For those of you celebrating, we here at XDA-Developers would like to take a minute to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you’re spending the Holiday with a large group of friends and family or you’re relishing the company of a select few, we hope you have a grand time full of ROMs, kernels, device hacking… oh and of course, food.
Now as tonight’s evening binge fest quickly approaches, it’s a great opportunity to remember the reasons why we’re thankful. So we now turn it over to all of you: What mobile device-related “thing” are you most thankful for this year? Is it a particular device, a developer, or some mobile innovation? Finally, we have one more question for you all. Are you planning on waking up early and doing any Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday shopping? If so, what’s caught your fancy? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Since its inception, the Recognized Developer program was meant to acknowledge the best of XDA’s developers. Thousands of our members have applied over the years, and hundreds have been recognized for making core contributions to the development of mobile devices. During that time, the RD program has grown and evolved to serve the needs of our developers and the community as a whole.
In order to maintain the validity of our RD program, we must retire those who are no longer active or who do not meet the minimum requirements. We want the RD title to be indicative of an active developer who is making contributions to the development community on an ongoing basis.
The Developer Committee will be undertaking a review of all current RDs. Many of our RDs have moved on to other projects and are no longer active on XDA, while others may fall a bit short of our new requirements and guidelines. The DC will be looking at all of them on a case-by-case basis and determining their status as an RD.
The RD title has always been intended to recognize ongoing contributions from our developers, rather than to bestow a lifetime achievement title. Those who no longer meet the requirements for being an RD will have their titles changed to “Retired Recognized Developer,” as an acknowledgement of their previous efforts. We hope this will encourage some to be more active in the future and bring new projects to life.
It should take an estimated 2-3 months to complete the reviews, and RDs will only be notified of a pending change. RDs who received their titles after the update of the minimum requirements on the 15th May 2013 will be exempt from this review. Please be patient with us during this process and refrain from sending any “Will I be cut?” queries to the DC account. The committee members hope to finish up as quickly as possible and will be extremely busy during this time.
Finally, should someone want to reapply after being retired, they will receive priority by the Developer Committee. (Keep in mind that there was a reason for the retirement, immediately reapplying probably won’t yield any result.)
October 11, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
It’s rather unfortunate, but we’ve all seen those overly cluttered “development” threads that end up more full of low level questions and user support than actual development work. In order to best combat this, various members of the Recognized Contributor and Recognized Developer groups have worked together to come up with a better way of doing things. Rather than housing support requests and actual development talk in the same thread, it quickly became apparent that large projects need two separate areas for discussion: one for development questions such as bug reports and development-related topics, and the other for tech support questions such as whether a particular kernel works on a particular ROM or battery life.
In order to help developers and designated helpers best field the inevitable flood of user support questions, a dedicated Q&A/Troubleshooting thread should be created for ROMs, Kernels, and other projects. This initiative is the fruition of hard work by XDA Recognized Contributors Kuzibri, Robbie P, bigdaddy619, and Riro Zizo, as well as Forum Moderators TonyStark, soupmagnet, Stryke_the_Orc, and KidCarter93, and Forum Admin MikeChannon.
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October 2, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Last week, Amazon launched its new Kindle Fire HDX line. The device is available in both 7″ and 8.9″ sizes. The 7″ tablet features a 1080p resolution, and the 8.9″ tablet sports a 2560×1600 resolution at 339 ppi. Both variants feature an incredibly powerful quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, complete with four Krait 400 cores and an Adreno 330 GPU running at 450 MHz. The speedy processor is backed by 2 gigs of RAM and 16, 32, or 64 gigs of internal storage. The devices run Amazon’s proprietary “Fire OS 3.0,” which is overlaid atop a customized version of Android Jelly Bean.
Not too long ago, we created a forum for the international version of the Galaxy Note 3. Now, it’s time for the device’s carrier variants. Largely similar to the international device, the US carrier variants feature the same 5.7″ 1080p Super AMOLED display with S Pen functionality. They also share 3 gigs of RAM and 16, 32, and 64 gigs of storage. Differing from the international version, however, the LTE-enabled variants feature the quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor.
Do the new Kindle models catch your eye? How do you think they compare to the Nexus 7 (2013)? Will the Galaxy Note 3 be your next phablet? Let us know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below to get in on the discussion:
Today, we’ve enabled an option to authenticate your account with Google. This applies to both new and existing accounts. When creating a new account, you’ll notice a new Google button at the top of the forums. When you set up your new XDA account with Google, you’ll still need to set a username so that we can register the new account on our servers. Then for the future, you can login with Google at your convenience.
Existing users, too, can authenticate with Google by going to the Edit Email & Password section of User CP. Your existing account will remain unchanged; you can login as usual in the future with your XDA username and password, or with Google.
An important note: In order to use the XDA apps with Google-authenticated accounts, you must set a password via the Edit Email & Password section, using that password and your XDA username to login to the app.
Today we are very excited to announce a new pilot program that will go live in the next few days. Given the emergence and increasing popularity of One-Click-Tools and Toolboxes, many developers faced a problem: Where do I put my thread if the tool is compatible with multiple devices?
Until now, you had three possibilities where each one had its own flaws:
We hope to solve this issue with the introduction of a cross-device development forum. For now, this will only cover a few Sony devices. But if the pilot is successful, we plan on adding other OEMs as well. So here’s how it works:
Obviously this new forum has a very strict set of rules to keep it clean:
September 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Samsung recently unveiled three new and enticing devices aimed at making you simultaneously lighten your wallet a little, as well as pack your pocket, briefcase, and wrist with a little more technology. These are, of course, the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), and the Galaxy Gear.
Samsung refreshed its popular Galaxy Note lineup with the Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). Both build upon their predecessors by adding more powerful specs, while retaining the critically acclaimed S Pen functionality. The Galaxy Note 3 ups the ante on its predecessor by raising the screen resolution to 1080p, upping the RAM to 3 GB, and packing in a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. Similarly the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) increases its screen resolution to 2560×1600, brings the RAM to 3 GB, and packs that same quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor as its little brother. Samsung also introduced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The device, which connects to various Samsung mobile devices, features an 800 MHz processor, a 320×320 resolution display, and half a gig of RAM.
In today’s additions, we also have the Sony Xperia Z1. Codenamed Honami, the Z1 is a high-end device with a 5″ 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, and a slim 8.5mm profile. More info and specs can be found on Sony’s official product page.
Are you thinking of adding any of these to your mobile arsenal? Let us know in the comments below, and of course, don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums to get in on the discussion!
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made DevDB open to all users who want to post development projects. As a reminder, DevDB is XDA’s new way of organizing development projects. We’ve been working on it for quite a while, and are pretty excited with how developers are already using it across the site.
It’s live for the most popular devices, and will be active for all future devices added to XDA. Over time we plan to add new features to DevDB and will be fixing bugs on a continual basis. If you spot a bug or have a feature request, post it in this thread.
Our friend Azrienoch put together a video that shows exactly how it works.
Not too long ago we talked a little bit about the Moto X and gave it a place here on the forums. While Motorola’s first real post-Google flagship may not have what it takes to win over the specification-frenzied techno-elite, its innovative software features have won the favor quite a few. This has lead to apps that emulate much of the functionality on other devices. However, the Moto X isn’t Motorola’s only high end phone.
Launching exclusively on Verizon in the US, the Motorola Droid Ultra (as well as the Droid Maxx) shares much of its internals with the flagship Moto X. They both carry the Motorola X8 Computing System, which is essentially a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, along with two low-voltage companion cores for additional processing. The Moto X and the Droid Ultra also share 2 GB of RAM, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 10 MP rear-facing camrea.
The Droid Ultra breaks free from its cousin device by offering a 5-inch AMOLED panel running at 720p with 294 ppi. It also features 16 GB of internal storage and a 2130 mAh fixed battery, all in a splash-resistant 7.2 mm enclosure that weighs just 137 grams.
Is the Droid Ultra your next phone, or are you holding out for the Moto X or HTC One on Verizon? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit the newly created Droid Ultra forum.
So the much anticipated Moto X launch has come and gone, and many power users were left feeling a bit underwhelmed. Packing a 1.7 GHz dual-core variant of the Snapdragon S4 Pro and a 720p AMOLED panel, the Moto X is certainly not in the same category as the class-leading flagships of 2013—or even 2012. Though with two ancillary processors working in tandem with the main CPU to process specialized tasks, the device’s X8 “Mobile Computing System” is certainly its standout feature.
The LG G2, on the other hand, is every bit a flagship device. The device, which as yet to hit store shelves, features a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC. The Snapdragon 800 is comprised of the new Krait 400 processor and the Adreno 330 GPU. The G2 features a 5.2″ 1080p True HD-IPS+ LCD, weighing in at relatively dense 424 ppi, and all of this is packed into a relatively thin 8.9 mm chassis.
Do either of these devices have what it takes to make you part with your hard earned cash? Let us know what you’re looking forward to in your next phone in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below to get in on the discussion:
Earlier this month, we announced the first stage of our rollout of XDA DevDB to a handful of forums. For those unfamiliar, DevDB helps developers on XDA better organize their ROMs, kernels, and other development works, while adding useful functions like a bug reporter, feature requestor, user reviews, download section with torrent functionality, and more. It’s heavily integrated into the forums, so that if you want to use XDA as usual, you can do so.
In the second stage of our roll out, we’re adding DevDB to a handful of new forums and are letting all Recognized Developers on XDA use the system (in the future, all XDA members will be able to post new works to DevDB). Additionally, we’ve fixed bugs and have added new pieces of functionality to DevDB. We see DevDB as a work-in-progress, and will be improving it over time.
Below is a list of forums that have DevDB enabled.
Just exactly how thin is too thin? Well, that’s a question that Huawei is trying to answer with its Ascend P6. And if you ever felt your current handset was a bit too portly, the P6 begs for at least a passing glance.
Coming in at a mere 6.2 mm thin, the Ascend P6 features a brushed metal rear and silver metal accents along its sides. The sleek device packs a 4.7″ 720p display, backed by their in-house quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor running at 1.5 GHz. The P6 also offers 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, HSPA+ 21 connectivity, and a 2000 mAh battery.
Do the Ascend P6′s sleek design and slim figure earn it a place in your pocket? Let us know in the comments below and head over to the newly created Huawei Ascend P6 forum to get in on the discussion!
Have you ever wanted a little bit more resolving power from your cell phone’s camera? We’ve just added a forum for a device that gives you more than than your fill of megapixels. Of course, I’m talking about the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Devices in Nokia’s Lumia lineup have traditionally offered excellent camera image quality in their respective categories. But with the Lumia 1020, nearly all stops were pulled to give the device an incredible 41 megapixels of resolution. This includes adding a 1/1.5″ sensor that is slightly larger than the majority of point and shoot cameras in circulation, albeit only a paltry fraction of the size of even consumer-level M43 and APS-C cameras.
The “smartphone” internals of the Lumia 1020 are similar to most modern mid-level devices. The Windows Phone 8-powered device features a 720p AMOLED screen backed by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and LTE connectivity.
What are your thoughts on the 1020? Is its 10.4 mm profile going to earn itself a seat in your pocket? Do you think 41 MP is excessive for such a small sensor and lens? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to head over to the newly created forum to get in on the discussion!