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]

[Update: Sony IMX686] OPPO Reno3 and Reno3 Pro launched in China with 5G connectivity, quad rear cameras, and more

OPPO wants to be more than a smartphone brand in 2020, but smartphones still form the central point in its vision, alongside 5G. The future is 5G, most definitely, and OPPO is stocking its arsenal with new 5G-ready smartphones in the form of the OPPO Reno3 and OPPO Reno3 Pro. The OPPO Reno3 Pro was...

Google Pixel 4a leaked renders show off punch hole display and headphone jack

At Google I/O 2019, Google announced the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL, the first non-flagship device in the Pixel lineup. Despite being a mid-range device at best, the Pixel 3a carried forth a lot of the camera magic from the flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, making it one of the...

Flow Desktop is the first launcher built for Android 10’s hidden Desktop Mode

Android Q betas gave us our first look at an experimental Desktop Mode on Android smartphones. Enabled through a setting in Developer Options, this Desktop Mode brought up a new Android interface that resembled a more conventional desktop launcher, with the ability to launch apps in freeform multi-windows. Google has even provided more information for...

LG V60 ThinQ with dual screen and 5G likely to launch at MWC 2020

The year is coming to an end, and so is this current generation of smartphones. In just a few days, we expect to begin hearing more and more about upcoming smartphones, some of which might get teased at the CES 2020, and some others which we know will make an appearance closer to MWC 2020...

[Update 2: 2020 Stamps rolling out] Google Pay (Tez) for India prepares to add 2020 stamp rewards, One-Time Mandates, and Stories for merchants

Google Pay is Google’s unified payment platform, but the company also has an app with the same name but different functionality for users in India. This India-only Google Pay is a rebrand of the erstwhile Google Tez, and the app has gone on to add more functionalities after the rebranding. We last spotted Google Pay (Tez) preparing to add...

AOD DoubleTap Mod enables double tap to wake the Ambient Display on OnePlus phones

Over the past years, Always On Display features have gained popularity with several OEMs as one of the alternative solutions to deliver the functionality that notification LEDs would have otherwise delivered. On OnePlus devices, however, there is no Always On Display feature. Instead, the OEM prefers to use its own implementation that comes in the...

Huawei P40 Pro could have a newer periscopic telephoto lens for 10X optical zoom

Huawei is gearing up to launch its next smartphone, the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro, despite still being unable to bundle Google Mobile Services. The P40 series is scheduled for launch in late March 2020 at an event in Paris, and Huawei has confirmed that the phone will feature the HMS ecosystem with Android 10...

OnePlus 7/7 Pro get OxygenOS 10.3.0 with notch hiding and improvements to RAM management and app launch speed

OnePlus runs three different channels for OxygenOS updates: closed beta, open beta, and MP/official stable builds. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro just received new treats in the Open Beta channel with the rollout of Open Beta 7, which brings over a new, optimized charging feature, and a Chromatic reading mode. Users in the...

OxygenOS Open Beta 7 for the OnePlus 7 series brings new optimized charging and Chromatic reading mode

OnePlus runs three streams of software for its devices: Closed Beta, Open Beta, and the MP/official stable builds. As the name implies, the closed beta builds are available to only a closed group of testers, while the Open Beta extends pre-release software to a wider audience. This allows the OnePlus team to iron out any...

Modded Fossil Smartwatches app extends notification support to many more apps on Fossil Hybrid HR

The Fossil Hybrid HR is one of the most interesting smartwatches around. Rather than opt for a full-blown smartwatch on the Android Wear platform, the Hybrid HR opts for a traditional watch dial and physical watch hands, on top of a low-powered monochromatic always-on display. This allows the watch to stay a watch at all...

Picture Manager’s latest updates add duplicate and similar image finder, EXIF editor, and more

Apps like Google Photos have largely taken the pain out of organizing photos for users who do not mind sharing them with Google. But there are users who prefer keeping their memories private and stored locally. This is where apps like Picture Manager come in, allowing users to up their organization game by automatically timestamping...

Create a custom accent color on your rooted Android 9 Pie or Android 10 device

Android 10 introduced its own built-in theming option, allowing interested users a way to customize their device to a small extent. While Pixel users get easier access to theming solutions through the Pixel Themes app, other AOSP-based Android 10 users can access some theming features through Developer Options in the Settings menu. These basic theming...