Wish I could get the Samsung hardware with vanilla Android tbh (and no dedicated Bixby button ofc).
Let's all remember one thing is panel quality and a different thing is factory calibration.
You can source the best Samsung panel on the planet but you need to calibrate EACH one of them separately.
Many companies are not willing to spend that extra money and will accept the colour variance.
Samsung, Apple and Google are examples of companies which do spend the extra money.
Eh. That used to be me but after a year with an S8 honestly, I don't care. It's a good enough software and actually adds a lot of little features that makes the experience richer. And nowadays, most of these features can be turned off if you don't care about them.
I don't see the appeal of AOSP Android as much as I used to.
IMO, unless you really need stock software from the pixel, Samsung makes the best phones in the world and you can’t go wrong with one. The Pixel 2 has the best camera of any phone, but Samsung is not that far behind.
I think this has been one of the most requested features on iOS/Android for some time now. Glad they're finally doing it.
It's funny. Back then we mostly had LCDs we had black everywhere, which offered no practical benefit. But as soon as AMOLED became ubiquitous, Google switched to white.
But the Android started as a black theme. I remember android 3, 4 and 4.1 were completely dark.
I’ve seen this comment on every rumor OS release for android since 4.1
At least it proves they don't rig their results ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
On the one hand, it's hard to acknowledge that a sizable population doesn't want your highly customized software that took countless hours to build.
On the other, it's obvious that they aren't interested in taking this particular feedback to heart. Which is a shame, because MIUI is the single biggest reason I am completely uninterested in Xiaomi devices.
You know what will help Xiami dominate more markets? Take this poll to heart. Keep releasing MIUI phones. But add more Android One phones. Win more customers with more choices.
The day these Chinese companies stop making shitty iOS wannabe skins for Android is the day I'll consider buying their products.
they won't take this down, even though it clearly abuses the VLC public license. Meanwhile, they'll take down other apps that don't actually break any law or license, on a whim, because feelings. YikYak and Clover come to mind.
It's a real shame that, even though there are other ways to install apps on these devices, and of course other ways to access content besides apps, Google (and Apple) basically run a walled garden with vague rules and clear favoritism.
There actually a video player called Indian VLC player
They also posted a fake developer address, the address is a temple, not a business or home. That's against google policies, but google seems to be fine looking the other way
Same developer also has several MX player clones like
and a whole lot of other scammy apps.
Typing like flying Swift
Update: the app has already been removed from the Play Store (at least from what I can see on my phone), good job everybody!
Spotify web also doesn't notify you of attempting to add a duplicate to the playlist. Spotify also doesn't allow you to view how many times you have played a song, nor sort by your most/least played songs. Spotify, and especially the web client, are lacking some pretty basic functionality IMO. Fix your shit, Spotify!!! FUCK.
I almost want Spotify and Google Play Music to merge so they can have feature parity and not miss features from one and another.
Edit: I'm not sure how so many people keep missing the word web in my first sentence, but I have bolded it to see if that helps.
It's 2018, and all major music streaming platforms still do a shit job of organizing and tagging their content.
Edit: This thread...I've found my people.
They should hire 16 year old me whp would comulsively spend days organizing and labeling ripped CD's on windows xp media and early apple itunes. I remember how high speed I was at the time buying a CD and ripping it to a digital format.
Much more important than that is their shuffle feature still sucks in 2018
I'm the Editor-in-Chief at AndroGuider. I have been trying to get attention on this subject since the last couple of weeks. I tried reaching out to HMD's CPO and CTO on Twitter, but they didn't care to reply. Later on when Xiaomi released Mi A1's kernel source after persistence from the community, I felt that something similar can be done to get HMD to release the kernel source codes. I published an article regarding this on AG yesterday and asked for support from kernel developers like Francisco Franco. Even though it isn't Franco's job to lead every movement against GPL infringements, he still helped in spreading the word. And now AP published a post regarding this.
What is not mentioned in the AP article is that HMD hasn't released the source code for any of its six devices launched till date and unlocking the bootloader is also not possible right now. HMD's CTO promised in September to start with unlocking "one model" at a time and he didn't get back on that. So, HMD has neither released the kernel source nor it lets users unlock the bootloader. Even if the kernel source is released we won't have ROMs
Afaik it is a violation of the GNU GPL not to release kernel sources.
Edit: and yeah, it is illegal, because they agreed to do so.
Is it suspicious if they refuse to release this?
It's not suspicious, it's outright illegal.
When they use the Linux Kernel in their project, they have to agree to release the source code for any modified Kernel files that they distribute.
If they don't release they changes they made to the Kernel, then they have no license to use the Kernel and are violating copyright.
The GPLv3 gives a 30 day grace period to release the changes in, but the GPLv2 (what the Linux Kernel is licensed under) requires effectively immediate release.
Why would companies delay releasing this? Note I'm new to this stuff.
There really is no good reason, but they give all sorts of excuses, ranging from "we need to do a legal review of the code to make sure there is no copyright infringing code in there before we release the sources" (that, by definition, should have been done before distributing the binaries as the binaries and the sources must match exactly) to "there are hints about upcoming devices in there that we don't want to make public" (then you should have used a separate dev tree for those devices) to "we don't have the manpower to do that and develop updates as well" (it can be done practically with a single button click, and is the minimum standard that you are required to fulfill...).
Really though, they do it because they can, since Linux developers resort to GPL compliance lawsuits as a last resort, preferring discussion and agreement instead.
We will be very, very angry with them. And we will write them a letter, telling them how angry we are.
Rip didn't join the class...
If you’re a class member, you’ve either been contacted by the firm representing the class action suit or will be in the next couple of days to file a claim before February 12th. If you didn’t join the class already, unfortunately you’re out of luck and won’t be able to receive the settlement.
& also feels sorry for who lives outside the US
same for my 5x... one of the largest payouts for consumer electronics that I've seen
Dammit. Why did I never hear about this class?
The best part of VLC is it's ability to play any format, wonder if it's going to be able to chromecast any format or only the supported formats.
A quick test of a .mkv format and it played! Didn't play it long enough to see if it encounter any problems.
So when is it coming to the desktop client, or has that already happened?
I'm not sure. Mkv is just a container. I believe it is natively supported as long as the underlying video and audio codecs are supported.
Let the development begin!
EDIT: apparently these are nougat kernel sources :|
Xiaomi always release the kernel sources based on out-of-box Android version.
Which is a copyright violation.
They need to release it for every version that they distribute, when they distribute it.
[laughs in Chinese]
Xiaomi always release the kernel sources based on out-of-box Android version.