Ever wondered about what goes in to building your own ROM? Have you ever had a great idea for a theme for your device but have never been sure how to go about it? Well we reported on the XDA University a few months back, and now they’ve launched their new website, aimed at getting you started on the path to becoming a developer.
XDA have added a ton of useful content to the site aimed at users of all abilities and interests. For general users looking to tweak their Android devices, they’ve provided a handy Android dictionary, so you can understand everything discussed on the forum. They’ve also compiled a list of guides for flashing ROMs on your device, creating new themes and even a guide on basic ROM tweaking. I for one really appreciate the effort put in to getting all this information in one easy place, as trawling through the forum search function wasn’t particularly fun.
If you’re more interested in getting involved in development, then there’s loads of content for you too. Whilst they aren’t going to hold your hand through the ins and outs of programming, there are guides on all manner of important things to get you used to working with Android, from guides on the Git control system, to setting up custom Kernels.
As well as text guides there are also some helpful video tutorials on app development, hardware hacking, and a beginners guide to Linux mobile development. They also provide some other links to external websites if you really want to get a grip on programming but don’t have any previous experience.
XDA will be adding extra content as time goes on and also have plans to put up a PDF of the entire website’s content at some point in the future as well.
If you’re new to custom ROMs or want to take your first steps on the way the way to becoming a seasoned Android developer, then you’ll find everything you need at the XDA University.