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

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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 last year’s speech covering software architecture, can be combined with the idea of Open Source to make your project succeed and grow a strong community around your project. So if you wanted to learn more about the p. . . READ ON »

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

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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 on the open Web, trying to push its boundaries every day. You can check out his Github profile or get in touch on Twitter.

At xda:devcon ’13, Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla Stormy Pet. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Project” and now a Community Manager with Sony Developer Relations, Alin Jerpelea has a core technical background and has been active on XDA since 2006 on multiple platforms.

At xda:devcon ’13, Jerpelea gave a presenta. . . READ ON »

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MediaTek Taking Steps to Be More Open

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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 that GNU put together.

You back? Good. Now, we understand this can be a bit difficult to understand, so our Developer Admin pulser_g2 put together a concise explanation of XDA  and the GPLv2. All of that gives you a good ba. . . READ ON »

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

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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 released an Xposed Tuesday video for the Xposed Framework 2.6 Update. Then, Adam reviewed the Samsung Galaxy NX. Lastly, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Dial’em All.. . . READ ON »

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

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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 the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Gesture Control. He then showed you how to root the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Finally, he gave us an Android A. . . READ ON »

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Force Activities to Open as New Tasks with Xposed Module

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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 obviously makes multitasking a little more awkward than it needs to be.

ActivityForceNewTask is an Xposed module from XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ that does exactly as the name suggests and forces activities la. . . READ ON »

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Replicant Devs Discover Backdoor in Samsung Android Devices

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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 the backdoor itself comes as proprietary radio software. This software is responsible for communicating with the modem hardware, and is capable of implementin. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Android device manufacturers. Adam went on to wrap up the article with a brief (but very powerful) video on what the father of the Linux kernel thought about their lack of support for the open source world. Needless to say, sh. . . READ ON »

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