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.
New User Guide for the Kindle Fire
Getting an Android tablet for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Of course, users going to get an Android tablet already know that and accept the challenge, but that doesn’t stop users from having those first day jitters. Thankfully, XDA is not only a place of development, but also a place to learn for many users—especially ones new to Android itself.
Now, Amazon Kindle Fire owners have a great place to get started thanks to XDA Senior Member kinfauns, who wrote a tutorial that explains the basics of Android development and the Kindle Fire. The guide, which is a pretty long but rewarding read, runs users through a number of both Kindle Fire specific terminology and universal Android terminology. A list of the things that are explained include:
What is stock? What is rooting? What is a ROM?
What is a bootloader? What is a recovery?
What is fastboot? What is adb?
What is a bootmode? What is a bootloop?
What is a brick (hard-brick / soft-brick / unbrick)?
How do I unbrick my Kindle Fire?
Each section explains each concept very well and gives users links to the Kindle Fire development threads they pertain to. For first time Android users, new Kindle owners and even some intermediate users looking for a refresher course will all find a wealth of information in this overview. Additionally, for those who are looking for help can not only find a little info on how to fix, but the thread they can use to actually fix it. It’s a win win situation.
For more details, check out the original thread.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
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...
New Privacy concerns have emerged regarding Cyanogen’s latest announcements, primarily the inclusion of email app Boxer and that of a multitude of Microsoft apps, including Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office. The concerns arise when you look at both announcements together. At face value they may appear to be the beginning of Cyanogen’s plan to “take Android away from Google,” however there is certainly something more nefarious occurring. Along side the partnership with Microsoft, Cyanogen also recently announced...