October 23, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you’ve been watching over the past couple weeks, you know that a lot of fun and excitement happened at this year’s big Android BBQ in Texas. To start, the OmniROM project was announced. Our friend XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was there talking to people and capturing the events. So if you missed it, check out this video.
We’ve already released videos of Jordan’s interview with XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, XpLoDWilD’s presentation from the event, Jordan’s interview with Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, Dees_Troy’s presentation from the event, and Jordan’s interview with cultural phenomenon ThaPHLASH. So if you haven’t already seen those videos, be sure to check them out as well.
This year’s Big Android BBQ was a great event. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was in attendance, and you have already seen him interview XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD and Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy (interview). However, these were not the only people Jordan interviewed.
In today’s episode, Jordan interviews the artist and personality that is ThaPHLASH. Tha Phlash is a self-described urban artist and creator of numerous icons in use on Android Devices. Honestly, there are no words to describe Tha Phlash properly, so just check out this video.
October 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
During the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. You’ve already seen the presentation by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. However, that was not the only presentation by an Elite Recognized Developer from XDA. Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, also known as Ethan Yonker, gave a presentation as well. For the few who may not recognize the name, he is the lead developer of TWRP and member of Team Win.
Ethan’s presentation was entitled “Software Architecture and Design.” In this session, Ethan discuss good programming practices in regards to software architecture and program design. Ethan draws real-life examples from his own experience developing TWRP. Examples are primarily in C++, but the discussion centers less on the specifics in the code and more around designing an architecture using object-oriented programming to create software that is more flexible, powerful, and easier to maintain.
OmniROM, a new project by Dees_Troy and other developers, was also announced. If you want to see the presentation where it was announced, please check out XpLoDWilD’s presentation. But be sure to check out this video! Also, be sure to check out XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan’s interview with Dees_Troy on XDA Developer TV.
October 16, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The 2013 edition of the Big Android BBQ has come and gone. At the BBQ, there were many great events and presentations. One such presentation was by XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. Also known as Guillaume Lesniak, XpLoDWilD has been involved in numerous closed- and open-source projects in various domains related to software engineering, mobile development, and game development. He is passionate about technology and open source projects. He has been contributing to numerous projects, including CyanogenMod and making apps for Android.
At the BBQ, XpLoDWilD gave a talk called “Developments in the Open Source Community.” This session discussed how the promise of open source looks, or maybe doesn’t look, in the open source community. These are promises of better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-ins. The presentations talks about how new initiatives can help bolster the open source mindset in the Android community for both the developers and the end-users.
Additionally, a new project by XpLoDWilD and other developers was announced, called OmniROM. If you want to see the presentation and learn what XpLoDWilD has to say, check out this video! Also, be sure to check out XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan’s interview with XpLoDWilD on XDA Developer TV.
October 9, 2013 By: jerdog
So the 2013 iteration of the Big Android BBQ is fast approaching—in fact, in just over 24 hours. All sorts of excitement is bubbling, and with a full slate of talks and events it’s sure to be an exciting time. XDA will be there yet again, and we’re happy to announce that Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD will be speaking as well.
If you aren’t familiar with XpLoDWilD, one could say you have probably been living under a rock. His Focal application is one of the more exciting Open Source projects to enter the scene in quite a while. Xplod is one of the nicest, most personable developers you’ll ever come in contact with. With plenty of projects under his belt, from BBQScreen to his work with CyanogenMod as a device maintainer for many devices, he’s done a lot for the Open Source community in such a short time. That is one of the reasons why we are so looking forward to his talk at the BABBQ. He’s calling it “Developments in the Open Source Community,” and here’s the description:
The Open Source Initiative defines open source as “a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.” This session will discuss how this looks (or sometimes doesn’t look) in the open source community and how new initiatives can help bolster the open source mindset in the Android community for both the developers and the end-users.
If you are going to be at the BABBQ, you won’t want to miss this. And if you can’t make it, stay tuned for more information about his talk as well as hopefully a video replay.
October 2, 2013 By: jerdog
With the Big Android BBQ just days away, we thought it would be a good time to let you all in on what is now a not-so-well-known secret: TWRP Lead Developer, and XDA Elite Recognized Developer, Dees_Troy will be giving a presentation at the big event. His talk will be on “Software Architecture and Design.”
If you’ve ever used TWRP, you know how valuable this recovery has been to the Android development scene. And if you’re a developer who is always looking to improve your knowledge of, or instill best practices into your development process, then this talk is for you. Here’s the description of his talk, as provided by Dees_Troy:
“I plan to discuss good programming practices regarding software architecture / program design. I will draw real-life examples from my own experience developing TWRP. Examples will primarily be in C++ but the discussion will center less on the specifics in the code and more around designing an architecture using object oriented programming to create software that is more flexible, powerful, and easier to maintain.”
So if you’re chomping at the bit to make sure you fit in the important sessions at the BABBQ, this is definitely one to put on your list in permanent marker.
What started out as an enthusiast meetup has turned into the largest community-driven event in just its 4th year, and the Big Android BBQ is just around the corner. XDA has been a proud sponsor of the BABBQ in the past, and this year is no different. We’ll have a wonderful booth filled with moderators and developers from the XDA community as well as attendees anxious to discuss the latest Android-related news. XDA will also be sponsoring two talks by Elite Recognized Developer’s Dees_Troy (TWRP lead developer) and XpLoDWilD (Focal developer and highly involved Android platform and application developer), but more on that later.
With companies like Sony Mobile, HTC, Swappa, and Oppo sponsoring; it’s slated to be an exciting time. Here are just a few things that are in store for those attending the BABBQ this year:
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for the event on Oct 10-12, make sure you do so via this link. And for those who have, make sure to stop in at the XDA booth and say hello!
December 11, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
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!
October 31, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
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.
October 28, 2012 By: orb3000
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!
October 24, 2012 By: jerdog
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:
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.
October 23, 2012 By: jerdog
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:
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.