July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
As we go international with xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28, we are thrilled to have our friends at Sony returning as a sponsor. The great thing about Sony is that they don’t just make a token effort; they bring it.
We’ve already talked about one of Sony’s presentations with Alin Jerpelea talk on Sony and AOSP. Today, we are happy to announce another great presentation from our friends at Sony for xda:devcon ’14. Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. With a core technical background in the home computer scene of the 80s, he’s been a professional telecom developer since the late 90s. Most recently he has worked in research, with an interest in the intersection between disruptive technology and the culture of society. Troed considers decentralization of creation–how anyone anywhere can invent, distribute and disrupt–to be the major game changer of our times.
At xda:devcon ’13 head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile Karl-Johan Dahlstrom gave a presentation titled “How Sony Supports and Works With Independent Developers.” In his presentation, In his presentation, he talked about and gave examples of how independent developers and Sony can, and have, collaborate through different opportunities and open initiatives. Check out the video to see Karl’s presentation on this video from last year.
This year, Sångberg offers up another excellent presentation entitled, “Beyond Smartphones, And How To Get There.” The era of SmartWear and Internet of Things is upon us. This session will extrapolate the last 8000 years of human innovation into the realities of the present and near future. Sångberg covers the SDKs available for current and soon-to-come functionality, as well as a new service Sony is introducing to drastically reduce friction for developers with regards to app verification. Expect to see tech details on SmartWatch, SmartBand, SmartEyeglass and Wi-Fi controlled Sony cameras.
July 22, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 is a celebration of all things mobile. The most popular sect of mobile development is perhaps software development. There are many different ways to develop software. You can use libraries and APIs to help advance your skills, among other things.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. MaR-V-iN is a computer science student, privacy enthusiast and hacker. MaR-V-iN started coding for Android at the end of Gingerbread era. Since then contributed to numerous Free Open Source Software projects. He is a big fan of penguins around him.
At xda:devcon ’13, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Stericson gave a presentation entitled “Root Application Development with the RootTools Library.” In his presentation, creating root applications for rooted users becomes extremely trivial with the RootTools open source library. If you wanted to learn about creating root apps check out the video from last year.
This year, MaR-V-iN’s presentation will be about which APIs are missing on non-Google systems, how they work, with specific focus on Play Services and what developers should do about it. Entitled “The Google in Android™,” this presentation talks about how since the first release of Android, Google has been an integral part of Android. At Android’s beginning, most apps by Google were just standard apps and use was not forced. More recently, however, Google started providing APIs through these apps. Since the rollout of alternative AOSP distributions, Google increasingly provides APIs through “Google Play Services” and the corresponding library. While Google claims that they’re combating fragmentation between Android versions this way, they’re in fact targeting fragmentation between Android and alternative AOSP distributions. So check out this talk to learn more about Google’s APIs, this is the talk for you.
July 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve already reported on two of the speakers scheduled for XDA:DevCon 2014. Sony’s Alin Jerpelea and Mozilla’s Alex Lakatos are joining us, as we go international with xda:devcon ’14. If you haven’t heard, it will be held in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. With many different governments spying on you, Android security is a big topic. So to cover the important information of Android security, full-time master student engineering at the department of Computer Science at the KU Leuven University Dario Incalza will be presenting. Incalza has been involved with Android development for four years and passionate about security since the age of 13-14. He has been combining both of these over the last few years. His studies have him majoring in the development of secure software with a master thesis focusing on the security of web-based Android applications.
At xda:devcon ’13, XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase gave a presentation entitled “Android Security Vulnerabilities and Exploits.” In his presentation, Jcase talked about how the very exploits we often use to root our phones expose us and others to malicious software such as spyware, bots, keyloggers, and other forms of malware.
This year, Incalza offers up another excellent presentation talking about the Android Security with a presentation entitled, “Android Security Overview and Safe Practices for Web-Based Android Applications.” The talks will give you a brief overview of the different layers of the Android platform, with a focus on the parts attackers find interesting. Next, the presentation will talk about the several attack surfaces for Android, like remote, physical and more. Finally, the presentation will segue into Web-based apps, as Web applications have different security implications. This talk aims to give developers the information and motivations to take better care of security when developing.
July 17, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
This year, xda:devcon will be held in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors like Sony, Oppo and OnePlus. Just a couple days ago we announced that Alin Jerpelea will be returning to talk about Sony and AOSP.
At xda:devcon ’13, Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla Stormy Peters gave a presentation entitled “Bringing the World’s Next 2 Billion People Online.” Here, Stormy talked about the developing world’s path to the Internet being different than that of the first world. The first world took a path through desktop computer to Internet-enabled mobile devices. Developing countries are going straight to mobile. Developing countries have limited infrastructure and expendable income as well. Check out the video to see what they have to say on this video from last year.
July 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you haven’t heard already, XDA is putting on its second annual xda:devcon. This year, we’re doing it international style and holding the event in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors from Sony and Oppo who joined us last year, to newcomer OnePlus. However, it takes more than great sponsors to make an event like the successful, it takes great speakers.
Returning to xda:devcon is a speaker from last year. Founding member of the “Free Xperia Project” and now a Community Manager with Sony Developer Relations, Alin Jerpelea has a core technical background and has been active on XDA since 2006 on multiple platforms.
At xda:devcon ’13, Jerpelea gave a presentation entitled “Android on Legacy Devices – Use It or Lose It.” In that presentation, he holds a dialog with the audience and talks about how Android support on legacy devices from developers is demanded by a lot of people because manufacturers rarely release Android updates. Developers and members at XDA work hard to support devices on new Android versions. Jerpelea pondered how much we should push those devices. Is it enough to have the latest Android version booted, or do we want more? Check out the video to see what they have to say on this video from last year.
This year, Jerpelea returns and offers up another excellent presentation. This time, he will be giving a talk entitled “AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future.” Have you ever wondered what Sony is doing to open up for more collaboration and more innovation in the Open Source community? In this session Alin will share with you where Sony is taking AOSP for Xperia in the short term. Sony wants to support external community innovation, so Alin will discuss how Sony will improve their work on openness around AOSP.
2013 was a big year for Chinese manufacturer Oppo. Early in the year they became the first Chinese OEM to honor their obligations to the Linux kernel source by posting their GPLv2-licensed kernel for the Find5. Then they freely and willingly opened up to the developer community through a partnership with XDA, which ultimately led to CM’s release of CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1. And finally, at the end of 2013, they sponsored our first developer conference in Miami, FL.
After the warm reception Oppo received at xda:devcon ’13, they were so excited about our next iteration that they were the first to contact us and inquire about sponsoring xda:devcon ’14. So it is with great pleasure that we announce that Oppo will be sponsoring xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK. To join Oppo and the rest of the attendees at xda:devcon, make sure to register before the Early Bird pricing runs out!
One of the most talked about, debated, looked forward to, and oft-maligned companies of 2014 is OnePlus. The makers of the once highly sought after, and now hard to get a hold of device, the OnePlus One, are sponsoring xda:devcon ’14. OnePlus, a technology startup created and ran by former leaders at Oppo, are committed to bringing the best possible technology to users around the world. Created around the mantra, “Never Settle,” OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high performance hardware.
We are glad to have them as a sponsor and look forward to seeing what they can bring to the attendees, but don’t count on an “Oprah moment” with invites at xda:devcon! If you haven’t registered, make sure you do before the Early Bird pricing is over, and be on the lookout for announcements on more sponsors and speakers!
As previously mentioned, we are happy to acknowledge Sony as a sponsor for our second annual xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK the weekend of September 26-28. If you are in attendance, you will be able to try out Sony’s latest products in mobile and SmartWear technology. Be sure to ask them about their SmartWatch 2, for which you can innovate using custom watch faces and Sony APIs. Also, learn about their SmartBand and Lifelog service to discover their future possibilities. And finally, for developers interested in groundbreaking technology, come explore what you can do with the SmartEyeglass prototype project.
At xda:devcon ’14 you will learn Sony’s plans for the second half of 2014, which includes a new service that will help app developers verify their apps on real Sony devices. You will also learn about how Sony is accelerating its open initiative around AOSP. You can find out more about Sony and their initiatives through their developer portal, Sony Developer World.
Sony and XDA look forward to seeing you at xda:devcon ’14! As a reminder, get your tickets before July 1 and receive deep discounts on our Early Bird pricing!
Last year’s xda:devcon in Miami, FL brought together people from all over the mobile spectrum—from application and platform developers to security professionals to enthusiasts and those looking to learn and grow personally and professionally. We had a great set of speakers presenting topics ranging from UI/UX implementations to Security to Open Source Software Development to Mobile Processor Information and Application Monetization, and they all did a fantastic job. Make sure to visit last year’s site for more information on the speakers and to grab their talks (if still available online), as well as the XDA TV Event Roundup.
At xda:devcon ’14, we are again looking for speakers who will bring knowledge and inspiration to the attendees. There are slots available for workshop ideas, hardware and platform overviews, application development sessions, and more. If you are interested in speaking and feel you have a topic which would be well-suited for our audience, please fill out the Call for Speakers form and we will get back with you shortly.
2013 was an exciting year for XDA. Not only did last year see our tenth anniversary, but we also held our first developer conference, xda:devcon. A greater time could not have been had by everyone who attended, and the resounding response from everyone was anticipation for the next year’s event. Our top-notch speakers and sponsors gave their all, and without the support of the XDA community, and a willingness to take a risk and show up to a new conference, it would have never been a success.
Well, that time is upon us again. It is with this post, if you haven’t already guessed from the title, that we announce xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK the weekend of September 26-28! We already have top sponsors (Sony, Oppo, Ubuntu, and OnePlus) lined up to support us (with more on the way,) and we’d love to have you there. We’re offering a few different packages this year, one of which rolls the entire conference (hotel stay included) into one easy fee. And like last year, XDA will be covering your meals at the event. How awesome is that?
Here is a breakdown of the ticket offerings:
We have some great speakers lined up, along with some more sponsors, so make sure to get your ticket now and plan to participate. You can visit our website for more information and to sign up for the event.
March 25, 2014 By: jerdog
When people typically think about XDA they think custom ROMs, kernels, and themes–and these three bring a lot to XDA. What people sometimes forget is that mobile applications also contribute to XDA, with Android Apps and Games being one of our largest sections. Last year, we created the App Development Forums so that those interested in learning about, discussing, and collaborating on app development would have a central place.
One of the ways we also look to encourage mobile development is through our support of developer resources. We even went so far as to create our own xda:devcon last year. It is to that end that we are announcing our support for the Mobile Midwest Conference coming to Kansas City, MO on April 23, 2014.
Mobile Midwest: Connecting the Future will discuss how mobile is creating new opportunities in the economy and altering every facet of life. It will also explore how developers and companies can leverage “Mobile First” to create new opportunities for themselves and their company. Attendees will hear about the latest trends and discover insights from innovators who are all solving different types of problems in the industry (mobile security, mobile health, mobile payments, mobile AI, etc).
The lineup of speakers includes Silicon Valley founders & executives recognized by Time, Forbes & Inc:
Join 400+ developers in Kansas City with a full day pass for only $299. Be one of the first 5 registrants to use promo code xdadev to save 30%!
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Mobile Midwest is a production of Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP), a tech community of 12,000 developers, IT executives & professionals. They also do events like Compute Midwest, a conference as seen in Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post & The Next Web. In addition to events, they focus on education with The Disruption Institute, a mobile developer boot camp.
September 25, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA:DevCon 2013 is over. Without the great support from our sponsors, the event would not have been nearly as interesting or informative. One sponsor that really stepped up was Sony. Not only did they attend and bring their latest goods for ogling and testing, but they also brought three interesting presentations of our enjoyment.
Their first presentation Karl-Johan Dahlstrom (head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile) gave was titled “How Sony Supports and Works With Independent Developers.” Part of Karl-Johan’s job is bridging internal software development with external developers, innovation, and knowledge sharing. Above all, he is responsible for fostering co-innovation through tech and developer mindshare. In his presentation, he talks about and gives examples of how independent developers and Sony can, and have, collaborate through different opportunities and open initiatives. Finally, he talks about the initiatives and activities we do to support independent developers and opportunities ahead.
In their second presentation Sony brought Alin Jerpelea. He and other developers started “Free Xperia Project” trying to offer software alternatives, like CyanogenMod, for Sony devices. In his presentation “Android on Legacy Devices – Use It or Lose It,” he talks about how Android support on legacy devices is demanded by a lot of people because manufacturers rarely release Android updates. Developers and members at XDA work hard to support devices on new Android versions. Alin ponders how much should we push those devices. Is it enough to have the latest Android version booted, or do we want more? Alin and the audience talk about whether or not working to get new Android versions on old devices is worth the time. Check out the video to see what they have to say.
Finally, Sony provided one more presentation. Sony Developer Pal Szasz created the CHKBUGREPORT tool for internal needs, and then open sourced the tool for everyone’s enjoyment. In his presentation “CHKBUGREPORT: Open Source Bug Reporting Tool,” Pal talks about how the tool allows you to get good information out of bug reports. Android is the world’s most popular mobile OS, and developers need a good way to deal with bug reports. To see if this former Sony internal tool is right for you, check out this video.
Again, we want to thank Sony for attended and providing us with three excellent presentations. If you want to see more presentations or get a copy of the presentation slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.
September 24, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
We have talked about app development, Ubuntu Touch development, NFC and Firefox OS presentations from XDA:DevCon 2013. All of these presentations are of great value for developers and enthusiasts. However, there is a dark secret in your pocket: exploits. These exploits can be used for good, gaining root or unlocking. However, they can also be used for bad, such as stealing your chickens or texting curse words to your mother, or worse.
This presentation has a simple title, but the content is not simple. “Android Security Vulnerabilities and Exploits” presented by XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase. Jcase is a mobile security researcher and the developer of many Android exploits. There is great reason he is an XDA Elite Recognized Developer. Members of the forum sing his praises and OEMs curse his names.
In his presentation, Jcase talks about how the very exploits we often use to root our phones expose us and others to malicious software such as spyware, bots, keyloggers and other forms of malware. He shows past vulnerabilities in applications and firmware and how they are mitigated today. He shows off some of the tools and methods he uses in identifying vulnerabilities. Finally, he walks the audience through finding a security vulnerability and exploiting it.
If you want to see more or get a copy of the presentations slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.