September 30, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we brought you news of Nokia’s and Microsoft’s joint event aimed at introducing the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, as well as giving a brief first look at what Windows Phone 8 would bring users. Now as the devices approach their launch dates, we are happy to announce that they have been given a place in our forums, along with Sony’s new Android flagship—the Xperia T.
Heralding the launch of Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 serve as Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 launch devices. Both devices feature the speedy 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and 1 GB of RAM, as well as HSPA+ and LTE connectivity. The flagship 920 packs a 4.5″ IPS LCD with a 1280×768 resolution, a 2000 mAh battery, 32 GB of storage, and an 8 MP camera with optical image stabilization. Its little brother, the 820, features 8 GB of storage, a 1650 mAh battery, and a 4.3″ WVGA AMOLED.
In the Android world, Sony recently announced the Xperia T. The device is the company’s late 2012 flagship Android device. The device features a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor backed by 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a whopping 13 MP camera. The 4.55″ LCD is also noteworthy, featuring a high 720p resolution and the proprietary BRAVIA engine. Perhaps most interestingly, the Xperia T will follow in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and offer on-screen Android hotkeys. While the device will come preloaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, an early update to 4.1 Jelly Bean is expected.
Well, what are you waiting for? Head over to the newly created forums below to get started!
Do you get your daily dose of news on Google Currents? If you currently do not, you may wish to give it a try. For those unfamiliar, Google Currents is an aesthetically appealing news client for Android (and *cough*iOS*cough*) that presents information from various sources in a magazine-like manner. Content is arranged in the form of Editions, which come from both select publishers and trending articles.
Today we are proud to announce that you can now catch up on the latest in mobile development news through our own XDA Edition. Here, you will be able to access all of our news stories in a convenient and mobile-optimized manner. And since the app syncs to allow for offline reading, we can’t think of a better way to spend those tough times when a cellular signal is just out of reach.
What are you waiting for? Head over to the XDA-Developers Currents Edition on your mobile device today!
So that we can best moderate forums of newer devices, XDA is soon going to close (yes, close) a handful of old, legacy forums. This will happen on September 5, 2012. While these forums will be closed for posting, they will still be completely accessible in a read-only state.
Our criteria for closing forums was post activity: All of the forums in the below list have seen fewer than 8 posts in the past 30 days. And even with such a low level of post activity, these legacy forums attract a fair amount of spam. By closing them, we allow our moderators to focus on the many forums on XDA that are bustling with activity, instead of having to worry about cleaning spam in old forums to which very few still contribute.
August 22, 2012 By: egzthunder1
We are going to deviate a bit from our regularly scheduled programming to let you know about an upcoming change in the rules in the XDA forums. As time has gone by, our site has grown by leaps and bounds from what it was a couple of years ago. With a membership base of over 4.5 million registered users and an average of 35-40 thousand people active at any given time, we need to ensure that this place can offer the best possible environment for all people, both experienced developers and people who come here looking to learn about mobile devices. Because of this reason, the rules of our site need to be amended from time to time to accommodate the needs and wants of such a large user base, but without losing our principles and forgetting what XDA was founded on in the first place.
Just a bit of background: XDA was a website founded by hackers and developers for hackers and developers. People coming here shared one common goal, which was to get more and more out of their expensive toys and they did so by reverse engineering, creating new code to expand the device’s capabilities, and doing things with hardware that most people cannot do (mainly due to lack of knowledge or technical ability). The site prospered to what it is today because these very same people knew that their collective ideas and efforts would yield more results if they collaborated by sharing what they knew with others. More often than not, this resulted in fantastic feats such as the original XDA online kitchen, the very first port of WM5 to the mythical HTC Blue Angel, and many more accomplishments that are stored in the depths of XDA’s forums.
XDA-Developers has always been a place for sharing knowledge. People spend countless hours on their projects and give back to the community in several different forms, either by releasing the complete work to the community, or by sharing its source and methods by which the work was conceived. The latter allows others to pick up the work and tweak it to improve it (think of the Linux kernel for this to make sense). XDA’s own foundation is much like that as well. However, often times, this concept of the sharing of knowledge gets confused with the concept of sharing everything. If you frequent our site, you will have undoubtedly come across a few threads were discussions about sharing are on going. Essentially, some people demand for work to be released or even think that they can take as they please without following rules already present on our site. Likewise, people sharing their work sometimes have rather bizarre ways of doing so, which has a bad tendency to develop in what we like to call “dev wars”.
We (administrators and moderators of this site) truly believe that intellectual property (IP) is a very important part of what is done on xda-developers. As such, we cannot and will not support any kind of action which forces a developer to share their work with others if the developer does not wish to do so. A developer of anything has rights over their work and as such he/she can choose to do with it as he/she pleases (give it away, share the source, burn it, give it to an orphanage, or eat it for breakfast). We support whatever decision is taken by its developer. Having said that, over the years people have found what can only be categorized as a loophole in our current sharing policy, and thus people are forced to do things in exchange for permissions to use certain pieces of work by others.
After a long deliberation with the entire moderator and administrator staff, we are implementing the following addition to our sharing rule (Rule 12) – revisions are in bold:
12. Using the work of others.
If you are developing something that is based on the work of another Member, you MUST first seek their permission, and you must give credit to the member whose work you used. If a dispute occurs about who developed / created a piece of work, first try to settle the matter by private message and NOT in open forum. If this fails then you may contact a moderator with clear evidence that the work was created by you.
Convincing evidence will result in copied work being removed. If there is no clear evidence you created the work then in the spirit of sharing all work will remain posted on the forums.
As an addition, developers have the right to hold exclusivity over their work for as long as it is deemed necessary by the dev or freely share it. However, if the work is claimed as exclusive, it must remain as such. No selective sharing will be allowed (ie allowing certain people to use it and not others). Should the dev decide to start sharing the work with others, the work automatically becomes fair game for all to use.
In regards to permissions, same rules remain for this but if permission was already given, unless there is a very valid reason, it cannot be revoked (same applies to major updates on the work). Under that same premise, permissions cannot be denied unless the work is exclusive or under severe circumstances.
In plain English: If you want to keep your work exclusive, go for it. However, if you are going to share your work, do it fairly.
These rules apply to all software posted on XDA (including but not limited to ROMs, RUUs, apps, games, kernels, themes, icons, etc) unless that software comes with a license that waives these rules.
The problem with the aforementioned permissions is that the rule never really stated anything regarding continuity or longevity of said permission. On top of that, selective sharing creates a massive problem on our site as it tends to give place to kanging (unauthorized copying and/or redistribution of work), fights between devs (so called “dev wars”), and tons of time wasted on investigations, which normally involves a large number of people from our staff. This needed to stop as it was reaching critical mass and high levels of anxiety were generated for no apparent reason on something that should be a hobby.
So, if you are a developer on this site and would like to keep your work as something exclusive, we encourage you to do it. If you would like to freely give it out so that others can use it and make it better, we encourage you to do it as well. However, we will no longer accept claims from anyone who picks and chooses who gets what. As stated in the rule, you either share or keep, but if you do share, do it fairly. Favoritism has created a great divide in our site and our community and it is only hurting development as a whole. People focus more on pointing fingers than they do on trying to create original work.
Permissions should still be sought as a matter of common courtesy, much like the original rule stipulated. However, unless a valid reason is provided, a simple “no, you cannot have it” will not suffice, especially if the work is being shared with others and permissions are denied out of spite.
Lets all work towards a new, rejuvenated XDA that is based on the core principles placed by the site’s founding fathers. Sharing of knowledge is what brought many of us together on this site and we should strive as a community to keep it that way. Please share your thoughts on this.
Thank you for reading.
XDA-Developers Administration Team
July 6, 2012 By: Pulser_G2
Today, we at XDA are pleased to announce that one of the most popular requests we see from developers will be brought into effect across the majority of the site starting July 9th. For those unfamiliar with the concept, many developers on the Samsung Galaxy S2 requested we introduce a split development forum system in order to help both developers and users find what they are looking for more easily.
This system was highly successful on the Galaxy S2, and indeed users regularly request the split development forum model on many devices. Today we’re pleased to announce that we will be introducing an Original Development forum for all devices after (and including) the HTC One X, as listed on the forum index. We will also add these forums for all new devices added as of today.
Under the new system, if you are making a thread in a development forum, you should post it in one of the two subforums, depending on the work in question. The Original Development area is intended for posting of new work, which isn’t derived from existing work on XDA (in whole or significant part). The reason for this is that feedback from a huge number of users indicated their frustration in finding the cutting-edge development taking place to bring new features to their devices, particularly when the first few pages were full of threads for various very similar ROMs. This makes it harder for users and developers alike to find the actual development, usually going on in threads which are less attractive to less experienced users.
In order to give some guidance as to what belongs in each forum, we have prepared the below rough guidelines. These are not intended to be a complete “flow chart” of where something belongs, rather simply as an indication of how the system operates.
The following are most likely “Original Development”:
The following are most likely not “Original Development”, and should be posted in the “Android Development” subforum:
Finally, we’d also like to remind all users about XDA-Developers and its enforcement of the GPL. More information about this is available in our recent post.
In our continuing efforts to improve the experience of our Forum Members, we are reaffirming our belief in being firm, fair, and open regarding our moderation of the forums. We’re going public with our revised and simplified policy on banning those who repeatedly breach our rules. For some time now our dedicated Members have been asking us to be clear about our efforts to remove troublesome users who seem to plague our forums. We agree with a firm approach, and acknowledge your right to see clean forums fit for decent, contributing members who respect the site and its purposes.
With immediate effect, Administrators and Moderators of XDA-Developers will operate a new simplified moderation policy on banning—but rest assured this will be firm and fair, as we see banning as our last resort after warnings and infractions have been given. In fact, we hope that being open about the way bans are applied will lead to better understanding among Members, and will therefore act as a deterrent to bad behavior.
Feedback from Members has informed us that one of the biggest problems with our forums is the increasing number of users who repeatedly spoil the forums with often low level, but extremely annoying and poor behavior. To protect the vast majority of Members from those who appear with self-entitled attitudes, disruptive behavior, and disregard for the rules; we will follow simple stages in applying successive bans. Users who breach our rules should be very clear that it will no longer matter whether breaches of the rules are “serious” or “minor.” Repeatedly breaking ANY of the rules will ultimately result in a permanent ban.
For regular Members the following simple model will be followed if after initial warnings and infractions have been given, the user continues to breach the rules:
This new and simplified policy is geared at those repeated poor behavior, ignoring warnings, and failure to read our rules.
Clear and obvious spammers and very extreme or highly destructive behavior will continue to warrant instant bans.
June 21, 2012 By: admin
We’ve been hard at work at a new evolution of the XDA forums. Internally known as “2013 beta,” our newest forum template features a modern and clean design, a much improved forum index (instead an endlessly long list of forums), a new sidebar with easy access to private messages and subscribed threads and forums, and much more.
We’re still in bug-fixing mode, meaning the new template still has issues. Also, we’ll be making tweaks to the template by the time we set it as the default template for all XDA users to make it significantly faster than the XDA 2010 template.
You can access 2013 beta via the “Style Chooser” in the bottom left corner of most pages. If you find any bugs, please post them in the bugs thread. If you have general comments, hit up the comments thread. Thanks, and we hope you like 2013 as much as we do!
The GPL is a software license agreement, under which parts of the Android operating system are licensed. The majority of Android is licensed under the Apache license, but the Linux Kernel (which is present in every running Android ROM in some shape or form) is licensed under the GPL (version 2).
Many of the amazing developers at XDA create custom kernels, which feature many improvements and changes over the “stock” kernels released by OEMs, including performance and stability tweaks. This is exactly what the GPL is designed to protect, by ensuring that anyone can get access to the original source code used to build the kernel. Given a suitably configured computer, it should be possible for anyone to reproduce a released kernel using the provided source code.
Recently it has come to our attention that a number of users have been neglecting to follow XDA’s GPL regulations, which amount to posting the sources for any kernel you build from source to share with others.
As a result, we would like to clarify our position on the GPL, and users’ obligations to this effect. By posting your work on XDA-Developers, you are agreeing that it complies with relevant licensing conditions. As such, by posting a kernel or other work containing GPL code, you are confirming to us that you have made this source code available publicly under the GPL, and should highlight this in your thread with a link. (Plenty of respected and trusted sites will host the code for you free of charge, such as GitHub and BitBucket.)
By posting open sourced work on XDA, you are also ensuring that your available sources are up-to-date with the work you have released. This means that if you update your kernel to add a new feature, for example, your sources should be updated to include this change. If they are not, this means you are not complying with the GPL.
There is no provision in the GPL to withhold access to sources based on time or other conditions, so please don’t attempt this, as it will only earn yourself a formal GPL request. If you do not provide the correct, accurate, and up-to-date sources (and keep them up-to-date), you will be non-compliant with the GPL.
In order to be fully GPL compliant, your sources must:
The GPL is a legally enforceable license agreement, and while it offers users freedoms to copy and redistribute code, that permission is conditional upon all changes which are released being made publicly available. If you require further advice on this matter, we suggest you review the license itself or consult a lawyer.
As you may already be aware, we recently launched our first book, aimed at giving new users a fun and easily-digestible primer into the world of Android. In the book, we cover a variety of topics including the basics of rooting, some of the tools used in theming, and fun things you can do once you have achieved superuser status.
Now as a way of saying thanks to a few of our most loyal fans, we would like to give away twenty copies of the book. To enter, simply leave a quick comment below stating why you love XDA. Tomorrow at this time, twenty winners will be selected at random and receive a PM from yours truly asking for your mailing address. To make shipping a little easier, this contest is open to US residents only.
Now once you’ve read this and submitted your entry, get back to ROM flashing, you ORDers! If you don’t win but would still like to purchase a copy, please visit the following retailers:
May 8, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Another day, another forum here on XDA-Developers. And today, we bring you several. Starting with the tablet world, we added forums for the Asus Transformer TF300T and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (both the 7.0 and 10.1 variants). The Asus offering brings similar features to that of its sibling, the Transformer Prime, but with a more wallet-friendly price. Swapping out the acclaimed Super-IPS display for a more standard (but still vibrant) IPS panel, but retaining its Nvidia Tegra 3 powerhouse, the TF300T is no slouch. On the other end of the alphabet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 offer fantastic displays and competent dual-core processors for $250 and $400, respectively.
On the phone end of the spectrum, two HTC phones have found their home on our forums: the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. The Sprint phone clearly demonstrates its HTC One XL lineage by offering a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7″ 720p Super LCD2 Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and of course 4G LTE connectivity. The Verizon phone, on the other hand, appears to offer traits of the One XL and the One S by giving users the same 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a smaller 4″ qHD Super LCD Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and access to Verizon’s robust and speedy 4G LTE network. Regardless of differences in screen and size, both devices seem to be the go-to phone on their respective carriers.
So which device are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below, or jump straight to the Asus Transformer TF300T, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE forums.
April 30, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Have you been on the hunt for fast, free, and reliable hosting for your development work and themes? If so, we don’t blame you. Ever since Mega Upload went down, it hasn’t exactly been easy. Now thanks to the fine folks at Dev-Host, this is no longer a problem.
Dev-Host offers free hosting for all, while delivering a number of advantages over its competitors such as no wait times, uncapped transfer speeds, and 40+ GB of storage. And the benefits don’t stop there.
Because Dev-Host realizes the valuable role that developers, themers, and contributors play; they would like to extend free premium memberships to all of our Recognized Developers, Recognized Themers, and Recognized Contributors. As a special perk in addition to premium membership, RDs, RTs, and RCs will be given a special badge showcasing their contributions, and their uploads will have no age limit.
If you’re a Recognized Themer or Recognized Contributor and would like to get in on the action, head over to the original thread. Recognized Developers should head over to the the stickied thread in the RD area.
Thank you all for your contributions to the site, and happy devving, contributing, and theming; and thank you to Dev-Host for making all of this possible!
April 1, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Here at XDA-Developers, we pride ourselves on being able to eke out the absolute most performance and functionality from our mobile devices. And as Portal Administrator / Editor-in-Chief for the site, it is my duty and responsibility to ensure that this information is highlighted through our media outlets.
A month an a half ago, when the XDA Portal reached its second birthday, I took it upon myself to evaluate market standings and determine which platform(s) would have the most meaningful impact in the years to come. Through this, I came to a startling realization:
iOS is simply better than Android.
It is with great pleasure that I announce today our new (and improved) focus. Rather than wasting our time with inferior mobile OSes, we will simply concentrate on the best: Apple iOS. While other OSes have downright copied Apple, some resorting so far as to traveling back in time to the year 2000 to launch their products, we can only recognize Apple iOS as the true grandfather of everything smartphone. Furthermore, OSes like Android and Windows Phone simply lack the resources and efficiency to compete in the modern mobile market. HP’s webOS and Nokia’s Symbian showed promise, but even they are simply no match for the Apple juggernaut.
Now rather than talking about our past mistakes, let me present to you our new websites:
Thank you for your support and for making this transition a success. I look forward to a great year with iOS!
OK, you didn’t REALLY think that we’d give up Android and WP7 in favor of iOS did you? And you didn’t honestly believe that Google was hosting a second week of I/O or that we were shutting down our marketplace. And most of all, I really, really hope you didn’t step on your Gorilla Glass-laden tablet or smartphone and use it as a scale.
Happy April Fools Day, everyone! We hope you enjoyed our pranks. Here are some other notable April Fool’s Day Pranks seen across the web:
[Thanks to XDA Forum Member Aoi_sora9x for the graphic!]
April 1, 2012 By: egzthunder1
As you are all probably aware, the XDA Marketplace has been under heavy scrutiny for quite some time. Our entire moderator team has been putting large amounts of time and effort on constant and never ending flock of scam reports coming from the WTS and WTT areas from people who are simply stealing, for lack of a better word. Devices are being sent out by some reputable members and either are claimed to have never been shipped out, or accusations about materials in conditions other than promised are simply flooding our inboxes.
The MP is an area that does not, officially anyways, have moderator or administrator involvement of any kind due to potential liabilities on xda-developers. However, as of late we have been involved in numerous cases of people complaining about others for fraudulent or “gone sour” transactions. We have tried putting new regulations in place, which went into effect on March, 10th, but it seems that people are still pretty much ignoring them if they can by trading via pm, buying devices in bulk of off-load them elsewhere to make a profit, and people who simply are using MP as a store front.
Due to the aforementioned extenuating circumstances that involved far more scamming than anticipated, we (the moderator and administrator team) decided to shut down marketplace indefinitely. This will last until we can find a better model for it or simply will keep this as a “failed” experiment in our book. The on-going transactions will have to be finalized in the General-Off Topic section of xda, so please avoid using other areas to finish off deals. Also, please avoid using PM to complete transactions. While the forum is closed, if you started a transaction under that forum, you are bound by its rules whether the forum still exists or not.
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions.
Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.
Update: The Marketplace forum has been restored. Happy April Fools Day, everyone!