There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
Unlocking Sony Xperia Z1 Bootloader Breaks Camera
Any time we root and otherwise modify our devices, there’s an inherent risk involved. Yes, once in a while things don’t quite go as planned. However, if we’re careful, things usually go well. And we’re usually able to recover when they don’t.
A recent exception to this feeling of security had to do with the TA partition on Sony devices, where unlocking the bootloader would clear the TA partition, its stored DRM keys, and your ability to use certain Sony applications and receive OTA updates.
Now, there is something else to worry about when bootloader unlocking the Sony Xperia Z1 in particular: camera functionality. As noted in this thread (starting with post 4), various users are reporting problems with their cameras after unlocking their bootloaders.
It was eventually discovered that restoring the TA partition seems to fix the problem. So if you must proceed with unlocking your Z1, we highly recommend that you create a valid backup for your TA partition. However, proceed with caution, as restoring the TA partition seems to be the only way to restore camera functionality at this time.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...
Need some material design icons for your latest app or website? Or perhaps you're a designer looking to share some of your work? Material Design Icons probably has what you're looking for. For developers, it means open, searchable icons that are available in all the formats you could wish for. Developing for Android? You can download any icon in two formats: Android 5.x (gives you a vector drawable along with PNGs in black, gray and the color of your choosing),...