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.

Nova Launcher Finally Gets Google Now Integration Without Needing Root or Gestures

It's finally here! Nova Launcher has finally received Google Now integration, allowing users to simply swipe left to access Google Now, just like they would on the Google Now Launcher. You also do not need root or a paid app to enable this functionality. Back when Google added an API to allow device manufacturers to include...

Samsung Launches Samsung Pay Mini in India with UPI and E-Wallet Support

Today, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max in India. This is the first device from Samsung that comes preloaded with the Mini-variant of Samsung Pay in India as Samsung looks to add more value addition to differentiate its devices from its competitors in the entry level and mid range price segments. Samsung Pay Mini looks...

Magisk Developer Assures Next Magisk Beta will Pass SafetyNet Again

Earlier today, reports started coming in of Google updating their Play Services and causing current "safe" root methods like Magisk to fail SafetyNet checks again. This meant that devices with root and other modifications once again got detected by SafetyNet, and subsequently, got blocked when attempting to use SafetyNet-reliant applications such as Android Pay. XDA Recognized...

Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect to Build Custom Chips for Future Pixel Devices

Google is serious about its Pixel flagships, and what better way to let everyone know than hiring the key chip architect away from one of your biggest competitors? Google is doing exactly that with the recent hiring of now ex-Apple employee, Manu Gulati, as reported by Variety.com. Mr. Manu Gulati is known for spearheading Apple's own...

Fingerprint Gestures App uses Android O’s new Accessibility APIs for Custom Actions

With Android O Developer Preview 3, developers now have access to the final Android O APIs. These APIs will find a place in the consumer release of Android O in a few months time, so developers could start working towards making sure their apps are compatible and take advantage of the new APIs. One of the...

HMD Global Launches Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 in India

HMD Global has launched the new generation of Nokia smartphones in India today. This launch marks Nokia's re-entry into one of the most important smartphone markets in the world, and a region where it once had immense brand recognition especially in the entry level and budget phone segments. The Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6...

Qualcomm Ends Foundry Partnership with Samsung and Entrusts 7nm Process to TSMC

Reports originating from Korea state that Qualcomm has found a new partner in TSMC for its future SoCs built on the 7nm process. This newfound partnership also signals the end of Qualcomm's consignment production (foundry) partnership with Samsung Electronics. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 was built using Samsung's process technology and fabrication plants, and was the first...

Substratum Release 780 Brings Android O DP3 Support, Encrypted Assets for Anti-Piracy, and More!

Substratum has been working on a few new features for the theming community, and they are giving themers and users a chance to try out the new goodies. The latest Substratum Release 780 brings new features such as Encrypted Assets and Android O DP3 Support along with a whole host of performance and bug fixes. Encrypted Assets...

OnePlus 5 Rumor Roundup: What Are You Expecting?

The next flagship from OnePlus is about a week away from release, scheduled for its global launch on 20th June 2017. The OnePlus 5 comes after a year of success for OnePlus with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T at the helm. Can the company replicate the success it had last year with this years...

Glass Lets You Try Out Google Lens-like Image Recognition on Your Android Device

At Google I/O 2017, Google showed off Google Lens -- a means to utilize computer vision and AI technology to allow your phone to understand what it sees. Unfortunately, Google did not specify when and if Lens will be made available as a standalone app, though it'll be incorporated into various products. If you'd like to...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Miss Out on On-Screen Fingerprint Reader

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are among the highlight releases of this year. Samsung's implementation of curved displays coupled with a push towards minimizing bezel gave us beautiful flagship devices that wowed many customers. A side effect of the beautiful front of the device is that Samsung had to take a tough decision on how...

OnePlus Reveals Dual Camera Design of the Upcoming OnePlus 5

The next OnePlus flagship is all set to be revealed on June 20th, but that does not stop the company from handing out teasers. In its latest one, OnePlus has officially confirmed and revealed the dual camera design on the OnePlus 5. The confirmation comes on the heels of leaked images that showcased a device that...