Today is Valentine’s Day! To all those celebrating, we at XDA would like to extend wishes for a day stuffed sappy heart-shaped objects, loved ones, and much mobile development.
Many of our more hardware-focused community members have heard of the Solid-Run CuBox computer. CuBox is a small, fan-less computer measuring in at approximately 2 × 2 × 2 inches. It comes with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, but the device also supports Debian and Android, among others. It is a low-power ARM-based computer that can stream and decode 1080p content, use desktop-class interfaces such as KDE or GNOME under Linux, and do all of this in under 3 watts, with less than 1 watt standby consumption. Those interested can learn more on the CuBox product page.
In order to help promote development for the device, Solid-Run is looking to give away 3 CuBox units to Recognized Developers who come up with interesting and unique development ideas for the device.
Simple. First, visit the contest thread! Next, tell us what you intend on doing with the device if you are one of the lucky winners. Share with us your development ideas, provide ample details, and remember to keep things feasible. Winners will be determined by myself and XDA Elite Recognized Adam Outler.
Now for the technicalities: This contest will run from today, February 14, until next Thursday, February 21. Due to previous difficulties we’ve encountered when mailing internationally, this contest will be open to US residents (or those with proxy US shipping addresses) only. Please only submit one entry per Recognized Developer. Those with multiple entries will be immediately disqualified.
Thank you for your contest entries and for being a part of the development community! Good luck!
February 12, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV is looking to add more talented people like you to the lineup. 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 camera capable of at least 720p resolution, and a love and knowledge of mobile devices—both Android and Windows Phone.
What do you get? You get the enjoyment of spreading the knowledge you’ve learned on XDA to thousands of people. You will get to join the ranks of other XDA Developer TV stars like Jordan, azrienoch, Adam, and others. So what are you waiting for? Contact Jimmy McGee with any questions. If you are camera shy, but still want to join our team, contact Portal Administrator Will Verduzco to learn how to join our group of talented writers.
XDA has gone through a large number of change over the years. We’ve added new features, changed our policies, and have made updates to the way you interact with the site. We’ve put together what we call the XDA Changelog, where you can see all of the changes we’ve made in the past, as well as keep updated with new things we do in the future. It’s not 100% complete, but it covers the most important changes. We’ll be updating the Changelog on a monthly basis, so be sure to check back and see what’s new! View the Changelog.
Before the holidays, we shared exciting news about XDA working with CruzerLite to put together some XDA merchandise. We’ve just received some fantastic news: The XDA cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Google Nexus 4 are ready to start shipping out! You can see how great they look below.
The shirts have already been shipping, and we welcome your thoughts on how you like them, along with your comments about the cases when those who ordered them start receiving them. If you haven’t already ordered a case or a shirt, make sure you visit the XDA page on CruzerLite.
January 1, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Depending on which part of the world you reside, 2012 is now but a memory. While there have been various ups and downs, one thing is certain: Despite the lack of a Mayan Apocalypse, it was quite the eventful year.
What’s even more important than the road already traveled in the world of mobile technology is what is yet to come in 2013. While the progress of our favorite mobile operating systems and their development communities are still very much to be determined, one thing is already known: There are many exciting times ahead.
Please share in the comments section what you are looking forward to most this coming year!
And as we mentioned previously, we would like to hear about your favorite content this past year so that we are better able to tailor what we bring you this coming year. So if you’d like to leave your two cents, please drop by my thread or send me a PM with your suggestions!
Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2013! And what better way to kick it off than with a glimpse back at our Best of 2012 videos!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
December 19, 2012 By: admin
We are closing the RD applications to wrap up everything up before the new year starts. As of this moment you won’t be able to apply, but we will reopen somewhere in early January.
As you might recall, we’ve made tremendous improvements to the Recognized Developer program a few months ago to increase our efficiency in processing applications. If you have any ideas or perhaps complaints (hope not!) you are welcome to PM the Developer Committee account.
If you haven’t received a response by the end of the year (especially if you have been waiting for more than a month), please PM the Developer Committee account. The program was designed by one of the DC members, but suffered from a bug in earlier stages where members didn’t receive the final outcome of the review. Those problems are all fixed now, but we have no easy way of knowing who we haven’t PMed.
Tonight we’ll be making some server upgrades that will cause the XDA forums to be down from 11pm-1am Eastern. You’ll still be able to use the Portal during the downtime.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
December 7, 2012 By: jerdog
With XDA membership coming up on 5 million users worldwide, we wanted to give you the opportunity to show your support for this vibrant, ever-changing community. After the BigAndroidBBQ it was obvious who we needed to work with to provide XDA members with shirts, cases, and other merchandise to help you show your love for the site. We contacted the great people over at Cruzerlite, who have done a wonderful job getting this going. Beginning today we are offering t-shirts (long- and short-sleeved as well as female-specific) and some great cases for some pretty popular devices: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S III (including carrier variants), Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (including carrier variants), and the Google Nexus 4.
We want to make sure that costs are kept as low as possible for all of the community, so XDA is making nothing off of the sale of the merchandise. This means that you can get some absolutely high-quality cases for your phone for only $10, and long- and short-sleeved shirts for $12 and $10. The cases are currently open for pre-order, with shipping scheduled to begin in the next 4-6 weeks. You can visit store.xda-developers.com and purchase a shirt or get your case pre-order started, and keep tabs on the other things we have cooking up with the CruzerLite team that are soon to follow.
XDA Developers is a community of millions. And with that, come hundreds of device forums. As XDA exploded in popularity, the need for assigned moderators replaced the global moderators that tended to surf their home forums regularly and others only from time to time. It was in mid-2010 when we rolled out the Forum-Specific Moderator idea, and there have been a few tweaks since. Today marks what is potentially the largest tweak to the system: manufacturer/regional grouping.
In a few hours, the Moderator Committee will begin reassigning the 65 Forum-Specific Moderators to new teams based upon manufacturer, carrier technology, and region. For example, instead of having moderators assigned to both HTC and Samsung devices, they will now be responsible for only one. American and Canadian devices will be further split by CDMA and GSM.
It has always been our goal to ensure that all visitors enjoy their stay. A big part of this falls on the Forum-Specific and Senior Moderators to ensure that our forums are clean, and that trolls are kept in check. By reorganizing into these teams, everyone is now responsible for only a specific manufacturer. This will give them a more intimate knowledge of the inner workings and quirks.
Please bear with us as the process begins, and keep an eye out for introductory threads in your home forum(s) as the new teams stop by to make themselves known. Finally, feel free to PM me or any other moderator with questions, or leave comments below.
We’re nearing the end of 2012, and you know what that means: The Holiday Season is right around the corner! While you may find yourself with a few unfashionable sweaters, a tie you’ll never wear, and some unwanted fruit cake at the end of the season, we know what you’re really after—mobile technology. Don’t worry, though. We’re here to help you pick out something nice for yourself and your technologically-inclined loved ones.
In order to help you pick between some of the fantastic options, we’ve put together a Holiday Gift Guide with what we consider to be some of the best tech toys of 2012. In our guide, we cover what we consider to be the best Android Apps, OEM, “Other” Device, Windows Phone, Android Phone, and Android Tablet of the year. And given that this is XDA-Developers, we even covered the most hackable Android phones and Tablets of the year.
What are you waiting for? Access our entire Holiday Guide 2012 by clicking the links below!
There’s still a little over a month left in 2012, but we’ve already had quite the eventful year. This year saw the launch of Android 4.1, Android 4.2, and several flagship devices. We featured plenty of ups, plenty of downs, even more downs, and few stories that made us all ask if the whole world around us had gone slightly mad.
On the XDA Developer TV front, we saw various XDA Unboxings and a series on app production by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. We were kept up-to-date on the latest and greatest in mobile development news thanks to XDA TV Producer and News Recap Extraordinaire Jordan Keyes. We also saw various interesting app reviews by TK, we were given answers to questions we’ve all asked by Erica, and were made aware of several key issues thanks to Azrienoch and his legendary rants.
Now here’s where we need your help!
We want you to select your favorite XDA Developer TV videos and XDA news stories from 2012. In case you need a refresher of some of the other stories we’ve covered, head back over to the XDA Portal homepage, watch a few XDA Developer TV videos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Once you have a few favorites picked out, let us know by going to the discussion thread and sharing what stood out in your mind.
As always, if you’d like to provide some more detailed feedback regarding what you’d like to see in 2013, my PM box is always open. Finally, I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks to all of you for giving us a reason create content. It’s been a pleasure.
We’re trying an experiment in the Samsung Galaxy Note II forum that, if successful, will be rolled out to many more forums across XDA. We’ve added a Developer Discussion forum, intended only for high-level discussion between developers. The aim of this new forum is to give developers a place to “talk shop” and help each other with device-specific development challenges and issues.
XDA Recognized Developer garyd9 recently presented the idea for this forum to the administrative team. And because we see it as a new way to keep development strong on XDA, we are eager to try it out. While the forum is public, and thus viewable for the benefit of everyone hoping to learn, please do not post in this new forum unless you’re a developer. Failure to heed this warning will result in the deletion of your post and possibly other actions upon repeated offense.
November 22, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Today is Thanksgiving! To those celebrating the holiday, we at XDA would like to extend wishes for a day stuffed with much food, family, relaxation, and most importantly, mobile development. READ ON »