The saga of Night Mode on Android is a bit of a dramatic story that started with a sneak peak in Android M, disappeared, returned again in N dev previews, only for our excitement to be short lived as we learned that it might not make it to the final release. And make it, it didn't. With the latest dev previews and Nougat's official release, the signs of Night Mode started disappearing one by one.
But there's hope after all. It seems that Night Mode is still hidden in the System UI Tuner, and all you need is an adb command to unleash it. Read More
Prisma has been available on Android for exactly a month now, but the app's developers haven't wasted time trying to improve it in the meantime. Shortly after the app's release, an update added a much-needed Save button, but there was still one major inconvenience to using the app: the wait times and the overloaded servers.
Prisma doesn't work like all other photo editing apps. Its effects aren't just regular filters à la Instagram, but they're built on neural networks that try to understand the original image and apply changes in a way that works specifically with them. So far, when you wanted to try a filter in the app, you had to wait until your photo was uploaded to Prisma's servers, the algorithms were run there to get your edit, and then the resulting image downloaded back again to your device. Read More
The developer community is always eager to break barriers and make it easier for you to do almost whatever you want with your device, provided you have a lil' know-how and the patience to read a lot of documentation and follow steps to the letter... or maybe the juvenile carelessness to try and hope it'll work from the first go.
And the first step to doing things your way on your phone is by installing a custom recovery, with TWRP being the most famous now — well, it is indeed superbly maintained and its developers are always on top of new devices. Exhibit A: TWRP is now available for the very new Galaxy Note7. Read More
Most OEMs don't have much of a reputation for providing timely and consistent OS updates. There are a few exceptions here and there — LG's V20 is set to become the first non-Nexus smartphone to launch with Nougat sometime around September — but while there may be a growing trend for devices to receive major updates shortly after they're released, it is much rarer to see them getting software support for more than a year or so. Only last year did Google begin promising 3 years of security updates and 2 years of major OS updates for all Nexus phones and tablets — which is still almost half as long as an iPhone's lifecycle. Read More
On the surface, there aren't lots of common points between Instapaper and Pinterest. One is focused on making web pages easier to read by getting rid of all superfluous content, the other is an online scrapbook of beautiful images. But there's more to each service, and once you consider them both as ways to save and organize interesting things you find online, the similarities become more apparent and this news makes more sense.
Pinterest is acquiring the Instapaper team from betaworks, the company that bought it from its original developer Marco Arment about three years ago. The financial details of the deal haven't been disclosed yet, but the Instapaper team has announced it on its official blog. Read More
Android 7.0 Nougat is now truly official and available to those of us toting around certain Nexus devices. The hardware support will grow soon, and seemingly more quickly than versions in the past. We've already seen much of what 7.0 has to offer, but there's surely much more to discover.
As always, along with the brand new firmware comes some brand new source code. There's entirely too much for one person to look through, so we instead generate a log of the changes from a previous version to make it easier to read. This is how we get some idea of what the developers at Google have been up to while they were behind the curtain. Read More