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...
Sony Explains Improved Software Update Process for 4.3
Roughly two years ago, Sony Developer World released a story that outlined the process of pushing out an Ice Cream Sandwich-based firmware upgrade for the Xperia line, from source code release to software upgrade. Back then, the process consisted of OEMs waiting for source code release, at which time all of the work would begin. This would naturally lead to extended delays in firmware release, since manufacturers would have no time to prep the firmware release in advance of source code release.
Fast forward two years, and things have changed for the better, at least according to Sony mobile. Thanks to the Android Platform Development Kit (PDK), select OEMs are given access to certain source files and compiled binaries a few weeks in advance of source release in order to help spur the release process. The PDK also includes the Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) and information regarding Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) integration. A closer relationship with Qualcomm further enables the company to push out the firmware releases faster.
To get the full story, be sure to head over to Sony Developer World. It’s good to see Google and OEM partners making progress in the quest towards timely firmware releases. It’s still far from perfect, but baby steps are better than no steps.
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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...