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The Tato Series: An Interview With Liquidzgrl – One of the Few Female Android Developers

  

I was fortunate enough to snag some time with an upcoming developer who’s work can be found for many HTC Thunderbolt devices if they search hard enough through the forums. The neat thing about this developer is that they are an incredible multi-tasker just like the platform they work on. A mother, full-time worker, and part-time Android developer. Impressive. Her name is Misty and she goes by Liquidzgrl on the web, and she creates ROMs and themes for the Thunderbolt.

Down below you can read my conversation with her on starting to develop, being a mom and still having time for a hobby, and possibly being the only underground Android developer who just so happens to be a girl.

DL: To start it off – what’s your name and what is it that you do?

Misty: My name is Misty. Better known by my Android alias, Liquidzgrl. I currently work full-time as a CSR in the utility industry. I’ve been with popular Android developer, Liquid0624 for 11 years now and we have 1 son together. I make boot-animations and other fun graphics for Android and have recently started getting into ROM development and am also experimenting with app development.

DL: Excellent. So what got you into Android in the first place?

Misty: Well, I am a former Blackberry user here. Liquid0624 purchased the OG Droid while I was left in the dust with my paperweight. I loved the capabilities that the Android system had to offer. Once I saw how amazing the graphics were I started my quest into the Android world with inspiration from ChevyNo1 and his Simply Stunning ROM. I never really had any formal background in computer programming although starting at age 14 I did start self study of C++ and VB.net a few years later. I started playing around with boot-animations at first for Chevy but then when Liquid0624 starting getting more involved into ROM development I followed quickly behind like a pesky fly wanting to know all about it so he has been helping me learn more and grow with Android Development myself now. I absolutely love being able to do what I want and have that control of my phone. I couldn’t contain myself any longer once I purchased my HTC Thunderbolt. I wanted to root in the worst way the bloat was getting to me. Though I think all the ROMs out there are amazing none of them were what I wanted so my journey truly began and i decided my goal was to make what I want happen and then root so that is just what I did. Going forward, the possibilities are endless and I love it!

DL: So, do you know of any other girl developers in the Android ROM community? You might be the only one!

Misty: No, I think I might be the only one at least for right now. There could be others out there but certainly none that I know of directly or that have been publicly mentioned. Maybe I’ll start a new trend. Now that I have released my first Rom, Liquid Thundersense V2.0 and some of those who have tried it are commenting as to how well it works and how much they like it, I am hoping it will easy the anxiety of some who are cautious to trust the development abilities of a woman.

DL: So what exactly was lacking from other ROMs that you are delivering in your ROM?

Misty: Actually, this one is an interesting twist on things. The other ROMs were lacking the basic stock only feel that I was seeking. The other ones had more than I wanted in them. So as a newly rooted user my ROM was created to be appealing to those who want the best of Stock minus bloat plus the speed and a ROM that makes newer rooting users feel more comfortable with the transition into the rooted android world.

DL: So where would you like to see your development in the future? Going to pursue making ROMs? Or would you like to do something else?

Misty: My future ambitions are still a work in progress at this time. I will be continuing ROM development but I would like to learn more about application development as well. I want to be well rounded in all aspects of Android development maybe with the exception of kernels. My current project is a ROM style similar to my first release but for Gingerbread. Basically, it’s going to be a new and re-designed Liquid Gingersense ROM with a new name for the new Dev. In addition, maybe it will be even better that my 1st for 2 reasons. 1= My experience is growing 2= I now have the added support of my team (TeamLiquid)

DL: About how much time would you say is spent on Android in any given week? Hard to juggle being a mother, having a job, and Android as a hobby?

Misty: Harder than I could ever even begin to describe! Being a mother is a full time job. I work a full time job. Android as my hobby though I would like to devote more time to it, sadly I must put it on the back burner. The time I spend on Android work in any given week varies so extremely it is hard to pinpoint a number as a generalized answer. I’d say on a good week 10-20 hours and a bad week less than 10.

DL: That’s got to be intense.

Misty: Indeed.

DL: Do you think Android will be around when your son grows up? Maybe he can be the next big ROM Developer? Going to teach him to code at an early age?

Misty: I definitely think Android will be around when he grows up though by then it might just have the capability to go to work for me. *laughs* Maybe he can be the next big ROM Developer? Absolutely, he has the potential to do anything that he sets his mind too. We all do! Am I going to teach him code at an early age? I may not have to, he watches Daddy(Liquid0624) and me and has started reading internet tutorials already without any suggestion from us.
He longs to hold the LiquidJR title in the community.

DL: Nice. We look forward to his work. Keep us posted on any future development. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us!

Misty: And thank you and all the other great developers out there who have also helped get me here today! Everyone watch for releases and upcoming work from me and our team!

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It’s been a long time since we had one of these and it reminds me that there are so many people out there that spend lots of their free time, to help people enjoy their devices to their full potential. Developers like Misty and her husband are good people that deserve some gratitude. So on behalf of the DL community, a big thanks to all the developers/themers out there that don’t make a living off this, but still sacrifice the time and energy for the love of it.

If you want to follow Misty on Twitter, you can find her here. Interested in flashing her ROM? Then check it out here. Learn more about their work at their website.

More of this series can be found here.

  • Richard Ericksen

    “one of the few female android developers” says the post title.

    “don’t pigeonhole females” say the comments.

    zzzzzzzzz

  • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randy

    That’s awesome. I wish I could have been like her son, and had my parents introduce me to code at such a young age. Instead, I didn’t even find out that my dad knew how to code until after I started doing some coding in college. Then I found out some of the cool stuff HE did in college.

  • Mimeo Ink

    Thanks for this, Tim.  

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    Girl or guy, this is a great looking rom

  • Anonymous

    i’ve run liquid’s rom’s for a long time now.  liquid 3.0 on the thunderbolt is by far the best my thunderbolt has run from day 1.  super fast and best battery life out of any rom i’ve run so far.  and i’ve tried them all……. and i love that it’s good old aosp android……. looks just like my original droid, but runs waaaaay better =) 

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1294296

    • jam120992

      i run liquids 3.0 on my droid, been running it since 1.0. only reason i still have my droid 

  • http://www.facebook.com/spdivr1122 Stephen Wagner

    no disrespect to her. im actually jealous. i cant do crap programming wise 

  • http://twitter.com/dcdevito Dominick C DeVito

    Stop giving her ANY kind of shit.

    We need as many Android devs as we can get. 

  • Mcneilmoe

    Its crazy to see a girl rom? I’m a 13 year old rom Dev so yeahh

  • Lmrojas

    I hate being part of a sexist community. OH HOW DOES SHE LOOK? OH BET THE ROMS COME WITH A COOK BOOK. Lets see your privileged male self develop a ROM.

    • Noydb

      No, it would have been sexist if someone said every 28 days the ROM would:
      1. Spontaneously add bloatware.
      2. Get moody and unresponsive.
      3. Max your credit card on shoes and Godiva chocolate.
      4. Ask if the new extended battery makes her chassis look fat.

  • tbaybe

    What does it matter? She’s a mom and in a relationship

  • tbaybe

    You go girl! Miss talking to ya

    • Anonymous

      You tell’em Tbaybe, it’s great to have a woman’s point of view in the dev community!!!! :) IMHO we need more female devs out there :)

  • Pardes33

    where is her picture ?????

  • DroidLifeRules

    What does this girl look like?

  • Anonymous

    Women’s Suffrage Movement: Android Edition

    But seriously, it’s pretty cool to have a woman dev’ing ROMs. It would be great to see more girls get into this sort of thing; heck, I can barely get my wife to set a LWP!

  • Jason Purp

    The ROMs will come pre-loaded with grocery list apps and cooking apps.

    • Anonymous

      Dude. Just have to stir the pot?

      • Jason Purp

        Somebody had to do it. I want my 1,000 Disqus likes. I wanted that somebody to be me.

        • Anonymous

          Then I’ll gladly ad to your tally.

          • Jason Purp

            <3

    • Anonymous

      I admit, I lol’d.

    • Lmrojas

      Hardy haarrr. Sexist simple and plain motherf*ck you and John Wayne .

      • Jason Purp

        OK

        • Lmrojas

          Smh typical white male I should of known the public enemy reference would bewilder you….

          • bigrob60

            Fight the Power!!!

          • Noydb

            How do you know he’s a white male? Maybe he didn’t get it because Public Enemy hasn’t been relevant in 20 years.

          • Danial Carver

            Public Enemy is shit!! And you are a typical blacky who thinks a Flavor Flave lyric is a meaningful and relevant reply. FAIL

      • Anonymous

        Hey, don’t bring John Wayne into this. He was an American hero. This country could truly benefit from someone with his character and values.
        -1, sir. Have a good day.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      It’s okay when you think it to yourself, but as soon as you write it for others to see it makes you look ignorant. I enjoy your comments but come on, dude. I could just make Disqus give you 1,000,000 likes instead of having you snoop that low. :)

      • Jason Purp

        Tim, you actually seem like one of the nicest people in the world.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

          I try dude lol

      • Anonymous

        He doesn’t look ignorant, just funny. It’s called a joke, bro. Having a sense of humor is important.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

          Don’t worry I know what a joke is, bro :)

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, we know you leave shitty comments all the time, we are shocked by the abrupt call to professionalism all of a sudden.

      • Lindsay Lohan

        Your 4th grade grammar skills make you look ignorant.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          LOOK WHOS TALKING LOHAN, GO SNORT SOME MORE COKE PLZ. ;)

    • Mac’nTosh

      Where’s mctypething when you need him?

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Bull Dyke

  • Anonymous

    Keep the Tato Series going!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ab-Gar/538974072 Ab Gar

      Agreed, i always enjoy reading these. Keep it up Tim!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    I was wondering when you were going to continue to do these!! Great to see the Tato Series make a comeback!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      It’s been too long :)

      • Anonymous

        Good job Tato, I miss these interviews too!!!  Good to see a female dev out there I hope she continues and we hear more about her ROM’s :)

      • Anonymous

        that’s what she said.