Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
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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]

Google open sources I/O 2019 app and Live Transcribe’s speech engine

Google as a software company is constantly working on new apps as a means to achieve certain goals. Most of these apps are closed-source in nature, meaning that you cannot really take a look under the hood to see how those goals are achieved. But every now and then, Google also lets interested users do...

Xiaomi Redmi 8 allegedly passes through TENAA

Xiaomi is enjoying its 8th consecutive quarter as India's top smartphone brand, banking on the immense popularity of its lower-priced Redmi and Redmi Note series. Devices like the Redmi 7A have been hailed for bringing even better specifications while still retaining Xiaomi's aggressive pricing, while the slightly higher placed Redmi 7 provides another competitive in...

Google Play Books’ first beta update adds Custom Shelves and more

Amazon may still have a good hold over the digital books market, thanks to the popularity of the Kindle as an e-reader, but that doesn't push away competition from creeping in. Google Play Books is Google's take on the ebook distribution platform, and the platform has been growing slowly and steadily over the years thanks...

Huawei announces when the Mate 20, Honor 20, and Honor View 20 will start getting EMUI 10 (Android Q)

Huawei has been hard at work on its own homebrewed Harmony OS, but the company strongly insists that Harmony OS is the company's Plan B. This new OS will be used if and only if using Android on Huawei and Honor devices becomes impossible. Huawei is still committed to Android, and the next EMUI 10...

HMD Global will continue to support its first-gen Nokia phones for another year

Back in February 2017, HMD Global announced the re-entry of the Nokia brand with the international launch of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. This was followed up by the Nokia 8 in August 2017 and the Nokia 2 in October 2017. HMD Global executives mentioned in an interview that OEM skins...

Instagram is testing new Boomerang modes, Layouts for Stories, and more

Instagram by Facebook, the photo and video-sharing social network, has become the social network of choice for many users, boasting of over 1 billion users as of May 2019. The Android app for the service sits in the elite club of apps having over 1 billion downloads and a decent 4.5-star average rating from over...

Spotify for Android drops the homescreen widget, prepares to roll out Automix for playlists

Spotify for Android is one of the preferred options for music streaming for a lot of users, providing healthy competition to services such as YouTube Music and Apple Music internationally, and services like JioSaavn in India. In light of the unrelenting competition, it is a no-brainer that all of these services would continue adding features...

Google Play Services 19.0.56 beta hints at smart Bluetooth battery estimates for Fast Pair devices

The 3.5mm headphone jack is definitively on its way out, and we are going to witness many more attempts from accessory makers towards Bluetooth audio devices. Back in 2017, Google had announced Fast Pair as a way to enable quick Bluetooth pairing with compatible devices, making the process easier and convenient for the then-upcoming Pixel...

Lava launches HTC Wildfire X in India with MediaTek Helio P22 for ₹9,999 ($140)

HTC had been looking to reboot its long-dead Wildfire series with new releases this year. We recently reported about the HTC Wildfire X making an appearance in the Google Play Console Device Catalog and the Android Enterprise Recommended website, complete with its MediaTek Helio P22 MT6762 SoC and HD+ display. HTC has now officially launched...

ASUS ROG Phone II bootloader unlock tool and kernel source code are already available

The newly launched ASUS ROG Phone II is a ludicrous device, to say the least. As is with products falling within the "gaming" sub-ecosystem, Asus has gone overboard with just about everything on the device, giving us our most powerful Android smartphone ever. The ROG Phone II comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus...

New Motorola phone with a notchless, fullscreen display leaks online

Motorola has not had a stellar year ever since its acquisition by Lenovo for $3 billion back in 2014. Despite a string of releases in previously-popular lineups, Motorola has simply been unable to compete against the flood of high-value smartphones from China. Motorola may be looking to change this, as now, Evan 'evleaks' Blass has...

WhatsApp for Android Beta receives Fingerprint Unlock feature

WhatsApp by Facebook continues to be the instant messaging platform for a large number of users, mainly due to its ease-of-use, seamless signup and a positive feedback loop of everyone else in your social circles using it. Because of its popularity, the service is used for everything ranging from "Good Morning" message spam and festival...