Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. 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, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

Download: MIUI 12 stable update rolling out to several Xiaomi, Redmi and POCO devices

MIUI 12 is the newest big release for Xiaomi smartphones, perhaps even bigger than an Android version jump. Features on Xiaomi devices are dictated more by their MIUI versions than the underlying Android version, so a MIUI version upgrade is an exciting event. This article will serve as the central repository of download links for...

Download: MIUI 12.5 Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices [Update: July 28 builds]

The latest version of Xiaomi's custom Android skin - MIUI 12.5 - is finally here. The first incremental update over MIUI 12 has been unveiled at the Mi 11 launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 12, the stable version of which was released less than six months ago, MIUI 12.5 brings in a slew...

Google may have already revealed the dessert name for Android 13 “T”

Android 12 is slated for an imminent public release in the coming months, and we are building up to that launch with the release of Dev Previews and Betas along the way. Google released Android 12 Beta 3.1 some hours ago, which is a bug fix release for the most part. While we dig into...

OnePlus Nord 2 First Impressions: Does the Dimensity gamble pay off?

OnePlus and Qualcomm have had a long and fruitful relationship. Barring the hot Snapdragon 810 on the OnePlus 2, all OnePlus smartphones have paired fantastically with a Snapdragon SoC. The company had also largely stuck to flagship SoCs, but that changed with the launch of the OnePlus Nord last year. The Nord was the first...

OnePlus enters the premium TWS space with the new OnePlus Buds Pro

OnePlus entered the TWS space with the launch of the OnePlus Buds last year. The company followed it up with the OnePlus Buds Z, which offered a different design at an even more affordable price. Now, alongside the new OnePlus Nord 2, OnePlus has unveiled its first premium TWS earphones -- the OnePlus Buds Pro. The...

OnePlus Nord 2 with Dimensity 1200 and IMX 766 launches with an amazing price tag

The original OnePlus Nord was the company's attempt at making the signature OnePlus experience available at a lower price to make it more accessible to the masses. As it turns out, people really liked the Nord. It became one of the most successful smartphones from OnePlus in several regions, in sharp contrast to the unlucky...

Genshin Impact – Horizon Zero Dawn collab will give all players a free 5-star character

Genshin Impact is currently keeping its players engaged in the massive v2.0 update with the new Inazuma region, new bosses, new characters, new mechanics, cross-platform play and so much more. While players explore the new region, Mihoyo just dropped a surprise announcement. Genshin Impact's developer Mihoyo is collaborating with Horizon Zero Dawn's developer Guerrilla Games...

Android 12: Everything we know so far about Google’s next big update, with changes from Beta 3!

Android is the world's most popular smartphone operating system, running on over 3 billion smartphones around the world. As a result, even the tiniest of changes in the OS has the potential to affect millions of users. But because of the way that Android updates are delivered, it's debatable whether these changes actually make a...

Here are the new features Microsoft plans to add to Edge

For all the hate that Internet Explorer got, Microsoft did turn a corner with the newer Edge browser. Compared to Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge does come off as a fresh and lighter alternative. Microsoft also has shown commitment towards the browser, adding in features and light visual refreshes in an attempt to chip away market...

Genshin Impact gets its biggest update yet with the new Inazuma region in v2.0 release

We've written about Genshin Impact at XDA before, and that's because we really like it. I've personally sunk in hours while staying free-to-play, and the entire experience makes it a great Android game. While the recent v1.6 update brought along a temporary region to explore, Genshin Impact is now getting a version jump to 2.0...

Samsung Galaxy Buds/Buds+/Live/Pro randomly dead? Here’s how to fix them

Samsung's Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Buds 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 are one of the safest, general recommendations for the average consumer. But sometimes, accidents...

Apple iPad Pro 2021: M1 chip, 5G, Mini LED XDR display, and Everything else you need to know

The Apple iPad is unquestionably one of the best tablets you can buy. Despite the global decline in demand for tablets, different varieties of the iPad have been in high demand thanks to their unique proposition of powerful processing capabilities and portability. The iPad Pro takes it a step further with a massive display, multiple...