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 »
Everyone loves a good competition; there’s no denying it. Generally, we don’t just give away devices for the sake of giving them away. Sure it drives traffic, but that traffic usually ends up going away until the next giveaway. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. We would rather showcase the amazing work done by the developers on XDA and let that drive traffic than to try and drive traffic by giveaway. However, when given an opportunity to give away something that promotes development, we are all in. This is just such an example.
noun \ˈkrau̇d-ˌsȯr-siŋ\ : the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers
At XDA, you could say we specialize in crowdsourcing. You could even say that we had it perfected before it became hip. Our developers routinely participate in Open Source projects, which epitomize the very definition of crowdsourcing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that we are seeking your input into something carrying the XDA-Developers brand.
At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we’ve seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4—but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup.
Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA. Please choose one from the list that you would like to see offered, and we . . . READ ON »
Depending on which part of the world you reside, 2012 is now but a memory. While there have been various ups and downs, one thing is certain: Despite the lack of a Mayan Apocalypse, it was quite the eventful year.
What’s even more important than the road already traveled in the world of mobile technology is what is yet to come in 2013. While the progress of our favorite mobile operating systems and their development communities are still very much to be determined, one thing is already known: There are many exciting times ahead.
Please share in the . . . READ ON »
There’s still a little over a month left in 2012, but we’ve already had quite the eventful year. This year saw the launch of Android 4.1, Android 4.2, and several flagship devices. We featured plenty of ups, plenty of downs, even more downs, and few stories that made us all ask if the whole world around us had gone slightly mad.
We are going to deviate a bit from our regularly scheduled programming to let you know about an upcoming change in the rules in the XDA forums. As time has gone by, our site has grown by leaps and bounds from what it was a couple of years ago. With a membership base of over 4.5 million registered users and an average of 35-40 thousand people active at any given time, we need to ensure that this place can offer the best possible environment for all people, both experienced developers and people who come here looking to learn about mobile . . . READ ON »
Back in October of 2010, Microsoft unleashed the latest chapter in its mobile strategy with the release of Windows Phone 7. A dramatic departure from the look and feel of its predecessor, Windows Phone 7′s radically different Metro UI was widely regarded as well ahead of its time.
Nearly two years later and despite recent their recent alliance with Nokia, Windows Phone 7 hardware has in some regards grown a bit long in the tooth. Still featuring single core processors and relatively low resolution WVGA displays, Windows Phone 7 devices were having difficulty competing in the (often pointless) specs race . . . READ ON »
You may not be aware, but the XDA Portal—our little news outlet—is celebrating its second birthday! From the start, the main objective of the Portal has been to serve as a virtual window into the endless supply of development here at XDA.
Our first article was posted on January 16th, 2010; and since then, we’ve been dedicated to covering content that ranges from development works, various guides and tutorials, and interviews with Recognized Developers.
Ok, gloves are off. If what CIQ wanted was a media storm, they got one. Yes, this is not my standard article where I try to start it up with a bit of a warm up to some regular story. This is a rather serious issue and one that will likely need your full support for your fellow community member and dev, XDA Recognized Developer TrevE. So, this is a petition to all of our readers, members, and followers to completely and absolutely blow this out of proportion. Retweet, cross post in social sites (reddit, digg, 4chan, slashdot, etc), . . . READ ON »
It seems like the news lately is turning more into obituaries rather than exciting stuff. However, what we are about to write here is a huge thank you note to a man whose legacy and contributions to the computer world far surpass that of many others in this last century. Dennis Ritchie was by far one of the most influential people in the world of computing and technology as we know it today. Many of you are probably thinking “who is this guy?” If you are, then let me tell you that this man is responsible for two of the . . . READ ON »
Over the last few months, you have likely seen a hard push by manufacturers in attempts to try and get closer to developer communities like ours. The effect that we have on their product sales is strong enough to create a tough situation for any company that decides to ignore this part of their consumer base. The best examples that you can see would be number of devices and users of Samsung and HTC products as compared to other brands that are not as developer friendly like Motorola and Sony. The effect is not a coincidence as our intervention in . . . READ ON »
You all know that we have had the Portal up and running for a little over 18 months now. In that time, we have added lots and lots and lots of content from all around the site. Everything has been featured here from themes and icons, to apps, mods, guides, and even some rather questionable hacks. But I am here today celebrating my 1,000th article in the Portal with a much more serious and pressing matter.
Allow me to provide you with a working definition of what our site truly is, what its main focus is, and what rights and . . . READ ON »