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...
TeamWin Recovery Project Makes its Way to the Sprint Galaxy Note II
You’ve probably heard of TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) by now. We’ve mentioned it here on the XDA Portal a few times in the past, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular recovery options available for a rather large selection of devices, both old and new. And when you look at what it’s capable of, it’s easy to understand why. One of the latest devices to receive a port of this feature packed recovery is the Sprint Galaxy Note II thanks to XDA Recognised Developer bigbiff who released version 2.3 of TWRP. Some features of TWRP include:
- Based on AOSP sources.
- Completely touch based.
- Completely themeable.
- Ability to compress backups.
- Ability to select which partitions to backup and restore.
- Fixing permissions takes seconds, not minutes.
- Many, many more.
On top of all this, the recovery itself is fully open source, giving people the opportunity to create builds for unsupported devices as they see fit. TeamWin states that they are looking for talented developers and themers to help with this project. Links to the source are available in thread, along with instructions on how to go about theming TWRP.
If you’re interested in finding out more about TWRP, check out the original thread for more info.
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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...