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It never quite made headlines, but Google left something interesting in the official changelog for Android 4.3. The /system folder is mounted as “nosuid” and “zygote processes” are unable to run setuid binaries. This means nothing to us laymen, but it has critical implications for the future of rooting on Android. These changes effectively kill every root app except SuperSU. The new setup in Android 4.3 blocks a common way developers used to get root access before. “This is a pretty nasty change,” wrote developer Koushik Dutta. There is no doubt they’ll find a way to root Android again. Android is open-source, and we’ve seen more impressive feats in the past.
Today was a bad day. I was visiting a pool. It was a nice pool. Large bushes lined the sides, providing cover from the outside world. Despite the chipped paint along the bottom, the pool felt friendly. It looked like the kind of pool that even the most anxious of swimmers would like. That is, until I dropped my phone in it. It wasn’t my fault. Well, it was. My phone slid out of my pocket and dropped into the water. I fished it out quickly and surveyed the damage. Even worse, my headphones were still plugged into it. The
On Wednesday, August 7, Jean-Baptiste Quéru announced his retirement as the AOSP maintainer. A series of unfortunate decisions outside his control so frustrated him that he felt he had no choice, but to step down from the position of maintainer. The news had been several months in the making but still came as a shock to the Android community. The man colloquially know as JBQ has done great work in the past. Without him, our experience (especially on custom ROMs) would be much worse. The Descent Quéru works at Google. As a maintainer of the Android Open Source Project, he builds
We at TechNorms try to be calm people. We take things as they are, roll with the punches, and try to let things fall as they are. Insert whatever cliche you want to describe it. We keep things light, especially when it comes to technology. Phones and tablets are fun gadgets, not serious life decisions. However, we recently saw some news that broke our cool. According to a report from a South Korean news source, the next Galaxy Note could clock in at 5.9 inches of screen. It could also join the market at a much more reasonable 5.7-inch diagonal.
After weeks and months of endless rumors, we’ve finally seen the Moto X. It’s a real phone, and it is impressive. We’ve been waiting for Motorola to deliver a new phone ever since its purchase by Google, and this is it. The results are certainly striking. The Moto X is a phone unlike anything else in Android. Motorola is aiming high for the mass market with a phone designed to appeal to the average consumer. The company has made some bold decisions that break from traditional Motorola phones and even the industry as a whole. Here’s how the people from Libertyville, Indiana, are changing the game.
Last week’s Breakfast with Sundar Pichai event was a telling event for Google. We’ve been getting an inkling of where the company is going (especially at I/O 2013), but the last conference was perhaps the clearest indicator of the future. The people at Mountain View have big plans for the future of data and computing. They’re playing the long game, planning to position themselves well five to ten years from now. What does Google want? Simple. It wants you to use its products so that you can view advertisements. Right now, that’s the Mountain View revenue model. Those “suggested results”
The news is finally in. All the rumors about Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event of the past few days have revealed themselves to be true. Everything we thought we knew before is in fact correct. We have seen the results of Mountain View’s handiwork, and they are a sight to behold. In plain terms, we got some cool announcements out of today’s press conference (it wasn’t actually a breakfast). Android fans have a lot to be excited about. Some cool stuff is coming their way in the coming days, weeks, and even minutes (if you’re a Nexus owner). Google
From the introduction of the very first Google-branded phone, the T-Mobile G1, Android has heavily relied on buttons for navigation. Even more so than iOS (which limits itself to a power button, volume keys, and home button), the open-source OS from Mountain View likes its softkeys and hardware pressables. Put it this way- when HTC released the One with only two hardware buttons for navigation, people complained. A lot. However, the announcement of Ubuntu Phone has popularized a different way of doing things. It offers navigation entirely through swipes and gesture rather than by buttons. Between that and a radical
One year ago, Google purchased phone manufacturer Motorola. At the time, we applauded the move as a clever play by the folks at Mountain View to stem the tide of patent lawsuits and simultaneously strengthen Android. By purchasing a ho-hum manufacturer, the company could use them as a proxy to help shape the market in a way that would be more favorable for Android. After the buy, rumors began to circulate about a mysterious device called only the “Motorola X Phone.” In an age where we know the iPhone’s every spec before its announcement, it’s baffling how little has leaked
VLC was originally released for iOS only to be removed a few months later due to licensing issues. After two years, it finally returns to the iPhone and iPad as one of the best video playback apps in the market. VLC for iOS can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store. VLC 2.0 for iOS is licensed under both the Mozilla Public License v2 as well as the GNU General Public License v2. The app allows the users to stream content directly from a network stream or web server and can handle virtually any media file type. Connect a
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