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.

F-Droid’s Android App Finally Gets a UI Makeover

While Android is based off of open source code, the same cannot be said of most of the apps that make the OS worthwhile to use. Most modern day smart functionality of Android is accomplished through closed source, proprietary apps. Considering the amount of data we store in our phones and the permissions we grant to...

XDA Interviews Scotty Allen: The Guy Who Built his Own iPhone [Part 2]

A little over 2 weeks ago, a YouTube video of a man who traveled to China to build his own iPhone went viral. The aim of his project was to assemble a fully-functioning iPhone 6s from locally sourced parts purchased from the Chinese components market. Would it be possible to put together everything required to build...

XDA Interviews Scotty Allen: The Guy Who Built his Own iPhone [Part 1]

A little over 2 weeks ago, a YouTube video of a man who traveled to China to build his own iPhone went viral. The aim of his project was to assemble a fully-functioning iPhone 6s from locally sourced parts purchased from the Chinese components market. Would it be possible to put together everything required to build...

Samsung Planning to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7R in South Korea by June

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will go down in the history books as the flagship whose popularity blew up in its face when it hit the market (okay, enough with the exploding jokes!) Despite some impressive hardware, the fatal flaw on the Note 7 was the tendency of some of its units to catch fire, which eventually...

Kernel Sources Released for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Exynos Variants

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now reaching the hands of more and more consumers around the world. With the gradual rise in availability, we were bound to see development work and custom modifications start to pick up for the device. Recently, we featured the release of an unofficial TWRP for the Galaxy S8+ Exynos variants....

TWRP Released for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ Exynos Variant

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ reaching the hands of more and more consumers, development on the devices was bound to begin sooner rather than later. Kickstarting the slew of software modifications on the S8+ Exynos variant is this release of TWRP. XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor jesec has built TWRP for the Samsung Galaxy S8+...

Samsung Galaxy S8 Teardown Reveals Front Facing Camera Hardware Features OIS

Some of the "smallest" improvements found in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ reside in the camera department. That is not entirely a bad thing, because the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge did set the bar really high for their camera performance. The front camera on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ did receive a hardware upgrade....

Huawei Admits P10 and P10 Plus Can Feature Memory Chips with Different Specifications

Huawei had released the Huawei P10 and the P10 Plus at MWC 2017. The devices featured an excellent set of specifications including the powerful Kirin 960 processor, 4/6GBs of RAM, a fairly decently sized battery and sharp camera setups. Consumers who purchased the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus expect nothing less from the device. After all,...

HTC to Launch the HTC U, its Squeezable Flagship, on May 16th

HTC took to Twitter to tease its new upcoming product -- the HTC U, which is internally known as the HTC Ocean. The device is scheduled for launch on 16th May 2017. https://twitter.com/htc/status/854937689354772480 The highlight of the HTC U will be its "squeezable" mid-frame, which will add a novel input and control method to the device. Users...

What are your first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were near the end of March, and Samsung's marketing and advertising machinery has been hard at work to ensure word about the devices and all of their new features and functionality reaches far and wide. Being Samsung's current flagships, there are a lot of expectations from the devices, and early opinions...

Paranoid Android Teases Another Return

The last time we talked about Paranoid Android was in September 2016, when the PA team had announced their ROM base update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Stable builds were made available for their list of supported devices, and more features and a Nougat update were also promised for the future. But since then, we haven't...

Samsung Completes Qualification of 10LPP, its 2nd Gen 10nm Process Technology

Samsung Electronics announced that it has completed the qualification procedure for its 10-nanometer FinFET process technology and is now ready to move ahead for production. The second generation of Samsung's 10nm FinFET process technology is referred to as 10LPP (Low Power Plus). 10LPP builds up on the first generation 10LPE (Low Power Early) process. With further...