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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 21, 2015

Free Software Philosophy Part 1: On Knowledge & Education

“Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software” to show we do not mean it is gratis. - GNU & Free Software Foundation Free or open...

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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 19, 2015

GPL License Controversy, Once More

Here at XDA we don't just value Open Source, we thrive on it. The fact that Android was openly distributed in its entirety was key for our community's growth, and without that particular development we would not be here now in this way.  We have over 6 million registered members, and we are visited by huge amounts of guests as well. Almost half a million of our users are active and tens of thousands are on our forums every second discussing technology....

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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 16, 2015

GPLv2 and Its Infringement by Xiaomi

Xiaomi has announced their spectacularly spec'ed Mi Note Pro, which features the latest in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors alongside a big 2K display and 4GB of RAM for a killer price. That being said, there’s something that is not-so-good about Xiaomi’s offerings that is a concern to many developers, especially many found here on XDA: Xiaomi's repeated violations of the GPLv2 license for the Linux kernel which Android (and thus Xiaomi's devices), is built on. Xiaomi is not the only company...

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jerdog · Jan 12, 2015

XDA Partners With YU On Official Device Forum

Here at XDA we understand that the members of the mobile community can influence the success of an OEM, for better or worse. This is based largely on how seriously the OEM takes the community and how well they engage it, or in the case of some who languish - how well they don't. There are many ways on XDA to engage the community, from competitions to working with developers to answering questions and issues that users have right on XDA....

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 26, 2014

Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer – XDA:DevCon 2014

Open Source was a big topic at this year’s XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those who were not able to make it, we will be releasing another session for you to enjoy. Today, we offer a video talking about Open Source from Jan Wildeboer. This topic was also covered by Alin Jerpelea’s session: AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future Wildeboer is an Open Source veteran since 1993, developer, tinkerer, society hacker and Red Hat’s EMEA Evangelist. A...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 31, 2014

How Open Source Can Help Your Project w/ Ethan Yonker – BABBQ2014

People have finally recovered from this year’s Big Android BBQ festivities. After all the fun and merriment, we cannot forget the sessions. We’ve talked about the Opening Keynote, and the User Experience session put on by Kevin Bruckert, technical lead for the user interface area of the NVIDIA SHIELD line of products, and today we have another great presentation for you. Lead developer for the Team Win Recovery Project for over three years, Ethan Yonker discusses how the topics covered in...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 17, 2014

Mozilla Representative Mentor Alex Lakatos to talk Firefox OS and the Mobile Web at XDA:DevCon 2014

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. Of course, Jepelea is not the only speaker scheduled to present at xda:devcon ’14. Also presenting is Alex Lakatos, a Mozilla Representative Mentor and contributor to the Mozilla project for the past four years. He’s a JavaScript developer building...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 14, 2014

Sony Developer Relations Community Manager Alin Jerpelea to Talk About Sony AOSP at XDA:DevCon 2014

If you haven’t heard already, XDA is putting on its second annual xda:devcon. This year, we’re doing it international style and holding the event in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors from Sony and Oppo who joined us last year, to newcomer OnePlus. However, it takes more than great sponsors to make an event like the successful, it takes great speakers. Returning to xda:devcon is a speaker from last year. Founding member of the “Free Xperia...

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jerdog · Jun 10, 2014

MediaTek Taking Steps to Be More Open

Whenever a device is released by an OEM (like Huawei, ZTE, Micromax, etc.) that makes use of a MediaTek SoC, one of the first things we invariably hear from users are complaints about the lack of kernel source code. If you've spent any appreciable time on XDA, you undoubtedly know that we take an OEM's responsibility to adhere to the GPLv2 very seriously. Go ahead, click the link and read about it; we'll wait. And while you're at it, maybe check out the nice FAQ...

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Jimmy McGee · May 26, 2014

Sony Open Sources Xperia M2 Kernel Files, Add Android Wear Notifications to Your App – XDA Developer TV

Sony has released open source files for the Xperia M2! 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 information on how to add Android Wear notifications to your App and a couple of updates to Google Now. 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...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 28, 2014

Int’l Galaxy S5 Rooted! AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Gets KitKat, Open Source Files Released for Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is 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 of Sony has made some Open Source archives available for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet and how Chainfire rooted the Samsung Galaxy S 5 ahead of it's release! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 15, 2014

Force Activities to Open as New Tasks with Xposed Module

The ability to launch one application from within another is certainly not a new feature. It is, however, incredibly useful and something so matter of fact that many of us probably rarely acknowledge it. While this might be a very useful feature, it isn't exactly perfect and still has a little room for improvement. You may have previously noticed that after launching one application from within another, it more often than not doesn't appear independently in the task manager, which...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 13, 2014

Replicant Devs Discover Backdoor in Samsung Android Devices

You may recall that about five months ago, we touched upon a study demonstrating how OEM modifications are the primary cause for most "Android" security issues. Unfortunately, we offer yet another example of OEM-caused security issues---but this time, it's not because of an OEM skin or bloatware. Rather, this is a potential vulnerability at a far deeper level: proprietary modem software. The OEM in question is none other than Samsung, the Android ecosystem's largest and most successful device manufacturer, and...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 4, 2014

NVIDIA Receives a Positive One Finger Salute from Linus for Doing Things Right

Many of you may recall that back in June of 2012, we talked about how NVIDIA was given a rather direct message courtesy of none other than Dr. Linus Torvalds himself. Basically, the article written by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler went on about the closed nature of both NVIDIA and Qualcomm as chipset manufacturers, and how it was shameful and really inexplicable how two companies with such closed minded ideals could possibly be the paramount chipset providers for a large number of...

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Samantha · Nov 7, 2013

Sony Makes Thermanager Open Source

We'd like to think that temperature control is the least of our problems when it comes to our smartphones and tablets. It's a factor that the majority, if not all, of the large manufacturers refuse to acknowledge---instead preferring to tout form, power, and performance. So when we do CPU-intensive activities, such as playing games, or when the weather's hotter than usual on a particular day, we don't expect our devices to usually heat up to such a degree. To manage...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 25, 2013

Sony Brings the Knowledge and the Goods in Their Presentations

XDA:DevCon 2013 is over. Without the great support from our sponsors, the event would not have been nearly as interesting or informative. One sponsor that really stepped up was Sony. Not only did they attend and bring their latest goods for ogling and testing, but they also brought three interesting presentations of our enjoyment. Their first presentation Karl-Johan Dahlstrom (head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile) gave was titled “How Sony Supports and Works With Independent Developers.” Part of Karl-Johan’s job...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 23, 2013

Focal Camera App Made Standalone, T-Mobile Moto X Android 4.3 Dump Leaked – XDA Developer TV

An Android 4.3 dump for the T-Mobile Moto X was leaked and is now flashable. 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 an article about an open source active display implementation being released and the open source Focal Camera app being made available in standalone form. Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 21, 2013

The Current State of Open Source – XDA Developer TV

Open source has been around for a while, perhaps longer than some of those of you reading this have been alive. This doesn’t mean that open source is stagnant. Open source is constantly evolving and changing, and that’s what makes it great. In fact, open source is growing into places outside of software. In today's video, XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talks about the current state of open source. He talks about what Google and EDX are doing for “Moocs,”...

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Samantha · Aug 10, 2013

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

"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...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 7, 2013

New Nexus 7 Factory Images Not Available; JBQ Leaves AOSP

Now that's a doozy, isn't it? Before proceeding, let's take a moment for that to better sink in. In addition to support from the AOSP, one of the hallmarks of the Nexus program has traditionally been the availability of factory restore images. This is more than a simple convenience for Nexus device owners. Rather, it allows for users to safely and reliably restore their devices to their factory state. As a result of the availability of factory restore images, Nexus...

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