You've probably seen or installed modified applications, be it a patched dialer for your resolution or a custom WhatsApp version with added features. How do developers do that, though? A lot of the time, the applications' source code isn't even available, so how does it all work? We'll see that first, then take a look at a new tool that aims to make the process much easier, and finally compare it to the popular Xposed framework to see how they...
Some Fun: Google Failed To Deliver Android-Controlled Lightbulbs
Back in May, at its annual Google I/O conference, the search giant apparently showed off a pretty cool initiative: dubbed Android@Home, it would provide a framework to automate home appliances and control them via an Android device. Say, a game changing the lighting to fit the mood, thermostats turning off the heater based on calendar appointments, but you could also manually control your oven, washing machine, alarm clock etc. using your Android smartphone or tablet from the sofa.
To get this thing started, Google originally announced that it had partenered with Lighting Science Group to bring an Android@Home LED lightbulb, the one pictured at the side, at the end of this year. Unless they meant the very end – that is, this December 31 – it seems like they haven’t kept their promise. There haven’t been any other announcements in this regard since the conference either.
Google also declined to comment when asked by TechCrunch on the current status of the lightbulbs, but considering the buzz Google drummed up for Android@Home, it seems unlikely that they’d abandon it – at least we hope so.
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