XDA: Past, Present,FutureJeremy Meiss & Todd Glackin
SummaryBeginningsGrowing PainsPresentFutureDeveloper/Manufacturer RelationshipsQ&A
Humble Beginnings Located in Amsterdam Original Founders  Peter Poelman  itsme
ChangesXDA has undergone many a facelift since 2003
2003       3016 users
2004       5668 users
2006129,150 users
20113.5 million  users
Today     4.6+million users
ChangesXDA has undergone many a facelift since 2003XDA was sold to JB Online Media in early 2009after founders realized th...
Growing Pains“Attack of the Trolls”Growth in self-entitled users,demanding users who houndeddevelopers about ETAs, andgene...
Growing Pains“Attack of the Trolls”Growth in self-entitled users,demanding users who houndeddevelopers about ETAs, andgene...
Growing PainsRapid Expansion on Exterior, Slow to RespondInternally Moderator Committee Response
Rise of the FSM•    Population Explosion == Trolls•    Had 20 moderators in 2009, realized need for    more•    Moderator ...
Present4.6+ million UsersIron FistReturning to Developer Roots  ERD/RD/RC/RT Programs  Creating Environments Where Devs Ca...
Original vs. DerivativeStock ROM
Original vs. DerivativeStock ROMOriginal Android Development
Original vs. DerivativeStock ROMOriginal Android DevelopmentEveryone Working TowardsPerfection
Original vs. DerivativeStock ROM
Original vs. DerivativeStock ROM
Present4.6+ million UsersReturning to Developer Roots  ERD/RD/RC/RT Programs  Creating Environments Where Devs Can  Learn ...
FutureSite UpgradesNew Features Theme New Widgets New Feature for Developers…..
forums work well, but…• not the ideal content management           system for software  • development work is not easily  ...
• a searchable, sortable database for  ROMs, Apps, Tools, Utilities, Kernels, etc • RDs can add new projects from special ...
project input form
the project page [details]
the device hub
Early 2013Closed beta soon
The Android development community is strong when people learn!      • a place to learn Android              development• o...
Developer/ManufacturerRelationshipsCollaboration Amongst Developers &Manufacturers is KeyOpen Source Emphasis Sony with AO...
Developer/ManufacturerRelationships (cont.) Needed Changes Manufacturers open-source kernels on git- like service Carriers...
Samsung DeveloperRelationsHod GreeleyDirector of Samsung Developers, USMichael LuddenMarketing Manager, Samsung Developers...
Sony DeveloperRelationsKalle DahlstromHead of Developer Relations
Q&A
BigAndroidBBQ 2012: XDA Session - Past, Present & Future
BigAndroidBBQ 2012: XDA Session - Past, Present & Future
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Presentation given at the Big Android BBQ 2012 by Jerdog and NotATreoFan of XDA-Developers. This session was a focused on the history of XDA and where it began, where it is today, the pitfalls and struggles, and the vision of the future for Android and the community at-large. They also discussed what XDA would love to see from the Manufacturers in their response to, and support of, the developer community. Sony Mobile and Samsung Developers sent representatives to discuss their roles in this endeavor as well.

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BigAndroidBBQ 2012: XDA Session - Past, Present & Future

  1. 1. XDA: Past, Present,FutureJeremy Meiss & Todd Glackin
  2. 2. SummaryBeginningsGrowing PainsPresentFutureDeveloper/Manufacturer RelationshipsQ&A
  3. 3. Humble Beginnings Located in Amsterdam Original Founders Peter Poelman itsme
  4. 4. ChangesXDA has undergone many a facelift since 2003
  5. 5. 2003 3016 users
  6. 6. 2004 5668 users
  7. 7. 2006129,150 users
  8. 8. 20113.5 million users
  9. 9. Today 4.6+million users
  10. 10. ChangesXDA has undergone many a facelift since 2003XDA was sold to JB Online Media in early 2009after founders realized they couldn’t continue todevote needed attentionJB Online Media commits to growing XDA anddeveloper focus
  11. 11. Growing Pains“Attack of the Trolls”Growth in self-entitled users,demanding users who houndeddevelopers about ETAs, andgenerally acted like little children
  12. 12. Growing Pains“Attack of the Trolls”Growth in self-entitled users,demanding users who houndeddevelopers about ETAs, andgenerally acted like little childrenGrowth in kanging the work ofothers and then begging fordonations
  13. 13. Growing PainsRapid Expansion on Exterior, Slow to RespondInternally Moderator Committee Response
  14. 14. Rise of the FSM• Population Explosion == Trolls• Had 20 moderators in 2009, realized need for more• Moderator Committee was formed • Tasked with streamlining the selection and assignment of “Forum-Specific Moderators” • New FSM applications opened every 6 months • Now over a 100 FSMs and Senior Moderators
  15. 15. Present4.6+ million UsersIron FistReturning to Developer Roots ERD/RD/RC/RT Programs Creating Environments Where Devs Can Learn and Collaborate Quality Emphasis over Quantity
  16. 16. Original vs. DerivativeStock ROM
  17. 17. Original vs. DerivativeStock ROMOriginal Android Development
  18. 18. Original vs. DerivativeStock ROMOriginal Android DevelopmentEveryone Working TowardsPerfection
  19. 19. Original vs. DerivativeStock ROM
  20. 20. Original vs. DerivativeStock ROM
  21. 21. Present4.6+ million UsersReturning to Developer Roots ERD/RD/RC/RT Programs Creating Environments Where Devs Can Learn and Collaborate Better Quality Emphasis Over QuantityGPLv2 Compliance
  22. 22. FutureSite UpgradesNew Features Theme New Widgets New Feature for Developers…..
  23. 23. forums work well, but…• not the ideal content management system for software • development work is not easily searchable or sortable • different users want different things • reviews • bug reports • update notifications • feature requests
  24. 24. • a searchable, sortable database for ROMs, Apps, Tools, Utilities, Kernels, etc • RDs can add new projects from special console • xda is a forum first! • each project spawns a forum thread • use XDA as usual if you want • integrated reviews, bug tracking• “follow a project” for email/PM updates • development work displayed in central hub on device category pages • launching early 2013 with surprise
  25. 25. project input form
  26. 26. the project page [details]
  27. 27. the device hub
  28. 28. Early 2013Closed beta soon
  29. 29. The Android development community is strong when people learn! • a place to learn Android development• offering the xdauniversity book, a free downloadable PDF, updated quarterly • links to helpful guides, tutorials, videos • anyone can contribute • available via xda-university.com,
  30. 30. Developer/ManufacturerRelationshipsCollaboration Amongst Developers &Manufacturers is KeyOpen Source Emphasis Sony with AOSP and DASH
  31. 31. Developer/ManufacturerRelationships (cont.) Needed Changes Manufacturers open-source kernels on git- like service Carriers out of the loop, opening up the update chain Full GPLv2 compliance (working, buildable kernel source)Open Communication and Relationships withManufacturers
  32. 32. Samsung DeveloperRelationsHod GreeleyDirector of Samsung Developers, USMichael LuddenMarketing Manager, Samsung Developers, US
  33. 33. Sony DeveloperRelationsKalle DahlstromHead of Developer Relations
  34. 34. Q&A
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