OPEN SOURCE Posts on XDA

“Night Light” is an Open Source app using KCAL to adjust Blue Light Intensity

Blue light at night is bad for us for a few reasons, including affecting our sleep or straining our eyes. Blue light can confuse your circadian rhythm, disrupting melatonin production in the brain, and inducing a lagged sleep schedule. It can also lead to increased eye strain in low-light, especially upon waking up or going...

Kernel Sources for the Essential Phone Are Now Live, Factory Images Coming Soon

Essential seems like they want to make the Essential PH-1, most commonly known as the Essential phone, at least a partial spiritual successor to the Nexus phones. The Essential phone comes with a close to stock Android build with little to no bloat included, comes with an easily unlockable bootloader (with the company providing instructions themselves),...

Team Paranoid Android Releases Source Code for Color Engine, PIE Controls, Pocket Lock and Other Features

The Paranoid Android ROM project has been the recipient of endless praise, but also of a lot of criticism stemming from the fact that some of the elements of their ROM hadn't been open sourced yet. The AOSPA team has addressed such complaints, and has now open sourced all of their elements on GitHub. The code...

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...