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...
Send and Receive SMS Anywhere with Floating Texts
Getting interrupted because of an incoming text message is never fun. And replying to that text usually means switching to your messaging app and then switching back to what you were doing previously. While the sender may think that his or her lolspk is more valuable than your Angry Birds time, you may not always be inclined to agree.
Thankfully Paranoid Android had something to say about that with the revolutionary Halo, which they promptly open sourced. Despite its many merits, however, not everyone is running Paranoid Android. Luckily, we recently featured an Xposed module that brings some of the Halo experience to any device running Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread).
But this is XDA, and we like having options. After all, having options is what Android is all about. As such, XDA Forum Member manuja95 brings us a simple messaging app that lets you read and respond to your incoming SMS messages without having to exit your currently running app. Incoming messages come in as a floating and unobtrusive popup, and you can reply within the popup without leaving your current app.
Floating texts has a few nice features you’d not ordinarily expect. For starters, you can swipe through a list of your received text messages. You can also customize the message popup’s color and duration. Messages also update in real-time.
If you’re looking for a new way of viewing and replying to messages on the fly, head over to the application thread and give Floating Texts a shot.
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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...