[CLOSED][OFFICIAL XDA][BETA][MAR 19]XDA Labs: Forum App + App Installer + Xposed Repo

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Is anybody else experiencing problems accessing Forums and Labs sections in the Labs app over the past few days? Interface seems to be authenticated and awaiting content but then reports network connection error. After logging out, then attempts to login report bad credentials. Forums is accessible through web browsers.
I'm also having trouble with this particular issue... I'm logged in Labs, but when the drawer opens, under my username it shows "network connectivity issues", although the news threads load fine. When I go to the apps screen all the images load but when I select any app, it doesn't load descriptions, no screenshots load or reviews either. I was using adguard as vpn and I saw where it and similar apps were causing issues so I reset all the settings in adguard back to default and uninstalled it, but the issue remained. I've tried uninstalling Labs, wiping cache and reinstalling but to no avail.... thanks in advance, and a huge thanks to all the dev's on XDA, you guys have been super helpful every since I joined the community, you guys are awesome! :)
 

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I'm also having trouble with this particular issue... I'm logged in Labs, but when the drawer opens, under my username it shows "network connectivity issues", although the news threads load fine. When I go to the apps screen all the images load but when I select any app, it doesn't load descriptions, no screenshots load or reviews either. I was using adguard as vpn and I saw where it and similar apps were causing issues so I reset all the settings in adguard back to default and uninstalled it, but the issue remained. I've tried uninstalling Labs, wiping cache and reinstalling but to no avail.... thanks in advance, and a huge thanks to all the dev's on XDA, you guys have been super helpful every since I joined the community, you guys are awesome! :)
I believe its a result of the ongoing transition to the new system. They did say labs will be somewhat active/supported yet but they also need to find a dev team willing to keep working on it so i guess it may be down until then.

Sent from my OnePlus8T using XDA Labs
 

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Just when I was curious why XDA Labs has been abandoned for over 2 years already (after revisiting the app that I haven't touched for a long time), I find out that there is going to be a big update soon. Man, I remember my nerdy days when I was browsing about hacky stuff for my past devices...
Nice to read that it's going to be revived I guess.
 
There will be a new app, but it's currently in beta and so not released publicly yet.

Hopefully you guys will mention it here and post a Link in this thread to the new one. Labs app is only half working for me the last couple days I figure I know why after reading a few posts. Hopefully the new one will be all Labs was and better.
 

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Hi,
I've enjoyed participating in the xda forum's for quite a while now, I recently installed the xda labs option on my android tablet. I'm having an issue with seeing a notification in the menu on the left side of the page that says: ' Network Connectivity Issue', so far I haven't found anyway to get rid of that notification. Has anyone else experienced that issue & if so how did you fix it ?
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Hi,
I've enjoyed participating in the xda forum's for quite a while now, I recently installed the xda labs option on my android tablet. I'm having an issue with seeing a notification in the menu on the left side of the page that says: ' Network Connectivity Issue', so far I haven't found anyway to get rid of that notification. Has anyone else experienced that issue & if so how did you fix it ?
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Same here.

---------- Post added at 01:37 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:35 PM ----------

I was askimg about the app. The beta hasn't been updated for 2 years.
 

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Same here.

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I was askimg about the app. The beta hasn't been updated for 2 years.


To make things a little bit clearer: XDA Labs won't continue by itself. One main problem has ever been the fact that labs is almost a one man project with a little help.

So just complaining about an app everyone gets for free and that someone has made in his free time doesn't help at all and XDA labs will only exist, being supported and updated if some developers are willing to work on it.

Quoted from the XDA article ( https://www.xda-developers.com/big-changes-to-xda-forums-are-coming-soon/ ).

Support for XDA Labs is tentatively ending at the end of this year, but we’re exploring options to keep it going, because we know that a small handful of developers use Labs to distribute their app.We’re hoping to open source and find a team to take the reins and continue development, and if you’re a developer that wants to work on Labs, send a PM to svetius. We’d be delighted if Labs could continue, but as a small technical team and we don’t have the resources to maintain it.

So there's a forum update on the way also a new mobile app.
If XDA labs will exist beyond 2020 depends on the willingness of people to help.
 
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There haven't been any updates, but the site is scheduled to shutdown today and be down for sometime.
XDA Forum entering read-only starting 0400 GMT Dec 1st - or as I'd call it 20201201 0400 UTC!
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    12/31/20: Important update: XDA Labs if officially discontinued. Read about it here.
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    Hi everyone,

    We (at XDA) have been working on something. :eek:

    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. :highfive:



    If you are a developer and want to add your app, go here:
    https://labs.xda-developers.com/

    Labs is discontinued. Read about it 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! :D




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

    Contributors
    blk_jack, svetius, bitpushr, rwestergren

    Version Information
    Status:
    Beta
    Current Beta Version: 1.1.6
    Beta Release Date: 2018-03-19

    Created 2015-11-05
    Last Updated 2018-03-19
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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)
    • If your account name has been manually changed on XDA it also needs to be changed in Labs and can only be done by an admin
    • Additional glitches, quirks and other bugs listed here (maintained by @Wood Man)

    General Limitations
    • / 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)


    Support Your Device!
    If your device isn't being identified correctly, please take a look at the Android Device Names Registry. This is a community maintained repo you can contribute to so Labs (and other apps) can rightfully identify your device.​

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    FAQ
    Q: Where's the source!?!?
    Not available and no ETA. It's not up to us (the team behind Labs), so please don't ask as we're not the ones to answer.

    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.

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    This is a Package Installer issue. Check out a workaround here.

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    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!

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    You can block apps by clicking on the circle with a / slash through it above the Apps tab.

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    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.

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    Xposed Mods are still added/edited on rovo89's repo.xposed.info. Once your Xposed Mod is added there, you can log into the Labs console to add a banner, screenshots and more to your mod!

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    We wish to keep 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)

    Check out the suggestions list here

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    • [feature] Add support for https forum links
    • [tweak] Updated device names lib
    • [tweak] Updated SearchPlus libs
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    • [tweak] Play edition removal prompt on full upgrade
    • [tweak] Update translations / add Arabic
    • [fix] Backing out of articles properly kills video
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    • [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)
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    • [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 to [IMG/YOUTUBE] urls [*] [fix] [Q...st log more verbosely to help with debugging.
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    Hi folks, a quick update on some recent changes.

    We've successfully migrated the backend from Amazon to GCP. This includes an updated & more modern CI/CD that will improve the process to build/deploy the backend services. It also means we can scale and monitor those services better.

    The app itself is now also tied into a new build process which automatically signs and generates builds for testers. With that in place, we'll be able to get additional developers on board and have their contributions be merged in with proper testing to prevent regression issues.

    So what's next? Well, the notifications will finally be fixed and switched over from our homegrown MQTT setup to FCM.
    After that a slew of modernizations will be merged in to pave the way for some of the changes & additions you've been asking for over the past few years.

    This is all happening with the help of @Wood Man and I'll do my best to keep updating this thread as new builds are finally released and changes to the app itself are rolled out.

    Thanks for your patience and support <3
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