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Sony Releases Open Source Files for the Xperia Z Ultra and M

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“Good Guy Greg Sony”. It’s a rather affectionate title that Sony’s been given for the past few months, particularly for their leading track record in GPL compliance as displayed on multiple occasions. So to make sure that they’re continuing their fairly extraordinary performance, they’ve just released the open source files for the recently announced Xperia Z Ultra and M.

Much in the spirit shown by Sony back with the Xperia Z, the company’s gone ahead to make sure developers can play with the workings behind both the yet-to-be-released Xperia M and the just released Xperia Z Ultra. It’s been iterated before, and it has to be done again, but nothing but . . . READ ON »

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OEMs and GPL Compliance

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At XDA, we like open source. In fact, you could say we love it. We have a GPL policy to ensure users understand the best ways to follow the GPL, and ensure others can make use of their work to improve all our devices.

Unfortunately though, OEMs often lag behind the efforts of the hobbyist third-party developers. While some OEMs are very commendable with their source releases (namely Sony, on numerous occasions, going above and beyond what is GPL licensed, releasing AOSP device trees), a lot of other OEMs take a lot longer to release sources. But they eventually do, and we should applaud them for that.

Unfortunately though, lately there have been a number of users getting in touch with us to try and raise awarenes. . . READ ON »

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Attorney Daniel Nazer to Talk Patent Trolls at XDA:DevCon 2013

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Daniel Nazer is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. Daniel has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia, an M.A. in philosophy from Rutgers, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He also practiced at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, where he represented technology clients in patent and antitrust litigation.

You may be saying to yourself, “That’s great for Daniel! But, why should I care?” Well you should care for two reasons. First, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a wonderful non-profit organization that supports your digital freedom. From protecting people from the Righthaven patent trolls to supporti. . . READ ON »

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Sony Continues AOSP Initiative on the Tablet Z

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Sometimes, you can harp on a subject so much that you end up beating a dead horse. In our eyes, this is not one of those instances. Enough can’t be said for companies that take Open Source seriously, as well as their responsibility to contribute back to the very community that helps to boost adoption rates for their devices.

Sony Mobile is one of those companies that gets it. They have contributed to the open source community with their DASH code, GPLv2 adherence with their kernel source code releases, and various AOSP projects (Xperia S, Xperia Z). Now, they have added the Xperia Tablet Z to their stable of AOSP projects ahead of its worldwide release.

Sony Mobile announced on their Developer World blog to. . . READ ON »

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XDA University: Adding Features to Your Freshly Compiled Kernel

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We’ve previously covered step-by-step guides on how to compile your own kernel from source. Simply compiling some readily available source code though is only half the battle. For there to be any benefit of compiling and flashing your own kernel, you’re going to need to make some modifications. Which particular changes you make is of course entirely up to you, and there are a huge number of improvements that can be made at kernel level to improve the performance of any given device. If you’re at the stage of having compiled your own kernel but are a little unsure of where to go from there, XDA-University has a guide which will be of interest to you.

The tutorial covers the process of adding CPU go. . . READ ON »

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Oppo Find 5 Receiving Open Source Project Love

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Here at XDA, you’ve probably seen us talk about collaboration. The dictionary defines collaborating as “to work with another or others on a joint project.” We take collaboration seriously, so much so that we actually frown when we see members of the community not take it as seriously. What makes us even more upset is when manufacturers don’t take it seriously, though that rant is for another day.

There have been numerous instances of OEMs that have claimed to be “developer-friendly,” but whose actions spoke louder than their words. On the other hand, there are only a few instances of OEMs actually having their actions match their words, with one of those b. . . READ ON »

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Kernel Source Released for Some HTC One Variants and the Droid DNA

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OK. It’s no big secret. The HTC One is a great and exciting device. You’ve heard us talk about it—everything from the launch event and preliminary benchmarks to giving the device and its carrier variants a place on our forums. Now, we have kernel source for some One variants, which is great news for those looking to start development work for HTC’s latest flagship. And since the device was only recently launched, with many carrier variants still pending release, HTC has done a great job of keeping to their GPL requirements.

In addition to the One, HTC also saw fit to release update kernel source for the Droid DNA to match an OTA that was released back in early February. In other word. . . READ ON »

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An Official Alpha Release WITH Kernel Source? Who Does This Sort of Thing?

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Here at XDA, we take the responsibility of carriers and OEMs to provide timely updates to their devices (and to honor their GPL requirements) seriously. There are those who do a good job (Samsung is one of them), those who don’t always do a good job (HTC, Motorola, LG), and those who do a terrible job (Huawei, ZTE, Rockchip to name a few). But there is one who right now is doing a terrific job, and that is Sony Mobile.

Back at the end of 2012, we selected Sony Mobile as our OEM of the Year for many reasons. One of those had to do with their public support of the developer community. Another was the release of beta OS builds for impending updates, shared on XDA by Sony staff in order to seed the ROM development pip. . . READ ON »

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HTC Kingdom Source Code Released

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I made a mistake.  A few days ago I reported that, with a slew of new kernel source codes posted on HTCdev, HTC is now GPL compliant.  That wasn’t true.  I found out after saying it again on XDA TV.  On Twitter, @gu1dry said,

@azrienoch Just finished the new XDA TV video, issue with the end, @HTC still hasn’t released source code for the Evo Design… :/

That was true.  Somehow, I overlooked the HTC Kingdom (HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Hero S) when making my list of HTC’s non-GPL-compliant devices.

I don’t like being wrong.  And it looks like HTC doesn’t like it when I’m wrong, either.  Things get messy, or something.  So HTC fast-tracked the release of the Kin. . . READ ON »

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