OPEN Posts on XDA

Google’s support library for developers, AndroidX, is available on AOSP

Google announced AndroidX as a part of Android Jetpack at Google I/O 2018. This redesign of the Android Support Library helps developers build apps with wide compatibility on different versions of Android. Google decided to make AndroidX open-source. It's available on Android Open-Source Project (a.k.a. AOSP) starting today. The Android Framework Team announced the news via...

StageLight Music Creation App Free For XDA Members

Open Labs is currently offering a free copy of  their music creation software StageLight to XDA members before the official launch when it will rise to $9.99. The single caveat being that you can currently only install the app on a tablet with a multi-core CPU, 2gb of RAM and running Android 4.4 or higher.The app...

Open War for Open Android: Antitrust for Cyanogen?

Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing...

New Cyanogen Partnerships Bring Privacy Concerns

New Privacy concerns have emerged regarding Cyanogen’s latest announcements, primarily the inclusion of email app Boxer and that of a multitude of Microsoft apps, including Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office. The concerns arise when you look at both announcements together. At face value they may appear to be the beginning of...

Wear Openness & Possible Model Alternatives

We say this time and again: openness is our favorite bit of Android. Without it, XDA wouldn't be what it is. From the ability to switch launchers to the open-source framework itself, Google allowed anyone (with a bit of knowledge) to have a shot at making their smartphone vision come true, be it through apps,...