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Heartbleed: What XDA Did to Patch This Critical Internet Flaw

Pardon this break from our usual mobile development news for a short brief on a recent security vulnerability that affected XDA. Heartbleed is rightly considered to be one of the most dangerous bugs to hit the Internet in a long time, if not ever. Since XDA’s servers were vulnerable to this exploit, we wanted to let you know what we did to fix this problem and what steps you could do to mitigate an issue like this in the future.

As soon as the severity of this flaw was understood, we immediately patched our servers with the new version of . . . READ ON »

[April Fools! Sort of...] Introducing XDA:BOOT

Every year at around this time, we here at XDA-Developers like to take a step back and figure out what we can do to make our little home on the web an even better place. About four years ago, we accomplished this by introducing the world to XDA Core. And then two years later, this meant shifting our priorities to a demonstrably superior operating system.

Today, I’d like to share with you a truly revolutionary idea that was the result of many femtoseconds of reptilian planning. I am, of course, referring to XDA:Ban On One’s Terms, also known . . . READ ON »

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Mobile Midwest Conference to Discuss Trending Mobility

Mobile Midwest Conference to Discuss Trending Mobility

Mobile MidWestWhen people typically think about XDA they think custom ROMs, kernels, and themes–and these three bring a lot to XDA. What people sometimes forget is that mobile applications also contribute to XDA, with Android Apps and Games being one of our largest sections. Last year, we created the App Development Forums so that those interested in learning about, discussing, and collaborating on app development would have a central place.

One of the ways we also look to encourage mobile development is through our support of developer resources. We even went so far as to create our own xda:devcon last year. . . . READ ON »

US Carrier Forums Added for the Galaxy S 5 and LG G2

There comes a time in every popular flagship device’s life when it grows up, finds an attractive carrier, and it makes many carrier-branded babies… Oh wait, I’m sorry. This is XDA-Developers, not Animal Planet. In any case, the story’s essentially the same, but with a few minor modifications.

Samsung recently unveiled its next generation flagship at Unpacked 5 in Barcelona just under one month ago. And even though the Samsung Galaxy S 5 has thus far seen mixed sentiment from consumers, the as yet unreleased device earned a well deserved place in our forums.

The LG G2, on the other . . . READ ON »

Forums Added for the Oppo Find 7, HTC One (2014), and Galaxy Note 3 Neo

Just yesterday, Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo unveiled the Oppo Find 7. The device is essentially a tour de force of high end and class-leading specifications. Available in two configurations, the high end model features a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 AC processor, and 3 GB of RAM. The “lower end” variant packs a plebian 1080p screen, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 AB processor, and 2 GB of RAM. Both variants pack a rather hefty 3000 mAh battery, and feature a 13 MP camera that can assemble 50 MP images thanks to a neat little software . . . READ ON »

Samsung to Unveil Galaxy S 5 on Monday at Unpacked in Barcelona, Forums Created

It’s so close, you can almost smell it. “TheNextGALAXY” is set to be announced on Monday at Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. And while the “next Galaxy” could come as an entirely new Galaxy-branded line, we think that it’s fairly safe to assume that this is for the Samsung Galaxy S 5.. . . READ ON »

Announcing Better Support for Devices from India on XDA

Announcing Better Support for Devices from India on XDA

XDA is a huge global community. That makes managing the site a challenge, as everything from monitoring the ads to moderating the forums becomes exponentially more difficult when dealing with different countries, cultures, and belief systems. What many people don’t know is that the second largest source of traffic on XDA after the USA is actually India. And until now, we’ve admittedly done a poor job of supporting these users. We’ve never had a defined process for adding India-only devices, and when we do add them, we’ve often relegated them to our legacy/low activity template. Often non-supported device discussion gets . . . READ ON »

XDA-Developers and Piracy

XDA-Developers and Piracy

It should come as absolutely no surprise that we at XDA-Developers take piracy very seriously. Not only does pirated content cause our site to face potential legal action, but the developers who create the applications we enjoy deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. It is for this reason that we take a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to willful piracy.

You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a rather innovative application by XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase. TimePIN, as its name implies, allows users to use the current time as an unlock PIN for . . . READ ON »

Happy Holidays from XDA-Developers!

Happy Holidays from XDA-Developers!

From all of us here behind the scenes at XDA-Developers, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays! No matter what holiday you’re celebrating—or even if “celebrating” just means that you’re taking some time away from work and/or school—we hope you have a great and relaxing time. And if you find yourself with a few new gadgets this holiday season, be sure to share your new acquisitions in the comments below, and then promptly proceed to the XDA-Developers forums to get started with all that hacking and rooting goodness!. . . READ ON »

Check Out Our Best Tablets of 2013 Guide!

Check Out Our Best Tablets of 2013 Guide!

Two days ago, we released the smartphone segment of our Holiday Gift Guide for 2013. Today, we are also sharing our tablet guide.

Whether you’re buying a last minute gift for friends and family, or you simply want to find out how best to spend your hard-earned money (or all those gift cards you will receive in the coming days), you should take a few minutes to peruse the guides! And while you’re at it, be sure to vote for your favorite devices!

Visit our Holiday Gift Guide 2013 to get started, or head directly to the two lists below:. . . READ ON »

Psst–Check out Our Developer-Friendly Holiday Guide!

The Holidays are just around the corner, but there’s still time for last-minute gift shopping! Are you still looking for those last minute presents for your geeky loved ones and yourself? If so, you should make your way over to the XDA-Developers Holiday Guide 2013!

This year, we’re dividing the Holiday Guide into three parts:

When making the guide, we tried to be a little different than most other sites. Rather than simply telling you which device we. . . READ ON »

Themer Adds XDA Theme, Available Now

Themer Adds XDA Theme, Available Now

For those who want a themed Android phone without all the work of configuring widgets, wallpapers, and icons, our friends at MyColorScreen offer a terrific option with their Themer app (available on Google Play). And as of today, those looking to show their love for XDA can do so by applying the XDA theme, which can be found under the “Newest” category in Themer.

This theme features a card-style UI style homescreen design, as well as a direct link to the XDA forums. It also contains clock and battery stats, weather information, music controls, and access to common apps. There’s also . . . READ ON »

Forum Added for the LG G Flex

Forum Added for the LG G Flex

The recently released LG G Flex is without a doubt a curious device. A close cousin to the much lauded LG G2, the G Flex brings many of the G2′s benefits, while adding a couple of new tricks.

Just like the flagship G2, the G Flex is powered by a quad-core 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The speedy processor is backed by 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. And providing the juice, you have a non-removable 3500 mAh Lithium Polymer battery.

Then things start to get a little funny. Rather than the G2′s 5.2″ 1080p . . . READ ON »

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