Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on New vs. Old. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below! Smartphone purchases make for some of the sweetest times of the year for many of us. After all, we are hobbyists of Android and a new...
Remove all the Bloatware from Your Samsung Galaxy S 4
Bloatware is extremely frustrating at times. There’s usually no problems when removing a couple, but things just get tedious when you have no idea which app is safe to remove or not. It’s even more of a hassle when your Galaxy S 4 comes with nearly 100 of them baked into the system, meaning leaving it to either a pre-cleaned ROM or an AOSP-derived, source-built ROM are your two best options. However if you want to do it yourself, you should check out the TrulyClean script by XDA Senior Member schoolsux.
Initially created for schoolsux’s own personal use, the TrulyClean script removes more than 98 apps considered bloatware, taking out the guesswork and saving you the time and effort. Installation, or uninstallation rather, is quite straight forward, requiring you to flash the provided zip file and running the prompted script. Schoolsux does recommend you to do a full wipe of your device and install either a stock or custom ROM first before installing, but it’s not strictly a requirement.
Apps such as Gmail, Earth, and Google+ will be on the chopping block, and so will S Voice and Samsung Hub. And for those who prefer the stock browser as opposed to the 3rd party alternatives, there’s even a version which keeps it intact. If there are other apps you’d rather not get removed, there’s a quick and easy tutorial briefly guiding you through the steps to edit the script to your liking.
Schoolsux’s TrulyClean is compatible with both the i9500 and i9505 S4 variants. If this has you interested, be sure to check out the original thread for more information and download.
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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...
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.