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Posts Tagged: Big Android BBQ 2012

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A little over a month ago, the Big Android BBQ event happened and XDA was in attendance. XDA Developer TV Producer Erica was there with her camera, recording all things exciting and interesting. After sifting through hundreds of hours of video, Erica presents a video detailing all the fun at the Big Android BBQ.

Erica interviews many people including, XDA Elite Recognized Developer supercurio, Recognized Developer and AOKP creator Roman Birg, Creator of Awesomeness Tha Phlash, Recognized Developer and creator of ClockWorkMod Recovery Koush, Senior Moderator M_T_M, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire, Elite Recognized Developer Entropy512,  and a special appearance from TV Producer azrienoch.  Also, you get to see parts of all the fun events at the Big Android BBQ that you missed if you didn’t attend.  What are you waiting for? Watch this video!

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In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes all the swag he got at this year’s Big Android BBQ. It was an average haul. Sony gave away 200 smart watches and several people walked away with multiple phones and tablets.

AdamOutler starts by showing off a Sony Smartwatch, then moves on to the XDA NFC key chains. He continues to go through and show you all the other stuff he got from the Big Android BBQ. Finally, AdamOutler shows off the Magic Box device he created for and demonstrated at the Big Android BBQ session, hosted by  XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan and himself. So check this video out, it is not to be missed.

 

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For those of you who didn’t make it to the Big Android BBQ 2012, we had our traditional signature banner at the XDA booth. However, this year, we decided to have something new: a device museum!

The idea was born to give new uers a “blast from the past,” in the words of XDA TV Producer azrienoch. Various XDA members sent us their old devices, dating as far back as the Motorola Startac from 1989, and including legendary devices such as the HTC Blue Angel, HTC Universal, HTC G1, and some very early Samsung devices. Elite Recognized Developer Adam Outler contributed as well with his personal ADK 2012, which was given to him by our Portal Administrator Will Verduzco after attending Google I/O 2012. Adam also contributed a device that I call The Magic Box, as it was able to root many devices in less than 3 minutes!

In case you missed it, check out our recaps of conferences held by XDA, as well as the rest of our BABBQ2012 coverage. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the museum!

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On Sunday, October 21, XDA Senior Moderator NotATreoFan and I led the session XDA: Past, Present, Future. This session focused on the history of XDA and where we began, where we are today, our pitfalls and struggles, and our vision of the future for Android and the community at-large. We then gave a walkthrough of our upcoming community initiatives, XDA Dev:DB and XDA-University. We also discussed what we would love to see from the Manufacturers in their response to and support of the developer community. Below are the key points about that relationship we discussed:

  • Manufacturers open-source kernels on git-like service
  • Carriers out of the loop, opening up the update chain
  • Full GPLv2 compliance (working, buildable kernel source)
  • Open Communication and Relationships with Manufacturers

On that last note, we had representatives from Sony Mobile and Samsung Developers come and share with us what they were doing with regards to Developer Relations. From Samsung Developers we had Technical Marketing Manager Michael Luddon and Senior Manager of Developer Relations Hod Greeley discuss how they are getting out in the industry, sharing the news about Samsung’s support for application developers as well as giving us a teaser about the Exynos source code news they would be sharing later in the day.

Kalle Dahlstrom, Director of Developer Relations for Sony Mobile, shared with us the strides that Sony has been taking in the Open Source arena, specifically with regards to DASH and AOSP. He also told us that they were pushing for an expansion into the AOSP realm for older and newer devices, and that there was more to come that he couldn’t discuss just yet (Sony Nexus anyone?).

I want to publicly thank Michael, Hod, and Kalle for graciously giving up some of their precious time during a very busy weekend to open themselves up and share what they are passionate in Android OS. We here at XDA hope it goes a long way to further our relationships with both Sony and Samsung, as well as help build new ones with other manufacturers.

For those who weren’t able to be at the event, you can view the slides to get a good feel for the presentation or view some pictures below.

Talking about our Growing Pains and the “Attack of the Trolls”

More talk about our Growing Pains and the invasion of the demanding, self-entitled flock

Anatomy of an Internet Troll, commonly found on XDA

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On Saturday, October 20, I moderated “The Future of Android Development” with a panel of XDA Recognized Developers consisting of:

The session was attended by over 100 people, with standing room only. At one point there were over 130 people listening to some of our developers discuss their projects, what excites them about Android development, and what they see as the future of development on Android. Here are some highlights:

  • Supercurio discussed Project Voodoo and what the evolution of the project looked like and what the future holds.
  • Entropy512 shared with us his experience working with the Android kernel and Samsung Exynos processors, specifically about cpu_idle and how to utilize it properly without negatively affecting battery consumption.
  • Agrabren told us about Disarmed Toaster, and his vision for that project which seeks to unite three flavors of Android into one ROM where you choose what you want on flash utilizing AROMA.
  • Decad3nce took us into the world of being a Device Maintainer for CyanogenMod, namely the Samsung Epic 4G, and how the process works to submit and work with code.
  • Chainfire schooled us on proper usages of SuperUser access within applications, as well as telling us about his FAAPT apk build-script optimizations, and finished with sharing his new project “CF-Auto-Root.”

Thanks goes out to the developers involved who helped make this presentation a success. If you weren’t there, you really missed a great session. Below you can find some pictures from the presentation. Those who would like relive the experience or feel like they were there can view the slide deck on SlideShare.

Getting ready for the presentation as the room quickly fills up

Introducing the participants in the session

Comic used in the presentation from Dilbert, September 2, 2012

Handing off to Supercurio to discuss Project Voodoo

Supercurio and Project Voodoo

Agrabren introducing Disarmed Toaster

Introduction to Disarmed Toaster by Agrabren

Chainfire telling the crowd about FAAPT

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