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svetius

I'm the head administrator of XDA. Some might call me a phone addict, but I like to define myself as a phone enthusiast. I'm currently using the OnePlus 8 Pro, Galaxy Z Fold2, and Note 20 Ultra. I switch depending on circumstances. Feel free to PM me in the forums with any site-related or phone questions.

Tell Us Why Your Phone Needs a Kickstand! Win a Revolution Case from Poetic and a Nexus 6P

Back in the day, some manufacturers (we're lookin' at you, HTC and Motorola) experimented with adding a kickstand directly into the construction of some phones. This was because phone screen sizes were exploding (to a whopping 4.3" if you consider the HTC EVO 4G and Motorola Photon) and adding a built-in stand could make video watching...

Create Your Own Forum on XDA

Historically, adding a forum on XDA has been decided by having our intern spin around in an office chair, blindfolded, throwing darts at a board. Actually, we add forums based on which devices we think will have strong community support. We don't get it right 100% of the time, but a lot of the time, just...

XDA and LeaseWeb: Win Free VPS/Dedicated Server Trial and Huawei Watch

As you might recall, XDA relies on hosting infracturer from LeaseWeb to power our forums. We picked them as our hosting provider because they were able to provide a highly custom solution that meets our demanding needs. From the time your HTTP request hits our load balancer to when it's handled by one of our...

XDA No Longer Recommends Dev-Host

2019 Edit: The domain that Dev-Host was using is now serving up spammy ads and no longer offering those files for download. In order to combat that nuisance to the internet, we have replaced all links to Dev-Host with a redirect to this page. Check with the original poster to see if they can re-upload...

The Intricate and Beautiful World of Material Design

Material Design is a comprehensive design specification that encompasses more than just how things look in Android. It expresses how things should react, move, and be organized based on certain key principles that are specified by Google. Here's a look at how it all works and comes together to provide one of the most beautiful and...

Cool Things to Do with My Old Android Device?

Many of us have older Android handsets around that are well past their glory days, but that doesn't mean you can't put them to good use. Let us know some of your favorite ways to keep your aging devices alive.

Welcome to the New XDA Homepage

About a week ago we made some major changes to the XDA homepage, which we've always called the "Portal." A corner of the site that historically has been reserved to bring you the latest happening from the XDA forums, the new XDA Home goes a step beyond that by bringing a variety of new content types...

AirDroid 3 Beta Preview – Win a Year of AirDroid Premium! [Update]

Update!: We've chosen the winners of the contest. They are: petzku, Androidshek, mascaliente, damir1, nicopizza, dagoban, cretu01, JDLion, trusselo, mohfreestyl. These users will be contacted via XDA PM shortly with a code to unlock AirDroid premium. Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest, and thanks to AirDroid for the codes! It's the little...

XDA and Leaseweb: Server Trial/Moto 360 Contest (Winners!)

About a month ago, we held a contest along with XDA's host, Leaseweb, to give away a handful of server trials along with a Moto 360 (as the grand prize). To win, participants had to describe how they would use hosting services from Leaseweb as it relates to developing for Android. The best answer came...

XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Now Live!

We've been working for a full six months, and today our forum redesign goes live. We'll still be working through small bugs over the next few weeks, but we're finally ready for prime time. The "2015" template is quantifiably faster and just all-around better than the old design. We've reduced unnecessary clutter, optimized the code,...

XDA and LeaseWeb: Win Free Server Trial and Moto 360

As you might recall from a previous Behind the Scenes article we wrote, XDA's complex server infrastructure is hosted by LeaseWeb. It is thanks to them that we're able to keep our forums fast and reliable despite the huge volume of traffic we experience each day and the many terabytes of files and images we host. We were...

Free CodeSchool From New Relic [Sponsored]

New Relic is currently incentivizing new customers with three free months of Code School classes. But really, the bribe shouldn't be necessary. We know, this sounds like the type of hyped-up pitch you might hear on a bad infomercial, but here at XDA, New Relic APM has completely revolutionized our ability to debug application processes, allowing us...