CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of factory images for the YU Yureka and be sure to check out the article talking about Microsoft investing in Cyanogen, Inc! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...
XDA Makes Swappa Its Official Marketplace
XDA shut down the Marketplace forums several months ago, and since then we’ve been seeking a better alternative for our members to buy and sell phones and tablets. After an extensive search we’ve finally found the perfect replacement for the marketplace and simply a better way to buy and sell mobile devices: Swappa.
Swappa has been around for several years and has a top-notch reputation for customer service; Swappa staff is involved with each and every transaction. There are strict rules to ensure device quality and buyer safety. Prices are good and listing is easy. It’s an amazing purpose-built platform.
Over the years, Swappa has been an amazing advocate of and resource for the Android user community. Developers use it to find inexpensive phones for testing. Members use it to keep device obsessions affordable. It’s a cheaper, better alternative to The Trading Site Which Shall Not Be Named. And we think that’s a good thing to support.
There are three components to the partnership:
1. You can now sign in to Swappa with your XDA username and password
2. You are permitted to link to a device you have listed on Swappa in your XDA signature (one device at a time only)
3. Over the next few months you’ll notice some further Swappa integration on XDA. We’re still deciding exactly what that will entail
Thousands of devices have been bought and sold on the Swappa platform but it took years to get there. The key to marketplace survival is lots of buyers and lots of sellers. Profound, I know. But all you need to do to keep this amazing resource alive is to use it. So, go list your old device. Buy used!
As a bit of an FYI, listing on Swappa is free. Buyers are charged $10 per successful sale (the fee is automatically added to the price of the device when it’s posted). One thing we learned when running XDA Marketplace is that there’s lots of work involved in moderating device transactions. Try Swappa once, and we think you will agree the 10 bucks is worth it.
Now check out Swappa!
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