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XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Now Live!

XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Now Live!

We’ve been working for a full six months, and today our forum redesign goes live. We’ll still be working through small bugs over the next few weeks, but we’re finally ready for prime time. The “2015” template is quantifiably faster and just all-around better than the old design. We’ve reduced unnecessary clutter, optimized the code, improve readability with proper levels of contrast, while taking some inspiration from the latest design trends such as Card UI and Material Design. The new hovering top bar gives you fast access to search, notifications, mentions/quotes, and a list of your favorite forums. This bar . . . READ ON »

Attention all xda:devcon’ers – Devcon is landing shortly

It’s now approaching the weekend of xda:devcon ’14, XDA’s second annual developer conference. This year the event is taking place in Manchester, United Kingdom. The venue is ready, the speakers are primed, and everyone here at XDA looks forward to welcoming you to the event.

The team organising xda:devcon will be tweeting from the event using the dedicated devcon Twitter account.We suggest you follow it – word on the street is that this account will let you know of some exclusive giveaways taking place throughout the weekend, only announced to this account’s Twitter followers!

The twitter hashtag for the . . . READ ON »

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Schedule is up for xda:devcon ’14

Schedule is up for xda:devcon ’14

With xda:devcon ’14 just around the corner, and the venue close to selling out, there is a lot of excitement building here at XDA. We have some amazing things lined up, from over $10,000 in giveaways to an amazing group of sponsors. Add to that a fantastic line up of speakers presenting on everything from Wearables and IoT to Android OS Development to Alternative OS’s (like Jolla, Firefox and Ubuntu Touch), and WOW do have we a lot in store for you!

Our event staff have been working tirelessly to make sure that those attending get the most out . . . READ ON »

And the Winners in the XDA Pebble Development Challenge Are…

Almost two months ago, we set out with Pebble to find three amazing apps/watch faces that developers would put together for the Pebble Watch. That contest came to a close last Friday, and while there were some really great entries who took the smartwatch and stretched it to its limits, the voting came down to three winners for the Grand Prize.

The XDA – Pebble Developer Challenge was a 3-week competition, and each person had the opportunity to pitch their proposal for the best app and bring it to life with a watch of their own. Of the 20 proposals that we . . . READ ON »

XDA and LeaseWeb: Win Free Server Trial and Moto 360

XDA and LeaseWeb: Win Free Server Trial and Moto 360

As you might recall from a previous Behind the Scenes article we wrote, XDA’s complex server infrastructure is hosted by LeaseWeb. It is thanks to them that we’re able to keep our forums fast and reliable despite the huge volume of traffic we experience each day and the many terabytes of files and images we host. We were able to work with LeaseWeb to craft the ideal infrastructure to meet our needs.

We thought it would be a good idea to hold a contest for developers in need of some free servers, whether to help in building a cloud-based . . . READ ON »

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Beta Test the XDA 2015 Forum Redesign!

Beta Test the XDA 2015 Forum Redesign!

We’ve been hard at work on a complete redesign of the XDA forums and Portal. We wanted to build something that was clean, modern, fast, and that could manage to include a lot of useful functionality without feeling cluttered. While we’re not finished with the new forum template, which we’re calling “XDA 2015″, we’re close enough such that XDA members that want to can use the new template and help us find bugs and other issues before we make it the default template for all users. To see the new forum template, make sure you’re logged in, and click this link. . . READ ON »

The XDA Pebble Developer Challenge Voting Has Begun!

The XDA Pebble Developer Challenge Voting Has Begun!

Back in mid-late July (gosh, that seems a long time ago now!), we announced that we had paired up with Pebble to offer developers the opportunity to #MakeAwesomeHappen, and be in with the chance of winning a trip to Mountain View, CA, to meet up with Pebble at their Annual Developer Retreat. XDA and Pebble went through every single one of the proposals sent in by developers – we had a tough time selecting the finalists – but in the end we had to whittle down 95 brilliant entries to 20. Those 20 finalists were selected based on the innovation . . . READ ON »

Get Your Special xda:devcon ’14 Hotel And Conference Rate While It Lasts

By now you’ve definitely heard about XDA’s  annual xda:devcon set for September 26-28 in Manchester, UK. What you may not know is that you have until the end of August to get the special rate we’ve negotiated with the conference venue, the Park Inn Radisson, at an amazing price. That means the discounted hotel rate, a savings of almost 40%, will expire, along with our special conference package including the hotel room AND the conference ticket, a savings of 10% off of the combined package. Once that happens you will need to purchase both your hotel room and the . . . READ ON »

Code Syntax Highlighting Enabled in the Forums

Code Syntax Highlighting Enabled in the Forums

We’ve just added a handy new feature to the forums for those who like to present code for others to view. For a while now, you’ve been able to use the [code][/code] markers to wrap code in a container. Now, you can specify what type of code you’re using to enable syntax highlighting, as shown in the attached image.

To enable this, use (in the case of javascript): [code=javascript][/code]. Other languages you can specify include js, css, c, cc, cpp, json, cs, java, bash, bsh, csh, sh, cv, py, python, perl, pl, rb, ruby, coffee, and rust. If you don’t want . . . READ ON »

Our Trial of a Xiaomi Forum

Our Trial of a Xiaomi Forum

XDA was originally a forum for the discussion of one particular model of HTC smartphone, more commonly known as the O2 XDA. Over time, more and more HTC devices were added, until XDA was the go-to place for Windows Mobile devices of all kinds. Eventually, a handful of non-HTC Windows Mobile devices were added. The turning point was the introduction of Android, and the plethora of devices which followed, and bring us to the XDA we know today.

Part of the process behind the scenes at XDA is gauging community interest, and identifying the direction in which users want the . . . READ ON »

Here Are the Pebble Challenge Winners From Round 1

Here Are the Pebble Challenge Winners From Round 1

With Round 1 of the Pebble Developer Challenge recently closing, they have now been contacted. We had quite the array of entrants, and after almost 100 entries the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 20 winners. We have listed them (in no particular order) along with a brief description of their winning entry:

  • SferaDev – GeekTheTime, provides a simple time watch with some random geek quotes. While this application seems to be irrelevant and simple, provides a unique experience to pebble users (aka Geeks!).
  • _-_goldfinger_-_ – A watch app that you would be able to estimate time
. . . READ ON »

Pebble Developer Challenge Round 1 Closes

Pebble Developer Challenge Round 1 Closes

A few weeks ago we told you about XDA partnering with Pebble for a developer challenge, and the response was amazing. We had almost 100 entrants with many different ideas and the judging on the part of Pebble and XDA was very difficult. That being said, we were able to pick 20 Round 1 winners and they are in the process of being contacted so that Pebble can send them their devices. If you were someone who entered, please check your XDA PM Inbox for a notification. As soon as they are all contacted we’ll announce them and then they . . . READ ON »

Epson Sponsoring XDA:DevCon ’14

Epson Sponsoring XDA:DevCon ’14

Here at XDA, we enjoy seeing new companies enter the mobile world, and even more so when they desire to reach out to the development community. Epson, the long-time printer company, recently released the world’s first app-enabled label printer, the Labelworks LW-600P. Compatible with a variety of unique tapes (glow-in-the-dark, satin ribbon, iron-on, fluorescent, cable wrap, polka dot, and more), the LW-600P opens up a world of label-making possibilities that go beyond simple adhesive labels.

In addition to the hardware, Epson also has launched a developer’s program allowing for the creation of third-party apps to enhance the experience of the LW-600P for any . . . READ ON »

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