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XDA Interview with Chef NRGZ28

For those of you that are not familiar with the work of NRGZ28, he is one of the most active chefs at XDA and lately (over a year or so) has increased the quantity and quality of his ROMs, which are of the Energy Series. His ROMs cover many devices including: Leo, Rhodium, Topaz, Raphael, and more.

Through this interview, we shall learn more about NRGZ28, that recently also has become a Moderator.

orb3000: Hi NRGZ28, I know I am taking your precious time so I appreciate a lot for agreeing to this interview. First, how did you get started in the gadgets/mobile/devices world?

NRGZ28: I’ve loved gadgets every since I was a little kid. Phones… a few years ago. Windows Mobile phones ? Around 2007 or so.

orb3000: XDA has played a very important role in all our lives. How would you describe your personal experience at XDA?

NRGZ28: XDA-Developers is THE site to go for anything related to Windows Mobile [and now Android]. It’s a invaluable resource that HTC and Microsoft should use more to their advantage. Although nobody can say they aren’t already doing that.

For me personally, XDA has been like a drug. Once you have a little, you can’t stop.

orb3000: What is what moves you to cook ROMs?

NRGZ28: The excitement to play with new apps, mods, builds. Everytime a new build comes down the pipe with new software in it, I’m like a kid in a candy store. And of course… I have to share that with everyone else that uses my ROMs :)

orb3000: You cook for so many different devices, what are the most important challenges you face?

NRGZ28: The most important challenge is, of course, keeping up with all the threads and the sheer amount of posts they all get daily. I most rely on the automated reply emails XDA sends me.

orb3000: Your Energy ROM thread in Rhodium section has almost 2 million views and is (I dare to say) the most visited thread at XDA. Talking a little bit about numbers, which are impressive for sure, tell us about the number of downloads you have per month, what is the most downloaded ROM?

NRGZ28: The most downloaded ROM has be the Blackstone series of ROMs. The HD2 comes in as a close second and third would be the Rhodium. The Touch Pro ROMs used to be most downloaded, but I would guess most people now moved to the newer, faster WVGA devices.

orb3000: You are used to receive tons of PMs, e-mails, Twitter messages, etc. asking you to include something on your next ROM, fixing this and that, but what would NRGZ28 ask of your fans?

NRGZ28: Enjoy the ROMs as delivered and customize them as you see fit. After all, that’s why there’s Salt, Pepper and sauces on every restaurant table, right ? For you to personalize your food to your taste after the chefs cooks it for you.

orb3000: What are your plans on short term? We can see you cook a ROM at least once per week (I know I´m too short on the estimate). What is what you are working into this days? Any preview you want to share with us?

NRGZ28: I’m working on also providing stock-looking, lean ROMs, such as the ROMs provided by other chefs like Dutty and Miri. That will be a while though as it requires a major restructuring of my kitchen :)

orb3000: Continuing into the future, what are the plans for NRGZ28 on a mid/long term? Are you planning to work with WP7? If so, what are the challenges you see coming?

NRGZ28: We’ll see what happens with WP7 when it comes out or at least when we’ll have hardware for it to play with. The biggest challenge would be “unlocking” the customizing potential of WP7 through custom ROMs of course. We’ll see… :)

Well NRGZ28, thank you very much for giving this interview, I know people will think, let him go back to Cook!, so congratulations for your fantastic contribution to mobile world, I am sure you will have a special place among those who opened new possibilities and challenges.

If you’d like to ask NRGZ28 a question, feel free to leave it in a comment below, and we’ll include it in part two of this interview, coming soon!

If you’re a developer/chef that wants to be interviewed, please send me a PM.

Thumbnail art by [ElCondor]

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