Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on New vs. Old. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below! Smartphone purchases make for some of the sweetest times of the year for many of us. After all, we are hobbyists of Android and a new...
Let’s Get the Party Started: The Moto G Receives One of its First Custom ROMs
The Moto G was one of the hottest devices of late 2013. Featuring relatively powerful specification and an incredibly low price, the G is a perfect budget phone that can easily compete with the last-generation Nexus 4. And Motorola’s close affiliation with Google makes the device even more enticing.
A device like the Moto G should be prime for some major aftermarket development, but this has been surprisingly slow in recent weeks. This is no longer the case, as a couple of custom ROMs are now available in Moto G forums. Big credit goes to XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who created a highly functional unofficial build of CyanogenMod 11. The build was almost completely fixed within the span of a week, and the developer claims that there are no bugs left. It’s an impressive achievement, considering that most phones need much longer than that for a fully functional ROM free of camera or radio issues. As this was the first source-built project for the G, now the flood gates are open for other popular ROMs to be ported as well.
If you are a happy Moto G owner and want to try something new, visit the development thread and give this ROM a try.
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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...
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.