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...
Wf Phone Tools Lets You Micromanage Your WP7 Device
Unlike its predecessor, Windows Phone 7 was never intended for much freedom. Evidence for this can be found everywhere from the similar device specifications and lack of carrier skins to the way users are allowed to install applications. However, this being XDA-Developers, we constantly develop new ways to take back control of our devices.
Luckily, this is where utilities like wf Phone Tools by XDA forum member andreacorti come into play. This tool caters to the power users by allowing you to perform tasks such as install, update, and kill applications with ease. Additionally, if your device supports SMS Backup, wf Phone Tools can even download your SMS data from your device.
In the words of the developer:
It allows to (in this version)
- Install new application on device
- Update existing application on device
- Show the list of installed applications (only developer installed)
- Launch, Kill and uninstall applications
- Explore isolated storage of applications
- Download files and folders from isolated storage
- Download SMS from device (in combination with smsBackup XAP)
If you’re a Windows Phone user looking for more control, this just might be up your alley. Freedom is yours in the application thread.[Thanks to XDA forum moderator andyharney for the tip!]
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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...