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...
Script Helps Users Configure ADB and Fastboot on Linux
Installing Ubuntu, or really any Linux distro, for the first time can be a little intimidating for some. Most Windows or Mac users haven’t used *nix terminal commands nearly enough, so it’s only natural for mistakes to happen at first. For many users, Android was their first glimpse into Linux, and in many cases, requires them to use Linux for various fixes or installations. Now, there’s a script that gets ADB and Fastboot installed on Linux with minimal involvement.
In order to use the script, you must have one of two things. Either a full installation of Linux or a Live USB with a minimum of 800MB available. Additionally, the script is only compatible with Ubuntu and Mint, and has been shown to not work on installations of Arch. Given that it works with Mint and Ubuntu, it very well may work with other Debian-based distros, but that is untested. There are also a few peculiarities. As XDA Senior Member soupmagnet explains:
*for LiveUSB users, there is no root/sudo password – just hit enter
*Parallels Desktop is the only VM (that I know of) that will successfully detect the Kindle Fire in fastboot. Users of other VMs need to use a LiveUSB.
*If for some reason the script will not give you the option of running in Terminal, right click the file, select Properties > Permissions tab, and make sure there’s a check next to “Allow executing file as a program”
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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...