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...
This Week’s Recap
This Week’s Recap is a series of articles, in which we we give you a short recapitulation of the week’s most popular news from the XDA forums.
And It’s Number is… 2.3
There are rumors flying left and right throughout the internet about Google’s next dessert installment of their OS. Code named Gingerbread, the OS has been spotted a few times already and promises to bring a few interesting changes to our beloved Android devices. Improved battery life and better memory management seem to be the first features on the list of things that were worked out by Google. We expect that the leaks will start raining soon, so get ready to satisfy your flashing cravings because we are in for a treat.
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Everyone, Take Cover! It’s Raining WP7 Device Forums!.
If you are a regular visitor to XDA, you probably have noticed that the list of forums available simply exploded. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been preparing for the advent of the new player in town… WP7. There are many devices announced all over the world to be released between the months of October and November. Some countries have already seen a few of these devices on the shelves, like the HTC Trophy, the Mozart, and a few others. The US should be seeing the first devices come out in November, including the awaited HD7 for T-Mobile USA.
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iPhone-developers Is Up and Running
Ever since the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007, we have had users asking for a place to play around, develop, and share experiences surrounding Apple’s mobile gadget. 3 years later, we have seen Apple release enough devices to provide them with their own development forum. Love them or hate them, Apple products are here to stay and with enough enthusiasts and developers around coming from XDA, something good will certainly come out of them.
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Yet again thanks to the vast resources of this wonderful community, we learned about the underground existence of a brand new device coming our way. This time, for Sprint and it looks like a smaller version of the EVO but with a twist because it seems that it will have a slide out screen. What is under the screen, we don’t really know, but everything points to it being a keyboard. The device is confirmed to have a 3.7 inch screen and looks rather sleek. We will try to have more updates as information becomes available.
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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...