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...
Two Basic Guides Aimed at Novice Galaxy S 4 Owners
While the Samsung Galaxy S 4 may not exactly be the newest phone on the market anymore, many new owners are just now getting their hands on Samsung’s latest flagship. And for the new (and novice) owner, the device’s feature list may be more than a bit daunting. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Kremata brings two guides geared towards helping new users get started.
The first guide is intended strictly for the basic user who may not have any former experience with Android. Adapted from a TrustedReviews.com guide for the Note 2, the thread provides usage tips aimed at the novice user who many be new to the world of Android and perhaps unwilling to root and install an AOSP-derived ROM. The tweaks range from using device-specific features like Smart Stay and video multitasking to hiding unwanted media files with the standard .nomedia file.
The second thread, also by Kremata, describes in detail many of the device-specific features found on the Galaxy S 4. These are features such as Smart Stay that many would ordinarily consider to be bloatware. Kremata’s goal is to show that some of them could actually wind up being useful. However, if you find yourself disagreeing, there are always Google Play edition ROMs at your disposal.
While these (extremely basic) guides may not be suitable for much of XDA’s much more technically advanced user base, we all have non-tech savvy relatives who are just getting into the world of Android. These guides can serve as excellent grandma-friendly primers to get them started.
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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...