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Realme X2 Performance & Gaming Review: The Finest Mid-Ranger of 2019

Realme has been aggressively broadening its reach, expanding both vertically and laterally. Less than two years ago, it was a brand vending entry-level phone to price-conscious Southeast Asians. But since then, it has matured into a poster-boy label for premium-grade value for money phones available in key global markets. More importantly, this stupefying surge has...

Xiaomi Redmi 8 gets official TWRP support

TWRP is undoubtedly the most commonly used custom recovery for installing third-party software on Android devices. However, it's not officially available for all Android smartphones due to the sheer number of phones launched every month. Thankfully, the recovery is open source, so any developer can build for their phone and request that their builds be...

OxygenOS Open Beta 8 for the OnePlus 7 series brings One-Handed Mode

OnePlus smartphones generally have three streams of software - Closed Beta, Open Beta, and Stable. Closed Betas are available for a limited number of testers, while the Open Betas are published on OnePlus' forums for anyone to install. Both of these builds are used for testing to iron out bugs and other issues, along with...

You can use Substratum custom themes on One UI 2.0 with Synergy

When One UI went into public beta way back in November of 2018, many were excited to start using it. It offered massive improvements in aesthetics and features, along with a system-wide dark mode. Even better, Samsung didn’t disable installing custom overlays in One UI. Sadly, around the time of the Galaxy S10 launch, Samsung...

Latest One UI 2.0 update reveals more about the Samsung Galaxy S20’s camera features, Fold 2’s charging, more

Samsung's latest software builds usually gives us a good idea about what Samsung is working on for its upcoming smartphones. The added strings, resources, and code give clues about future products, devices, and features here and there for bored nerds like me to find. For this year's H1 flagship devices, namely the Galaxy S11 (Galaxy...

Google Duo gets emoji reactions to video messages

Google's efforts with messaging apps haven't always resulted in success. In fact, pretty often they result in complete failure. Luckily, though, they seem to be starting to figure things out a little bit better. With RCS rolling out to all devices independently of your carrier or device, Android users may very well get close to...

Some Pixel 3/3 XL owners will get a cumulative January and December security update

Google has had a rocky few months in terms of updating its Pixel devices. Rollouts of the monthly security updates have felt slower than usual, and the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL had to wait an extra two weeks to get the December security patch. Those weren't the only devices that had to wait,...

[Update: Launching next month] Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo team up to make cross-device file transfers easier

The AirDrop feature on Apple devices is a fast and convenient way of sharing files without any requirement to rely on third-party applications. It has been around since 2011 is one of the reasons why many prefer staying in the Apple ecosystem. Android, too, had had NFC-based Android Beam for several years but it will...

[Update: Delayed indefinitely] The Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha has a surround-display design, 180% screen-to-body ratio, and costs $2800

Xiaomi's Mi MIX lineup was first introduced as a revolutionary product with a nearly bezel-less display. The concept has matured over the generations with the Mi MIX 2 and the Mi MIX 2S. and with the fourth MIX smartphone, Xiaomi is doing something unique and futuristic. The Mi MIX Alpha is another major leap forward...

[Update 3: 6GB/64GB now available in India] Realme X2 Pro with insane 50W fast charging and flagship specs gets a jaw-dropping price in India

Realme has grown at an astonishing rate over the last year and this controverts the globally declining demand for smartphones. Starting its journey with entry-level smartphones, Realme has rapidly evolved to grab a major chunk of the mid-range segment and is now vying for a share in the segment of flagships – or rather, flagship...

Realme 5 and 5s receive updates with December 2019 security patches

Over the last couple of months, Realme has done a fantastic job of releasing timely security updates for its devices. Following the rollout of the Android security patches for December 2019 early last month, the company rolled out updates for the Realme 1, U1, 3 Pro, XT, C2, 5 Pro, and Realme X with the...