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 will give you a short recapitulation of the week’s most popular news from the XDA forums.
WooHoo! 2000 Articles!!!!!
Today we hit a very important landmark in our team’s short history. It seems like forever since we started the Portal and it is very hard to believe that we are at this point already. 2,000 articles have been written and posted in the Portal and we will keep on going as we have the need to bring you the best, the latest, and the absolute greatest that our wonderful community has to offer. We would like to thank each and every single member and subscriber out there for supporting us, and we can assure you that the best is yet to come… stay tunned
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Gingerbread Is Here (kind of…)
The biggest piece of news to grace our Portal this week has been, without a doubt, the arrival of Gingerbread to our hands, via the SDK released by Google. As you may imagine, the eager devs in our various fora decided to take the SDK apart, dumped the OS image file, and decided to make roms out of them. So, if you were going to wait for the Nexus S to arrive to see what Gingerbread feels like, you may not have to wait that long. Having said this, the work is in very early stages and it is quite slow and buggy with very little functionality. On the flip side, there are ports for most devices including the Eris, EVO, and even the HD2. We have posted an article that gets updated often as new builds become available. So, if you are curious, you can go and check this article out.
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Best Devices for 2010
Among the many things that make us who we are, we are opinionated. With this in mind, two polls have been created for members to vote for, what they believe, is the best device of the year. Why two polls you ask? The originator of the idea, XDA news writer orb3000 had started this little project a couple of years ago, when we only had HTC devices on this site. Since this year, we opened up to different manufacturers like LG, Samsung, Dell, etc, orb3000 decided that it was time to include them as well, but wanted to keep the tradition alive. So, a second poll was created. Curious about it? Would you like to vote? If so, please head over to the poll threads.
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There is not a single dev in this site who doesn’t appreciate feedback for their work. Under most circumstances, this feedback is in the form of “thank you” posts. While they are highly appreciated, the devs usually look for something a bit more substantial than this or the simple (it doesn’t work in my xyz device). The guide that was written in the article aims at improving the developer’s experience in this site while maximizing the efforts that people put into trying to test their apps. If you are not sure what to do when a dev asks for feedback, make sure that you read this article.
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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...