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...
Tool for LG Optimus One Makes Building from Source Easy
Tools, interfaces, dashboards, and tutorials all help users get started building from source. Not only do they give more options to developers who already know their way around compiling, but they also can help bring new users into the source building party. These tools are the gateway drug into the Android hacking addiction, and any tool that helps get the job done is worth talking about.
XDA Senior Member mDroidd has released such a tool called Android Central—no relation with the blog—that gives LG Optimus One developers and users a nice, text based interface to perform any number of build and tweak actions. The tool has a very clean user interface and includes easy to follow options for users to choose from.
Some features include preparing to build a kernel, building a kernel, building from source, installing the Java JDK and Android SDK, and a number of theming tools—all available at the click of a button. While there aren’t a lot of instructions, as most of the tools are self explanatory, there are a number of troubleshooting tips for people who are having trouble. In other words, the best way to find out more about the tool is to actually use it. Additionally, XDA Forum Member KeitIG has been translating the tool to French.
A full list of shout outs, the change log, download links for both English and French versions, more can be found in the original thread. Before flashing anything made in this little kitchen-like app, be sure to perform a backup so you can restore in case something goes wrong!
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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...