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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Pricing Info and Color Variants Leaked

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have had most of their relevant information leaked, which is not surprising in the least considering that they are the most anticipated phones of this year. Notable leaker Evan 'evleaks' Blass has now put forth some new information, in the form of European pricing and color variants. According to Mr. Blass,...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 XDA Review: All Geared Up for Another Year of Success

India is a crucial part of Xiaomi’s international market. Here, their flagships have not had much success. On the other hand, the company continues to see its popularity rise with well-priced and high-value budget and low-end offerings. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC was Xiaomi’s best selling phone in India and the country's...

Google Confirms Assistant Rollout Will Not Extend to Tablets

Google Assistant was one of the Google Pixel's defining features when the new flagships first launched. The product showcased the best of Google's work in machine learning and natural language processing. As the Pixel exclusivity ended and Assistant was opened up for all, people were naturally waiting for Assistant to land up on all of...

Qualcomm Adopts New Naming Structure Across its Product Suite

Qualcomm Technologies is rolling out changes to its product branding and positioning to better describe and differentiate their products and technology solutions. The first of these changes comes in the form of how the "Qualcomm Snapdragon" brand is applied to their product solutions. The branding "Snapdragon" came to be associated with the word "processor" over the...

Vulnerability in Vibrator Service of Huawei P9 Plus Can Crash the System, Now Patched

In addition to Google's effort on patching exploits and vulnerabilities through the Android Monthly Security Update program, several OEMs have also been more upfront about disclosing any devices-specific vulnerabilities they find and patch. Huawei had previously found an Arbitrary Memory Read/Write vulnerability on the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro, which was subsequently patched through a...

OnePlus Introduces the Black OnePlus 3T Colette Edition

After some leaks, teases, and hype build-up, OnePlus has officially announced the black color variant of the OnePlus 3T. This Black color OnePlus 3T is a limited edition device sold under the branding of 'OnePlus 3T colette edition.' OnePlus has partnered with the French concept store 'colette' to create this limited edition variant of the OnePlus 3T....

Galaxy S8 to Not Feature On-Screen Fingerprint Scanner Because Samsung Ran Out of Time

Early leaks and reports of the Samsung Galaxy S8 mentioned that this would be the first device from Samsung in a very long while that will feature no buttons on the front of the device. Such a "drastic" change was brought about by the development of optical fingerprint sensors, like the Synaptics FS9100, which can be...

Google Pushes Hangouts in a more Corporate Direction with Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat

If you ask anyone to sum up Google's messaging strategy, then you'll probably draw a blank stare. We've tried to come up with an answer ourselves, and have found that quite difficult. What started off with one app trying to provide a convenient messaging platform evolved into several different apps trying to compete for different (but often...

Gboard Update Brings Emoji and GIF Suggestions, Improved Voice Typing, Google Translate Access, and Improved RTL Features

Gboard, formerly known as Google Keyboard, has been the primary go-to keyboard for many users since the integration of Google Search features. And now the latest update to Gboard brings a whole new set of features. Version 6.1 brings emoji and GIF suggestions right in the suggestion strip on top of the keyboard, making it easier to convert...

Not For You: BB Merah Putih Launches the Dual-SIM BlackBerry Aurora in Indonesia

In case you didn't know, Indonesia is one of BlackBerry's most important markets, having a shocking amount of BlackBerry smartphones and BBM users. It is also one of those markets that TCL does not have licensing rights over (the other being India, where Optiemus Infracom Ltd holds the rights). The license for making, marketing and selling BlackBerry-branded smartphones in...

Wikileaks Reveals CIA Collects Zero-Day Android Exploits, but the Leaked Vulnerabilities are All Dated

If you regularly follow international news, you might have heard of WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization that focuses on publishing leaks, in particular those related to governments and politicians. A lot of what WikiLeaks publishes reaches front pages around the world, and for good reason. Today, WikiLeaks has begun a new series of leaks code-named "Vault 7",...

Google Announces Better Payouts in Vulnerability Rewards Program at Nullcon India

Google is joining the security research community at Nullcon India this week in Goa. To mark the occasion, Google is announcing better payouts at the higher levels in the Google Vulnerability Rewards Program. The increase in rewards focuses on the upper-ends of severity, where finding such vulnerability takes significantly more time, effort and commitment. The reward payout...