OPEN SOURCE Posts on XDA

GitHub Declares Every Friday Open Source Day And Wants You to Take Part

GitHub is home to many open-source development projects, a lot of which are featured on XDA. The service wants more people to contribute to open-source projects with a new initiative called Open Source Friday. In a nutshell, GitHub will be encouraging companies to allow their employees to work on open-source projects at the end of...

Google Releases Blockly 1.0 for Android and iOS

Over the years, Google has released many open-sourced projects to aid developers in coding for their platforms. One such project is called Blockly, an open source library for building drag-and-drop visual editors for a multitude of programming languages. With the Blockly library, it uses a visual set of interlocking blocks that you can drag and...

HyperTrack Open Sources its Live Location Sharing App

HyperTrack, the company behind the eponymous live location sharing framework has open sourced its app to demonstrate the capabilities of their location stack and let developers experiment while also showcasing real world usage. HyperTrack Live is simple in concept. Select share location to send a URL via your preferred communication app, which will allow the recipients to view your live...

US District Court Rules GNU GPL is an Enforceable Contract

The history of open source is long and full of legal questions. The first version of the General Public License, which is one of the most common licenses, was published in February 1989. Since then, it has been widely used in free and open-source software (FOSS) and commercial products. Possibly the most famous GPL project...

Anyone Can GitHub: Get started with File Hosting

This community is primarily focused on Android enthusiasts, but without the support of developers and their contributions the community would cease to exist. We would just become another "fanboy club." As a member of our community, you might already be aware of what GitHub is, how it works, and what functionality it offers. However, acknowledging the fact that...

The Linux Foundation Offers Free Open Source Licensing Course: “Compliance Basics for Developers”

Open Source has grown from a mere idea to a philosophy that drives some of the most crucial innovations around the world. The concept of reviewing code made by others, introducing your own changes, and then distributing the code back to the community creates a feedback loop that helps individual developers accomplish much more as a...

Free Software Foundation lists a Free Phone OS as a Top Priority for 2017

At XDA-Developers, we value and encourage original development efforts of all kinds. While we won't get into the debate over the merits of open source software versus closed source, we do recognize the desire for many users to run their devices on software they know is open for public scrutiny. When we discuss open source...

XDA Spotlight: Living on the Bleeding Edge with Chromium Auto Updater

Back in October of 2015, developers started compiling the first builds of Chromium optimized for Snapdragon devices. Popularly known as "CAF Chromium" builds (named after the Code Aurora Forums where the source code originated), these open source derivatives of Chromium quickly began proliferating the net. Soon, there were dozens of CAF Chromium based builds available...

Marclay Displays Landscape Videos Behind Your Notifications on Android TV

Android Experiments is Google's way of highlighting applications that have interesting and unique features. We've seen projects like a VR-style camera using just the hardware in your smartphone, a project to lock people out of their phones so you can enjoy a family meal in peace, and even a tic-tac-toe game that used a 3x3x3 cube...

XDA Spotlight: Abusive Gym Reminder, an Open-Source App that Yells at you if you don’t Workout

Do you like being yelled at? Are army training boot camps your idea of a good time? Does being screamed at make you more motivated? Then we have have just the app for you. Say hello to the open-source Abusive Gym Reminder. This is an an application whose sole purpose is to send you abusive notifications everyday...

Xiaomi Releases Kernel Sources for Redmi 3S/Prime/X

Xiaomi, an OEM not exactly revered for their GPL compliance, has now released the kernel sources for the Redmi 3S, Prime and X on GitHub. The company has been known in the past for being lax when it comes to the timely release of source code under GPLv2, which is a common occurrence among various OEMs. While releasing the kernel source...

AsteroidOS is an Open Source OS for Smartwatches

Florent Revest is a French computer science student who has been working on an open source operating system for smartwatches for the last two years. Yesterday, he officially launched version 1 of the alpha for AsteroidOS. The goal for the platform was to create something that gave smartwatch owners more control over their privacy, as well as...