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.
Taskbar Switcher Gives New Take on Task Management
The ability of the Android OS to perform “true multitasking” has always been one of it’s major advantages over the other two major mobile platforms. Even though the others have finally caught on, Android’s approach still offers many advantages over both WP7 and iOS in this respect. Of course the OEM’s have each put their own spin on this functionality and alter the default AOSP multitasking experience, but the fact remains that you can keep applications running in the background as you see fit and switch between them fairly easily.
XDA Forum Member kbzium has developed an app entitled Taskbar Switcher which allow you to replace or supplement whichever incarnation of the multitasking system you are currently using. The way it works is simple: recent and still running applications will appear in your notification tray, and a subtle yet obvious dot for each will also appear on the taskbar. If your not keen to have your entire tray swallowed up by running apps, the number of remembered task can be set to suit your needs. Apps can also be excluded from being remembered.
While this may not be something you wish to have running at all times, Taskbar Switcher has the option to control whether or not the application is launched at startup. Definitely worth a look if you are unsatisfied with the way multitasking is currently implemented on your device. Taskbar Switcher requires Android 2.1 or above and can be found in the original release thread.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
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...
New Privacy concerns have emerged regarding Cyanogen’s latest announcements, primarily the inclusion of email app Boxer and that of a multitude of Microsoft apps, including Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office. The concerns arise when you look at both announcements together. At face value they may appear to be the beginning of Cyanogen’s plan to “take Android away from Google,” however there is certainly something more nefarious occurring. Along side the partnership with Microsoft, Cyanogen also recently announced...