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.

Interview with XDA Forum Admin mikechannon pt.2

Welcome to the second part of the interview with our Forum Administrator
If you missed pt. 1 of the interview, you can read it here.

Part 2

Orb3000: In recent times you became the forum Administrator, how do you feel with your new position?

mikechannon: You might think I would feel obliged to say “I feel honored”; but in this case I really do feel honored. I have been part of the community for a long time and now I see the soft underbelly of sweet old xda. It’s quite surprising how MUCH goes on behind the scenes. Of course, the sad thing is, I have to do lots of it. But it’s honest work, keeping the Users happy, and I do enjoy it.

Orb3000: What are the challenges you face being the forum Admin?

mikechannon: There are undoubted challenges. We face an enormous growth in membership, more than doubled in the past year, which of course brings many logistical obstacles. Not least amongst these for me is the Moderation and organization of the forums. We have put in place a revised Moderation system that takes more robust Moderation to each individual Forum and current efforts are being made to hone the methods of dealing with errant Users.
I anticipate new, but ultimately manageable problems, with our diversification into new Operating Systems and manufacturers beyond our old hTC exclusivity. The old battle grounds still remain a challenge though and maintaining our development focus whilst coping with an ever increasing membership looking for simple answers to simple questions, has constant potential to pull us in opposing directions –we only have to witness the tension between novice and senior to testify to this.

Orb3000: Your participation in XDA over the years has been very important keeping the place running in order together with the Admin/Mod team, do you have any future plans regarding XDA? If so can you let us know a bit of them?

mikechannon: Well, we are a team at xda-devs. and I am but one cog in the wheel, but in terms of my Admin function, it is to maintain a framework within which the changing scope of xda (new forums, manufacturers and Operating Systems) can be delivered whilst retaining the xda identity. This of course, is difficult as it’s just too easy to follow what other sites do. We need to stand out in the crowd and retain the developer focus. As other sites sail off into a sea of mediocrity and reminiscing about the good old days, we will build our future on their broken dreams.

Orb3000: What do you do for a living?, I mean apart from XDA

mikechannon: It is often rumored that there is life outside xda-devs. In the occasional five minutes away from xda-devs. I run a small training company. Nothing to do with smartphones or technology, but then we all have our imperfections and it does pay my psychiatrist bills.

Orb3000: As we all know, the forum owners also changed recently. How do you feel working with the new team?

mikechannon: In truth I didn’t know what to expect when the site owners changed. Sadness at losing the old ones for sure – we all like what’s comfortable and familiar. Having said that, the pace of change in the phone market necessitated owners who could dedicate more time and energy to moving the site forward and the original owners recognized that fact.
I can honestly say that the new owners have boundless energy; if moss can grow under your feet they will never know it! Without hesitation and indeed with a fair measure of courage the site was over-hauled, given a new look and feel and dragged without too much kicking and screaming into 2010. I doubt many people realize just how much effort that must have taken and is still taking.
We have a very responsive owner, open to new ideas and giving things a try; one might even say adventurous. Where we were a little stale, we are now revitalized and you get the feeling, we won’t be given the chance to sit down with smug looks on our faces anytime soon.

Orb3000: Initially XDA was an HTC devices oriented site, but lately it has opened to other brands and OS´s. What is your opinion on this topic? Do you think we would continue to open new devices sections? If so, how can this affect or benefit our actual community?

mikechannon: The primary concern from the owner here is the “development” potential of the new device (i.e. the OS) combined with its popularity. Having this priority is really essential, not optional, if we wish to remain a high profile site – and we do! It is increasingly apparent that there is a “war” of the Operating Systems in play; no longer a simple case of two or three more or less popular ones. Further complicating this is the extent to which xda-developers can have a role to play in the exciting world of accessing the OSs and developing them in useful ways to free them from the bonds of OEMs and Telecoms Providers. Some of the newer OSs are pretty much tied down, although I fully expect some will be let out of their prison by keen developers here – and if they do, then expect to move beyond WM and Android.

We leave here the second part of this interview, expect final part 3 soon and please leave a comment.
Thanks

Interview with XDA forum Admin mikechannon pt.1

Interview with XDA forum Admin mikechannon part 1

As some of you may be aware, a few months ago our forum Admin Flar left the position and mikechannon entered in replacement. He has actively participated in improving XDA over the years and he is one of the XDA old timers, so we considered it interesting to talk with him.

Orb3000: Hi mikechannon first of all thank you so much for giving us your time to this interview, as an XDA old timer you must have great experiences to share with us, so let´s get into topic. You are member since 2004 almost the real beginnings of XDA, what made you become a member on back then?

mikechannon: Well it doesn’t feel that long ago, though there have been massive changes in phone technology, which I guess should remind me that this is a very fast changing technological world. Actually I missed the very earliest days of XDA-Devs. when the founders, a geeky lot by all accounts set up XDA as a site to get the most from largely underutilized PDA style phones. I came in when I got my first smart phone, an hTC Hermes (TyTn), after getting bored with my functional but tame Motorola V3.

Orb3000: What was your main role when you entered in XDA?

mikechannon: Initially I was a humble newcomer, with lots to learn and completely ignorant about everything to do with ROMs and Flashing. However, I have an interest in practical electronics going back many years to the days of tube/valve radios, so I got interested in the hardware side of smart phones and began to help XDA members with dismantling and hardware issues.

Orb3000: Did you meet the original XDA founding team? If not how did you start to hang with them?

mikechannon: By the time I entered XDA, most of the original members/founders had moved on to other IT related work and were very much in the background of XDA-Devs. Some of the founders continued to influence the site as occasional Admin staff and so I would see (with awe) their names appear from time to time. Flar was appointed by them to more or less take care of all aspects of the daily running of the site in 2006 and the founders took more of a back seat. So, no I didn’t meet them and other than seeing an occasional post by them, they were the, almost mythical, gurus of our site.

Orb3000: You became Moderator of XDA and started to work with all the team improving the site, did you also develop applications or any other stuff for XDA?

mikechannon: I was not and am not, a software guy, coding and development skills at the level expected here are beyond me. I was more the “dismantling” guy and also, of course, helping newer members with problems and assisting with tweaks and settings for all. Much of being a Moderator was about setting a friendly atmosphere; a comfortable place to be!! Heck, let’s face it, these are just phones, we should be enjoying ourselves here! I think perhaps I just upset a large core of the members here that take the whole business incredibly seriously and I have to admit, without those fairly obsessive guys and girls we might still be in the primeval smart phone soup!

Hope you enjoyed this interview, please leave your comments and expect part 2 soon.
Thanks.

Mind of a Moderator: An Interview With M_T_M

On XDA, we like to talk about moderators. Whether you agree or disagree with their actions, they are a very real part of our electronic lives. Follow the rules, and you’re okay; break them, and out comes the ban-hammer.

Rarely though, do people realize that our moderators are everyday people with lives and interests just like the rest of us. Because of this, I decided to have a chat with one of our favorite Senior Moderators, M_T_M, to try and shed some light on a day in the life.

Jase: What got you into flashing, hacking, breaking things?
M_T_M: I love to tinker with my electronic devices…to the point of no return sometimes. I’ve burned out two processors on my old PCs just messing with them and then got into cell phones while working for Verizon Wireless. My life gave a 180 degree turn when I receive the first 2G phone to show it off to the world…the LG-VX6000. After that I would get a new device every three months.

Jase: How’d you end up on XDA?
M_T_M: Searching for wallpapers for my T-Mobile HTC Dash. Google did the rest.

Jase: What do you like the most about being a mod?
M_T_M: The ability to help an ever growing and expanding community of cell fanatics that want to get more out of their devices.

Jase: Is there any advice you would give to new/less experienced members of the forum to prevent them from mucking things up?
M_T_M: Ask them to remember that the name of the site is XDAdevelopers and not XDAtechsupport. This site is dedicated to develop and create new stuff for the betterment of technology hence proper respect needs to be given to the real developers that pour their life into their creations…whatever those may be.

Jase: Have you ever banned someone because they asked to be banned?
M_T_M: Yes, yes I have. This site becomes addictive, too addictive if you ask me. Some members decide to request a ban due to real life matters and they believe that if they have access to this site. Nothing will be accomplished.

Jase: How many people have you banned?
M_T_M: Over 9000!! (trololol) JK mate. I don’t keep tabs as it should not be a bragging matter.

Jase: What do you suggest to people who want to become a mod?
M_T_M: To realize that you will become a public servant. Grow a thick skin and be humble about it. Otherwise you will crash and burn faster than….let’s just leave it at that.

Jase: What do you do as a day job (when not moderating)?
M_T_M: Corporate management.

Jase: What do you see as the future of the XDA community as a whole?
M_T_M: I see nothing but good things coming up mate. The administrators and Senior Mods along with the FSM (forum specific Mods) are working hard to keep XDA as the best Developing site for cell phones in the world.

Jase: Is there anything else you would like to let everyone know about you?
M_T_M: In my personal life I answer to a “higher” authority and that dictates a lot about who I am and the way I treat people around me. I’m a family man and like to have fun while doing both my real life’s job and this one. Life is too short to live it with hard feelings and hating on everybody. I care for the members of this community and try my best to make their experience as fun and didactic as possible. I’m upfront and forward and try to be as honest as humanly possible. I’m just another imperfect human trying to do the best out of an imperfect me.

So there you have it, folks. That’s M_T_M in a nutshell. If you want to join him in the ranks of forum moderator, head over to this forum announcement.

Interview With Recognized Developer AdamOutler Pt. 1 Of 3

Finally we are back on the XDA Interview series! For those of you too new to XDA, you may find the previous ones in this links: Interview With XDA Developer pof, Interview with User Experience Admin svetius, Interview with XDA forum Admin mikechannon, etc.

This time we will talk with XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler. It´s hard to find where to start when you have the pleasure to interview such a versatile Developer with so many active projects.

orb3000: Hi Adam, thanks for taking this time to talk. I will start asking how do you started to work in Unbrickable Mod?

AdamOutler: When I switched from iPhone to Android, I had a feeling of
immense freedom. I could do anything I want with an Android! So I did…
I did something and bricked my phone within about 1 hour of owning it.

I searched for ways to recover bricks and JTAG was the only option for my
device. It required soldering 8 tiny wires and purchasing a very expensive
box. I felt that was unacceptable and there should be another way to reload
firmware so I began research and was pulled into the thread Lets save some
bricks
. After locating the hardware modification, I called it UnBrickable Mod because I
knew it had potential to make a device totally UnBrickable.

Cool factoid: The B in UnBrickable is always capitalized because it bypasses
Auto-Correct on Android devices.

orb3000: How Unbrickable Mod works?, can you explain us what is all about?

AdamOutler: That is a very broad question… UnBrickable Mod is a hardware
modification which enables USB upload of bootloaders. I think everyone
wants the reassurance that no matter what they flash on their device it can
be recovered. All CORTEX A8 processors have the ability to boot from USB.
Most modern devices support this and at the same time, most manufacturers
tend to lock this ability down. While UnBrickable Mod is technically a
hardware hack/exploit, it functions to increase device maintainability and
thereby increases device value. Personally, I view UnBrickable Mod as the
way devices should come from the factory.

Here’s a video which explains most of it.

(Note to readers, ignore this paragraph if you’re not a geek) While most
devices have a default failover mode to boot from USB, this is ineffective
if the device locks up on a bootloader. Each device has its own unique boot
mode. Most GalaxyS1 devices use a boot code of 0x9(OneNAND>UART>USB). By
modifying the value from 0x9 to 0x29(UART>USB>OneNAND), the device will
reverse its boot order and thereby cause the device to swap its boot mode
from the default boot first from OneNAND to booting first from UART, then
USB, then OneNAND. It’s not always the same value we’re searching for
though.. Each device has its own unique configuration and processor. A
booting code of 0x9 on a Hummingbird processor does not mean the same on any
other processor, nor is it guaranteed that the boot modes can be swapped,
also memory locations are different per processor.

For example, I’ve just finished locating the modification required on the
Exynos4120 GalaxyS2. As far as I can tell, it will not be possible to
simply swap the boot modes. On the Exynos4120, a temporary connection must
be made in order to make the device attempt to boot from an alternate source
and failover into the USB mode. I chose a switch to make this temporary
connection. See XDA-TV GalaxyS2 Unboxing for more.

orb3000: For a regular user sometimes so many tools is kind of confusing, please tell us about the supporting software like UnBrickable Resurrector, ModeDetect, and Heimdall One-Click?

AdamOutler: These tools each serve different purposes. Lets start with
Heimdall One-Click

1

Heimdall One-Click is a cross-platform, all-dependencies-included, single
executable file, firmware packaging and distribution tool. It is superior
to the Windows-only Odin3. Its purpose is to allow users on Linux, Windows
and Mac to use the exact same file to flash firmware onto their device. The
advantages of using Heimdall One-Click over Odin3:
*Utilzing a much safer flashing method
*Allowing those with Windows, Mac and Linux to flash your firmware
*Increasing user-awareness of what is being flashed
*Packing your firmware into a much easier to use One-Click
*Supporting the work of other Open-Source developers

Heimdall One-Click is based on Heimdall by Benjamin Dobell. Heimdall is
actually safer to use than Odin, and Heimdall One-Click adds 6 points of
safety to standard flashing with Odin. I’ve also created a tool to make
Heimdall One-Clicks from Heimdall Tar.GZ packages.

2

The UnBrickable Resurrector is the firmware/software component to
UnBrickable Mod.

3

The UnBrickable Resurrector will tell you when you’ve connected a device
which has been properly modified. It also can recognize several other modes
like ADB, Media Player, Mass Storage and many others. By connecting an
UnBrickable Modded device and clicking the “Download Mode” button, you’re
activating a process of uploading customized bootloaders directly into
specific memory locations where they are executed and perform initialization
tasks designed to put your device into Download Mode or Fastboot Mode. The
Resurrector was created as a team effort by Rebellos and Myself.

I designed the high-level Java app and hardware mod while he designed the
HIBL(Hummingbird Interceptor BootLoader) and modified SBL.

ModeDetect was discontinued. It has been replaced and absorbed by the
UnBrickable Resurrector.

Basically, we’ve got Heimdall One-Click which makes loading software easy
and the UnBrickable Resurrector which gets you to the point where you can
load software. The reason for having them be totally separate entities:
Not everyone needs or can use the Resurrector and not everyone needs or can
use Heimdall One-Click. Although they work together to form a total
recovery system, they are separate in that developers may not need a full
300meg firmware flash to put their device into download mode and test a
kernel, and people flashing firmware would be confused by inoperative
buttons and extra status icons.

In short, UnBrickable Resurrector supports several devices and provides
hard-brick recovery to a soft-bricked state. Heimdall One-Click provides
soft-brick recovery to an operational state.

This brings me to my work-in-progress… Why don’t we have any
cross-platform tools which work with every single Android device out there?

CASUAL (Cross-platform ADB Scripting, Unified Android Loader), like the Unbrickable resurrector, will support several devices. Since it only requires 6 commands, it is intended to be an easy-to-learn, Cross-Platform, light-weight scripting language for deploying binaries over ADB with a Graphical User Interface. If you’re a developer who wants to deploy a new root script over ADB, put out a kernel for multiple devices or install applications via adb, CASUAL will be your
application of choice. It works on Linux, Windows and Mac. A basic script can be created by simply putting all of your binaries into a zip file then typing in a few adb commands without the word “adb” and replace file
references with $ZIPFILEfilename.ext. For example:
[code] Shell mkdir /data/tmp
push $ZIPFILEzergRush /data/tmp
shell /data/temp/zergRush
remount
push $ZIPFILEzergRush /system/bin
[/code]

The end-user of a CASUAL application will not see the script. They will see
a GUI. User will simply plug in their Android Debug Bridge enabled device,
select the operation from a drop-down box, then click the big button. It
will also provide a great way to easily root an Android Virtual Device from
Linux as well. CASUAL will support every single Operating System and every
single Android Device.

Here we end the first part of the interview, stay tuned for the following two parts.
Thanks for reading.

Interview With XDA Developer pof – pt. 1 of 3

Following our series of interviews with XDA developers, this time we will talk with pof; an old time XDA retired moderator who has been actively working in reverse engineering/hacking WinMo. On top of that, he has tons of experience in security, and lately he started to develop for Android. Lets get into this fascinating world:

orb3000: Hi pof, thanks a lot for taking some time for the interview; and without further ado, lets start with an easy one ;), what was your first device?

pof: HTC BlueAngel (branded by I-Mate as PDA2k)

orb3000: What moved you into hacking & modding bootloaders?

pof: I was used to flash cooked ROMs on previous Windows Mobile phones, however when I bought the HTC Hermes I noticed it was no longer possible, HTC changed the ROM format (NBF to NBH) and signed the ROM´s so they could not be flashed on the phone if you don’t have their private key. That pissed me off because I wanted to mod my device, and at the time the developers community was still very small so nobody had looked into hacking it yet. So, I started researching on the new NBH format, and reverse engineer the bootloader to be able to circumvent the protections imposed by HTC.

orb3000: Where did you learn to get into the insides of devices?

pof: Mostly on XDA developers itself :) I used to read every technical post from other knowledgeable members such as itsme, Des, Mamaich, machinagod, or buzzlightyear to name a few. I also dedicated a lot of hours at home doing research and sharing the progress with other members over IRC (countless hours speaking with Olipro, cmonex, Asukal, arc, hdubli, etc… by the time) and I tried to organize and document everything in the wiki.

orb3000: What programming languages are you familiar with?

pof: At that time I only knew C and a little C++, then I learned some ARM assembly by disassembling bootloaders and debugging ARM code on phones, but that was totally self-taught with the ARM instruction set and some manuals I downloaded from the net, that was when I was trying to follow and understand all the Hermes IPL process. I liked it and since then I’ve been more involved in the reverse engineering world (crackmes.de is a good resource if you want a starting point), now I also enjoy learning x86 and Dalvik assembly although I’m still far from being an expert. Other than that, since I come from a Linux sysadmin background I also know some bash/shell scripting, PHP and a bit of Python and Java.

At this point, we will finish our first part of 3 of this interesting interview. Stay tuned for the second part next week, where we will take topics such as Android security and more. Thanks for reading and please leave your comments.

Special thanks to Noonski!

Looking For Developers, NW´s, Chefs, and More: Interviews on XDA TV

Ok we are back with a good one! XDA member GrilledCheze is taking care of the interviews section for XDA TV and the show’s first episode will  start this week. Guess who will be the first one to be interviewed? Maybe you know him, a News Writer called orb3000 😀
This project will be about talking with the most interesting personalities around XDA -not including me of course.-
So, if you are a Developer, Chef, Admin, etc. or you know anyone who may be interested, please let them know about this project, which is bound to be a success only if we all support it!
Please share this article and leave your comments telling us who you would want to see on XDA TV!

Originally posted by GrilledCheze
Looking For Developers Who Want to be on XDA TV

Come join me on XDA TV!

Hey everyone. I need to start out by apologizing for the slow start on my XDA TV show. It turns out that doing interviews over hotel internet doesn’t work no matter where you are in the world. My business trip has ended, which means my show, XDA Insider, is ready to get going.

My show is all about you! The community. Each week I will be sitting down with a developer, admin, moderator, or anyone else who helps contribute to the community.

Obviously, I can’t kick start the show without a guest, so this is my callout: Would you like to be on XDA Insider? Post here or send me a private message containing 2 pieces of information – 1. what you do on this site 2. what times during the day you are available for interview.

Please remember that this show will be interactive, so we will need to set a recording date so I can give the community ample time to ask any questions they would like.

Show recording times
I prefer to record the show on Sunday in the morning Japan Time (+9), but anytime Sunday should be fine. Keep in mind that this is Saturday evening for those of you in the Americas

Suggested Recording Times Based on Location
Americas: Saturday evening or Sunday morning (This is Sunday morning or evening for me)
Europe and Africa: Sunday morning (This is Sunday afternoon for me)
Asia and Australia: Our times are similar. Mid-day would be best to adjust for the couple hours difference.

Continue to the original thread.

Interview with User Experience Admin svetius

Many changes are happening lately around XDA-Developers and they always have to do with trying to improve the user experience when surfing the site. We may agree or disagree with some of the new improvements but those changes have a reason behind them, and this is why we decided to have a talk with our User Experience Admin svetius.

orb3000: Hi svetius, thanks a lot for your time for this interview. Many changes are in the works now, and after reading your “State of the Site” Address announcement, I would like to ask you some questions to let members know about all the new changes. First, I would like to ask you how is the 10 posts minimum requirement to post in development areas helping out?

svetius: It seems to be helping. At the very least, it’s encouraging new users to search the site before posting in the dev forums. We want to get new users into the habit of searching before they post.

orb3000: Also, it is very exciting to see the XDA Premium Android App that was just released. What we can expect compared with normal version?

svetius: It’s released now, and so far, feedback has been quite positive, with tons of five-star ratings. We even made the official Android Top Paid App listing. We’ll be issuing a 1.1 update for the Premium app around the second or third week of March. We’ll be issuing an update to the free version around the same time.

orb3000: Is something being done on improving the search function within forums by making forum-specific Google searches available? How does this look moving forward and what will the benefit of the new search be?

svetius: Having Google do forum-specific searches will reduce load on our servers, and allow for faster and more precise searching of specific forums. We hope to roll this out within the next couple of months.

orb3000: The XDA color scheme is now changeable. Are you planning to add more themes/skins?

svetius: We don’t have plans to add new themes at this time. The new XDA 2010 skin took literally hundreds of hours from conception to coding to testing. We’re going to aim to reveal a new forum template every two years or so. As you know, users can still use the legacy forum template should they prefer that. We’ll always have that option.

orb3000: Regarding the new “Thanks” button, have the initial experiences on it been what you expected? How can it be improved?

svetius: Good question. The “Thanks” button is working as intended: it’s pointing out the members of XDA that are getting the most appreciation for their good work. It’s also reducing the occurrence of replies that just say “Thanks” which take up a lot of space in a thread. We hope to use this mechanism one day to perhaps reward those that are thanked the most.

orb3000: Do you have any features/updates that the Admin team is working on? If so give us a blimp please!

svetius: We’re excited about the upcoming Developer program of XDA, where those that develop here can apply to get a special badge next to their name, access to a private forum, and other privileges. It’ll make it easier to have a two-way conversation with our valued developers.

orb3000: I can´t end this interview without asking you about the most expected XDA gathering event -open to all members- in New York City for 2011. This would be a fantastic event where we all –if attending- will have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with long time friendships made throughout the years on XDA.

svetius: There are still many questions to be answered about the potential NYC event. We’re attempting to line up sponsors at the moment, plus bring in some other related tech sites to share some of the work. Also, it’s important to note that the event will have a finite guest list. We’re likely to offer invites electronically on a first come, first serve basis. More info as we get it!

orb3000: Any final comments you want to add?

svetius: Thank you for the interview! I would only add that I encourage anyone reading this that has ideas on how to make XDA better to send me a PM. My door is always open!

Thank you very much for your time and we leave the door open to make a follow up in the future.

Thanks all for reading, and if you have any specific question you would like to bring to our User Experience Admin, please do so in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
Thanks for reading.

What a Year–XDA Portal Turns Two!

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.

Under the leadership of our new Portal Administrator and Editor-in-Chief Will Verduzco, we will be sure to keep sight of our focus of making the Portal your “insider guide” to XDA. The rest of our team consists of the following writers: Egzthunder1, ElCondor, mic_888, jasecloud4, PoorCollegeGuy, Bentenrai, conantroutmanHQRaja, ben_duder, azrienochsamcaplat, and of course, myself. You can contact any of us if you have any tips or article suggestions. And if you have any suggestions for any particular type of content you would like to see, please send that over to Will.

Seemingly overnight, we went from 1.3 million monthly page views in February 2010 to 4.9 million this past January. In this time, we have managed to rack up more than 4,700 published articles! Going forward, we wish to raise these numbers by doing our best to provide you with the content you want to see. To all our supporters around the globe, thank you for giving us a reason to write and for making the XDA-Developers Portal the place it is today.

Here’s to a great third year! Cheers!

The Failed PR of HTC, Verizon, and HP [Weekly Recap]

This week on XDA TV, Azrienoch makes up for his Weekly Recap negligence by bringing you nearly every bit of news he missed the past few weeks. First, SassiBoB steps into her new role and tells us what all we might have missed on XDA TV. Then we hear about the various new conferences the OEMs are starting to encourage and entice developers, including XDA’s sponsorship of the Samsung’s invite-only DevCon. Then, Azrienoch does his best to respectfully announce the death of Steve Jobs. To liven the mood, next we’re told about new developments with UnBrickable Mod. And after Jeff explains and scolds HTC and Verizon for how they handled TrevE’s discovery of the CIQ security leaks, he works through egzthunder1’s article about HP and how they continue to violate GPL. Click on for more! (more…)

How Developers Can Help Fight Apple’s Lawsuits [Weekly Recap – 22 July 2011]

For this round of the Weekly Recap on XDA TV, azrienoch and SassiBoB want Sam Caplat to know how much he’s missed. They also want you to know about the recently announced Site Road Map, which lists the progress the administration made on the State of the Site Address, and what we have left to do. Azrienoch quickly lists off a few key articles from the past week, like Dual Boot for the Desire HD, the progress on S-off for the Sensation, Temp Root for the HTC Flyer, and Froyo for the Rhodium and Raphael. SassiBoB shows off the rage comic she made with ROiD RAGE, and finally, azrienoch dedicates the rest of the show explaining Apple’s lawsuit against HTC, why he dislikes patents on coding, the lawsuit’s importance as a precedent for future lawsuits, and pleads with HTC to let the developer community help. Click on for the episode! (more…)

azrienoch Weekly Recap – 11 March – XDA TV

In this episode of the weekly recap on XDA TV, azrienoch talks about Chad’s recent Android ROM Rundown where he covers stock HTC Sense. Then he talks about the newest show on XDA TV, XDA Insider, where GrilledCheze interviews orb3000. Then we get to hear a bit about the NoDo update for Windows Phone 7, unlock codes for Galaxy 4G, new forums on XDA, an Easter egg in Gingerbread, and more. Click on to see this week’s video! (more…)

xda-developers: The History -Part Two-

Xda-developers has been here since the start, as we saw in orb3000’s part one of this two part story. I’m here to cover the more recent news and what has come out of our community. From rooting and ROM development, to flashing and hacking, XDA members and developers have been the ones sustaining this community and are the reason we have had so much fun playing with our devices.

After XDA hit the ground running, it didn’t take long for us to make our first breakthroughs and become the first in the smartphone scene to have a site as unique as xda-developers.

As the population started growing on the site, we soon saw more development of ROMs and apps for Windows CE and Windows Mobile devices. This type of development was never done before as apps were locked by the manufacturer and carriers. Along the way, we have seen some great projects and things come out of XDA that is truly what the spirit behind the site is. Not far behind, was the addition of XDA’s first non-htc device along with other additions such as Android. These changes were all made in 2009. As quoted from a quick interview with xda-developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire:

“The key to XDA’s continued success has been the addition of new devices and OS’s, which have broadened the community and united it all under one roof where people can collaborate and develop many great things for their smartphones.”
Some of the new things that have been part of these additions were:

  • Android on Windows Mobile Phones – Development
  • Android Rom Development and Customization
  • Android Rooting

And with all this activity, it sure hasn’t been hard to write stories on such development.

If you haven’t been around long on XDA then you may have not noticed the big increase in users. XDA now grows at a rate of roughly 3,000-5,000 new users a day. The site also has a constant 10,000 users online on average at any given time. With so many new devices and users, there is a lot of content that comes out of XDA. Everyday it seems there is a new ROM, application, or tweak that a user has made.

Part of keeping the site the way it is, is because of the dedicated staff that works the forums and the behind the scenes operations. We have Administrators, Senior Moderators, Forum Specific Moderators, and of course the News Writers. We all work tirelessly to make sure the users are behaving, some of you may not like us for our actions but we have lots of responsibilities. Since there are 2.8 Million users and only about 100 moderators, that is a ratio of 1 moderator for every 28,000 users. As of this last Summer XDA has implemented a new moderation system designating some moderators to forums and others to a more general area. Keep in mind that all moderators are non-paid volunteers who dedicate countless hours to make sure the site runs smooth and isn’t in a total chaos.

So far, we have only been inclusive to Android and Win Mo OS’s. Recently, XDA admins Svetius and Arbre announced the addition of iphone-developers.com to the XDA family. The site is up and running in beta and hopefully we will see some great development come from the Apple side of development and more openness with this OS. We may also see an addition of other OS’s down the road depending on their popularity and development possibilities. When Android was introduced, we became a major benefactor to the OS and we hope to see this happen again with another mobile platforms.