Every year at around this time, we here at XDA-Developers like to take a step back and figure out what we can do to make our little home on the web an even better place. About four years ago, we accomplished this by introducing the world to XDA Core. And then two years later, this meant shifting our priorities to a demonstrably superior operating system.
Today, I’d like to share with you a truly revolutionary idea that was the result of many femtoseconds of reptilian planning. I am, of course, referring to XDA:Ban On One’s Terms, also known as XDA:BOOT or simply “Boot” for short.
Before we talk a little more about Boot, it’d be helpful to shed light on its history and how we came up with this great idea. After taking an in depth look into our community’s website browsing habits, it became clear that the about 36.2247912% of users were spending an inordinately high number of hours browsing the forums. While the remaining 63.7752088% of users were browsing XDA a relatively healthy 23-24 hours per day, the top 5% were browsing the site as much as 72 hours per day! This quickly became problematic for many who often forgot to eat, sleep, or even use the restroom while browsing.
Now wait just one second… How can users browse the forum for more than 24 hours per day? Well, the answer to that question took a substantial amount of heavy analysis on our part. As it turns out, those top 5% of users were browsing so many threads in so many different forums that they were actually breaking the universal speed limit! Our findings, which were quickly shared with and confirmed by the Pokémon at CERN, left us with no choice other than to implement Boot.
So what is XDA:BOOT and how can it save those top 5% of users? As implied by its name, XDA:Ban On One’s Terms is a program where users can request a temporary ban for as long as they would like. All they have to do is visit the official XDA:BOOT thread and craft a reply stating how long they’d like to be banned. Then, a site administrator or moderator will administer the temporary ban as per your specification.
We are Boot. We are the 5%. Head over to the official XDA:BOOT thread to request your temporary ban today!
*Please note that this service is being provided in Beta form, and it may be cancelled at any time—current estimates point to about 17 hours from now.
March 25, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, HTC unveiled its next generation flagship, the HTC One (2014). While the specs weren’t really a surprise to anybody, the M8 is still the culmination of what many believe to be the ideal Android-powered device. After all, the M8 offers top-level flagship specifications, a gorgeous screen, a decent battery, class-leading build quality, and utterly fantastic industrial design.
While we’ve had forums in place for the international variant of the HTC One (2014) for quite some time, it’s now time to create forums for the US carrier variants as well. Are you looking forward to getting your hands on a version of the M8? Let us know your thoughts on the device in the comments below, and be sure to check out the forums for the US carrier variants while you’re at it:
March 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
There comes a time in every popular flagship device’s life when it grows up, finds an attractive carrier, and it makes many carrier-branded babies… Oh wait, I’m sorry. This is XDA-Developers, not Animal Planet. In any case, the story’s essentially the same, but with a few minor modifications.
Samsung recently unveiled its next generation flagship at Unpacked 5 in Barcelona just under one month ago. And even though the Samsung Galaxy S 5 has thus far seen mixed sentiment from consumers, the as yet unreleased device earned a well deserved place in our forums.
The LG G2, on the other hand, was released unto the world in the middle of last year. The powerhouse of a device features many of the same specifications as the highly praised Nexus 5, but with a few added perks such as a slightly larger display and strangely placed buttons that are generally a love-it-or-hate-it affair.
Now, we’ve gone ahead and created forums for the US carrier-branded variants of both devices. If you’re looking to purchase a US carrier version of either of these devices, head over to the links below to get in on the action!
Galaxy S 5:
March 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo unveiled the Oppo Find 7. The device is essentially a tour de force of high end and class-leading specifications. Available in two configurations, the high end model features a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 AC processor, and 3 GB of RAM. The “lower end” variant packs a plebian 1080p screen, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 AB processor, and 2 GB of RAM. Both variants pack a rather hefty 3000 mAh battery, and feature a 13 MP camera that can assemble 50 MP images thanks to a neat little software trick. And with how developer friendly the Find 5 proved to be, it will be of little surprise to see quite a bit of aftermarket development appear on the Find 7.
Next up, we have the HTC One (2014). While the device hasn’t formally been announced yet, the formal product announcement is expected for five days from now. Coming as the successor to last year’s highly regarded HTC One, the One 2014 will likely pack a 5-inch 1080p screen, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2 GB of RAM.
Finally, we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo. The Note 3 Neo is essentially a more budget friendly version of the Note 3. Featuring a 5.5-inch 720p display, an Exynos 5260 processor, and a 3100 mAh battery, it won’t exactly set the world on fire. However, it still features all of the S Pen glory that has made the Note lineup so popular.
Are any of these devices in your future? Do they have what it takes to earn a place in your pocket? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created Oppo Find 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and HTC One (2014) forums!
March 18, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Nine days ago, we talked about how Google was planning its entry into the world of wearables. Recently, we also covered leaked specifications for LG’s potential contender in this new product space. Now, Google has gone one step further by officially announcing Android Wear.
Android Wear is a new version of the Android OS, built specifically for wearable devices. Rather than relying on a traditional touch-driven interface, it features an entirely new UI with a heavy emphasis on voice commands. As such, Google Now / Search will be at the heart of the device’s functionality.
Developers will naturally want to start creating new applications for the platform as soon as possible. As such, Google will be releasing a developer preview of the Wear SDK today to help you bring notifications notifications to smartwatches and other wearable devices.
While Google states that many different OEMs are planning on releasing their own takes on Android Wear, the platform’s first device is expected to be from LG. However, Motorola has also announced its moto360, which will be available some time this summer.
Are you excited for Wear? We sure are! Did Google just make all other smartwatches obsolete? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Make your way over to the Android Wear Developer Preview to download the preview SDK. And of course, head over to our newly created Android Wear forum!
February 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s so close, you can almost smell it. “TheNextGALAXY” is set to be announced on Monday at Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. And while the “next Galaxy” could come as an entirely new Galaxy-branded line, we think that it’s fairly safe to assume that this is for the Samsung Galaxy S 5.
February 12, 2014 By: admin
XDA is a huge global community. That makes managing the site a challenge, as everything from monitoring the ads to moderating the forums becomes exponentially more difficult when dealing with different countries, cultures, and belief systems. What many people don’t know is that the second largest source of traffic on XDA after the USA is actually India. And until now, we’ve admittedly done a poor job of supporting these users. We’ve never had a defined process for adding India-only devices, and when we do add them, we’ve often relegated them to our legacy/low activity template. Often non-supported device discussion gets spread throughout the general forums, which is a problem for forum organization. But more and more, Indian users are becoming valuable members of the community—contributing knowledge, know-how, and excellent development work.
Starting today, we’re going to do better. We will be adding several additional Indian devices (the list is below), and will do a better job of monitoring upcoming device release. We’ve also implemented a back-end tagging system for forums that lets us “label” a forum as popular in India (or any geo for that matter).
All of these new forums will be treated like any others on XDA. The same forum rules still apply. And as always, we ask users to be helpful, civil, and to always search before posting. We also ask that English continue to be the only language used on XDA.
Should there be any new forum requests, suggestions, or other bits of feedback, please post them in the XDA India Feedback thread.
It should come as absolutely no surprise that we at XDA-Developers take piracy very seriously. Not only does pirated content cause our site to face potential legal action, but the developers who create the applications we enjoy deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. It is for this reason that we take a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to willful piracy.
You may recall that a few days ago, we talked about a rather innovative application by XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase. TimePIN, as its name implies, allows users to use the current time as an unlock PIN for their device. So what does this have to do with piracy and XDA? Quite a bit.
Early yesterday morning, it came to our attention that a (former) member of our community created an Xposed Framework module specifically aimed at bypassing the license checks on jcase’s TimePIN app. Needless to say, this module was promptly removed from the Xposed Repository once Recognized Developer Rovo89 learned of the issue.
Despite the removal, the offense is wrong on many levels. First of all, piracy is simply unacceptable to begin with. However, pirating an application made by a talented independent developer is especially wrong. This is because unlike large developer studios where a few stolen copies are less likely to impact the bottom line much, pirating from an independent developer can legitimately hurt their profitability and even mean the difference between being able to pay the rent or coming up short.
Your independent developers work long and hard to help you make the most of your mobile device. Show your appreciation by supporting them, and at the very least, not pirating their work. If you encounter any pirated content, please do not hesitate to contact your forum’s moderator or use the report post function.
January 15, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
XDA has a number of themes that can be selected by members. The newest one is XDA 2013 Beta, which was introduced a little over a year ago. It has a fair number of nice features, but not every member likes the brownish color style. Luckily on the Internet, you can change the look of almost everything. XDA is no exception.
A few weeks back, we talked about an unofficial stylesheet that made the XDA 2013 Beta theme look a bit more classic. XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ is at it again with a second user style that changes the look of XDA significantly.
Released over half a year ago, the Dark XDA user style just received a major update. With the newest version, you have a chance to adjust the user style to meet your aesthetic criteria by selecting your colors. Now XDA can be green, yellow, or even pink. The color scheme is almost unlimited, so it’s up to you to do some testing. Of course the main Dark XDA user style was updated as well. To use this user style, you need to install Stylish or Stylebot, which should work on almost every popular browser.
If you find the XDA color scheme a bit boring, make your way to the original thread and give Dark XDA a try.
Note: This is not an official XDA theme, so in the event of any site problems, please disable any custom stylesheets before submitting error reports.
January 6, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may remember that just under two weeks ago, we held a fun contest asking users to share their funniest tech-related stories. Well, the contest has now been over for some time, and we would like to announce the 25 winners, as voted by our readers!
Congratulations to our winners, and many thanks to the Poweramp team and to everyone who entered! Winners with XDA-linked Disqus accounts will receive a PM from me in the coming minutes asking for your Google Play Email address that I will pass along to the Poweramp team.
* Please note: The four users listed above with asterisks did not have their Disqus account linked with their XDA account. If you are one of these four and you wish to redeem your prize, please leave a comment here in this article from the Disqus account you used to enter the content stating your XDA user name (must have been created at least one month before the contest). If these go unredeemed by Friday, I’ll proceed to move down the list for potential winners.
January 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we announced the creation of a dedicated forum for large-scale, multi-device custom ROMs. Originally, this forum was home to development and discussion surrounding OmniROM, PAC ROM, and Paranoid Android.
Now, we’ve gone ahead and expanded the forum to include two other important multi-device ROMs: SlimRoms and AOKP. As is the case with the previously created entries in the Custom ROM Central forum, this is where general discussion pertaining to these ROMs belongs, as well as Q&A about the projects themselves, and feature development to be incorporated into the ROMs themselves.
To get started, head over to Custom ROM Central, or visit the new sections directly by visiting the links below:
January 1, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over this past year, we’ve seen loads of innovative tools/utilities, applications, and games created by the talented members of our community. These creations have given new life to our devices by letting us accomplish simple tasks more easily, tailor our devices to our own tastes, and giving us a bit of entertainment when we have some down time.
Thanks to all this hard work by these developers who call XDA home, we’ve seen applications that change the way we perform everyday tasks, help us stay connected, and keep our devices safe. We’ve also covered some fantastic utilities that allow us easily theme our apps, transfer files wirelessly to and from our devices, rid our devices of proprietary Google files, and build our own ROMs from source. We’ve even seen innovative games that allow us to relive the past, travel the Matrix, become extremely dizzy, and even use our noggins.
Now, we’d like for you to tell us your favorite utilities, applications, and games that you found here on XDA in 2013. Leave us your favorites in the comments section below, as well as what you’d like to see more of in 2014!
January 1, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
In all but a few parts of the world, 2013 has already come and gone. And as we begin our journey into 2014, all of us here at XDA-Developers would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
2013 was a wild ride in the mobile tech world. We saw bucket loads of innovation in the form of new smartphones, tablets, and gadgets—and even the emergence of new categories of devices. 2013 brought us the Google Chromecast, which lowered the cost of entry into TV-Internet integration. This past year also brought us new Android-powered gaming devices such as Nvidia’s Project Shield, the Ouya, and the new Mad Catz MOJO. 2013 also brought us the proliferation of wearable computing thanks to smartwatches like the Pebble, Sony SmartWatch, and Samsung Galaxy Gear—and let’s not forget about Google Glass. Suffice it to say, 2013 brought us many cool new toys, and many of these innovations will continue to shape our lives going forward.
Now that we enter 2014, we will undoubtedly bear witness to quite a bit more innovation, breakthrough, and refinement in the mobile tech world. Nobody knows what this year will bring, but we would like to hear from all of you about what you are most excited for in 2014. Leave us a comment below telling us your predictions for 2014 or what you are most thankful for from 2013. And of course, Happy New Year!