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...
LG 3.0 Launcher for any ICS-Based Device
Installing a custom launcher on an Android device is much like shopping for a new car. There’s a lot of features to compare, a lot of styles to see, and some may prefer one brand over another. In most cases, this is no big deal, as most custom launchers are available in the Google Play Store. There are a few cases where this isn’t the case, and users must wait for a launcher to be ripped and re-released. One such launcher is the LG 3.0 Launcher.
While the launcher is available in some capacity on most other LG phones, users of non-LG devices who still want the launcher are left in the dark. XDA Forum Member asdfzz and XDA Recognized Contributor and News Writer mustangtim49 are looking to help these users out with a universal LG 3.0 Launcher port for all devices running ICS.
The launcher, as well as the LG Weather Widget, are available for download in apk format for users to install. So far, there appear to only be a few minor issues, including a force close on boot. Otherwise, both work fine and are worth checking out.
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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...