July 17, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
This year, xda:devcon will be held in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors like Sony, Oppo and OnePlus. Just a couple days ago we announced that Alin Jerpelea will be returning to talk about Sony and AOSP.
At xda:devcon ’13, Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla Stormy Peters gave a presentation entitled “Bringing the World’s Next 2 Billion People Online.” Here, Stormy talked about the developing world’s path to the Internet being different than that of the first world. The first world took a path through desktop computer to Internet-enabled mobile devices. Developing countries are going straight to mobile. Developing countries have limited infrastructure and expendable income as well. Check out the video to see what they have to say on this video from last year.
June 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Here are XDA, we appreciate competition. Without Google competing against Apple’s (past) mobile dominance, we wouldn’t have the customization and innovative Android OS that we see today. But by the same token, Android could stagnate if there weren’t smaller dogs nipping at its heels. We’ve talked about Ubuntu Touch before. Today, we are going to talk about another option, Firefox OS.
June 16, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Geohot roots the Samsung Galaxy S5 and most other devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is a story talking about how Firefox OS apps can now run on Android, as well as how to control your Google Play Store permissions with finer detail! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for PinNotif. Then, Adam talked about simple Hacking prevention. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of TWRP Theme Manager. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
It’s no big secret that Mozilla’s Firefox OS has had quite a tough time gaining market traction. Despite this, Firefox OS development has trudged along, with the Google Nexus 5 recently receiving highly functional nightly builds and Sony contributing to the OS’s development. Now, Mozilla hopes to bring Firefox OS (or at least its applications) to more users by allowing its applications to run alongside traditional Android apps on Android-powered smartphones.
For those who are unfamiliar, Firefox OS apps are quite similar to Chrome apps on the desktop. Rather than being built with more traditional programing languages, Firefox OS apps are built with open Web technologies and APIs. And now, as of Firefox for Android 29, Mozilla has extended this ecosystem over to Android.
Provided you have Firefox for Android 29 installed, Firefox OS apps can be managed and summoned just like any other application. This means that you can install, update, and uninstall these apps just like traditional Android apps. They will also show up in your App Drawer and Recent Apps lists, just like you’d expect from standard apps.
Are you a developer working on apps using open Web technologies, or is the performance simply not there yet for what you’re thinking of developing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to our web app development forums.
[Source: Mozilla Blog]
May 30, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The preproduction LG Smartwatch gives an early look at Android Wear! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Official TWRP for the OnePlus One and Sense 6 for the Verizon and Sprint HTC One M7! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for the Always Correct. Then, Jordan reviewed the dual-screen YotaPhone. Later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of WebScrapbook. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
May 28, 2014 By: Samantha
Google’s Android dominates the mobile technology landscape, with practically every new device announced and released in the past couple of years sporting the OS. Because of this, it’s understandable to forget the existence of other options such as Mozilla’s Firefox OS. It pops up to remind you that it’s still kicking every once in a while, with the occasional port to devices such as the HTC HD2 and HTC Explorer. But other than the occasional ports, Firefox OS doesn’t make much noise–much like the quiet kid who sits in the back of the classroom in school.
With that said, Firefox OS has found its way onto the Nexus 5, a feat made possible by XDA Senior Member abtekk. Despite being a foreign OS to the device, the port can almost be used as a daily driver according to abtekk, with very few issues that still need to be ironed out. So far, the current issues only include a broken camera preview and lack of WPA2-Enterprise support. To install this port, you have to flash the provided images through fastboot. Also, make sure to make a backup of your SD card because abtekk warns that it’ll be wiped during the installation process.
If you own a Nexus 5 and want to give Firefox OS a whirl, make sure to head over to the original thread for more details.
March 10, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat over the air update for the HTC Butterfly S is now rolling out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 4 has been released and 2011 Xperia devices running CM10 have a mod for recording 720p30 video! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out of Google including the “always listening” Google Nexus 5 proof of concept and the announcement that the wearable tech SDK will be released is two weeks! Finally, Sony added widget functionality to Firefox OS! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos.
Chances are that when you think of widgets, you’re thinking about Android. While our favorite little green robot didn’t exactly invent the concept, the OS sure brought it into the mainstream. As such, our home screens are riddled with widgets of every size and shape, accomplishing a variety of different tasks.
Ever since launching a Firefox OS build for the Xperia E, the company has been hard at work developing the platform and considering offering it on more devices. Now, Sony is trying to bring the world of widgets to Firefox OS.
Dubbed “gadgets,” the general concept is nearly identical to what we see in Android. But naturally, their usefulness will ultimately come down to third-party developer support.
Currently, this submissions are visible on Bugzilla (980929, 980935, and 980936) for active consideration by the community. Head over to the Sony Xperia Blog and Developer World Blog for more information.
What are your thoughts on Firefox OS? Is it more important than ever to have a viable and more open operating system now that Android is becoming increasingly closed source, or is Firefox OS not the answer? Let us know in the comments below!
[Thanks to my fellow writer Samantha for the heads up!]
December 31, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The end of 2013 is here, and it has been an exciting year in the mobile device world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, hardware releases, and device developments that happened this year and identified the Top Five Technology Trends for 2013.
Everything from expanded mobile OS offerings to great independant mobile device choices, the rapid expansion of wearable technology and Google Glass, and much more. So take a moment to check out today’s video and see the top 5 trends in the mobile industry this year. Let us know if we got it right or why we are dead wrong in the comments below!
We have already talked about the future of Ubuntu, as presented by Jono Bacon and Michael Hall from XDA:DevCon 2013. However, Ubuntu isn’t the only startup mobile operating system that was discussed at XDA:DevCon 2013. There is a scrappy competitor that told their story and plan.
The presentation was given by Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla, Stormy Peters. Stormy is known for educating companies and communities on how the web and open source software is changing the software industry. In her presentation “Bringing the World’s Next 2 Billion People Online,” Stormy talks about the developing world’s path to the Internet being different than those of the first world. The first world took a path through desktop computer to Internet-enabled mobile devices. Developing countries are going straight to mobile. Developing countries have limited infrastructure and expendable income, as well.
So rather than take on the Google giant of Android, Mozilla is focusing on creating an open source mobile operating system that can work well on devices without constant Internet connections and large piles of cash. Firefox OS is poised to be a big hit in the developing countries. Check out this video to find out what developers can do to ride this wave.
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May 10, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod 10.1.0 RC1 has been released for various devices. That story and more are covered by Kevin, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the Windows Phone 7.8 updater tool Sharp7Eighter and FireFox OS making an appearance on the juggernaut device, the HTC HD2.
Kevin talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve talked about unlocking the bootlader of the new HTC One, Kevin talked about spring cleaning for your Android and TK released an Android App review of Pocket Converter. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
If I asked you to guess which device had just received yet another OS to add to its collection (and what a collection it is), what would you say? Okay, forget that the title gave it away, you’d have known which device I was talking about.
The HTC HD2, not that it needs any introduction whatsoever, is an unstoppable monster of a device that has been a favorite with users and developers alike for over three and a half years now. As if that weren’t incredible enough, those users and developers are spread across 3 major platforms, not to mention the numerous other operating systems which can be used on the device. XDA Senior Member feherneoh however has decided that it’s time to add another one to the list.
Ferherneoh has successfully ported Mozilla’s open source operating FireFox OS, or Boot2Gecko as it’s sometimes labelled, to the HD2. And despite being a very alpha work in progress, it shows a lot of promise. Despite being able to easily handle more advanced platforms such as the latest versions of Windows Phone and Android, FireFox OS could be a very nice fit for a device like the HD2 if it becomes stable enough for daily use.
Looking at the list of what does and doesn’t work initially sets off quite a few alarm bells. Things like the SIM card not being detected and the camera not working are usually enough to keep people from downloading. However, reading through the thread itself suggests these issues may be closer to resolution than the OP suggests, as users are reporting the ability to make calls and some level of (admittedly intermittent) camera functionality. Bugs or not, this is still another jewel in the crown of what is, in my opinion, the single greatest smartphone of all time.
Be sure to check out the original thread for more information on throwing yet another OS at your HD2.
[Thanks to poyensa for the tip.]
April 12, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC has released the source code for the HTC One and updated source for the Droid DNA. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is a discussion of the Firefox OS Port for the HTC Explorer and a bunch of forum additions.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve had a cross-platform Instagram App Shootout and XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gave us a demonstration of Dashclock. Pull up a chair and check out this video.