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.
August 31, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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.
August 29, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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.
August 21, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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.
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.
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!
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:
Stormy Peters on Mozilla and Bringing the World’s Next 2 Billion People Online
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!
June 27, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Android has become the dominant mobile operating system. Many of us love Android, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore any new mobile OSes that may come along. What if we ignored Android when it was first released? In that spirit of support of new ideas, XDA has added forums for other OSes such as Ubuntu Touch, and we are having some discussions about Ubuntu Touch at XDA:DevCon 2013.
We already know the Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon will be discussing Building a Convergent Future With Ubuntu. But what if you want to learn how to develop for Ubuntu Touch? Is there some kind of workshop you can attend? There is!
Open Source software developer, community manager, and technology evangelist Michael Hall will be holding an Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop at XDA:DevCon 2013. Working for Canonical, maker of the popular Ubuntu operating system, and experienced in Perl, Java, PHP and Python languages and a number of desktop applications and libraries, he was responsible for promoting development of Ubuntu itself and the applications that run on it. He led projects to improve integration with Ubuntu’s flagship Unity desktop among desktop and web application and Canonical’s Skunkworks initiative, which brought in select community contributors to work on unannounced projects being developed internally.
When Ubuntu announced their plans to enter the mobile phone and tablet market and released an early preview of their SDK, Michael took a leading role in bringing it to application developers and working with Ubuntu engineers to extend and improve on the developer toolkit. He has overseen the collaborative development of a number of core applications for Ubuntu’s mobile offering, bringing community developers together with Canonical staff to plan, develop, and deliver high quality and visually stunning apps.
With all this experience in hand, he will be leading a workshop on getting started with Ubuntu Touch development. During this workshop, he will present the new Ubuntu SDK, what it has to offer mobile application developers, and how you can use it to create your own apps for Ubuntu devices of all sizes. You will be shown how to get a development environment setup, install the SDK, and where to find extra help and documentation. Finally, you will be shown step-by-step how to develop a working real-world Ubuntu Touch app, so bring your Ubuntu laptop (or VM) to code along!
June 25, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
At XDA, we get downright giddy when we see a heavily locked down device unlocked and rooted. An unlocked bootloader and rooted device opens the door for many options of custom ROMs. Without root we have no recovery, no ROMs, no kernel optimizations, and very limited other development. Most of us are guilty of just flashing away what greater minds say we need to without ever understanding what they do.
Justin Case, aka XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase, is a mobile security researcher and the developer of many of these Android exploits. He is one of these great minds, and he will be presenting at XDA:DevCon 2013. Jcase will be discussing vulnerabilities and common security shortfalls in Android applications and firmware. He will also be walking the audience through identification of a vulnerability and development of an Android root exploit.
Being one of the great minds that understands Android security, jcase knows that the very same exploits we use to root our phones expose us and others to malicious activities such as spyware, bots, keyloggers, and other forms of malware. At XDA:DevCon, jcase will discuss past vulnerabilities in applications and firmware, as well as how they are mitigated today. He will teach the audience about some of the tools and methods used in identifying vulnerabilities. Finally, he will be speaking about application and firmware security, citing and explaining common mistakes, and how we can mitigate them. To end the presentation, jcase will publish and discuss a brand new root exploit for the LG Optimus series of phones.
June 23, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The main benefit to rooting one’s Android device is the ability to run applications that are developed for root users. These applications allow you to take control of your device and do a wide variety of actions not normally permitted or possible without root access. Some of these applications allow you to take entire system-wide backups, change your devices screen density, or even alter the look and feel of your device. There is no doubt that rooting a device has many advantages.
At XDA:DevCon 2013, we are talking all about app development. Scheduled to present is XDA Elite Recognized Developer Stericson. Also known as Stephen Erickson, Stericson has been involved in the Android community since the prerelease of the T-Mobile G1, or since rc19 if we want to go in terms of Android releases. He started out learning how to create themes for Android and then he moved on to hex edits that enabled one device’s apps to work on another device. He finally moved on to developing Android applications and the RootTools library to assist others with creating applications for root users.
As a developer, creating root-enabled applications becomes trivial with the RootTools open source library. Sterison’s presentation will focus on how to use the RootTools library in order to create root applications that your users will love and appreciate.
June 21, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
I will be the first to admit that I’m cheap. When browsing the Google Play Store, an application has to do a lot and do it simply and easily for me to spend any amount of money on the app. However, I understand that developing an app takes a lot of time, effort, cursing, and knowledge; and the developer deserves to be paid. So I tolerate ads and in-app purchases.
Android is the world’s most popular mobile OS, with the Play Store growing at an incredible rate. Thousands of new apps are added daily, all trying to get a piece of the pie and turn into the next Angry Birds. What is really the best strategy to pursue to consistently generate revenue in this “free” ecosystem?
Ariel Shimoni, Director of Publisher Relations at StartApp, will be discussing this and monetization in general at XDA:DevCon 2013. He has been with StartApp for the past 2 years, handling their developer lifecycle. From lead to account and support, helping grow StartApp to over 25,000 apps and an Ad SDK downloaded over 800M times to date. Before StartApp, he spent 3 years as an account manager in the online marketing world, focusing on performance and downloadable products.
With this knowledge and skills in hand, Ariel will review some of the most popular models currently used by apps in the Play Store, like banners to icon ads. During the presentation he analyze each model and try to help you to figure out how to best match your app to the right business model for you.
June 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
From HTML to LEDs or Android to Arduino, Hardware Hacking is a pastime of many people including XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. Another hardware enthusiast is Pearl Chen. When working on something, she takes on a cross-disciplinary approach. With over 9 years of professional experience in web technologies, Pearl has a body of work that includes Facebook campaigns for Google Chrome and microsites for Nike. Pearl also tackles more unusual jobs such as modifying the guts of Nintendo Wii controllers and dynamically creating origami objects from SMS messages.
Alongside contributing to open source educational resources hosted on Github, Pearl is a published author and contributed the NFC and Open Accessory API chapters to Professional Android Sensor Programming. Pearl enjoys building tools for other educators and her goal is to raise the bar for technology education by using collaborative platforms to help construct open source curriculums and by creating engaging and effective educational user experiences.
With this impressive resume, we invited Pearl to speak at XDA:DevCon 2013. In her session, Pearl will talk about near field communications or NFC. So quit waiting for Google Wallet to come to your local retailer, or for the next rumored iPhone with built-in mobile payment to ship, because NFC is already here. This technology can be used for much more than waving your phone at the cash register. Pearl with show you some unexpected ways that NFC can be utilized on Android phones (and other NFC-enabled devices) that go beyond the checkout line.
June 17, 2013 By: jerdog
Ubuntu has become the most successful *nix distribution for a number of reasons, with perhaps the most important being community engagement. Ubuntu’s Community actively encourages participation, collaboration, and contribution; and the user community has responded well over the years.
Ubuntu has continued this tradition of working with the community with their approach to Ubuntu Touch, and the recent news that they would be actively seeking out questions from the XDA user community and having their engineers respond directly on XDA. After just one day, there were well over 100 questions. And as it stands now, there are just shy of 200 questions in slightly over one week. True to their word, Ubuntu engineers have in fact begun answering those questions in the thread. Here are a few of the most popular questions asked (and answered) so far:
Is there any plan to make a final version of ubuntu touch for nexus series?
The 13.10 release will be the first official release for the four targeted Nexus devices.
Are there plan to merge works from Meego/Harmattan community? since both are deb based?
Any works from Meego or Mer that can be leveraged would be welcome, we constantly look for existing solutions.For example the File Manager app is using a QML plugin from Mer/Nemo, which is descended from Meego.
1. Will ubuntu touch support existing android applications?
2. Will it be possible for every device to run ubuntu touch like the desktop os supporting most configurations?
3. Will my device supported for future versions of the OS or a device per OS policy?
1- Ubuntu Touch is a very different product than Android, there are common things in the plumbing but that is about it.
2- The desktop world and the device world are very different, so in practice no.
3- For minor updates I would say yes, for major updates it would probably work like in the industry (I’m not a subject matter expert to answer this one). That said, the community can take core of making sure it is.
For more answers, or to submit your questions, make sure to subscribe to the thread. And if you want to hear more about Ubuntu’s future plans, make sure to register (hint: discount link) for XDA:DevCon and hear Ubuntu’s Community Manager Jono Bacon speak about Ubuntu Unification.