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 wised up to the ways of Nexus and DuARTe. He receives press releases at aamirsiddiqui@xda-developers.com.

Sony Xperia X/X Compact, Moto E4, and Xiaomi Mi Note 3 receive TWRP support

As far as custom recoveries go, TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) currently enjoys the position of being the most popular custom recovery around, surpassing the popularity of ClockworkMod and others. TWRP, like other custom recoveries, makes it easy to tinker with your device, undertake system level modifications with ease, and even restore backups if you do...

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leak shows off new color and Bluetooth S Pen

We are inching closer to August 9th, the scheduled official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and new leaks are emerging for the upcoming Samsung flagship. The latest leak comes from Chinese leaker @UniverseIce, who has a good track record as far as Samsung flagships go. https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1017315956131971072 This image is from the marketing materials of the Galaxy...

WhatsApp will label forwarded messages to combat fake news in India

In a blog post published recently, WhatsApp has announced that it will now label messages that have been received as forwards. This extra context will help users determine the usefulness of the message, and hopefully help curb the fake news and viral misinformation issues that have plagued the app recently. WhatsApp came into the spotlight in...

YouTube Incognito Mode to hide browsing history is rolling out on Android

With user privacy thankfully coming back into the spotlight these days, many popular apps are building in features that give the user greater control over what is tracked and stored by the app. Popularly referred to as Incognito Mode or Private Browsing, such features attempt to hide online activity from being tracked and have already...

Android Emulator in Android Studio 3.2 now supports AMD processors on Windows 10

Android Emulator 27.3.6 was recently released in the Canary and Dev channels alongside the Android Studio release, bringing a long-awaited feature for AMD users on Windows 10. This new build has finally brought support for running the emulator with hardware acceleration on machines with AMD processors. Previously, AMD users on Windows 10 were unable to run...

US Senator pushes government to stop using old VPN tech and use WireGuard

VPNs have played a pivotal role in today's age, allowing users to bypass geographical restrictions and keep their data relatively secure from prying eyes. While the use of a VPN is recommended against not using one at all when dealing with important information, some of the most popular VPNs have their own set of problems...

Microsoft’s pocketable Surface device is a bold gamble after the failure of Windows Phone

Microsoft was once a popular figure when it came to smartphone OS, but this popularity has long been forgotten. Thanks to tough competition from Google's Android and Apple's iOS, Microsoft took a few risks with its popular Windows Mobile platform and deprecated it in favor of Windows Phone, which also did not find as many...

Xiaomi reveals rollout schedule for MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM

Shortly on the heels of the MIUI 10 China Alpha release for a few devices, Xiaomi has shared its rollout schedule for the upcoming MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM. This is an update to MIUI, and not necessarily to the base Android version (as can be seen with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro that...

Niantic is opening up the AR platform behind Pokémon GO & Ingress to third-party developers

Whether you love it or hate it, you have to agree that Alphabet's Niantic Inc. (formerly known as Niantic Labs under Google) managed to hit gold with its ideas of exploration and real-world social interaction using our mobile smartphones to deliver Augmented Reality experiences. These AR experiences gave the average Joe another reason to go...

Google and Tencent become $500,000/year Platinum Level members of the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the world's largest non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of open source projects to help accelerate technological development, as well as commercial and industry adoption. It serves as the home of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and lead maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman, and serves to provide a neutral home where the...

Spotify on Android will finally let you re-order songs in playlists

If you haven't heard about Spotify before, it is one of the largest and most popular music streaming services. With a user base of 170 Million users as of Q1 2018, of which 75 Million are paying subscribers, Spotify comes ahead of competitors like Apple Music, which has 50 Million subscribers (including those on free...

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 Appear on FCC, Confirming LTE Bands

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was long overdue for a refresh, and the Galaxy Note 8 will also turn a year old in about a month. The successors to both these devices, i.e. the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 just passed through the FCC, confirming their LTE bands in the...