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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!

 

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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!

 

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XDA DevCon

xdadevcontwitterv3Last 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.

XDA DevCon

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 26-28We 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:

  • ALL INCLUSIVE Conference Admission - £225.00 (before 1 July)£250.00 (after 1 July)
    • Friday and Saturday night stay at the Radisson Park Hotel (conference venue)
    • 20% Overall Discount
    • Evening Reception – Friday
    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – Saturday
    • Breakfast & Lunch – Sunday
    • Full Conference and Exhibit Hall access
    • Subject to availability
  • Full Conference Admission - £75.00 (before 1 July)£100.00 (after 1 July)
    • Evening Reception – Friday
    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – Saturday
    • Breakfast & Lunch – Sunday
    • Full Conference and Exhibit Hall access
    • ** HOTEL NOT INCLUDED – WILL HAVE DISCOUNTED RATES SOON **
  • Single Day Pass
    • Single Day Admission (Saturday or Sunday)
    • Lunch covered
    • Exhibit Hall Access

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.

Mobile MidWest

Mobile MidWestWhen 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:

  • Christy Wyatt – CEO, Good Technology
  • Steve Huffman – Co-Founder, Hipmunk / Co-Founder, Reddit
  • Matt Galligan – Co-Founder & CEO – Circa
  • Ben Milne – CEO & Co-Founder, Dwolla
  • Raj Singh – CEO & Founder, TempoAI
  • Suneet Singh Tuli – CEO & Founder, Datawind
  • Dr. David Albert – Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, AliveCor

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.

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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.

Root

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.

NFC

The past few articles featuring some presentations from the recent XDA:DevCon 2013 have focused on operating systems and app development. From great app development presentations to Ubuntu Touch development and even a Firefox OS presentation, these topics were thoroughly covered. However, that doesn’t mean that we forgot about the hardware.

Our next presentation was given by the NFC lady, Pearl Chen. Pearl is known for educating people about many different topics, from web development to Arduino and NFC.  Pearl is a published author and contributed to the NFC and Open Accessory API chapters of Professional Android Sensor Programming published by Wrox.

In her presentation “NFC: Thinking Creatively Beyond Mobile Payments,” Pearl talks about how near field communications (NFC) is already here. This is even though the iPhone doesn’t have it, so the main stream media thinks it doesn’t exist. This technology can be used for much more than waving your phone at the cash register. In this presentation, Pearl leads you though an NFC journey to discover some unexpected ways that NFC can be used on Android phones that go beyond the checkout line. Find out interesting ways you can use NFC in your next app or in your everyday life, and check out the video.

If you want to see more or get a copy of the presentations slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.

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We have already talked about the future of Ubuntu, as presented by Jono Bacon and Michael Hall from XDA:DevCon 2013. However, Ubuntu isn’t the only startup mobile operating system that was discussed at XDA:DevCon 2013. There is a scrappy competitor that told their story and plan.

The presentation was given by Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla, Stormy Peters.  Stormy is known for educating companies and communities on how the web and open source software is changing the software industry. In her presentation “Bringing the World’s Next 2 Billion People Online,” Stormy talks about the developing world’s path to the Internet being different than those 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.

So rather than take on the Google giant of Android, Mozilla is focusing on creating an open source mobile operating system that can work well on devices without constant Internet connections and large piles of cash. Firefox OS is poised to be a big hit in the developing countries. Check out this video to find out what developers can do to ride this wave.

If you want to see more visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.

Root

We’ve already talked about four great app development presentations, including Ubuntu Touch development from XDA:DevCon 2013. However, the presentations from Mark Murphy, Daniel Nazer, Ariel Shimoni and Michael Hall were not the only app development presentation at XDA:DevCon 2013, and this one is especially close to XDA’s heart.

The presentation was given by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Stericson. Being involved in the Android community since the pre-release of the T-Mobile G1, He started out learning how to create themes for Android. Stericson developed Android applications and the RootTools library to assist others with creating applications for root users. These were discussed in his presentation “Root Application Development with the RootTools Library.” As a developer, creating root applications for rooted users becomes extremely trivial with the RootTools open source library. Stericson focused on how to use the RootTools Library in order to create root applications that your users will love and appreciate.

If you want to see more or get a copy of the presentations slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.

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Continuing our little jaunt in the presentations we recorded and uploaded for your enjoyment from XDA:DevCon 2013, we present some great footage covering presentations from Ubuntu. As we all know, Ubuntu has been working hard to get Ubuntu on to mobile devices. They even had a failed Indiegogo campaign to make a device. The Indiegogo campaign is referenced in the video because this was recorded while the campaign was still ongoing.

The first presentation was from Ubuntu’s own Community Manager Jono Bacon. As the Ubuntu Community Manager, Jono is leading a team that grows, inspires, and enthuses the global Ubuntu community—a community numbering the hundreds of thousands. In his presentation “Building a Convergent Future With Ubuntu,” Jono talks about what Canonical and Ubuntu’s vision is for the future of computing. By having Ubuntu on your phone, tablet, and computer; they strive to have you be able to be productive no matter where you are. Start a document on one device and pick up the completion on another. Ubuntu isn’t afraid of the obstacles against them. When asked “Why would you go up against Android,” they often reply, “Think about the mobile device landscape over 5 years ago, Blackberry was huge and Android was just starting.” To hear more about Ubuntu’s vision for the future, check out the video.

Ubuntu realizes that even with the most fine-tuned mobile operating system with many great features and facets, your ecosystems needs apps. So to help grow the app selection, Ubuntu employee and coding addict Michael Hall presented the “Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop.” Michael is an open source software developer, community manager, and technology evangelist. He has extensive experience in developing desktop and web-based software in a large variety of languages and frameworks, and contributes to a number of open source projects and communities. He is ideally suited to talk about the features and benefits of Ubuntu Touch. Additionally, he creates an app for Ubuntu Touch and demonstrates how anyone can create an app themselves, or add-on to his app in the spirit of open source.

If you want to see more or get a copy of the presentations slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.

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It’s been over a month since XDA:DevCon 2013 took place.  It’s been 2 weeks since we’ve uploaded some of the presentations to YouTube. There were many different presentations and some of the best presentations offered advice and good programming ideas to help app developers.

The first presentation was from Commonsware Founder, Mark Murphy. Mark is the author of “The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development,” and is active in supporting the Android developer community. In his presentation “Plugin Architectures for Android,” Mark talked about how the best way to expand the capabilities of your app without impacting core functionality is to build plugins and make your app plugin-capable. This allows the main app to be more secure, request less permissions, be smaller and other great advantages. To learn more, check out the video.

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We’ve already seen XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talk to our Senior Sponsors. Also, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxed the Oppo Find Mirror (R819) the XDA way live at XDA:DevCon. Then after he got home, AdamOutler did an XDA Unboxing of his swag from the XDA:DevCon.

As we said on Thursday, XDA:DevCon would not have happened without the help of our excellent sponsors. While at the event, Jordan took some time to chat with one of our largest sponsors: the developer friendly manufacture Oppo. They talked about why they got involved with DevCon and spoke of the future with developers and Oppo. Pull up a chair and check out what they had to say.

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