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...
Nexus 7 Prepped for Release with Root, Unbricking Instructions, and More
One thing XDA users look for when a new device is announced or released is the device’s development atmosphere. Having good specs, great pricing, and the latest software can’t hurt either. Future Google Nexus 7 users have nothing to worry, as the device’s development is already healthy, despite not having been released yet.
For starters, we already brought you news of the Nexus 7 being rooted. We also talked about enabling a full tablet UI On the Nexus 7. Furthermore, users also already have a custom ROM as well as a custom kernel with a number of modifications made. The kernel has the following features:
Overclocked to 1.5GHz
Voltage tweaks at OC clocks
And the ROM features include:
Superflous apps removed
Ad-blocking host file
Original Nexus 7 boot animation
Want more? Okay. XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler has even created a Nexus 7 Hack Pack. The pack contains various binaries and reference materials that could prove essential in the development of more complicated modifications and applications. The pack is also scheduled to grow, as AdamOutler and others dig further into the Nexus 7.
For additional information on the current active developments for the Nexus 7, feel free to hit up any of the links above or visit its development forum. The release date is still a couple of weeks away, but Nexus 7 development seems to be progressing nicely.
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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...