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Top Articles of 2010
A lot has happened on this 2010, and because the end of the year is upon us, the News Writer team has selected some articles based on the impact and their importance in the mobile world. We have all marked which articles were selected based on personal choice. We hope you enjoy them!
From 1000 daily visitors in 2003 to 10000 in 2010
2010 Number of visitors to our Portal over the past few months:
Dec (est): 4.4 – 4.5
(numbers are in millions)
XDA Portal is a few months away from being 1 year old and we have grown, thanks to all members.
Portal Admin & Sr Moderator
At some point in time, Android became a force to be reckoned, so our developers decided to give people the gift of XDA mobility. Talpatalk technology had proven quite successful for the iPhone and even some other forums around the web that were included in the Android version. The app has grown quite a bit over the last few months and a large number of our members actually use it for their everyday XDA-ing needs. There are future improvements that are in the works, so this is bound to get better and better as time goes by.
If you are an Android owner, and love to visit XDA on a daily basis, you need to have this app. It is free in the market.
Porting stuff to devices not meant for it is one of our community’s cornerstones, and we couldn’t be happier with one of this years’ most successful ports. The Android and Linux ports for the HD2 are quite possibly the pinnacle of evolution for one of the best devices to ever come out HTC’s door. The port started out quite buggy, but the team of developers who worked tirelessly on this ended up with a very good and stable quasi-final product. Quasi? Yup, the ports for the HD2 are yet to be final as new versions of Android continue to pop out in the open, with the latest being Gingerbread (already in the works). Also, keep in mind that the NAND flash is in the process of being finalized, so this is far from done.
XDA News Writer
The Android Releases in 2010: Froyo & Gingerbread
This year, Google released two new Android updates, both in the 2.0 series. Their selling statistics kept growing, and a lot of new Android-running handsets were being released. Apple finally started to get a little nervous about the competition – resulting in a patent war between Apple and many other companies. Okay, let’s talk a bit more about the Android releases. In May, Google released Android 2.2 Froyo.
The major selling point of 2.2 Froyo was the speed. The Nexus One was the first phone to receive the update, and the speed improvement was huge. Adobe Flash 10.1 was finally available – Jobs wasn’t really happy with it we guess – and WiFi tethering support was added to the operating system. The overall user experience was just a lot better. Android became a full-grown mobile OS and a true competitor.
Then October 11th, Microsoft finally released their response to Froyo and iOS 4.0: Windows Phone 7. Time for Google to work hard on a new update. To fit the alphabetical order of the names of the updates, they decided to call it Gingerbread. At first, rumors told us that it was going to be a major update (perhaps 3.0) with a completely redesigned OS and many new features. Some recent leaks however disappointed many people, because almost nothing seemed to have changed.
Luckily it wasn’t that bad and there were some pretty good improvements. The power management got improved, and the multitouch keyboard was redesigned. Some technical enhancements made it possible to boot Gingerbread much faster than previous versions. Yet, most of the rumored enhancements seem to be reserved for the next update rumored in Q1 of 2011: Honeycomb.
After years of waiting, the new mobile OS from Microsoft finally came out; Windows Phone 7 would replace Windows Mobile in the smartphone market.
While many people were eagerly waiting for this OS, the release would be the start of the decrease in Windows Mobile development – the user base would switch over to Windows Phone 7.
I personally think that it won’t take long before all Windows Mobile development stops – and the name “xda-developers” will be nothing more than a reminder of the old Windows Mobile developer community.
XDA News Writer/HTC Shift/Universal Forum Mod
No doubt one of the most important successes in 2010 was that the new XDA administration team decided to include non hTC devices. That event marked a very important moment in the site’s 8 years history. XDA is recognized as a reference point on the mobile world from all sites in the entire WWW
Our former forum administrator on that time was our dear and always well remembered Flar, who wrote about this on the fresh new XDA Portal one of the first articles.
Another great news of this year was about the new Microsoft operating system WP7, it was unlocked so now experimental or non-MS approved applications can be installed. This fact that lasted just a few days before it was shut down, marked the first step on all side developing that is floating around. Now, we even have the possibility of having custom WP7 ROM´s. This will result with having it ported to other non WP7 older phones sooner or later.
The Best XDA devices of 2010
And last but not least is the yearly poll we use to know what members preferences are. As this is the first year with non hTC devices having a home in XDA, we introduced a second sister poll including all that models as well. The results will give you a true useful guide when the time to upgrade your device arrives.
XDA News Writer
Ubuntu on Android and Android on PC
Everyone is always interested to see an OS running on other non-native platforms. It’s just the satisfaction of being able to port or emulate successfully – and this year we got to see these two.
Instructions were already up for the Samsung Epic, but XDA member dviera88 decided to take the plunge himself and try it on his Galaxy Tab. Guess what? It was a success!
Another successful hack – following instructions found on the internet, XDA member apristel managed to get Android up and running on his PC. No install to the hard drive is necessary to get this working so your current OS remains in tact.
The Advent Of One-Click Tools
This year has seen rooting and modding made much easier with the development of ‘One-Click’ tools.
Made popular due to the well know lag issues experienced on the Samsung Galaxy S range, XDA member RyanZA put together a tool to help users through this – also known as ‘OLCF’. Since release, there have been more variants released and also by other members, with the original thread still going strong at 121 pages.
If releasing the OLCF wasn’t enough, RyanZA then went on to write a One-Click rooting tool – applicable to all Android devices! The difference with this rooting tool is that nothing on disk is changed besides the root binaries so if something should go wrong, a simple reboot should fix up any issue. The tool is also compatible with permanent root for an impressive list of devices with the latest version having been downloaded 62663 times!
Mozart / Eris / Hero G2 Touch / G1/ WM Soft Dev / Forum Mod, News Writer
This story was exclusive to XDA and although the pictures were blurry it was a lot of fun to write and follow its growth across the web. We saw early pictures from a real Nexus S, the only shots we had seen before were from Eric Schmidt’s phone at the Web 2.0 Summit. In order to write this story I literally had to run a few miles in the snow.
This story showed the true roots of XDA from the early 2000’s to the present day community. XDA isn’t your average forum, this forum shows true development skills and projects. It started from a few people wanting to do more with their smart phones and has now blossomed into a community with more than 3,000,000 Members.
We hope that you have enjoyed this summary of this year. Thanks to all of our members for their continued support and we will only tell you that if you liked XDA during 2010, you will absolutely love it on 2011.
The News Writer Team
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