Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
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Commerce graduate and Law student with a passion for all things Android, Aamir frequently helps people get the best out of their budget smartphones through generous use of custom roms and kernels. Once an ardent Samsung fanboy, he has since wisened up to the ways of Nexus and DuARTe. He receives press releases at aamirsiddiqui@xda-developers.com.

Xiaomi Launches its Own In-House “Surge S1” SoC with the new Xiaomi Mi 5C

The mobile SoC market for Android is majorly dominated by the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek, along with participation by other makers like Samsung and Huawei. Now we can add Xiaomi to the list too, as the Chinese company has now launched its own in-house SoC called the Surge S1, and found in the new...

XDA Forums Live for MWC 2017 Devices!

This year's Mobile World Congress was a busy affair -- OEMs from all across the world converged under one roof to announce their newest products. We saw devices ranging from dumbphones all the way to premium flagships, giving everyone something to choose from. In order to provide our forum users the best of experiences and give a one-stop...

Sony Launches the Xperia XZ Premium, XZs, XA1 and XA1 Ultra at MWC 2017

Sony is making its presence felt at Mobile World Congress 2017 by launching not one or two, but four new smartphones. While the phones share a similar design language, these smartphones mark a few key firsts in the market for Sony. Xperia XZ Premium The Xperia XZ Premium is the top product that was announced by Sony,...

Samsung Teases the Galaxy S8, Launches the Galaxy Tab S3, Gear VR with Controller at MWC 2017

MWC 2017 is on in full swing, and Samsung's keynote was one of the most anticipated events despite the lack of a new Galaxy flagship. What we got instead was a new Galaxy Tab, a new Gear VR with Controller, and a short teaser of the Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iNTxLXO-Iw The teaser for...

Nokia Announces the new Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 Arte Black Edition

At MWC 2017, HMD Global is bringing back Nokia to the smartphone market with the international reveal of the new Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and the international launch of the Nokia 6 and the revisited Nokia 3310 feature phone. Nokia 6 First up, Nokia's first Android smartphone that was launched in China is now going global. This...

Huawei Launches the New Huawei P10 and P10+ At MWC 2017

At MWC 2017, Huawei has launched the Huawei P10 and P10+. These new devices pick up the mantle from the Huawei P9 with updated specifications and yet-more focus on camera performance. The Huawei P10 comes with a 5.1" FHD display, while the Huawei P10+ comes with a 5.5" QHD display. Inside, the Huawei P10 and P10+ come...

Google Assistant Now Available for All Android 6.0+ Devices

Google Assistant was one of the main selling points of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This software addition from Google formed a key part of the Pixel experience, and the company intended to keep the experience exclusive for a while. You could still find ways to make use of Google Assistant on unsupported phones,...

BlackBerry Launches the Keyboard-Equipped KEYone at MWC 2017

Mobile World Congress 2017 is just upon us, and one of the announcements before the event kicks off comes to us from BlackBerry. At their keynote right before MWC 2017, BlackBerry has revealed the rest of the specifications of the BlackBerry 'Mercury', which is now officially known as BlackBerry KEYone. TCL had already unveiled the BlackBerry...

Ringing Bells ‘$4 Smartphone’ Founder Arrested on Fraud Allegations

Does the name 'Ringing Bells' ring any bells? The oddly-named company was responsible for stealing the limelight for a few weeks with its Freedom 251 smartphone, which was being sold to the customer for an astonishingly low $4 (₹251). There were a number of things not quite right with this $4 smartphone. We had an article over why the...

Google Pushes for RCS Messaging with “Android Messages”, New Partners and Business Integration

The adoption of the Rich Communications Services standard is an initiative in the mobile industry that aims to upgrade the outdated SMS experience, the one that fails to take advantage of a modern smartphone's capabilities. Current user needs rely more on media sharing and features like enhanced read receipts and group conversations, which is why...

Samsung Launches the Exynos 9 Series 8895 Octa-Core Processor on 10nm FinFET Process Technology

After a bit of teasing, Samsung has unveiled the Exynos 9 Series Processor with the launch of the Exynos 8895. This is the latest flagship SoC from Samsung, and is built on the industry leading 10nm FinFET process technology. The Exynos 9 Series 8895 is the latest premium application processor from Samsung Electronics, and is the...

Reliance Jio Crosses 100 Million Subscribers in India in 5 Months, Launches Jio Prime Subscription Plan

Have you heard of Reliance Jio yet? If you haven't, Reliance Jio is a new player in the Indian telecom sector. As a mobile network operator, Jio has been creating waves in the Indian market and is responsible for ushering in the cheap data revolution since the past few months in the country. As a primer,...