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...
Open Source Materials and Factory Images for SHIELD
After watching Jordan’s review of the Nvidia SHIELD, you may be interested in picking one up for yourself. And there’s no fault in this, as the shield packs some serious hardware and battery power, as well as some nice proprietary features such as PC game mirroring and that all-important game controller, in a sleek and portable device. However, this being XDA, many of us are waiting to see just how open the device is towards aftermarket development before getting started.
In this mobile age, nothing is a guarantee anymore; even Nexus devices aren’t quite as open as we’d like. However, Nvidia is trying to cater to the aftermarket development community with the release of their open source materials and factory restore images. Included in the open source materials is “everything they [open source developers] need to create custom OS images for SHIELD.” Furthermore, if you manage to make a mess of things while making use of the aforementioned open source materials, Nvidia has also provided factory images for the device, including a binary recovery image in order to make restoring the device to full stock configuration a breeze.
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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...