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...
Swap Volume Rocker Orientation on Rotation with Xposed
One of my personal pet peeves in mobile devices—especially tablets—is a right-sided volume rocker. No, I don’t care either way about the ergonomics of such button placement. After all, you get used the button arrangement after a set period of time, and this quickly becomes second nature. No, my gripe is with what happens when you rotate your device.
If a device features a left-sided volume rocker and you rotate it clockwise (the only way to keep the volume rocker on the top of the device), Volume Up is on the right and Volume Down is on the left. This is good. This corresponds with Android’s volume changer UI, as well as pretty much every volume readout on any modern piece of electronics. If, however, the volume rocker is on the right and you rotate the device counter-clockwise (again, keeping the volume rocker on the top of the device), Volume Down is now on the right and Volume Up is now on the left. This result is troublesome, as the keys no longer correspond with Android’s UI. While you could always rotate your device the other way, this would result in the volume keys being on the bottom, which is extremely inconvenient.
Thankfully, XDA Senior Member etatto83 created a quick Xposed module that straightens this out for us… literally. Since this comes in the form of an Xposed module, you need to have an ICS or later device and be running XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread). If you meet these requirements, however, installation is a breeze and is as simple as installing and activating the module, and rebooting.
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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...