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25 Years of Linux and the GPL, and How Android Benefits

Happy Birthday to Linux. It’s been 25 years since Linux was first announced. It started from very humble beginnings, with Linus Torvalds describing it as “just a hobby, [that] won't be big and professional like gnu”, but it has grown into being the world’s largest open source project and the most commonly used Operating System...

Android Nougat Source Code is Dropping, Work on CyanogenMod 14 is Already Underway

Rejoice, fellow flashaholics! If you, like me, have been waiting for custom ROMs to pop up on our forums before hopping on the Nougat hype train, then your long wait will soon come to an end. With the official release of Android 7.0 Nougat the other day, Google has begun uploading the source code for the latest...

Sony’s Hero Open Source Developer Title for May-June Awarded to XDA RD Bumble-Bee

Of the many OEMs that we talk about here on XDA-Developers, only a very few actually work for and with the community. Most are all talk, but actions speak louder than words, and only a handful truly speak. Sony is one of those OEMs that continues to foster relationships with the developer community, with several initiatives...

Google vs. EU: Android Antitrust Charges in the Horizon

A new report originating from Reuters claims that Google is about to get charged in the European Union over abusing Android for unfair promotion of its own apps and services on the OS. Antitrust allegations over Google have been an ongoing topic of hot debate, with governments and judicial machinery of several nations alleging Google for...

It’s Settled: The OnePlus One has Stood the Test of Time

Back in April 2014, a Chinese startup, one which was never heard of before, claimed that it could shake the smartphone market. And looking back at it 2 years later, they did leave a major impact. This startup was none other than OnePlus, and their impact came in the form of the OnePlus One -- an oddly-named...

AsteroidOS: An Open Source Alternative to Android Wear

Android Wear, the OS specialized for running on smartwatches, has changed the way we perceive wearables. From early-hardware gimmicks to actual, indispensable devices that improve our workflow and productivity, smartwatches have created their own niche in the Android ecosystem. They even extend beyond Android, thanks to the likes of Tizen and iOS, offering consumers a...

Ubuntu to Show Off Community Ports on OnePlus One & Sony Xperia Z1 at MWC 2016

Ubuntu has given us another reason to look forward to the Mobile World Congress 2016. The team at Canonical have announced the arrival of two new Ubuntu phone ports community ports, namely for the Sony Xperia Z1 and the OnePlus One. If you’re the lucky owner of a Sony Xperia Z1  you will soon be able...

Robert Hallock: GPUOpen is AMD’s Long-Term Open Source Strategy

Last week AMD completed a major step in its initiative to open things up to the public under GPUOpen -- a collection of tools for graphics, high performance compute and heterogeneous computing - as open source under the MIT license model. So when a company does something out of the ordinary, especially one with a large indirect influence in...

Open Source RISC-V Core Designs, Why Google Cares and Why They Matter

The CPU is one of the most crucial components of our computers, responsible of performing basic calculations, logical comparisons and moving data around. These simple tasks are the building blocks of any more complex operation, and make running our systems and programs possible. How these operations are done is not random: an Instruction Set Architecture (ISA)...

Android-x86 Accuses Console OS of Scamming — What Happened

A storm has been brewing in the Android-x86 developer community. The CEO of crowdfunded project ‘Console OS’ has been accused of scamming his Kickstarter backers by failing to deliver on his promises. Thanks to popular threads on social media sites such as reddit, the storm grew into a full-blown drama hurricane. But who are the parties...

The Importance of Open Source in Root

Update: Having discussed this with Chainfire, I thought it would be a good idea to add some clarifications here. There are many reasons for software to be open or closed source, and the security of it is not determined by the availability of its source. There's a lot of very secure (and well written) closed...

Encore Music – XDA App Review

We listen to music a lot on our devices. We now have more providers of music than we know what to do with. Google Play Music and Spotify are some of the more popular options. The issue, currently, is that we end up downloading many apps to do one thing, listening to our favorite music. Download...