December 31, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 up is the LG G Pad 8.3 with 10% of the votes. The remainder of the votes was split up between the Surface Pro 2 (6%), Asus Transformer Book T100 (4%), Dell Venue 8 Pro (3%), and other (10%). And for those of you wondering which was the most popular write-in, it was none other than the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
As for your favorite smartphones, there was still a decisive winner, but the race was much closer than with the tablets. Your pick for the best smartphone of 2013 is the Google Nexus 5, with 29% of your votes. Next up, we have the HTC One, with 15% of your votes. Then, we have essentially a three-way tie between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (10.49%), Sony Xperia Z1 (10.29%), LG G2 (10.07%). The remainder of the votes went to the Moto G (7.69%), Samsung Galaxy S 4 (6.99%), Moto X (3.63%), Oppo Find 5 (1%), and other (5.94%). For smartphones, the “other” category was essentially split between the Google Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z, and Sony Xperia SP.
From these results, it’s clear that Google scored a home run with its most recent Nexus devices. Do you agree with these results? Let us know in the comments below, and of course, Happy New Year!
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 started with all that hacking and rooting goodness!
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 fun with a contest. After all, we have to make you work for it. To do this, we want you to tell us your most hilarious tech story. The winners will then be selected by your fellow community members.
Entering the contest is extremely simple. Simply leave a comment describing your funniest tech-related story between now and midnight Christmas morning (Eastern US time). In other words, entries will be accepted from now until 36 hours from now. Entries can be about anything tech-related, be it a funny ROM flashing story or how you went to class with nothing on other than your Google Glass to anything in between.
The 25 comments with the highest numbers of up-votes will win. Judging will take place 12 hours later, so it’s in your best interest to comment early and ask your friends to vote up your response!
Please note that to prevent abuse, this contest is only open XDA forum members with accounts at least one month old. And of course, only one entry per person.
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 your favorite devices!
Visit our Holiday Gift Guide 2013 to get started, or head directly to the two lists below:
In the coming days, we’ll also post a submission form for you to vote on your favorite community-created apps. Stay tuned to the XDA Portal to learn more about how to vote!
December 17, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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:
When making the guide, we tried to be a little different than most other sites. Rather than simply telling you which device we think is best, we put together the tools for your to decide which device(s) suit your individual needs. As such, you won’t find a “best device,” but rather, we cover various significant devices and explore their current states of development. Then at the end of each page, we ask you to contribute your opinions and vote for your favorites!
Starting in the coming days, we will also be listening to your opinions on the Best Community Apps of 2013. Stay tuned on the XDA Portal to learn more about how to vote for your favorite XDA user-created apps!
Make your way over to our newly created Holiday Guide to get started!
December 9, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
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 to look very similar to the 2010 theme. The big advantage of this is that all the new features from the new theme such as DevDB are still available. The list of themed elements includes fonts and all colors. It’s the perfect solution for more sentimental users of XDA Developers.
To use this theme, Stylish or another similar browser extension is required. All you need to do is to download the script from the database and apply it to the site. It won’t affect other websites and can be used safely. If you miss the old days of the 2010 theme but want to use the newest XDA features, go to the original thread and learn more.
Please note: This is not an official XDA Developers site theme. Using something like this has the potential to conflict with features of the site. In case of any problems simply disable the user style and revert to the official theme.
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!