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...
Workaround for the Xperia Neo and Xperia Arc 0% Battery Issue
For the unaware, there is a bug for some Sony Ericsson Xperia phones—namely the Xperia Neo and the Xperia Arc—which causes the battery gauge to misread the charge as 0%. Though there is no inherent danger, the bug is still annoying. The bug primarily appears when users downgrade from 2.3.4 to 2.3.2. XDA Senior Member Bazoocaze has posted a workaround for the Neo and Arc to make the 0% bug a thing of the past.
FuelGaugeApp fixes the 0% bug and gives users accurate battery monitoring. Using it is very simple—just install it like you would any other 3rd party apk. The patch has also been integrated into several kernels, some of which are ICS friendly. Despite the ease of use, the method itself is a little convoluted and it’s very highly recommended that anyone who attempts this read the detailed FAQ featured in the Xperia Arc thread.
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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...