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Sony Brings the Knowledge and the Goods in Their Presentations

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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 is bridging internal software development with external developers, innovation, and knowledge sharing. Above all, he is responsible for fostering co-innovation through te. . . READ ON »

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

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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 video talking about the current state of open source, as well as a developer’s flow and happiness. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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The Current State of Open Source – XDA Developer TV

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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,” and he explains what that is. He talks about open hardware and the maker movement that is taking the world by storm. Check out this video to learn more.. . . READ ON »

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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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New Nexus 7 Factory Images Not Available; JBQ Leaves AOSP

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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 device owners always had a safety net available for when (not “if” here at XDA) they decide to leave the confines of stock software and venture into the realm of aftermarket development. And the loading of unsupporte. . . READ ON »

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The Free Software Foundation Wants to Create a Truly Open Source Mobile OS

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Android is already open source though, right? Well technically yes, but also no. While it’s possible to compile AOSP from the readily available source code and get it running on a wide array of devices with relative ease, getting complete functionality is often impossible without some amount of proprietary, device, or OEM specific code. This is not to mention that many of the applications that make the core of the Android experience are closed source. While this may not pose a huge problem to the average user and can be worked around with a little time and effort, it’s simply not good enough for the folks over at the FSF. Thus, they have decided to set about creating a truly open sourced Andro. . . READ ON »

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CyanogenMod Team Introduces Nemesis Stage 1: Focal

Capture Coinciding with the release of Android 4.3 and and an updated lackluster stock camera, stage one of the CyanogenMod team's top secret "Project Nemesis" was finally unveiled, July 26. According to the development groups weekly wrap-up on www.cyanogenmod.org, the goal of this project is to bring users the best custom operating experience possible. As such, Focal, a feature-packed camera application, was announced as the first component geared towards reaching that goal. CyanogenMod developer Guillaume Lesniak posted details about the new camera on Google +, explaining almost a dozen new and improved features that were integrated into the Open Source app.
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Manage Individual App Permissions with XPrivacy

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There’s no denying that privacy is a huge concern for a large number of mobile users across all operating systems. Short of smashing your wireless router and trading down to a 3310 that’s kept in a lead-lined box until you need to make a call, it can be incredibly difficult to keep track of where, when, and to whom your personal information is divulged.

Android applications require various permissions, which you are no doubt familiar with by now. Most require these for valid reasons. Some, however, may take advantage of a particular permission and use it to do something you might not be aware of or have expected. Apart from installing only applications that you absolutely need and trust, the best w. . . READ ON »

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Paranoid Android Team Open Sources HALO

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We applaud new and interesting open source developments that look to find novel ways to solve a problem—things like the Xposed framework and OpenPDroid. It is these sort of projects that exemplify what open source is, and why we at XDA embrace it. It is also for that very same reason why we’re excited about a new open source project, HALO from the creators of the Paranoid Android ROM.

HALO, as previously discussed, brings notifications (conceptually derived from Facebook’s Chat Heads feature) from applications into a floating window and allows you to interact with that application. While this is similar to the Samsung Multi-window functionality, it differs in one key point: It is no. . . READ ON »

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