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By blk_jack, XDA Ad-Free XDA Labs Dev/RD on 5th November 2015, 08:30 PM
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Hi everyone,

We (at XDA) have been working on something.

This is XDA Labs. The name isn't final, and this is not the "official" launch... but we are (quietly) giving you guys a chance to try it out so we can get some feedback. So....what is it?

First and foremost, it's a speedy way to access the forums (ad-free!). You'll see a lot that's familiar with XDA One, because we merged the code into Labs and made a handful of much-needed improvements.

Second, it's a new way to access all the Xposed modules you love.

And third, it's a way to distribute apps-- and eventually all sorts of stuff that people upload to XDA. It is 100% pro-developer in that 1) we allow all types of apps (including stuff not allowed on Play), 2) we don't remove apps without warning and without communication to the developer, 3) we enable developers to sell apps, receiving 100% of the proceeds directly, 4) we accept Bitcoin payment, which is fast, easy, and low cost, and 5) we utilize alpha, beta and stable release channels so devs can have control in how they distribute apps to users.

If you are a developer and want to add your app, go here:

Otherwise...use the app, and tell us what you think! Again, Labs is very much Beta right now so keep your expectations in check!

XDA:DevDB Information
XDA Labs, App for all devices (see above for details)

blk_jack, svetius, bitpushr, rwestergren

Version Information
Status: Beta
Current Beta Version: 1.1.1
Beta Release Date: 2017-01-18

Created 2015-11-05
Last Updated 2017-01-18
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Known Issues
  • Multiple embedded quotes can break/rearrange incorrectly
  • Multi-quote is limited to current page
  • Chipset/architecture specific app builds unavailable (arm64/intel/etc)
  • Additional glitches, quirks and other bugs listed here (maintained by @Wood Man)

General Limitations
  • [HIDE]/[STRIKE] forum tags aren't rendered
  • Attachments can't be added when editing posts
  • Files can't be removed once attached (user must start post over)

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Q: Where's the source!?!?
We'll be opening up github shortly! Beware that every time somebody asks we build the wall 10 feet higher though.

Q: Notifications seem a bit inconsistent or delayed! What gives?!
Labs uses a very light-weight notification service that uses MQTT instead of Google Play Services. Due to the changes first found in M, Android has made Google Play Services the only way for apps to reliably get notifications. You can get around this by manually adding Labs to the "Don't Optimize" list in Settings -> Apps -> Special Access -> Battery optimization -> All apps. The term "Don't Optimize" is misleading, Labs won't drain your battery and you'll get notifications properly. Read more about it here.

Q: How do I disable the Apps/Xposed part of the app? I only want forums!
Right now you can't! We're looking into letting the user disable parts of the app, but in the meantime you can enable the XDA Forums launcher icon. When loading directly into the Forums none of the App/Xposed sections will be loaded into memory. See this post for more info.

Q: Since this app is part-store and it won't be allowed on Play, how do I get updates?!
Good question! Labs has OTA self-updates that will notify you when a new version is available.

Q: I'm getting a Parse error when installing apps, what gives?
This is a Package Installer issue. Check out a workaround here.

Q: I have updates from GroovyAPKs/GoogleAPKs for apps I haven't even installed via Labs! What gives?!
From the explanation in the app itself:
In addition to indie apps, Labs also contains staged roll-out versions of popular big-name apps. This means you can get the latest release of Hangouts before it's available on Play for your device or country. Updating via Labs still lets you get future updates. You just get the newer version sooner. Yay!

These staged roll-outs are snatched as soon as the roll-out begins and made available immediately in Labs. They're hand-picked by cyborgs at XDA (GroovyAPKs/GoogleAPKs) and are identical to the versions eventually pushed out on Google Play..
You can block apps by clicking on the circle with a / slash through it above the Apps tab.

Q: Can you change the paged layout of threads to endlessly scroll instead?
Sorry, this change requires a substantial amount of backend work done first and as such is not planned for any time in the near future.

Q: How can I add an App?
Simply visit and login using your XDA username.

Q: I'm an Xposed Mod dev, how do I add a banner, screenshots, etc to my mods?
Xposed Mods are still added/edited on rovo89's Once your Xposed Mod is added there, you can log into the Labs console to add a banner, screenshots and more to your mod!

Q: How can I add my Wallpaper??
We're working on expanding our dev console to support the upload and management of user submitted wallpapers.

Q: I found a bug! Fix it!
Yea yea, sure sure. First, if possible, download the latest debug build. Second, recreate your issue while capturing a log using logcat. Third, post a brief description of how to re-create your issue, with your device information and the log attached. It's that easy! EDIT: This has been roughly outlined in this post. Feel free to use it as a guide but do not ask support related questions on adb or how to capture logs.
Help us, help you
Want to help debug an issue? Want to chat with the team?
Join us on IRC in #xda-labs on Freenode!

If you're new to IRC and without a native app, you can try Kiwi IRC [link], the Freenode web client [link] or the Firefox extension Chatzilla [link].
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Roadmap, Download & Changelog
We are very engaged at keeping this app updated according to constructive user feedback. Here's a peak at what's next for the app!
  • CPU/chipset build options (intel/arm64/etc)
  • Auto-update apps toggle for rooted devices
  • Ability to hide/disable parts of the app you don't use
  • Super dark AMOLED theme
  • Nickname auto-complete on PM, mention, etc
  • Download wallpapers
  • Moderation tools
  • Data-saver for forum images (load on-demand instead of automatically)

[Download Labs]

1.1.1b (January 18)
  • [feature] Scroll to the top of tabs by clicking tab title
  • [feature] Add support for https forum links
  • [tweak] Updated device names lib
  • [tweak] Updated SearchPlus libs
  • [tweak] Thread search results launch new stack (>KK)
  • [tweak] Shared forum URLs default to https
  • [tweak] Browser option for failed forum URL parse
  • [tweak] Play edition removal prompt on full upgrade
  • [tweak] Update translations / add Arabic
  • [fix] Backing out of articles properly kills video
  • [fix] Prevent quoting/replies in locked threads
  • [fix] Fix page # in URL in thread share/browser
  • [fix] KK issues with SearchPlus

1.1.0b (November 11)
  • [feature] Forum Search webview replaced with Search Plus
  • [feature] Launcher shortcuts for Android 7.1
  • [tweak] Circle icons for Android 7.1
  • [tweak] forumdisplay URLs added to parser
  • [tweak] Add shortcut from Android notification settings
  • [tweak] Optimize app/xposed list refresh request
  • [tweak] More supported devices to My Device
  • [tweak] Update translations
  • [fix] Themes change without app restart
  • [fix] Thread list resume crash

1.0.9b (October 14)
  • [feature] Auto-draft saving for posts/PMs
  • [feature] Android Wear full notification support
  • [feature] Enhanced notifications
  • [tweak] Quote/Mention/PM caching and pre-loading
  • [tweak] Dismissed notifications not shown again
  • [tweak] Thread OP can now edit thread title
  • [tweak] Unseen thread default switched back to end
  • [tweak] Tweak rating star speed & rounding
  • [tweak] Thread search results UI
  • [tweak] Load multi-page thread search results
  • [tweak] Share article shortcut
  • [tweak] Add drafts to post edits
  • [tweak] Thread search results sorted by date
  • [tweak] Update to Nougat support libs
  • [tweak] Update 3rd party libs
  • [tweak] Update DB lib, use faster sorting for results
  • [tweak] Update translations
  • [tweak] App signing certificate validation
  • [tweak] Clickable links in app description
  • [tweak] Thread list rendering now much faster
  • [tweak] NavDrawer shown in Forums section if unread notices
  • [tweak] Removed All forum tab
  • [tweak] Find a forum search icon only shown in Forum tabs
  • [fix] Some device detect mismatches
  • [fix] Single page threads properly marked as read on visit
  • [fix] Thread marked as read on new reply
  • [fix] Light theme star rating white on white
  • [fix] Review modal button wrap
  • [fix] Existing drafts not saving properly
  • [fix] Xposed light theme star rating
  • [fix] Share news article crash
  • [fix] Edit post adding [URL] to [IMG/YOUTUBE] urls
  • [fix] [QUOTE] without username not properly rendering
  • [fix] Review edittext not wrapping
  • [fix] Welcome screen test builds opt-in
  • [fix] Highlighted threads hiding star ratings
  • [fix] New/Top forums in reverse order
  • [fix] Threads not loading for logged out users
  • [fix] Thread search additional pages load indicator
  • [fix] No byline bugs/crash
  • [fix] Black device images
  • [fix] Vanishing thread list FAB
  • [fix] News articles showing incorrect relative time
  • [fix] Last page goes to last unread page for all threads
  • [fix] Some external URLs crashing
  • [fix] App/Xposed description rich format
  • [fix] Quote/Mention/PM unread count updates
  • [fix] Removed app "take me back" button crash
  • [fix] My Device icon tinting black
  • [fix] Cached PM far-future date glitch
  • [fix] Kitkat notifications sometimes not showing
  • [fix] App/Xposed builds not showing year
  • [fix] Hide thread search spinner if only 1 page
  • [fix] Thread search crash
  • [fix] Single page mention/quote/message issues
  • [fix] Rare crashes due to cache changes
  • [fix] Improvements to fragment caching and data retention
  • [fix] Emoticon selection fragment crash
  • [fix] Bad rating crash
  • [fix] Properly show empty forums

1.0.8b (July 27)
  • [feature] Search in-thread
  • [fix] Threads loading on top of eachother
  • [fix] Shortcuts always go to end of thread (July 26)
  • [feature] My Device section
  • [tweak] Translation update
  • [tweak] Update forums icon
  • [tweak] Unread thread default switched to first post
  • [fix] Blank Xposed description crash
  • [fix] Crash fixes, removed some unused cruft
  • [fix] Quoted posts from other threads
  • [fix] Forum discussion button transition and backstack
  • [fix] Registration/Login button wrapping
  • [fix] Share URL for apps
  • [fix] Full and play editions of Labs now launch proper activities
  • [fix] Fix unnecessary root lookup of regular apps
  • [fix] User avatar refreshed (daily) with access token
  • [fix] Disabled apps properly removed from cache on demand
  • [fix] Some Xposed modules not launching
  • [fix] Parsed URLs now obey first/last page settings

Help with Debugging?
Debugging builds are the ones listed with the -debug file name They are identical to the regular builds and will get OTA updates, they just log more verbosely to help with debugging.
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5th November 2015, 08:55 PM |#4  
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5th November 2015, 09:08 PM |#6  
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Already suggested features
Here below, the list of the already suggested features/tweaks/ideas.
Some important points about this post :
> It should hopefully prevent people from asking for already suggested stuff,
> It's not meant to push blk_jack,
> It DOESN'T MEAN it will be done by blk_jack, it's up to him to decide. It's just a suggestion box,
> Some suggestions don't appear here because they are already mentioned in the API limitations list in post #2 and post #7.
* 1- Swipe to view next/previous attached image of a post instead of having to back out of an image and open the next one > Quoting blk_jack "Right now with the way posts are fetched and structured it was too much work. Maybe in the future though."
* 2- Tweak about <current page # / total # of page> in the "Jump to page" drop-down of a thread view: HERE
* 3- Add a new "split" button in post/PM creation/edition screens. This "split" button would allow to easily separate a quoted post in different blocks allowing to comment one by one multiple bits of this post: HERE
* 4- More formatting tools in POST creation/edition and PM view
* 5- Personal history of our previous searches for search plus
* 6- Sort/filter/pin options for subscribed threads/forums > will hopefully come soon
* 7- Ability to bookmark posts and hold them in a list directly from XDA Labs
* 8- Ability to see separate unread counter badges for quotes and mentions: 1 counter badge for each tab title.
* 9- Manually (on touch) and/or automatically hide the FAB after a few seconds. For instance in full size attachment picture view and in PM view, etc.
* 10- Ability to answer News and Discussion articles directly from XDA Labs > Not sure if it's feasible since it's powered by Disqus.
* 11- Ability to answer to Apps/Xposed reviews directly from XDA Labs
* 12- Ability to report reviews of Apps/Xposed to some moderators who will be able to delete them if necessary: HERE and HERE
* 13- Ability to organize Threads/Forums tabs
* 14- Ability to see somewhere the WHOLE title of a thread (useful for long titles)
* 15- In Apps, Xposed, Wallpaper tabs, being able to set the views independently for each tab, rather than the view being applied to all three tabs simultaneously.
* 16- The app should display an error message if we don't fill the Message subject when we create a PM.
* 17- A different rendering (font/size/shade) for the byline displayed in posts. Something more discrete, this way posts would be more readable.
* 18- In case of images loading failure in a post, add a mark in the post which shows that there should be image(s) which can't be loaded.
* 19- Add a custom path setting for Forum downloads
* 20- Download count for apps in their respective pages. Also in the developer control panel, see download count for each apps separately.
* 21- Ability to ignore xposed modules updates like it's already the case for apps.
* 22- Resizing large Forum images on server-side if possible, to avoid lags/crashes of Labs.
* 23- Ability to report posts directly from XDA Labs > is it a part of "moderation tools" mentioned in the roadmap?
* 24- Ability to open external XDA articles with XDA Labs: HERE
* 25- Add an "Unread" tab which list all posts across the site: HERE
* 26- Improve profile page : add home country, edit profile options directly from XDA Labs, hability to see user's posts (all posts, started threads, thanked posts) from the profile page.
* 27- Do not show members' posts which are in the ignore list + add/delete a member to/from the ignore list > It might not be possible at the moment because of an API limitation.
* 28- Add a toggle to show/hide WEB signature within XDA Labs
* 29- Add an option to choose any language (expand the "Force english" in settings to all system languages): HERE
* 30- The XDA avatar, which is circle in shape, has a white holo that bound the icon. It should be good to set the default background color for avatar to the post-card background color (eg #1A1A1A)? It will look a lot smoother that way: HERE
* 31- Add an Exit button in navdrawer and also a double tap or long-press action (configurable by a toggle in settings) on back button allowing to close every opened stacks and close XDA Labs: HERE, HERE and HERE
* 32- How about adding a yellow circle around the profile pic that show thanks level (not thanks counter but thanks level/bar)?
* 33- Some moderators title colors are missing in XDA Labs, would it be possible to complete this list and to fit to the website rendering? Idea from Sir @malybru on July 2016 HERE.
* 34- Show a progress bar of how far attachment is uploaded.
* 35- Add an info button (i) in every devices' threads (if possible) for the device information on the side of the Device Name.

[JOKE]00- * Each time we open XDA labs, could *SOME $* be added to @mrrocketdog's bank account?[/JOKE]
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Known issues
XDA Labs v1.1.1b issues (in addition to the known issues of post #2)

Note for testers: please read HERE about XDA Labs debug version / OTA updates.
* 1- Almost invisible buttons in action bar (white on white) for some devices only (old versions of Android): HERE
* 3- In thread view, depending on our swipe gesture, the header with first/last page is sometimes not displayed: HERE
* 4- When we open a user profile page and then QUICKLY open PM shortcut before the end of profile loading, the recipient is stuck on "Loading...". Check 2nd part of this post HERE
* 5- If we upload a big txt file, the error message is not the right one: we have "network error... ": HERE
* 7- Some translation issues: HERE and HERE
* 11- Sometimes, the loading spin at the bottom of threads tabs doesn't appear: HERE
* 13- If your post creates a new page, this post is sometimes not shown in the thread, even with a refresh. HERE. Note: The workaround by blk_jack HERE is not enough, sometimes we are not bounced in threads list view and the post is not shown.
* 22- The device detection in "My device" section doesn't work correctly for some device models: HERE
* 26- Avatar pictures which have not a square format appear stretched in navdrawer, thread list and post edition/creation: HERE and more info HERE.
* 27- In some threads, posts could appear in the wrong order. HERE and HERE.
* 32- Lists (using LIST tag) are sometimes displayed a wrong way: missing points and missing lines: HERE
* 33- 2 toasts instead of 1 are displayed when we subscribe or unsubscribe to a thread: HERE
* 34- We sometimes can swipe up or down indefinitely in threads until we have a blank screen on top or bottom of a page. HERE.
* 44- The app may crash while browsing in Xposed tab (modules list > scrolling > module details > modules list > srolling, etc.): HERE and HERE.
* 48- Sometimes, the next page of in-thread search results doesn't load, it spins forever UNTIL we scroll up and down again and then the next page loads. It's kind of "kick start" to make the next page appears: HERE.
* 52- Quote/mentions counts could not be cleared in some cases (workaround: go into quotes/mentions tabs and pull down to refresh to force-clear counters): HERE
* 55- Quoting posts which end with unicode characters or contain a username with unicode character in QUOTE tag could break the final post (the comment is fully or partially not shown): HERE, HERE and HERE. This is true for PM sending as well.
* 57- If scrolling down to the end of the PM list it gets stuck in "nothing to show" screen and it's impossible to reload: HERE and HERE
* 58- Username mentions inside an embedded link are not shown correctly, it renders with MENTION tags instead of @ + username: HERE and HERE
* 60- In the Xiaomi Mi5 "My Device" page (from navdrawer), Real Life Review section appears twice but only the first one works normally: HERE
* 61- Sometimes, some threads can't be opened with Labs (parse error). It's due to the fragments in the XDA one code and seems to happen when the app has been killed by Android but still has state data on restore: HERE and HERE
* 62- App crash after double tap on the eye icon (mark as read button): HERE
* 63- Users who have square brackets in their username can break the quotes and the ability to be clicked on to go to its original post : HERE, HERE and HERE.
* 64- Labs doesn't like a blackslash at the end of the text within tags (QUOTE, CODE, B, I, etc.), it breaks the rendering : HERE, HERE and HERE.
* 65- The Oneplus 3/3T cross development subforum redirection doesn't appear in the OP3T forum in XDA Labs: HERE and HERE.
* 66- [Android bug?] App crash due to fragment? HERE and HERE.
* 67- Images aren't cached anymore (avatars, images in News section, etc.): HERE, HERE and HERE.
List of intentional behaviours (for now)
* 18- When we quote a post which includes embedded links, those links are not shown as a link but as text: HERE
* 19- When we quote a post including LIST Tags, LIST and * are missing in post creation screen: HERE
Backend issues
* 21- [BACKEND ISSUE?] Some posts can't be edited (big posts?): HERE and HERE
* 37- In-thread search doesn't work in both XDA Labs and XDA website for private threads (Private RC Forum for instance)! There is always no result found. HERE.
* 42- Some apps can be wrongly not shown as installed in Labs (e.g. TugaBrowser): HERE
* 43- [BACKEND ISSUE?] Some threads are sometimes not shown up in Labs, maybe depending on how is the last post of the thread: HERE
* 49- [BACKEND ISSUE? / API limitation?] In regard to moderators' threads at the top of each forum (XDA rules/moderation team, etc.), XDA Labs doesn't process the redirection from those threads to main forum threads. XDA Labs displays an empty post. Example: THIS THREAD, from THIS FORUM. Initial report HERE.
* 56- The app may crash while opening Quotes/Mentions tab. This issue could depend on data contained in Quotes/Mentions tab (from the backend): HERE and HERE
Known API limitations at the moment
Not possible to:
* Show post numbers.
* Add or delete attachments when editing a post: HERE
* Remove attachments one by one while creating a post. We still can abort creating the post and resume from the saved draft if we want to keep the text without the attachments.
* Multi select threads or sub forums (in order to mark as read for instance, or something else): HERE or HERE
* Marked as read top level forums: HERE
* Add an online marker, like the green dot on Tapatalk: HERE
* Add inline attachments (for now, better use IMG tags with images URLS instead): HERE
* Show more than 10 posts per page in thread view: HERE
* See the recipient of the sent PMs: HERE
* Display the exact reason of some post creation/edition errors: responses from the backend API are often generic error (e.g. "400 Bad Request", "Error creatiing new post"): HERE
Fixed issues

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i can't open the app it force closes every time i try to launch it

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When i try to pay an APP it force close every time...

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