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...
First ROMs Appear for the Nvidia Shield Tablet
The Nvidia Shield Tablet has only been available for a little over a month. In that short time, Nvidia’s latest gaming-capable mobile device has more than proven its worth. In fact, we recently took it for a spin, and we liked what we saw. Since then, it’s been rooted, it’s received its first major OTA, and the device continues to demonstrate that there is certainly a place for a low-priced and high-powered gaming-centric tablet.
Only a few weeks after its release, the Nvidia Shield Tablet seemed poised to receive a good amount of aftermarket development love. This started with an unofficial ClockworkMod recovery port for the device by XDA Recognized Developer Unjustified Dev. Now, XDA Senior Member joshuabg and Unjustified Dev have created two source-built ROMs for the device for your flashing pleasure. The former’s offering is built on the AOKP codebase and Unjustified_Dev’s device tree, while the latter’s ROM offers various CM-derived features such as profiles and quick settings.
If you’ve already gotten your hands on the Nvidia Shield Tablet, you should probably get started with rooting, installing a custom recovery, and loading up a custom ROM. To get in on the action, first drop by the Shield Tablet CWM recovery thread. Then once you’ve got the recovery installed, head over to the VanirAOSP ROM and AICP ROM threads.
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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...