XDA has finally made a smartphone, but it may have been born in the wrong era

A year ago, Luo Yonghao, the former CEO of hammer technology, announced his curtain call in the mobile phone industry with an article. Lao Luo and Jia Yueting of LETV have also proved that the mobile phone industry is not so easy to mix up with. In fact, after years of development, the mobile phone market has entered the Red Sea stage, and the first-line large factories are increasingly squeezing the survival space of small and medium-sized manufacturers. < / P > < p > in the current view, the mobile phone industry, which is both technology intensive and capital intensive, is no longer suitable for new entrants. However, there are still some people who “don’t believe in evil” and want to go to the muddy water. Recently, XDA developers, a well-known overseas Android Developer Community, said that it would set foot in this business, which has made the rumor that it will launch mobile phone products has become a reality. < / P > < p > founded in 2003, XDA, as the world’s most famous mobile device developer community such as Andriod, has more than 5 million active users. For many Android users, XDA can be said to be the most famous symbol in the “machine” era. Xposed, the most powerful artifact on Android, comes from the XDA community user “rovo89”. Besides xposed, the community also provides countless mod, ROM, customized applications, and related tutorials. Here, players can find almost all solutions to mobile development problems. < / P > < p > although there is no doubt about XDA’s strength in software and has solved the funding problem through crowdfunding, it seems that the rest is how to make the product. As a matter of fact, XDA did not use the solution from ODM to solve this problem like the hydrogenmobile phone project of red, a high-end camera manufacturer. Instead, it found the British mobile phone manufacturer FTEC, which launched a full key Sideswipe full screen FTEC pro1 after its establishment last year. < / P > < p > therefore, it is not difficult to find that XDA’s mobile phone product pro1-x is actually built on the basis of FTEC pro1. The biggest feature in the design of this model is that on the basis of retaining the full screen design which has become the standard configuration at present, it adopts the sideslip type full keyboard similar to the Nokia N97 style. Users can choose between the virtual key and the physical keyboard, and open the slider part to display the complete QWERTY keyboard, so it is also quite excellent in recognition. < / P > < p > in terms of hardware configuration, XDA pro1-x and FTEC pro1 are also completely consistent. They all use a 5.99 inch AMOLED curved screen. After sliding away in the keyboard area, the screen has a 155 ° viewing angle. It is equipped with a high pass snapdragon 835 master control and a storage combination of 6GB ram and 128GB Rom. in terms of taking photos, it is equipped with a front-end 8-megapixel camera and a rear dual camera combination of 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel camera. However, such a configuration undoubtedly makes people feel as if they are in 2017. < / P > < p > if the lightphone 2 launched by lightphone, an American mobile phone start-up company, sold to the mid-range model with the configuration of function machine, it relies on the concept of selling minimalism, paying attention to digital health, and solving the anti trend lifestyle of anxiety and dependence on technology. Then XDA pro1-x can be sold at the same price as the iPhone 12 mini, and the selling point is undoubtedly “the first high specification smartphone product that can run lineage OS or Ubuntu touch OS out of the box”. < / P > < p > compared with other Android models, with the support of lineage OS and Ubuntu touch OS, XDA pro1-x can not only provide a relatively complete arm linux experience selling point, but also support HDMI output through usb-c, and can connect the monitor to transform into a Linux desktop, and can also run Android applications in anbox. At the same time, lineageos has a higher degree of freedom, but also has stronger privacy protection capabilities, allowing users to completely control their own data without having to worry about “monitoring” from Google or other OEM manufacturers. < / P > < p > however, no matter how XDA promotes this product, an embarrassing contrast is that the partner of CyanogenMod, the predecessor of lineage OS, is a mobile phone backed by oppo, while Lineage OS can only cooperate with unknown British start-ups to launch such outdated hardware configuration products. What is reflected behind this may be that after the boom of Android flash and IOS prison break has subsided, developers like XDA are facing an increasingly depressed situation due to the lack of user base. < / P > < p > why early Android smart phones need to be swiped is because the design of the operating system was not mature at that time. In addition, the quality of app was generally poor. The final result was that the mobile phone was stuck and lacked of functions. Therefore, it is necessary to realize more unofficial system level functions and dispatch hardware to play a more extreme performance by brushing. < / P > < p > however, now that Android has been updated to the 11th major version, the system itself has reached a fairly high level of fluency, ease of use, security, and functionality, and the hardware itself has also achieved a leap forward development. Whether it is CyanogenMod or lineageos, the advantages of purity, efficiency, fluency and high playability are all left Pure. In other words, XDA pro1-x, which has no advantage in hardware, is a fan oriented or pro productivity tool product. Therefore, it is aimed at the productivity tool attributes brought about by OEM manufacturers in Android camp, such as ROM bundled with whole barrel, Google native system bundled with GMS, and full keyboard + Ubuntu touch. < / P > < p > therefore, XDA pro1-x is destined to be a minority product. However, in the current market environment, it may be more accurate to describe it in an untimely way. In fact, at present, there is a view in the industry that if XDA took an “unthinkable road” in those years, perhaps the situation would be very different now. Pro1-x with lineageos is the most promising era for its success. Perhaps it was when Google didn’t make mobile phones in person. At that time, there was still a lack of such a mobile phone product for developers in the Android ecosystem at that time. The predecessor of lineageos, cyanoge, was highly competitive. Even many third-party ROMs in the domestic market were modified and optimized based on CyanogenMod. < / P > < p > the next opportunity after that is after Google’s nexus 6p rollover. In the current time line, what has been achieved is the addition of the same primary and pure cultivation experience. At that time, the main selling point of “one plus one” in overseas marketing promotion was to support CyanogenMod, because in 2015, the core members of CyanogenMod team, Steve kondik and kirt McMaster’s infighting over its route and its choice of embracing Microsoft eventually led to the rupture of its relationship with Canada. If CyanogenMod didn’t break up with Yijia at that time, XDA community was likely to gain greater influence in the current Android camp. Even the “replace Google to control Android” that kirt McMaster boasted to the media at the beginning was not impossible. < / P > < p > in general, if XDA pro1-x appears in 2015 or earlier, it is a product that is likely to achieve some commercial success. However, in 2020, only developers of XDA community will support such a product. The other sad reality is that no matter how untimely XDA pro1-x is, it may be the last song of the ill fated operating system, Ubuntu touch. New product launch