XDA Developers

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XDA Developers
XDA Developers screenshot.png
Available inEnglish
OwnerPeter Poelman (founder)
Joshua Solan (current)
URLwww.xda-developers.com Edit this at Wikidata
Alexa rankNegative increase 533 (May 2017)[1]
RegistrationFree, required to participate
Launched2003; 17 years ago (2003)

XDA Developers (also known simply as XDA; often stylized as xda-developers) is a mobile software development community launched on 20 December 2002.[2][3] Although discussion primarily revolves around Android, members also talk about many other operating systems and mobile development topics.

Many software and hardware hacks, rooting methods, and other phone and tablet specific tweaks originate from the members of the XDA Forum.

XDA Developers also hosts the XDA Portal, a source for Android and mobile phone development news, as well as XDA Labs, an Android app and repository that acts as a third-party application provider. They were launched in 2010[4] and 2016,[5] respectively.

Joshua Solan manages and owns XDA Developers via his company KC Online Media, LLC.[6]


XDA-Developers.com was created by NAH6 Crypto Products BV and launched on December 20th, 2002. On 10 January 2011, XDA Developers was bought by JB Online Media, LLC.[7] The name XDA Developers is originally derived from the O2 XDA, which was marketed as a personal digital assistant (PDA) with extra features.[3][8]

The XDA devices (Mostly HTC devices that O2 branded as OEM XDA series, such as HTC Universal <=> O2 XDA Exec) were running Microsoft "Windows Mobile", from "Windows Mobile 2003" to "Windows Mobile 6.5" version, and the site community developed and shared custom ROMs for the devices.

In 2013, XDA partnered with Swappa to become its official marketplace where users can buy or sell devices.[9]

Custom ROM controversy[edit]

In February 2009, Microsoft asked XDA Developers to remove all ROMs created by OEMs.[10] In response, a petition was raised and signed by over 10,000 XDA Developers members. The petition was put aside when Microsoft did not pursue the removal of the customized images. Microsoft felt that using custom images based on the ROMs originally provided by Microsoft was acceptable as the ROMs work only on specific models and are not portable to devices for which the original ROM was not designed.[citation needed]


CNET Asia suggested that XDA Developers offers potential solutions to problems with many Android-based mobile devices. In other mobile phone reviews, testers at CNET preferred using XDA Developers' ROMs when carrying out detailed reviews.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "xda-developers.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  2. ^ "The XDA Team". xda-developers. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "xda-developers change log". XDA-Developers.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  4. ^ "XDA Launches Portal". XDA-Developers.com. February 16, 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  5. ^ "XDA Labs 2017 Update". XDA-Developers.com. January 26, 2017. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  6. ^ "XDA-Developers Mail Info". xda-developers. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  7. ^ "XDA Changelog". XDA-Developers.com. Jb Online Media, Llc. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  8. ^ "XDA-Developers: The History" (part one, part two) by XDA Administrators "MikeChannon" & "Flar" in October 2010
  9. ^ svetius (February 26, 2013). "XDA Makes Swappa Its Official Marketplace". XDA Developers. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  10. ^ Dennis, Tony (February 16, 2007). "Microsoft stomps on xda developers". The Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  11. ^ Chan, John (January 23, 2008). "HTC and the case of the missing drivers". CNET Asia. Archived from the original on November 6, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-22.

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