Interview With Android 4 Lumia Developer Samuel Ridosko
In the search of interesting and amazing project we got this android4lumia really mesmerized with the idea of installing android in windows Phone which is cool and most surprising thing as we never ever thought that it's possible.
We got the opportunity and we thank Sammy for his time and consideration for this interview.
So, we wanna know how it's started and the journey of this project and we want to share with you the chat interview of the main developer samuel rudusko aka sjrmac.
Even though the windows phones from microsoft and nokia lumia stopped but we are hoping this article would give some spotlight to contribute this project.
|Samuel Rudusko | SjrMac|
Tech Tracker : what is your full name ?
Sammy : Most people know me by my username “sjrmac” or simply Sam, so we’ll stick with that :)
Tech Tracker : What you studied when you started learning coding ?
Sammy : I’ve actually only have taken two formal classes, one being cyber security related and the other was an introduction to computer programming. I’ve been lucky to have access to computers since I can remember and spent lots of time just experimenting and playing around to learn things. Honestly, I’ve learned a lot from friends, online research, and just trying to figure out things. I started to learn some coding stuff back in 2013-2014, but never fully took on the task of learning. To this day, I don’t know any language or how to write code from scratch, but I can piece things together and usually figure it out via trial and error. Plenty of resources online!
Tech Tracker : What Is Your First Mobile Phone ?
Sammy : My first mobile device was an iPod touch second generation. I was very intrigued by Apple devices at the time until about 2013-14. I spent plenty of time learning what was possible with this device, through jailbreaking and such. This was the first device that really got me into playing with modifications and seeing what was possible with it. I eventually got my hands on a fourth generation iPod touch, the first one with a camera, and spent time jailbreaking that one as well. The first true mobile phone I purchased on my own, was the Lumia 521 in August of 2014, which is really just a T-Mobile version of the very popular 520. Great phone and I still love it.
Tech Tracker : What made you love lumia, Why you opted for lumia ?
Sammy : When I am asked why I loved the Lumia branded devices and Windows Phone as a whole, my typical answer will always be about the OS first. I really liked the layout and how smooth and user intuitive the device and the OS are. In my opinion, Windows Phone as a whole was a solid idea, but Microsoft never took it the right direction unfortunately. As for the devices themselves, I enjoyed the build quality of several models and so did many other people. The Nokia piece to the puzzle really brought the design aspect out as at the time, it was pushing innovation that we didn’t see from other manufactures.
Tech Tracker : Do you love nokia lumia or microsoft lumia ?
Nokia Lumia was better than Microsoft Lumia in my opinion. I think many people will agree with me on this. Microsoft really brought Lumia down as a whole in the end, even though Windows 10 Mobile kept some interest alive.
Tech Tracker : Why do you think microsoft stopped development of software and hardware.
Sammy : Microsoft stopped development probably due the Surface Duo devices, but I think it was due to the fact that Windows 10 Mobile wasn’t going anywhere. Nothing was moving forward for a long time and no new hardware from MS was released too.
Tech Tracker : What make lumia software different from others
Sammy : Like I said earlier, people loved the interface, simplicity, and hardware that surrounded the Windows Phone platform. The platform was ahead of its time for a while. Windows Phone 7 was arguably ahead of its time as well when it was active.
Tech Tracker : Do you think microsoft will come back again.
Sammy : Microsoft just announced the Surface Duo recently, so we’ll see. I was reading the rumors surrounding this device before it launched, but with Android installed and Microsoft’s suite of apps loaded on, only time will tell what the experience of Android is like, done the Microsoft way. The price is high and the specs are not the latest available
Tech Tracker : How you made possible to get android in lumia ?
Sammy : Android on Lumia device development started in early 2016 or late 2015 (I don’t remember exactly). Many of the original project members moved on over time and I discovered this project in October of 2016. XDA user “Thinhx2”, who was part of the group of developers working on the project at the time, replied to my direct message and helped me install an early build on my 521 with my spare motherboard installed. XDA user “feherneoh” was leading the project at this time and I joined the team Slack as a tester that November. It’s funny that I ended up getting a leaked build installed for me :D
Tech Tracker : How hard is it to get stuff working ?
Sammy : . To get stuff working, well, it’s really a challenge in itself. Drivers and parts of the device tree code need to be custom written. Certain things are inspected on the Windows Phone firmware side to see how we can approach solving the issue on the Android side. Lots of people ask about why things are not fixed. The answer is that there is a lack of interest in this project and developers see no point in working on devices that are quite old.
Tech Tracker : Do you have team say few words about them and thier XDA usernames or profiles.
Sammy : Honestly, the people I’ve met and even introduced to the project have been awesome. Matthew, aka “mattschwantes” on XDA, has been
absolutely fantastic to work with. He’s put in countless hours to figure things out with us and I can’t thank him enough. “TBM13” has been great as well. He did our GitHub project website and has helped out with plenty of things since joining us. There are plenty of people I’m forgetting at the time I’m writing this, but thank you to those who have contributed in one way or another!!
Tech Tracker : You buy your own servers. Or do you guys depend on any donations ?
Sammy : When I started to be useful (ha!) and contributing things slowly for the project, I dedicated my old Dell XPS 420 tower to being a build server for the team. Building on a old machine is slow, but it’s better than nothing and worked well for a while and I hosted it from home. The rest of the project is hosted solely on GitHub and some of the downloads are linked to my OneDrive, which I never use, so no need to worry about some of the downloads ever breaking! :) I did manage to get a server sponsor for some time through someone I knew that owned a hosting company called SpryServers. Our intent was to make it a server for Over-The-Air updates that could be used by Android4Lumia project users that installed the newer builds with working WiFi. Unfortunately we never got around to fully implementing it and our sponsor time expired. Maybe OTA will return in the future if someone takes on the project.
Tech Tracker : If you are fine for donations what is the donation support method that whoever want to do support your work.
Sammy : People can donate to the individual developers via their XDA pages that have the PayPal link! The following people invested many hours:
“Heathcliff74” - this man gave us Windows Phone Internals, the tool that made nearly everything possible for Lumias!!
Tech Tracker : Who is your inspiration in XDA community or developer community and why ?
Sammy : Honestly, I get inspiration from all sorts of things I come across. I like when people are detailed and in-depth when it comes to explaining and going over something. It’s nice to know that someone can explain even the complicated bits of a project to someone who isn’t at the same level knowledge wise, but can feel good knowing they understand the general idea. Linus Tech Tips and channels alike on YouTube do a great job of this in my view.
Tech Tracker : Are you a pro dev :)
Haha! I’m far from a pro developer and honestly, I don’t see myself getting there. I just don’t really have the interest if I’m being honest although I dive fairly deep into any project that I find interesting. I love to figure out things and the solutions for them. I have a lot of respect for the developers that grew up with this mindset and pursued it, that’s pretty awesome!
Tech Tracker : What is the most amazing project that you felt in XDA other than android4lumia ?
Sammy : Other fun projects? Hmmm… I really don’t know… I’ve enjoyed some part of every project I’ve messed around with so far, even if the outcome wasn’t what I expected or wasn’t positive. I like to look at the knowledge I’ve gained and the things I’ve learned from each and decide if it was worth it. Regardless, the experiences help, even if they were not good, I’m sure I’ve taken away something good that I can apply somewhere else.
Tech Tracker : Probably, do you think that microsoft not focused much which microsoft done wrong that made them into this position.
Sammy : . A feature that many people saw as a positive move for Windows Phone to come back was when Microsoft implemented a Android emulator inside of some Windows 10 Mobile builds, allowing for Android apps to run. It wasn’t perfect but I tried it myself when it was a hot topic and was surprised. I thought this genuinely would help out the platform if they worked the kinks out. I guess we all saw how that ended haha! Microsoft pulled the plug on the Android emulation for APKs (Android apps) and nothing much happened after that… It was easily another key mistake in my mind, but I’m sure people could argue otherwise and that’s fine. Nobody knows where it would have actually taken the platform I guess…Another good example of a solid project that did last, but didn’t quite work out, was Continumm,
the dock your phone and it becomes a PC thing. That brought a lot of interest, but the backbone of it relied on UWP or Universal Windows Platform. Essentially, many developers never bothered to convert their apps for compatibility, so it didn’t work out well.
Continumm no doubt was ahead of it’s time in my opinion. With Windows 10 on ARM and now Apple making a transition to ARM based processors, I
really believe we will start seeing more projects similar to Continumm appear. Samsung already does that with DeX to a certain extent and it’s decent. Time will tell.
Tech Tracker : What is your favourite device and you recommend.
Sammy : The devices I use vary, so I don’t really have a favorite. I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge as a daily driver, but am looking to stay with Android for my next upgrade, so the new Pixel 4a might just be enough for me. I’ve used all sorts of devices, ranging from high end, to budget, so buy whatever you think is best suited for you in terms of specification and price. If you take the time to research and look, you should be happy in the end with the device you pick :)
Tech Tracker : Do you have any future project plans that you want to share us.
Sammy : As for future projects, I’m currently planning a small return to some tech content for my YouTube channel right now. Hopefully that content will start making its way online during September. I’ve been working on starting my own media business SJRMAC Media since 2018, so that’s why a lot of my projects and videos shifted away from tech. I’ve still been doing a fair amount behind the scenes for some other projects, such as one with Hikari Calyx Tech regarding the new HMD Nokia Android devices, but I’m slowly exiting that, or at least I think I am. I may change my mind on that though, not 100% sure…
Tech Tracker : Do this android 4 lumia project will be extended to other devices.
Sammy : Android4Lumia will only gain more device support if someone decides to take on the project and help. As of now, there’s no interest at the moment and us main guys are or have already moved on.
Tech Tracker : Do you think microsoft will ever release thier software for open source development.
Sammy : Microsoft is doing interesting things with open-source these days, but I don’t know. Again, we’ll see what the future brings.
Tech Tracker : Do you think buying lumia phones in 2020 good.
Buying Lumia phones in 2020 isn’t smart, unless you can have them for cheap and use them for projects like this one, or Windows on ARM for Lumia 950 and 940XL. Google “Lumia WOA” and you can find out more on that :D
Tech Tracker : your github url ?
My GitHub hasn’t been updated in quite some time, but I hope to change that with the tech content I have planned for YouTube. You can find my profile here: https://github.com/sjrmac
Tech Tracker : How you feel about this interview ?
Sammy : This is really the first interview I’ve had regarding this project and I had been working with/on the project for quite some time before I stopped. It’s been almost 4 years since I first heard about it in fact!
Tech Tracker : Finally, what you want to say users ?
Sammy : Here’s what I have to say to people: Please learn to utilize search tools and functions online. It saved me so much time once I learned to be efficient in research. It’s gonna save you lots of time, and the developers of a project as well, as they hate receiving messages about info you can easily find out on your own and that is available. Keep the developers happy and they’ll do what they want without being discouraged and having to deal with petty users that want it all. Remember, many of them do this as a hobby! Be thankful they spend the time to produce a tool or whatever, rather than demanding things from them. They have lives too, so be mindful of that and spend the time you would use to write them a message and put it towards research. You’ll often find your answer and learn more along the way. Devs appreciate well written responses to things that either don’t have documentation available, or something of that nature.
Finally, Sammy eventually started this media bussiness : sjrmacmedia.com we wish him a great success ahead :)
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