Help the Android Community User Submitted Post 17 May, 2011 17 Comments I love Android. I love the Community. Since my G1 days I have slowly evolved from total noob, to someone who helps answer questions daily on XDA, writing instructional guides, and now testing the waters in app development and theming. The reason I have progressed is the kindness of the community. Every themer/developer I have ever contacted has been so incredibly gracious with their time and sharing their talent. I truly respect these people – and you should too. I say this so bluntly only because it’s that passion that fuels the article. There are also many bad elements to the Android Community. The most notable in my opinion are the 3rd party paid app sites AND sites like www.akaskriller.com. I want to focus on the latter, but feel the need to point out those 3rd party app sites give you “free” paid apps, but they also give you App Permissions not requested by the original app – they are malicious. Please do not be a self-inflicted victim over $0.99. You are on this site, you are smarter than that. Back to my real intent here. For those not familiar, akaskriller is a site that has a nice front – and that is what it is, a front. They appear to be very genuine and caring, they act like they are helping developers, and they act like they want to help the Android noob. Nothing could be further from the truth. They want money – money for others work. Sites that offer others work (ROMs & Themes) behind a $5 donate wall (yes, you pay to get access) are wrong people. Not just wrong for those new to Android – those who genuinely need help and do not know better. But more importantly, it is wrong for the developers who work so hard to improve our phones, at no cost to us. I am no expert on Apache/Licensing but I would have to assume paying/donating $5 for free software is wrong on a larger scale than I know how to address. Those familiar with the Samsung Vibrant may recall a movement I suggested. It was called “#NeverAgain Samsung.” I proposed a social media blitz where we told Samsung on Twitter, blogs, Facebook and YouTube that we would not continue to buy their products if they would treat the Android Community the way they did – withholding updates and source. Shortly after the movement started (and it grew FAST), I received calls from Samsung and they were following me on twitter. Froyo and source was given to us via Kies/their site. Perhaps due to our combined community efforts. I am suggesting we have another outcry – an outcry that our community will not tolerate this. Let the community know this is wrong. I will not be formal and say “do this,” but do something. Tweet about it, post on Facebook… heck, just tell a developer you appreciate them. Since mentioning the idea of one developer has told me when he requested his ROM be removed from the site, he was told that they would simply change the build.prop so it was a “new ROM.” Taking away the work this developer did and making it their own. This is wrong. Do something. You can find me on Twitter @CallipH. If you are noob and you want help, ask me and I will tell you if I can help, for free. Submitted By: Callip thepza I’m not familiar with the site you call out here, but I appreciate your standing up for devs and the Android community. thepza OK, just looked at that site. It’s a pretty terrible site, generally. They’re preying on innocent/ignorant Android users who should just be visiting XDA or one of the other awesome, legitimate communities. Movieaddct THIS GUY needs to be shut down!! facebook about him tweet about him!!! plz act on this if u love ur developers!! http://ryanb.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Ryan B With FOSS, you can still charge… that’s how Red Hat makes money for instance. Red Hat is charging for a service and support. With that in mind, I don’t see a problem providing a service. I have a significant problem if they are changing someone else’s work and passing it off as their own without abiding by the licenses. I haven’t paid to get past the front door, so perhaps http://www.akaskriller.com is doing something underhanded in other paid-for areas of their site. Callip, can you list some more specific examples or let the developer you mentioned, demonstrate what has been re-purposed? I don’t mind advocating for the right causes, but I’d like to know specifics before I jump to conclusions. Anonymous Wait! Are they charging for Roms too! If so that needs to b stopped! Callip / s15274n Apologies, work PC blocked me from posting. Yes. There are many activities that are wrong… I strongly encourage reading the XDA thread here for more information/specifics… but, paid apps were there, others work posted as his own, no credit given, not letting developers know he took their work, you can’t access the files without paying (so its like you are paying for the files), etc. It’s a big mess. XDA Link. Thank you all for the encouragement and kind words. I truly love this community! http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1083280 http://ryanb.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Ryan B Thanks Callip, I’ll look into this myself. Callip / s15274n Also, really want to thank AndroidSPIN. Many other popular sites were not willing to inform the public of this issue. I lost a lot of respect for them… and gained a lot for AndroidSPIN! UNO QUOTE FROM XDA: Don’t worry, your web host will have a log of all files you had. and incase your wondering so do I, Gameloft, Paypal, AmeriNOC & Google. Here is that list again. 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Thanks to andy over at xda, Gameloft and their legal dept, as well as supercurio and several other developers are now aware of the apps, not just the rom’s and themes. Sad… enateandroid Just to play devil’s advocate, if he uses an offshore host there’s absolutely nothing anyone could do short of what happened to The Pirate Bay raids. Iceland and Switzerland are two countries that come to mind. He even stated he pays $250/mo and offshore hosting can be pricey for just this reason. My hosting company offers this so I know a little about it. If he’s not, then game on http://twitter.com/romanbb Roman Birg I don’t think he’s that smart enateandroid Well, judging off his spelling skillz I’m pretty sure if he developed a ROM he probably couldn’t get past the build.prop due to a typo or “urban” slang. I can see it now: SKRILD.libpath=/system/lib/libreference-SKRILLA.so damn, so tempting to not just put “ril” in there. Aaronratner Never Again has been taken already. Look it up.