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

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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.​

Community Chat
Want to chat with the team or other Labs users? Want to help debug an issue?
Join us on Telegram in the XDA Labs group!

Help translate! Aide Ã?* traduire! Aiutare a tradurre!
Head on over to our page on thee mighty CrowdIn to join in the fun!​

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.

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 labs.xda-developers.com 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 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!

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.
 
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Roadmap
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

Downloads
[Latest Labs] (debug build)

1.1.6b (Mar 19)
Notice: Upgrading to 1.1.6b may temporarily break installed substratum themes. Please rebuild the XDA Labs overlay to fix this.
  • [tweak] Update supported devices
  • [tweak] Translation updates
  • [fix] Edit post length related errors
  • [fix] Workaround some Huawei device startup crashes
  • [fix] Large image OOM crashes in posts
  • [fix] News top images not filling header
  • [fix] My Device crash for certain devices

1.1.4b (Feb 05)
  • [feature] LG theme support (thanks @markbencze!)
  • [tweak] Add more supported devices
  • [tweak] Upgrade network stack
  • [tweak] Upgrade Android support libs
  • [tweak] Upgrade search backend
  • [tweak] Updated translations
  • [fix] Portal news network error

1.1.3.3b (September 15)
  • [tweak] Add support for more devices
  • [tweak] Add telegram chat link
  • [tweak] Translation updates, added Korean
  • [fix] Back-end file attachment errors more descriptive
  • [fix] Broken / out-of-order image bug in N/O
  • [fix] Download receiver crash on some devices
  • [fix] OP post tag vanishing on rotation
  • [fix] Forum launch fragment crash

1.1.2.2b (June 4)
  • [fix] Certain network requests/actions randomly failing
  • [fix] Mangled translations
  • [fix] Revamp retry code for handling forum API request failure
  • [tweak] Extract out some colors for themes
  • [tweak] Update translations
  • [tweak] Update device names lib

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 to [IMG/YOUTUBE] urls [*] [fix] [Q...st log more verbosely to help with debugging.
 
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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.​

> List of already suggested features

> List of implemented suggestions
 
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XDA Labs v1.1.6b issues (in addition to the known issues of post #2)

Note for testers: please read HERE about XDA Labs debug version / OTA updates.

> List of XDA Labs app known issues / general limitations

> List of intentional behaviours (for now)

> Backend issues

> Known API limitations at the moment


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i can't open the app it force closes every time i try to launch it
From the FAQ in the OP:

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!
I just uploaded the debug build to the second post. It's the one with -debug in the name. I really appreciate feedback on this app, but I definitely need more info when you guys report issues. The more info the easier it is for me and the quicker the issue gets fixed.

Thanks :highfive:
 

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From the FAQ in the OP:



I just uploaded the debug build to the second post. It's the one with -debug in the name. I really appreciate feedback on this app, but I definitely need more info when you guys report issues. The more info the easier it is for me and the quicker the issue gets fixed.

Thanks :highfive:
you're right sorry about that
i'm on nexus 5 running stock marshmallow with elementalx kernel
 

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Great job :good:

Just noticed display bugs (navigation drawer too wide, swipe to refresh on navigation drawer & two fields in search screen).
In future do you planned to open a translation project on Crowdin (free for open source apps) and release this app on F-Droid store?

Thanks!
 
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