Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

Commerce and Law graduate 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. He receives press releases at [email protected]

Download: OnePlus 7/7T series gets OxygenOS Open Beta 17/7 with August 2020 security patches and bug fixes

OnePlus recently announced a revision to the frequency of OxygenOS Open Beta update rollouts. To improve the stability of their public beta builds, the company is going to reduce the frequency of Open Beta updates to a single OTA per month instead of 2 (or more, considering hotfixes). In accordance with the new strategy, OnePlus had rolled...

How to remove Facebook bloatware from the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus Nord

Android and bloatware are two spheres that have co-existed since the very beginning of the OS's existence. The story started off with carriers bundling a variety of useless or functionally-duplicate-yet-inferior apps onto smartphones sold under their network. From there, the story expanded to OEMs themselves bundling duplicate apps, and even to apps from Facebook and...

Android 11 Beta 3 is here, removing the location requirement for COVID-19 contact tracing apps

Google released Android 11 Beta 2 last month, pushing the new update for the Android OS to "platform stability" status. This was followed by the Beta 2.5 release, which is more of a bug-fix release instead of a proper increment. Between each release, there are a lot of announced and unannounced changes to spot, just...

PUBG Mobile now supports 90fps gameplay on the OnePlus 8 Pro, 8, 7T Pro, 7T, and 7 Pro as a timed exclusive

Most recent OnePlus smartphones have been praised for their high performance, often also judged as the best in class. This performance is not only great for daily usage of the phone, but it also translates very well for gaming on these smartphones. OnePlus attempted to leverage the gaming prowess of its flagship with a collaboration...

Amazon Prime Video preps a random episode button and choosing an audio language for downloads

Amazon Prime Video counts itself as one of the top streaming choices around the world, thanks in part to the bundling with Amazon Prime, and also in part to the content available. Over the past months, the service has added in new features to retain its user base and gain more subscribers. For instance, the...

Gboard 9.7 prepares new Google Assistant support, smart completions, and undo auto-correct on backspace

Google’s Gboard is among the most popular keyboard apps and is constantly getting updates with new features. Over the past few weeks, we've seen Gboard prepare a Google Lens shortcut, system-abiding dark/light themes, and Google Assistant dictation support, add an emoji shortcut bar, image pasting, smart reply suggestions, and even add support for Android 11...

Samsung officially launches the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, its latest flagships

After months of leaks of specifications and renders, the moment is finally upon us. At Samsung Unpacked 2020 – held online-only due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year – Samsung has finally taken the wraps off five new devices: the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy...

Download: Xiaomi Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A get Android 10 update with MIUI 11 stable-beta builds

The Xiaomi Redmi 8 was one of the best selling devices of Q1 2020, sharing the dais with the Samsung Galaxy A51. This budget device with the Snapdragon 439 SoC was launched back in October 2019 as part of Xiaomi's entry-level lineup. Before this, Xiaomi had launched the Redmi 8A in September 2019, bringing over...

India bans Xiaomi’s Mi Browser Pro, and QQ International app

The Government of India recently had banned and blocked access to 59 apps with Chinese connections like TikTok, Xiaomi's Mi Community, Mi Video Call, Xender, Shareit, Cam Scanner and even Weibo, citing that they are “prejudicial to [the] sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” This list was...

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick challenges the Amazon Fire TV Stick in India with a launch price of ₹2,799 ($37)

Xiaomi has shaken the smartphone and smart TV market in India, and the company is not planning to stop just there. With the launch of the Mi Box 4K, Xiaomi trained its sights against the budding TV streaming segment in the country that Amazon was capitalizing on with its Fire TV sticks. And now, Xiaomi...

PowerA’s new MOGA XP5-X+ Bluetooth gaming controller may be bundled with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Game streaming has yet to reach peak popularity, but we certainly see it picking up steam in the past months. Users now have more options than ever in the form of Google Stadia, NVIDIA GeForce, Microsoft Project xCloud, and even Sony PS4 Remote Play if you count that within the same segments. All of these solutions...

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime with MediaTek Helio G80 launches in India for ₹9,999 (~$133)

Xiaomi's base number series represents a tight value package aimed at the entry-level and budget segments. Over the years, Xiaomi has been consistently raising the bar with the very definition of entry-level. While there have been smaller price increases over the years, these still retained excellent value as Xiaomi matches it well with spec bumps....