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...
Regain Root on the Latest Droid X .621 OTA
When devices get the newest OTA, one of two things happens to root users. They either stay on the old firmware until a rooted version of the new firmware is available for flashing, or they get overzealous and flash the OTA and lose root. This can be a particularly frustrating, especially when there’s no easy root method for the new firmware. We’ve written about the the struggles users go through to get root back after losing it. Unfortunately for some phones, the newest OTA’s never get rooted.
Motorola Droid X users can now breathe a little easier because the latest .621 OTA update has been rooted. XDA Forum Member frankc123 has posted about a method that will get users rocking the latest OTA back to superuser status.
The method is not exactly a walk in the park. It requires members to go so far as to boot into Linux and perform a SBF flash that will get the rooted .621 OTA on your phone, replacing the non-rooted one that’s probably already there. Those who aren’t already running Linux will have to create a live CD, adding a couple steps to the process.
More information, full instructions, and download links can be found in the original thread.
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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...