Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
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<p>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 wised up to the ways of Nexus and DuARTe. He receives press releases at aamirsiddiqui@xda-developers.com.</p>

[Update: Fixed by Factory Reset] Some Google Pixel 2 Owners are Reporting a Bootloader Unlock Bug

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are flagship devices meant to showcase the Google software experience. But the phones have had their share of issues, ranging from the Pixel 2's inability to flash factory images and OTAs and high-pitched earpiece noises to the Pixel 2 XL's display burn-in and audio recording issues. Unfortunately, the problems haven't stopped there. Some Pixel 2 owners who purchased...

Here’s Everything That’s New on the OnePlus 5T and OxygenOS

The OnePlus 5T is the newest phone from OnePlus, and it improves on the company's 2016 flagship, the OnePlus 5, in lots of ways. Whereas the OnePlus 3T was a relatively subtle upgrade over the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 5T makes much bolder moves. Without further ado, here's everything that's new on OnePlus 5T and OxygenOS 4.7,...

Xiaomi Launches the Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite and MIUI 9 Global ROM in India

At an event in New Delhi, Xiaomi has launched a new selfie-focused branding to compete against other Chinese OEMs in this fast growing market segment in India. The Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite are the global variants of the Redmi Note 5A Prime and the Redmi Note 5A that were launched in China...

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Indian Launch: First Impressions and Hands-On with Xiaomi India’s Most Expensive Smartphone

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched a month ago in China amid much fanfare. The Mix 2 attempted to perfect what Xiaomi started with the original Mi Mix, bringing the same edge-to-edge display down to smaller screen size and an even smaller chin. The eye catching design of the Mix 2 is complemented by...

Xiaomi Mi A1 XDA Review: Android One and Xiaomi Hardware Result in a Delightful & Affordable Stock Experience

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is one of Xiaomi’s biggest releases of the year 2017. Despite its overall humbling package, the phone marks a few important milestones for the Chinese company as well as for the Android ecosystem. The Mi A1 is important because it is the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship without Xiaomi’s own custom UX,...

List of Android 8.0 Oreo Custom ROMs for Popular Devices – Find Your Update! [Updated: 10/25]

Android 8.0 Oreo is more than a week old, and so far, we've really dug into everything we could lay our hands on. This update to Android may be considered incremental in nature, but that in no way diminishes the improvements it brings to the table. But unless you have a Google Pixel device or...

Motorola to Honor Android Oreo Update Promise for the Moto G4 Plus After Backlash

Lenovo caused an uproar in the community when it announced its Android 8.0 Oreo update plans for its smartphone portfolio. The update list included most 2017 smartphones and 2016 flagships, but ended up excluding the Moto G4 Plus. Such uproar was rightfully warranted in this case, as Motorola had explicitly promised Android N and Android O...

Speed, Thermal, and Performance Comparison of Fast Charge Standards

One of the most common qualms from smartphone users is how their phones never last through the whole day. Despite all the advances in smartphones in recent years, such as quick charging solutions like Quick Charge, Dash Charge and SuperCharge, batteries feel like they have not evolved quick enough to keep up with our needs. Part...

Google Reportedly Releasing “Tez” Payment Service in India with UPI Support

Google sees the different needs and expectations of a developing market like India as against those of developed markets like the USA and EU. Which is why Google is reportedly planning to introduce a localized digital payment service, according to a report from The Ken. This launch could be as soon as the coming Monday,...

Why OnePlus is Still Succeeding with Developers and Enthusiasts

We all know OnePlus to be a brand that began its journey through controversy. The OnePlus One remained in the limelight not only for its hardware and price tag, but also for all the claims and tactics employed by OnePlus to ensure that the device became one of the most talked about smartphones in enthusiast...

Android Oreo Adds Support for WiFi Passpoint, But Makes it Optional for OEMs

WiFi Passpoint, launched in 2012 by the WiFi Alliance, is an industry-wide solution to streamline network access to hotspots. It seeks to eliminate the need for users to find and authenticate a network each time they connect to it. In networks that do not support Passpoint, users need to search for and choose a network...

Xiaomi Mi A1 Utilizes Android Nougat’s A/B Partitioning to Provide Seamless Updates

The new Xiaomi Android One device, the Mi A1, is turning out to be a very interesting device. This is the first device from Xiaomi that does not run MIUI out of the box. Instead, the device runs stock Android with Google Apps and a few Xiaomi add-ons, providing a Pixel-like experience at a price...