August 10, 2014 By: jerdog
Some might say that the mobile marketplace is quite saturated with OEMs out there trying to make a dent. Others might also say that there are still segments which are untapped and forgotten by the larger OEMs. Marketplace newcomer Spur, a brand of Epitomical Limited, would be one of the latter. The brand represents the public face of a technology and design company that is deeply committed to inspiring both young and old, enabling education to the masses and promoting innovation. Their desire is to deliver Smartphones, Tablets and accessories at a fraction of the cost of the market while still bringing a full service offering to their customers.
Inspired by the maker movement, Epitomical was born in April, 2012 in an effort to build products and services that would seek to achieve our goals through technology, design and operational innovation. Our long-term goals are to focus on rapidly advancing technologies that have a broad potential scope as well as the prospects to bring about significant economic value. With billions yet to be connected to the World Wide Web, trillions in economic value and immeasurable social impact to be created, we believe that we have endless opportunities to add value in the years to come.
We are excited to have such a young, energetic and ambitious company at xda:devcon ’14. If you don’t already have your tickets, make sure you head to xda:devcon ’14 and get your tickets now before they’re all gone.
Here at XDA, we enjoy seeing new companies enter the mobile world, and even more so when they desire to reach out to the development community. Epson, the long-time printer company, recently released the world’s first app-enabled label printer, the Labelworks LW-600P. Compatible with a variety of unique tapes (glow-in-the-dark, satin ribbon, iron-on, fluorescent, cable wrap, polka dot, and more), the LW-600P opens up a world of label-making possibilities that go beyond simple adhesive labels.
In addition to the hardware, Epson also has launched a developer’s program allowing for the creation of third-party apps to enhance the experience of the LW-600P for any label making need. The Epson Developer program provides access to the LabelWorks SDK allowing developers to easily modify their existing applications to interface with LabelWorks label printers or to create new applications for the LabelWorks platform. We are glad to have them as a sponsor at xda:devcon ’14 and they’ll be sending along some devices to hand out at the conference. If you don’t already have your tickets, make sure you head to xda:devcon ’14 and get your tickets now before they’re all gone.
Ubuntu, founded in 2004, has a long heritage as the most popular Linux desktop and cloud platform in the world, but in early 2013 they announced their foray into the mobile platform, followed quickly by their announcement of Ubuntu Touch. While it’s been a long road, Ubuntu has committed themselves to delivering on this platform with the plan to create a single, convergent Operating System that works across phones, tablets, TVs, and desktops. We were excited to have them sponsor xda:devcon ’13, and are ecstatic to have them back for xda:devcon ’14.
Ubuntu will be leading a few sessions on Ubuntu Touch as well as a workshop devoted to developing apps for Ubuntu Touch. When asked about their interest in continuing to support XDA and xda:devcon, Ubuntu’s Community Manager Daniel Holbach had this to say:
Ever since Ubuntu for devices was first announced, we were thrilled from all the feedback, great ideas, patches and ports we received from XDA community members. XDA’s community is a vibrant place, and we’re really proud of the great relationship we’ve grown together. Sponsoring xda:devcon was an obvious thing to do for us, and we are delighted to be supporting such a great event.
We are excited to have them back and look forward to hearing what they have to say, with their session information soon to follow. If you don’t already have your tickets, make sure you head to xda:devcon ’14 and get your tickets now before they’re all gone.
August 1, 2014 By: jerdog
Over the years, much has been made about MediaTek not being open to the development community and not adhering to the GPLv2 requirements with regards to the Linux kernel. Recently, MediaTek has come around to understand that the development community has a wealth of resources to help an OEM grow and better their products, and their recent announcement that they were going to be opening up was a welcome bit of news.
In their continued endeavor to embrace the community, we are pleased to announce that MediaTek is sponsoring xda:devcon ’14 as a Senior Recognized Sponsor. Xda:devcon ’14 is being held in Manchester, UK on September 26-28. MediaTek will have information around their cutting-edge Systems-on-Chip (SoC) for Wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smartphones, feature phones, tablets, HDTV, DVD, and Blu-ray. They will also be hosting sessions around their development platform and MediaTek LinkIt.
LinkIt is a new operating system designed for Wearables and IoT devices that can connect to other smart devices or directly to cloud applications and services. The LinkIt Development Platform makes it easy for developers and makers to prototype wearable and IoT devices and associated apps.
If you haven’t already got your ticket for xda:devcon ’14, make sure to get yours before they’re gone!
This year’s xda:devcon 2014 is certainly shaping up to include plenty of discussions about wearables. And why not? Wearables are a big topic right now, and developers are looking into how to develop for this platform.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker who will be at xda:devcon ’14. A published author and researcher who has been developing wearable projects for the past 5 years together with his friends and colleagues at Malmö University and Aarhus University, Andreas Göransson will be talking software development. During the day he teaches computer related courses to both engineering and design students at Malmö University and during the evening he solves programming problems of various kinds. He is interested in open source projects and gets involved when he has a chance.
Göransson offers up an excellent presentation talking about software development using software development kits. This time wearables will be the focus. Wearable computing is a concept that has grown popular the recent years with devices such as interactive glasses, lifelogging cameras, smartwatches, wearable sensors, and more. Since Google IO 2014, many more SDKs are available to play with, if you’re interested in the new Wear SDK this session is for you. This talk will cover SDK development including notifications, apps, design, and more.
July 26, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Our international xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28 will, like the XDA forums, focus on more than just Android and phones. We’ve got a couple presentations that cover Wearables and Android Wear. Of course, software isn’t the only thing you can develop in the mobile sphere.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker that will be at xda:devcon ’14. Shane Francis is an Android and technology fanatic who finished his computer science degree just over a year ago. Having been involved with multiple community driven projects–such as CyanogenMod–as hobbies has driven him to expand his interests into many different fields. Electronics and robotics are another interest of his. This extends to projects such as building robots and quadcopters in his spare time. Combining his interests for the field is recipe for an interesting presentation.
At xda:devcon ’14 Francis offers up an excellent presentation talking about the many, often unusual, things you can do with an Android device. This time robotics will be the focus. Have you ever looked at your Android phone or tablet and think, “What if this thing had wheels, arms or a nerf gun?” Entitled “Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My!” Shane will be looking at how well Android devices are suited at being the brains behind robotics and some insights into creating a robotic platform based around any Android device. As well as an overview on how computer vision libraries, such as openCV, perform on the last few generations of Android devices. So if you welcome our Android Robotic Overloads, this presentation is for you.
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.
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.
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, we had a great presentation 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 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!