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...
XThemer For Xperia Devices Simplifies Basic Theming
There are a plethora of tools out there to help themers theme. The most popular of which include ways to compile and decompile APK files and free apps like Gimp to help the actual theming process. Even so, creating a good theme takes a lot of time and effort. However, for those who have phones from the Sony Xperia 2011 lineup, there’s an application that helps create themes for you.
XDA Forum Member Snndev has released an application that themes ROMs for most Sony Xperia 2011 devices. It is pretty simple to use, as users just download and extract the application. From there it’s ready to use. The way it works is it detects your XTF path to determine which Xperia device you have. From there, it creates a theme. Simply install the theme and you’re ready to go. The current features include:
Generate Flashable Zip
Preview Before Compile
Save XTF Path location
Compatible with other models
There are some drawbacks to XThemer. It doesn’t support custom themes, but rather has themes built into the application that users choose and assemble. While this may seem restrictive, anyone who simply wants a color change from the stock ROM will find this application to be all they really need. To learn more, head over to the original 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...