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...
Search Now Lets You Search from within Any Application
Have you ever composed an Email or text message on your mobile device, only to realize that you need to perform a quick fact check? There’s no need to feel ashamed because after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. However, it’s still rather inconvenient to switch out of your current application, launch your web browser, and manually search for the answer. Luckily, there’s now a better way.
XDA Forum Member dasi1241 recently unveiled his new application Search Now. As its name alludes, this application allows you to search from anywhere on your device, without having to launch a separate application. This works because Search Now places an ever-present icon on top of your screen. Tapping the icon allows you to search while still remaining in your current app. You can also drag the icon to move it and long press the icon to hide it.
In addition to being convenient due to its floating capabilities, Search Now is also quite powerful. It is currently able to search from your contacts, the Internet (with a user-specified search engine), your installed apps, your history, your music, and your calendar entries. Essentially, Search Now can search from anywhere important. The app also offers web suggestions while you’re typing, as well as a handy search widget for your home screen, and an upcoming version will bring Voice Search and Google Translate capabilities.
If you’ve been looking for a handy, floating app to search from any screen on your device, head over to the application thread and give Search Now a try.
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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...