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...
Legendary Google Nexus One Gets Android 4.4 and Joins Its Younger Brothers
In recent days, we’ve informed you about a variety of official KitKat updates. They all had one thing in common: Every update was delivered to some brand new devices like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play editions, each with powerful CPUs and newest drivers. But what happens with much older and unsupported devices? Do they gather dust? Not a chance at XDA.
The Google Nexus One, the company’s first flagship device from early 2010 (read more here) recently received an Android 4.4 port. The update was made by XDA Recognized Developer texasice and his team. It’s based on AOSP, with additional features to enhance the functionality of the ROM. All these features can be disabled with just one switch to give a relatively pure AOSP experience. A few words about bugs, because unfortunately they are present: The new ART compiler is broken and should not be used because it causes bootloops. The graphics drivers aren’t fully working, and screenshot functionality is broken. The camera also doesn’t work perfectly. The good news is that the rest is working, and Android 4.4 can almost be used as a daily driver other than the above issues. Let’s hope that all these issues will be fixed, to make this ROM even more bug free.
If you still use a Nexus One or have it somewhere hidden away in your desk, make your way to the ROM thread and give this amazing piece of work a try.
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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...