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...
Batch of Recognized Developers Added by Mistake
Here at XDA, we want to make sure the most contributive and skilled developers get the recognition they deserve, which is why we have the Recognized Developer program to which any developer can apply. Being a part of the program gives you advantages like a faster, ad-free forum template, a custom title, basic moderation privelages, and more. On November 22, we mistakenly added a small batch of Recognized Developer due to a clerical error. These particular developers were waiting in the queue to be evaluated, and had not yet been looked at. As such, we’ve removed the Recognized Developer status from that particular group until our Developer Committee can properly process them. If you see one of your favorite developers with their Recognized Developer status suddenly removed, it’s likely because of this error. We’re sorry for any trouble this might have caused, and we can assure you that it won’t happen again.
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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...