For those of you who want to know better the work of Chef laurentius26 you can check his XDA ROM thread here, and also you can visit his site laurentius26.net
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
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...