This is the last part of a series of articles that reveals some of the processes, technology, and systems that keeps XDA running. It’s brought to you by our awesome host, LeaseWeb, which provides the brawny server infrastructure on which XDA runs. Previously we wrote about our moderator system and about the server configuration. In this final installment, our Developer Admin, pulser_g2, takes a look at how various programs have contributed to maintaining a developer-friendly environment in the forums.
A lot has changed at XDA over the years. Originally a site centered around Windows Mobile, things were very different. In the . . . READ ON »
Can you #MakeAwesomeHappen? Your app idea could win a Pebble and a trip to our 2nd Annual Developer Retreat in Mountain View, CA!
For those who haven’t kept up with the wearables market over the last year or so, you may not be aware of Pebble. Pebble is the smartwatch that 68,000+ people brought to life, crowdfunding a record $10.3MM on Kickstarter, and put wearable technology on the map. With a vibrant developer community and thriving ecosystem, Pebble is the platform for the best and brightest wearable apps. Pebble SDK 2 invites developers to build unique, delightful, and practical apps that push the . . . READ ON »
People visit XDA-Developers to make the most out of their mobile devices. And without a doubt, one of the most common ways in which this is done is through achieving root access and applying root-level modifications and tweaks. But if you’re not running a Nexus device, chances are that you’ll have to do a little (or lot) of digging before finding the proper root procedures for your particular model.
There are hundreds of device forums here at XDA. And thanks to our dedicated team of mods, developers, contributors, and community at large, practically every forum has several high quality stickied threads that show . . . READ ON »
This is part two of a series that takes a look at how we keep XDA running. In case you missed it, check out part one, which covers XDA’s moderation system. This second part, written by our server administrator, explains how XDA’s server configuration handles all of our traffic and many page requests.
The core of XDA’s hosting infrastructure is located at the LeaseWeb data center in Virginia, USA. XDA has a rack of bare-metal servers including database servers, PHP servers, caching servers and other miscellaneous services that make XDA work. These servers are top of the line, dual hex-core processors, . . . READ ON »
This is part one in a series that will offer a glimpse at what keeps XDA running. In the first installment, we’ll talk about our moderation system and how it has evolved. Then in part two, our server admin will explain how we use LeaseWeb to manage the huge amount of traffic and bandwidth to the site. And lastly, part three will cover the ways in which we try to encourage development and modification of mobile devices by the developers in the community.
To date, over 50 million posts have been made on XDA. Remarkably, even with that volume of posts, the . . . READ ON »
We recently added forums for two new devices here at XDA. The first is perhaps the most anticipated addition to the Android Wear lineup, while the second is a budget-friendly 10-inch tablet from LG. We are of course talking about the Moto 360 and LG G Pad 10.1.
First up, we have the Moto 360. This upcoming smartwatch is Motorola’s entry into the Android Wear world. Although we don’t know much about its hardware specifications, the device is set to make a rather significant splash in the smartphone world thanks to its stylish, circular face. We do, however, know that the 360 will . . . READ ON »
One of the most talked about, debated, looked forward to, and oft-maligned companies of 2014 is OnePlus. The makers of the once highly sought after, and now hard to get a hold of device, the OnePlus One, are sponsoring xda:devcon ’14. OnePlus, a technology startup created and ran by former leaders at Oppo, are committed to bringing the best possible technology to users around the world. Created around the mantra, “Never Settle,” OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high performance hardware.
We are glad to have them as a sponsor and look forward to seeing . . . READ ON »
Swappa is XDA’s official marketplace for buying and selling gently used mobile devices because it has earned the trust of the community. With no seller fees, stringent requirements on the quality of devices that can be listed, and amazing customer service, we can’t imagine why anyone would use eBay. However, one thing that Swappa has lacked was a place to sell accessories, parts, and phones with broken screens. That has changed with the introduction of the Swappa Boneyard.
In Swappa Boneyard, you can find devices in need of repair (often times you can buy one of these devices, fix the . . . READ ON »
We recently added new forums here on XDA for two recently announced and highly anticipated devices. The new devices are the HTC One E8, which is set to be released later this month, and the Sony Xperia T3, which will come at some point in Q3. While we were at it, we also changed a few things to make it easier for developers to post and maintain cross-device variant builds for several Samsung devices.
As previously mentioned, we are happy to acknowledge Sony as a sponsor for our second annual xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK the weekend of September 26-28. If you are in attendance, you will be able to try out Sony’s latest products in mobile and SmartWear technology. Be sure to ask them about their SmartWatch 2, for which you can innovate using custom watch faces and Sony APIs. Also, learn about their SmartBand and Lifelog service to discover their future possibilities. And finally, for developers interested in groundbreaking technology, come explore what you can do with the SmartEyeglass prototype project.
At xda:devcon ’14 you will . . . READ ON »
We’re excited to introduce a new service to XDA members: XDA Assist. We know that XDA is so big that sometimes even the most astute searchers cannot find what they are looking for.
Manned by 10 hand-picked Recognized Contributors who are eager to help, XDA Assist is a forum where you can get some assistance with a problem you might be having with your device. We won’t give you the steps to fix the issue, but rather a nudge in the right direction, whether that means pointing you to a thread that might have your answer or to the forum . . . READ ON »
Last year’s xda:devcon in Miami, FL brought together people from all over the mobile spectrum—from application and platform developers to security professionals to enthusiasts and those looking to learn and grow personally and professionally. We had a great set of speakers presenting topics ranging from UI/UX implementations to Security to Open Source Software Development to Mobile Processor Information and Application Monetization, and they all did a fantastic job. Make sure to visit last year’s site for more information on the speakers and to grab their talks (if still available online), as well as the XDA TV Event Roundup.
A battalion of Recognized Contributors on XDA is eager to lend developers a helping hand by maintaining their Q&A threads. This is ideal for developers who don’t want their project threads to be inundated with questions and troubleshooting requests. Instead, we prefer that development threads are split into two threads: one for Q&A + Troubleshooting (Q&A/T), and one for development. In the case where a developer has chosen to use XDA Development Database for their project, they can associate a separate Q&A/T thread to their main project, thus spawning a new tab that makes it super easy for users to find their way. Additionally, linked Q&A/T . . . READ ON »