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What is XDA Developers?

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XDA Developers is an online community for mobile device software developers supporting mobile operating systems, including Android. The community website, XDA-Developers.com, offers support for many different mobile device models.

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XDA Developers focuses mainly on the Android operating system and supporting mobile devices; however, there are also forums on XDA-Developers.com devoted to other mobile operating systems, such as Windows Phone and WebOS. The community is supported by mobile software developers who post forum topics for a specific mobile device or application. XDA users can provide feedback on these forum topics and assist the developer in testing their software.

XDA Developers allows users to advertise software and instructions for customizing mobile devices using a method called rooting. This method requires a mobile device owner to install custom software on his device that can potentially render it useless if performed incorrectly. In many cases, rooting is required before a mobile device allows custom software to be installed. XDA Developers provides resources for users who choose to root their mobile devices in this manner.

Besides the community website, XDA Developers also uses various social media outlets, such as Twitter and Facebook, to provide an online presence. XDA Developers is the largest Android forum currently available, as of 2015, according to its Twitter account.

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