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.

Huawei Mate 10 & Mate 10 Pro get Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1 Beta with GPU Turbo

Owners of the Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design who are based in China and are itching to get their hands on the latest public version of Android will certainly enjoy this piece of news. Huawei has now released an Open Beta of EMUI 8.1 for the Mate...

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specifications and renders appear on TENAA

Months ago, we had exclusively revealed the possible specifications of Xiaomi's upcoming large screen behemoth, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3. The reveal was based upon information from the firmware files of the alleged Mi Max 3. Today, we have confirmation on several of the previously reported specifications, thanks to TENAA listings of the upcoming Xiaomi...

Snap Kit SDK Lets Developers Integrate Snapchat’s Features onto Their Platform

Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, has introduced Snap Kit: a set of developer tools that allows developers to integrate some of Snapchat's best features across the developer's app, and also makes it easy for users to share moments from these apps with the Snapchat community. https://youtu.be/Os_q9z-olHQ Snap Kit also keeps users privacy and security in mind,...

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Update Adds VoLTE Support, May Security Patches and more

ASUS has its guns trained on Xiaomi's market share, as is evident by their budget smartphone, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, the Max Pro M1 competes with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. While the highest-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is...

Motorola Begins Soak Test for Android 8.1 Oreo for the Moto G5S Plus

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus was launched in August 2017 as a half-yearly upgrade to the Moto G5 Plus, bringing in a bigger screen and a dual camera setup. Thanks to the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, the insides of both the devices were similar, which led many to question how much of an...

LineageOS Introduces “Trust” – A Centralized Interface for Security and Privacy

The introduction of monthly security patches for Android was a welcome and much-needed move from Google. At that time, Android was infamous for its fragmentation issues, which negatively impacted how security vulnerabilities could be patched and then quickly distributed to devices. Monthly security patches provided a quick way for concerned users to judge how "secure"...

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Devices are being Infected with Cryptocurrency Malware

Several users in our forums have reported that their Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick devices have suddenly become very slow to use. This sudden slowdown coincides with the appearance of an app simply called "test" that keeps popping up randomly. Not only is the popup annoying, but it also causes video playback...

Google will no longer allow installing Chrome extensions from websites

Google Chrome has the privilege of shipping on millions of Android devices around the world, giving it a massive head start in claiming market share. On desktops, Chrome enjoys undisputed popularity, being the browser of choice on every 2 out 3 desktop machines. Part of what makes Chrome so popular is the availability of extensions...

MediaTek Unveils the Helio P22: a Mid-Range SoC with Support for AI Frameworks

While the smartphone market is getting flooded with Qualcomm SoCs, MediaTek continues its dominion over low and mid-range SoCs, particularly in Asian countries. To keep up with the competition, MediaTek has unveiled the new Helio P22, bringing advanced 12nm process, AI applications, dual-camera support and better connectivity for mid-tier devices and below. MediaTek Helio P22 Key Specifications Processor CPU...

Razer Phone Update Brings Multitouch Fix, Portrait Mode, Recent Apps Lock, and More

The Razer Phone is a device from late 2017 that essentially targets gamers by presenting a phone with a high-end list of specifications. So while gamers would certainly appreciate the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, the 8GB of RAM, the 5.7" QHD IGZO IPS LCD with a refresh rate of 120Hz, and the beefy 4,000 mAh...

OnePlus’s Dash Charge May Get Rebranded, Thanks to Amazon

Ever since the OnePlus 3, OnePlus has been proud of its fast charging solution. Called "Dash Charge," the technology behind it is licensed from OPPO and mimics their VOOC (Voltage Open Multi-Step Constant-Current Charging) implementation. In a nutshell, OnePlus' Dash Charge and OPPO's VOOC produces a larger electrical current of 4A and at 5V for 20W of power...

Nokia X6 with Snapdragon 636, Dual Rear Cameras and Notched 19:9 Display Launched in China

Today at an event in China, HMD Global has launched the new Nokia X6. This is the first smartphone under the Nokia brand that comes with a display notch. HMD Global has ensured that you still get a competitive smartphone that remains relevant to the current trends in the smartphone industry. The new Nokia X6 is...