OPEN SOURCE Posts on XDA

Google and Tencent become $500,000/year Platinum Level members of the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the world's largest non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of open source projects to help accelerate technological development, as well as commercial and industry adoption. It serves as the home of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and lead maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman, and serves to provide a neutral home where the...

Kiwi is a speedy Chrome-based browser with a dark theme & built-in ad blocker

XDA Senior Member arnaud42 released a Chromium-based browser a few months ago. Called Kiwi Browser, it has certain striking features such as a built-in dark theme (or "night mode," as the application calls it), built-in ad blocker, and a cryptocurrency mining blocker as well. This browser includes performance improvements (and believe me, they're noticeable while browsing through...

Capillary is an open source library to help developers implement end-to-end encryption for push notifications

If you're a developer that implements push notifications in your app and you or your users care about data privacy, then it's important that you transmit these push messages securely. For those of you who are already into data security, then implementing strong encryption measures is a no-brainer. For others, it's a difficult feature to implement....

GitLab Ultimate and GitLab Gold now free for open source projects and education

Nearly every developer will be familiar with GitHub, but slightly fewer may be familiar with its competitor GitLab. Following the purchase of GitHub by Microsoft for $7.5 billion, many are switching over from GitHub. The platform has seen a surge of activity in the past 24 hours. To gain the trust of more users as...

Microsoft has agreed to buy GitHub for $7.5 billion

You're probably well acquainted with GitHub. After all, it's the go-to place for developers on our forums to upload the source code for their applications, custom kernels, custom AOSP-based ROMs, and much more. On the off-chance that you aren't familiar with GitHub, it's the most popular hosting service for Git repositories where you can upload the...

“Seurat”, Google’s tool to create high-fidelity mobile VR scenes, is now open source

Google has announced the open sourcing of its "Seurat" tool, which they revealed at last year's Google I/O. Seurat is a tool which can be used to create high-fidelity mobile virtual reality scenes, while also reducing the complexity and computing power required to run them. This meant that developers could squeeze more performance out of...

Win a device from Sony by becoming a Hero Open Source Developer

Sony is one of the largest contributors to the Android Open Source Project, bringing us RRO themes and more. The company has always been fairly open in development as well, running its Sony Open Devices Program to entice people to contribute to Sony device development and get custom ROMs running. To further entice people into...

Facebook joins AOMedia to promote Royalty-Free AV1 Video

As Google’s new open source AV1 video standard nears completion, the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) has announced that Facebook will be joining them to promote the AV1 video compression format. Facebook joining AOMedia means that, going forward, they will likely be integrating AV1 video technology into their platforms (including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Whatsapp) for use...

“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...