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...
Learn to Use a Logcat to Diagnose and Fix Your Issues
Some time ago, we covered a quick tutorial aimed at helping users learn how to generate a logcat. We’ve also covered a few tools that help you easily come up with output from this all important diagnostic tool. However, most of the material we have covered in the past has been geared at providing you with information that you would then send over to your favorite developer when something isn’t working right.
What if instead you learned how to read the output so that you could better diagnose your own issues? This is exactly what XDA Forum Moderator Stryke_the_Orc wants to help you accomplish with his guide. Though not an overly complicated task, spotting errors in a logcat output is often harder than it sounds.
The guide (naturally) begins by showing you how to obtain a logcat on Windows and Linux/Mac. There are, once again, quite a few tools, guides, and ways to do this. However, Stryke_the_Ork covers how to do it manually using the Android SDK\Platform Tools folder. He even shows you how to obtain a logcat during a bootloop situation. Once you already have your logcat handy, the guide shows you how to filter your logcat by application so that you only see what you want to see.
To make a little more sense out of the output from this handy tool, head over to the guide thread.
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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...