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admin · Feb 12, 2014

Announcing Better Support for Devices from India on XDA

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...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 12, 2014

XDA-Developers and Piracy

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 15, 2014

Change the Look of XDA Developers with Unofficial Dark XDA User Style

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 6, 2014

Announcing the Winners of Our Poweramp Giveaway Contest!

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! fepdzu with 131 upvotes Ayush Singh with 100 upvotes najodleglejszy with 71 upvotes Da Avenger with 66 upvotes gtaguitar7596 with 65 upvotes Paradoxxx with 49 upvotes cybojenix with 48 upvotes dnmmx with 43 upvotes...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 3, 2014

Custom ROM Central Expanded to Include AOKP and SlimRoms

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 1, 2014

Pick Your Favorite XDA Apps, Utilities, and Games from 2013

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 1, 2014

Farewell 2013: Happy New Year from XDA Developers!

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...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 31, 2013

Google Nexus 5 and 7 are Your Top Smartphone and Tablet Picks for 2013

Back when we launched our Best of 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we asked you to cast your vote and pick the best smartphones and tablets of 2013. Well folks, the votes are in, and you've made your voices clear! Starting off with your top tablet picks, the winner by a mile was the Google Nexus 7 (2013) with 53% of your votes. Then in second place, we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) with 15% of the votes. Next...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 25, 2013

Happy Holidays from XDA-Developers!

From all of us here behind the scenes at XDA-Developers, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays! No matter what holiday you're celebrating---or even if "celebrating" just means that you're taking some time away from work and/or school---we hope you have a great and relaxing time. And if you find yourself with a few new gadgets this holiday season, be sure to share your new acquisitions in the comments below, and then promptly proceed to the XDA-Developers forums to get...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 23, 2013

Win a Free Copy of Poweramp!

The kind folks behind the powerful media player Poweramp are no strangers to showing some serious kindness to the XDA community. For those who don't remember, last Thanksgiving, they so generously donated two Nexus 7 tablets to a couple of lucky contest winners. Now, the team wishes to spread some Holiday cheer by donating 25 free copies of their namesake media player. But rather than having a simple giveaway to the first responders, we figured that we'd have a little...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 18, 2013

Check Out Our Best Tablets of 2013 Guide!

Two days ago, we released the smartphone segment of our Holiday Gift Guide for 2013. Today, we are also sharing our tablet guide. Whether you're buying a last minute gift for friends and family, or you simply want to find out how best to spend your hard-earned money (or all those gift cards you will receive in the coming days), you should take a few minutes to peruse the guides! And while you're at it, be sure to vote for...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 17, 2013

Psst–Check out Our Developer-Friendly Holiday Guide!

The Holidays are just around the corner, but there's still time for last-minute gift shopping! Are you still looking for those last minute presents for your geeky loved ones and yourself? If so, you should make your way over to the XDA-Developers Holiday Guide 2013! This year, we're dividing the Holiday Guide into three parts: Best Smartphones of Late 2013 Best Tablets of Late 2013 (Coming Dec 18!) Best Community Apps of 2013 (Coming January 1!) When making the guide,...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 9, 2013

Unofficial Stylesheet Makes the XDA 2013 Theme Look More Old School

Like almost any large forum, XDA allows its users to select from a variety of forum themes. The current XDA 2013 Beta theme is default, and features many new features compared to previous versions. However, the older XDA 2010 theme still has plenty of users who love its simplicity and appearance, or simply are nostalgic. XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ, who created a dark user style we talked about a few months ago, modified the XDA 2013 Beta – 1024 theme...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from XDA-Developers!

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....

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Diamondback · Nov 4, 2013

Re-Review of XDA’s Recognized Developers

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 11, 2013

Q&A / Troubleshooting Threads for ROMS, Kernels, Projects

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 2, 2013

Forums Added for the Kindle Fire HDX and US Carrier Variants of the Galaxy Note 3

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 2560x1600 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...

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admin · Sep 17, 2013

Authenticate Your XDA Account with Google

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...

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Diamondback · Sep 16, 2013

Sony Cross-Device Development Pilot

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: General Android development (not many people search for Sony toolboxes in this forum → limited visibility) Just a single...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 10, 2013

Forums Added for the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Gear, and Xperia Z1

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,...

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