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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.

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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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XDA:DevCon has come and gone. We’ve already seen XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan talk about his experience at XDA:DevCon. Later, 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 much fun as was had by all those in attendance, and as awesome as all the presenters were, XDA:DevCon would not have happened without the help of our excellent sponsors. While at the event, Jordan took some time to chat with some of our Senior Sponsors. Pull up a chair and check out what they had to say.

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If you caught yesterday’s video, you saw XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s teardown of the Oppo Find Mirror (R819) while at this year’s XDA:DevCon. Well, AdamOutler didn’t just teardown the Oppo. He attended presentations and talked with exhibitors and sponsors of the event.

In this episode, AdamOutler shows off all the good conference swag he got at XDA:DevCon. From Devices to trinkets to business cards; it’s all there. If you wanted to know what kind of cool stuff you missed by not attending or want to compare his loot with yours if you did attend, check out this video.

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So it’s been a week  since XDA:DevCon 13 passed, and I am still blown away by the excitement, energy, and community that flowed out of the event. With top-notch speakers and sponsors giving their all, and a hotel staff that was committed to making sure everything went smoothly, there was hardly a chance for Uncle Murphy (the bad luck icon, not our amazing opening speaker Mark Murphy) to make an appearance.

Going into this event I didn’t know what to expect—much like when you and your significant other find yourselves expecting a child, you spend months planning something, but you still don’t know what is really in store. Is it going to come out looking like this or more like this?

So many exciting things happened, some of which XDA TV Producer Jordan Keyes spoke about in his recap last week, while others will probably never see the light of day (but have something to do with a dancing video bomb, crazy developer drink shots, and a dancing penguin, to name a few). One thing’s for certain though: without the support of the XDA community, and willingness to take a risk and show up to a new conference, this would have never been a success. Also, a big thanks goes out to XDA Staff, Sponsors, and Speakers who made it possible for this baby to be born.

It’s with that in mind that I want to give a shout out to those sponsors below. Without each and every one of them, XDA:DevCon would not have had the amazing giveaways and allow us the ability to serve amazing food during the conference. We thank you for your commitment and willingness to join us at our first ever developer conference.

Elite Sponsors

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Sony Mobile

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Oppo

Senior Sponsors

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Startapp

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Ubuntu

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cPanel

Junior Sponsors

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Swappa

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CommonsWare

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Qualcomm

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HTC

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Sphero

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This last weekend the very first XDA:DevCon, which took place in Miami, Florida. There were many people there, and lots of learning and fun was had. Numerous sponsors, speakers, and people were there taking part in the festivities.

However, we know that not everyone could make it, so XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan attended and took some video and pictures of the event. Jordan talks about his experience at the event. He shows off his video and pictures. If you want to see what you missed, check out this video!

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XDA:DevCon 2013 Has Sold Out!

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What began as a pitch and discussion around a table at an Olive Garden after Hurricane Sandy is almost a reality. With all of our tickets sold, great sponsors finalized, killer giveaways, and amazing speakers lined up, we are running full tilt towards XDA:DevCon 2013 next weekend (Aug 9-11) in Miami, FL. Here’s a full list of what we have in store:

Saturday, August 10

Mark Murphy on Plugin Architectures for Android

Karl-Johan Dahlstrom and Johan Redestig on How Sony Supports and Works With Independent Developers

Jason Ostrander on Connecting Android Apps to REST Interfaces

Leon Farasati on Using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to your Advantage

Jono Bacon on Building a Convergent Future With Ubuntu

Daniel Nazer from the EFF on Patent Trolls vs. App Developers

Bjorn Andersson on A Walk in the Kernel Park

Michael Hall with an Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop

Sunday, August 11

Stephen Erickson on Root Application Development With The RootTools Library

Pearl Chen on NFC: Thinking Creatively Beyond Mobile Payments

Ariel Shimoni on Monetization: Making Money From Your Free Android App

Stormy Peters on Mozilla and Bringing the World’s Next 2 Billion People Online

Justin Case on Android Security Vulnerabilities and Exploits

Rick Schwartz on Maximize App Power Usage and Performance with New Software and Hardware Tools

Alin Jerpelea on Android on Legacy Devices – Use It or Lose It?

While we won’t be offering a live stream of the event, we will be recording the sessions in HD and will make them available after the event for your viewing (and learning) pleasure. Thank you to all of the sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and staff who have helped to get us to where we are. We can’t wait to see the result next week!

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