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...
Spruce Up Your Home Screens in Two Easy Steps
As we’ve mentioned several times in the past, one of the most amazing aspects of Android is the freedom it gives its users with regards to customization. Today, we present a couple more ways created by members of our little forum to help differentiate your device from the sea of ‘Droids.
We’ve all loaded up custom wallpapers on our devices. That’s one of the first changes we all make to our devices. In fact, as of iOS4, even our cousins who play for the other team can do so as well. And as of Android 2.1 Eclair, we in the Android camp can even set live wallpapers. Now thanks to a little bit of elbow grease from XDA forum member GingerEffect, we have an automated background switcher that calls upon live wallpaper functionality to update itself every day with content from interfaceLIFT.
OK. So you’ve got yourself a nice, dynamically updating wallpaper. Now what? Good thing you asked, as there is yet another treat new treat courtesy of XDA forum member philleonard. Given that battery life is such a concern on modern devices, wouldn’t it be nice to have an aesthetically pleasing way of monitoring your power level? Thanks to philleonard‘s transparent widget, this is now possible. Further catering to users’ customization needs, users can tweak the look by toggling a text label underneath the icon.
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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...