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...
Nook HD Finally Gets Official Play Store Support
We understand that companies want to keep tight control of their products and how they’re used. But it kind of makes you shake your head when this is done at the expense of functionality. Case in point is the current generation of Barnes & Noble tablets: the Nook HD and Nook HD+. They shipped without built-in access to the Google Play Store, which hobbles the end user’s ability to use the device without, you know, taking command of your hardware in order to load the missing goods.
B&N is rethinking its approach. They’ve mentioned that this is due to popular demand, but we’d bet market forces from competition with the Kindle Fire are also a factor. Yesterday they issued a press release announcing native support for the Play Store on all Nook HD and Nook HD+ devices. At the very least, this lets users load the apps they want without requiring them to root their devices. The move also brings the full suite of Google Apps that were conspicuously missing before. This includes things like Gmail, Youtube, Maps, Chrome, etc.
Devices already in use will receive an over-the-air update. All new units will ship with these packages already installed.
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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...