orb3000 · Nov 20, 2010 at 09:00 pm

Interview with XDA Forum Admin mikechannon pt.3 Final

With no more introduction we continue the third a final part of the interview with our Forum Admin mikechannon.
Reference: Part 1 and part 2

Part 3

Orb3000: In your opinion what do you think has made XDA the place it is now in the eyes of the international community?

mikechannon: There are likely long and boring dissertations to be written to explain our prominent place in the online world, but I’ll leave that to the theorists with time on their hands and a gap to fill between indulging their other OCDs.
For me the history of xda-developers is all-important. It was not formed to generate a living for someone who thought “hey, what’s popular right now and let’s make a website that’ll generate oodles of money from advertising” No, this was a thoroughly honest site with the interest and skills of development put well and truly first and thoughts about becoming popular and using every trick in the book to top Google rankings right at the bottom of the priority list. In the early days there were perhaps only 50 people online at a time and that was fine – nobody was ready for mega-stardom yet!
So, our foundations are solid and those early days of sharing expertise and experience live on in the current site. As well as developers, we are, after-all, the best Customer Support site the manufacturers never pay for! Maybe they have just a little love for us too; you might be surprised how many retail outlets refer customers to XDA-Developers for a bit of support!

I´ve found an interesting quote it´s worth to include on the interview as closing:

Originally Posted by mikechannon
In a sense the xda title is not longer valid for us BUT hey wait a minute we’re now famous as xda-developers so nobody is actually going to change the name!!
As folk have said, the earliest PDA phones were manufactured by hTC (2002), and O2 then a British telcoms (pre. being bought by Telefonica of Spain) mobile provider branded the phones under the name XDA. This was meant to be a mix of PDA but with various additions, the most obvious being a built in phone. They came up with the name XDA to indicate the Xtra functions on the PDA.
It was these early O2 XDA devices that the founders of our site thought had much more potential than the sellers 02 and hTC were giving them credit for. With their geeky hats on they cracked them open and began to develop them beyond the standard fairly boring branded versions. To spread the word, they set up a small website and naturally called it xda-developers. In the early days less than a dozen members in 2003.
…. and look where we are now!!
It’s probably true to say that O2 and later a few other companies and hTC are nowhere near as good as Apple at selling products and concepts on a mass scale. The doubling of the Smartphone market in the past year has been lead unarguably by the iPhone. Having said that, as well as promoting their own iPhones, Apple have also unwittingly stimulated the entire smartphone market and only half of that doubling in sales is down to iPhone sales.
Mike

Thanks a lot Mike for giving us some of your time for this interview.

Thanks a lot to those who followed this three parts interview with our Forum Admin, we hope you enjoyed it and if so please leave a comment, they are very important to us.


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orb3000 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. @orb3000 News Writer & Forum Moderator @xda-developers. Windows Phone/Android enthusiast, like HTC and flashing! 100% cert. free of i-products Xalapa, México
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