Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] And my Twitter is @aamirsidd94.

How to sideload and install apps on Android as APKs or App Bundles

Apps are the lifeblood of any operating system. Without apps, we can only do so much on platforms like Android on our favorite smartphones. Fortunately, Google Play offers millions of apps, but due to platform restrictions, not every good app can be found on the store. Sometimes, app availability is also restricted on a geographical...

Samsung Galaxy Buds earbuds randomly dead? Here’s how to fix them

Samsung's Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy Buds 2, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are the closest rivals to Apple's AirPods, at least in terms of popularity. While there are a few quirks to each of them, this range of earbuds from Samsung is one of the safest, general recommendations...

Introducing the new and improved XDA TV – revisiting the Galaxy S3 with Android 12

There's no better way to start an announcement but with a confession: making videos is hard, and making good videos that people will eagerly watch is even more so. With those challenges in mind, XDA started its YouTube journey back in 2011, back when the platform itself was still figuring itself out. A few years...

Garmin Smartwatches get as much as $350 off in this Prime Day sale

When it comes to smartwatches, Garmin has a reputation to uphold. While not the cheapest in the market, Garmin makes some incredibly solid, durable, and rather unique smartwatches. Their expansive portfolio focuses on various key needs, but there's a noticeable focus on ruggedness and athletic tracking, marking Garmin as one of the best in the...

Motorola is offering up to $300 off on its phones for Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is fully underway, and there are a bunch of good deals you can find. If you're on the lookout for a new smartphone, some notable choices include the Google Pixel 6 and some OnePlus devices. But if you want even more options, Motorola has even more of its picks to throw in...

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Unboxing: What do you get inside the box?

Asus makes some crazy gaming phones, and for 2022, the Taiwanese OEM is rolling the dice with the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. We have the retail unit of the ROG Phone 6 Pro with us, and it comes in packaging that is as crazy as the smartphone itself. So follow...

Google’s “Switch to Android” iOS app now supports switching to all Android 12 devices

A few months ago, Google quietly launched the "Switch to Android" iOS app on the Apple App Store. This is a dedicated companion app that guides users wanting to switch from a recent iPhone to an Android device. The launch was a quiet affair, and that was partially because the app supported only Google Pixel...

Download: MIUI Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices [Update: June 22 PRE builds]

The latest version of Xiaomi's custom Android skin - MIUI 13 - is finally here. The latest iteration of MIUI has been unveiled at the Xiaomi 12 launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 12/12.5, MIUI 13 brings in a slew of improvements, visual overhauls, and a handful of new features. We have already extracted...

[Update: Coming back up] Large parts of the Internet are down due to a Cloudflare outage

If you just started your day by logging into your daily routine websites and got greeted by a "500 Internal Server Error", then know that you are not alone. Large parts of the Internet are down, and the cause for it appears to be an outage at Cloudflare. Affected websites and services include Discord, Omegle,...

You will soon no longer need an Apple Watch just to access the iOS Fitness app

The Apple Watch is great. It arguably is the best smartwatch in the market (I argue it isn't), but there's no denying that this is an incredibly popular product. There's a good chance that people who have an iPhone also have an Apple Watch, letting them access all of the fitness and workout features. But...

Emergency Reset lets you quickly revoke data access in case of domestic abuse

Apple prides itself on its ecosystem play, meaning that you get more use out of your Apple devices the more Apple devices you have. This also extends to devices beyond your own self, as Apple makes it rewarding and rather seamless to have a shared experience with other Apple users. But often, relationships can go...

MIUI 13: Features, Rollout Schedule, Download Links and more from Xiaomi’s latest Android skin

At a launch event in China on December 28, 2021, Xiaomi unveiled the latest version of its Android skin -- MIUI 13. As you'd expect, MIUI 13 comes with a bunch of new features and performance improvements, including new privacy features, a new system font, a bunch of cool wallpapers, and even a version optimized...