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...
New Forums Added – Windows 8
Yes, folks you read it correctly. It looks like Microsoft is trying to integrate everything they can into this mobile generation of ours and as such, their new upcoming PC operating system (Windows 8 ) has just established its home here at xda-developers. Microsoft’s intentions seem to be rather clear as they are desperately trying to break back into a market they once dominated with Windows Mobile. However, don’t expect to see Windows 8 running on any phone any time soon. The OS seems to be directed towards the (not so) new and growing market of tablets or slate computers, one in which Microsoft has always prevailed. The Metro style UI seems to have been born from the Windows Phone 7 concept and while several people don’t agree with this “feeling right” as it is somewhat awkward to use it without touchscreen capabilities, once cannot help but to wonder about the possibilities of this new OS. There are some talks of porting already going on and one cannot help but to wonder if we will see this running on other devices such as maybe a Xoom or a Transformer. At this point only time will tell.
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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...