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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 »

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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 »

Ubuntu Back as Sponsor at xda:devcon ’14

Ubuntu Back as Sponsor at xda:devcon ’14

Ubuntu, founded in 2004, has a long heritage as the most popular Linux desktop and cloud platform in the world, but in early 2013 they announced their foray into the mobile platform, followed quickly by their announcement of Ubuntu Touch. While it’s been a long road, Ubuntu has committed themselves to delivering on this platform with the plan to create a single, convergent Operating System that works across phones, tablets, TVs, and desktops. We were excited to have them sponsor xda:devcon ’13, and are ecstatic to have them back for xda:devcon ’14

Ubuntu will be leading a few . . . READ ON »

MediaTek Continues to Adjust Stance Towards Developer Community by Sponsoring XDA:DevCon ’14

Over the years, much has been made about MediaTek not being open to the development community and not adhering to the GPLv2 requirements with regards to the Linux kernel. Recently, MediaTek has come around to understand that the development community has a wealth of resources to help an OEM grow and better their products, and their recent announcement that they were going to be opening up was a welcome bit of news.

In their continued endeavor to embrace the community, we are pleased to announce that MediaTek is sponsoring xda:devcon ’14 as a Senior Recognized Sponsor. Xda:devcon ’14 is being held . . . READ ON »

Andreas Göransson to Talk Building Wearable Apps at XDA:DevCon 2014

This year’s xda:devcon 2014 is certainly shaping up to include plenty of discussions about wearables. And why not? Wearables are a big topic right now, and developers are looking into how to develop for this platform.

Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker who will be at xda:devcon ’14. A published author and researcher who has been developing wearable projects for the past 5 years together with his friends and colleagues at Malmö University and Aarhus University, Andreas Göransson will be talking software development. During the day he teaches computer related courses to both engineering and design students at Malmö . . . READ ON »

Shane Francis to Talk Android, Robotics, and Vision at XDA:DevCon 2014

Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 will, like the XDA forums, focus on more than just Android and phones. We’ve got a couple presentations that cover Wearables and Android Wear. Of course, software isn’t the only thing you can develop in the mobile sphere.

Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. Shane Francis is an Android and technology fanatic who finished his computer science degree just over a year ago. Having been involved with multiple community driven projects–such as CyanogenMod–as hobbies has driven him to expand . . . READ ON »

Sony Developer Advocate Troed Sångberg Talks Beyond Smartphones at XDA:DevCon 2014

As we go international with xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28, we are thrilled to have our friends at Sony returning as a sponsor. The great thing about Sony is that they don’t just make a token effort; they bring it.

We’ve already talked about one of Sony’s presentations with Alin Jerpelea talk on Sony and AOSP. Today, we are happy to announce another great presentation from our friends at Sony for xda:devcon ’14. Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. With a core technical background in the home computer scene of . . . READ ON »

MaR-V-iN to Talk Google and Android APIs at XDA:DevCon 2014

Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 is a celebration of all things mobile. The most popular sect of mobile development is perhaps software development. There are many different ways to develop software. You can use libraries and APIs to help advance your skills, among other things.

Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. MaR-V-iN is a computer science student, privacy enthusiast and hacker. MaR-V-iN started coding for Android at the end of Gingerbread era. Since then contributed to numerous Free Open Source Software projects. He is . . . READ ON »

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 3

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 3

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 »

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