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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.

XDA Developers
XDA Developers screenshot.png
Available inEnglish
OwnerOriginal Owner/Founder: Peter Poelman
Alexa rankNegative increase 533 (May 2017)[1]
RegistrationFree, required to participate

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.


HistoryEdit 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.[6] The name XDA Developers is originally derived from the O2 XDA, which was marketed as a personal digital assistant (PDA) with "extra"[clarification needed] features.[3]

In 2013, XDA partnered with Swappa to become its official marketplace where users can buy or sell devices. [7]


The site's main purpose is discussion, troubleshooting and development for Android, Sailfish OS, Windows Phone, WebOS, Ubuntu Touch, Firefox OS and Tizen phones. The site also offers Windows Mobile and Android users general information about devices, ROM upgrades, technical support, Q&A, and reviews of device applications and accessories. Separate forums exist for each model of phones manufactured by Google, Sony, HTC, Samsung, LG Electronics, Motorola, and many others. Forums are also available for tablets and many other devices. They recently added a new domain for their link shortener restricted to devs.


Joshua Solan manages and owns XDA Developers via his company JB Online Media, LLC.[8][9]

Custom ROM controversyEdit

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.


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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ " 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. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  4. ^ "XDA Launches Portal". xda-developers. February 16, 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  5. ^ "XDA Labs 2017 Update". xda-developers. January 26, 2017. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  6. ^ "XDA Changelog". Xda Developers. Jb Online Media, Llc. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  7. ^ "XDA Makes Swappa Its Official Marketplace". XDA Developers. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S. Copyright Office Filing" (PDF). U.S. Copyright Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  9. ^ "About Themer". Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  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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