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xda-developers: The History -Part Two-
After XDA hit the ground running, it didn’t take long for us to make our first breakthroughs and become the first in the smartphone scene to have a site as unique as xda-developers.
As the population started growing on the site, we soon saw more development of ROMs and apps for Windows CE and Windows Mobile devices. This type of development was never done before as apps were locked by the manufacturer and carriers. Along the way, we have seen some great projects and things come out of XDA that is truly what the spirit behind the site is. Not far behind, was the addition of XDA’s first non-htc device along with other additions such as Android. These changes were all made in 2009. As quoted from a quick interview with xda-developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire:
“The key to XDA’s continued success has been the addition of new devices and OS’s, which have broadened the community and united it all under one roof where people can collaborate and develop many great things for their smartphones.”
Some of the new things that have been part of these additions were:
- Android on Windows Mobile Phones – Development
- Android Rom Development and Customization
- Android Rooting
And with all this activity, it sure hasn’t been hard to write stories on such development.
If you haven’t been around long on XDA then you may have not noticed the big increase in users. XDA now grows at a rate of roughly 3,000-5,000 new users a day. The site also has a constant 10,000 users online on average at any given time. With so many new devices and users, there is a lot of content that comes out of XDA. Everyday it seems there is a new ROM, application, or tweak that a user has made.
Part of keeping the site the way it is, is because of the dedicated staff that works the forums and the behind the scenes operations. We have Administrators, Senior Moderators, Forum Specific Moderators, and of course the News Writers. We all work tirelessly to make sure the users are behaving, some of you may not like us for our actions but we have lots of responsibilities. Since there are 2.8 Million users and only about 100 moderators, that is a ratio of 1 moderator for every 28,000 users. As of this last Summer XDA has implemented a new moderation system designating some moderators to forums and others to a more general area. Keep in mind that all moderators are non-paid volunteers who dedicate countless hours to make sure the site runs smooth and isn’t in a total chaos.
So far, we have only been inclusive to Android and Win Mo OS’s. Recently, XDA admins Svetius and Arbre announced the addition of iphone-developers.com to the XDA family. The site is up and running in beta and hopefully we will see some great development come from the Apple side of development and more openness with this OS. We may also see an addition of other OS’s down the road depending on their popularity and development possibilities. When Android was introduced, we became a major benefactor to the OS and we hope to see this happen again with another mobile platforms.
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