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Jimmy McGee · Nov 1, 2014

LG Challenge Round 1 Winners

With Round 1 of the LG Developer Challenge recently closing, they have now been contacted. We had quite the selection of entrants, and the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 9 winners. We have listed them (in no particular order) along with a brief description of their winning entry: SferaDev– HubToDate for LG, installing or removing an app on your Android phone will prompt to perform the same action on your tablet. Aaahh – ConnectAll, will access the files on the...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 1, 2014

Welcome to the New XDA-Developers Portal!

You may recall that a few weeks ago, we opened up the XDA-2015 forum themes to intrepid users willing to help us beta test the new look and experience the newer and more streamlined interface firsthand. Then just under one week ago, we officially launched the two new XDA 2015 forum themes for all. Now, we are pleased to launch the next generation of the XDA-Developers News Portal. As you may have noticed, the new forum templates and the XDA Portal 3.0 share quite...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 27, 2014

How to Be a Good Custom ROM or Kernel User – XDA TV

Listen, we understand, starting down the path of device hacking, customization and development can be daunting. The experienced guys at time can seem like jerks. However, most of the time, its not that they want to be jerks, its that they know that the journey to Android customization enlightenment is filled with trials and tribulations that help you learn and become an expert yourself. It's almost more about the journey than the destination. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer...

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admin · Jul 21, 2014

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 3

This is the last part of a series of articles that reveals some of the processes, technology, and systems that keeps XDA running. It's brought to you by our awesome host, LeaseWeb, which provides the brawny server infrastructure on which XDA runs. Previously we wrote about our moderator system and about the server configuration. In this final installment, our Developer Admin, pulser_g2, takes a look at how various programs have contributed to maintaining a developer-friendly environment in the forums. A lot has...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 20, 2014

We Want You to Be a Part of the XDA Developer TV Team – XDA Developer TV

XDA Developer TV is looking to add more talented people like you to the team. If this sounds like something you’d like to try, do not hesitate. All it takes is basic video skills, which we can help you learn, a non-linear editing program and the skills to use it, a camera capable of at least 1080p resolution, a love and knowledge of mobile devices and development, and the ability to teach and show people how to maximize their mobile...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 14, 2014

Introducing the XDA-Developers Root Directory

People visit XDA-Developers to make the most out of their mobile devices.  And without a doubt, one of the most common ways in which this is done is through achieving root access and applying root-level modifications and tweaks. But if you're not running a Nexus device, chances are that you'll have to do a little (or lot) of digging before finding the proper root procedures for your particular model. There are hundreds of device forums here at XDA. And thanks to our dedicated...

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admin · Jul 14, 2014

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 2

This is part two of a series that takes a look at how we keep XDA running. In case you missed it, check out part one, which covers XDA's moderation system. This second part, written by our server administrator, explains how XDA's server configuration handles all of our traffic and many page requests. The core of XDA's hosting infrastructure is located at the LeaseWeb data center in Virginia, USA. XDA has a rack of bare-metal servers including database servers, PHP servers, caching...

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admin · Jul 10, 2014

XDA Behind the Scenes, Part 1

This is part one in a series that will offer a glimpse at what keeps XDA running. In the first installment, we'll talk about our moderation system and how it has evolved. Then in part two, our server admin will explain how we use LeaseWeb to manage the huge amount of traffic and bandwidth to the site. And lastly, part three will cover the ways in which we try to encourage development and modification of mobile devices by the developers in the...

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jerdog · Jun 2, 2014

Sony Back as Sponsor at XDA:DevCon ’14

As previously mentioned, we are happy to acknowledge Sony as a sponsor for our second annual xda:devcon '14 in Manchester, UK the weekend of September 26-28. If you are in attendance, you will be able to try out Sony's latest products in mobile and SmartWear technology. Be sure to ask them about their SmartWatch 2, for which you can innovate using custom watch faces and Sony APIs. Also, learn about their SmartBand and Lifelog service to discover their future possibilities. And finally, for developers interested in groundbreaking...

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admin · Jun 2, 2014

XDA Assist Helps You Find Your Way

We're excited to introduce a new service to XDA members: XDA Assist. We know that XDA is so big that sometimes even the most astute searchers cannot find what they are looking for. Manned by 10 hand-picked Recognized Contributors who are eager to help, XDA Assist is a forum where you can get some assistance with a problem you might be having with your device. We won't give you the steps to fix the issue, but rather a nudge in the right...

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admin · May 19, 2014

Let XDA Help Organize Your Development Project Q&A Threads

A battalion of Recognized Contributors on XDA is eager to lend developers a helping hand by maintaining their Q&A threads. This is ideal for developers who don't want their project threads to be inundated with questions and troubleshooting requests. Instead, we prefer that development threads are split into two threads: one for Q&A + Troubleshooting (Q&A/T), and one for development. In the case where a developer has chosen to use XDA Development Database for their project, they can associate a separate Q&A/T thread to their...

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jerdog · May 13, 2014

XDA:DevCon ’14 Coming to the United Kingdom

2013 was an exciting year for XDA. Not only did last year see our tenth anniversary, but we also held our first developer conference, xda:devcon. A greater time could not have been had by everyone who attended, and the resounding response from everyone was anticipation for the next year's event. Our top-notch speakers and sponsors gave their all, and without the support of the XDA community, and a willingness to take a risk and show up to a new conference, it would have never...

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Will Verduzco · May 10, 2014

Xposed Framework Gets Dedicated Forum and DevDB Support

It is absolutely no secret that XDA Senior Recognized Developer rovo89's Xposed Framework has vastly shaped how we approach device modification. Rather than having to decompile applications, modify bits and pieces, recompile, and push the modded files back to our devices, we can now replace any method in any class at runtime using Xposed and a purpose-built module. This singlehandedly eliminates the need for those modified "stock" ROMs that only feature basic tweaks. And since Xposed Framework is ROM-agnostic, the majority of modules will work on...

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admin · May 6, 2014

Managing Multiple Projects on DevDB Just Got Easier

To date we've had many thousands of projects added to our Development Database (or DevDB for short), which benefits developers by allowing for more control over development projects (with tabs for screenshots, downloads, bug reports, feature requests, Q&A, and more) and helps XDA users discover the best ROMs, kernels, and apps for their devices. We've just added a feature to DevDB which will make it much easier to manage the same project across multiple devices with a handy variable system....

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Will Verduzco · Apr 1, 2014

[April Fools! Sort of…] Introducing XDA:BOOT

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...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 25, 2014

Forums Added for the US Carrier Variants of the HTC One (2014)

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...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 22, 2014

US Carrier Forums Added for the Galaxy S 5 and LG G2

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...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 20, 2014

Forums Added for the Oppo Find 7, HTC One (2014), and Galaxy Note 3 Neo

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,...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 18, 2014

Google Unveils Android Wear, LG and Moto Announce Devices, Forums Added!

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....

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Will Verduzco · Feb 21, 2014

Samsung to Unveil Galaxy S 5 on Monday at Unpacked in Barcelona, Forums Created

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. (more…)

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