Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on New vs. Old. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below! Smartphone purchases make for some of the sweetest times of the year for many of us. After all, we are hobbyists of Android and a new...
Work-in-Progress KitKat OmniROM with for the LG Optimus Black
Google made a point to state that KitKat could run well on devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM. In the time since its release, we’ve talked about many projects that brought Android 4.4 to the most unexpected targets. And in addition to the memory requirements, the device must also have enough storage to house the ROM and GApps.
The LG Optimus Black was released two-and-a-half years ago with Android 2.2 Froyo. Some devices simply refuse to find a permanent home in the drawer and gather dust, and the Optimus Black is one of these devices. A few weeks ago, XDA Senior Member Evisceration introduced an experimental build of OmniROM. Development is still at very early stage, so most of things aren’t working as intended. Two most noticeable bugs are no audio and a lack of network connectivity, so at this point it’s more for testing than daily driver. But hopefully, most of bugs will be fixed in time. And while the builds are currently “unofficial” due to their current early alpha status, the end goal is to make these the official OmniROM builds for the device. Nonetheless, it’s extremely nice to see KitKat at such old device, but it’s XDA and such things are perfectly normal to see.
If you are an Optimus Black owner or have one safely tucked away in a drawer, it’s time to prepare your hardware for some flashing. Make your way to the development thread to learn more.
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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...
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.