Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]

OPPO “slide-phone” is a triple-hinge foldable design concept

Foldables are widely predicted to be the future of smartphones, tasked with sprucing up the glass slabs into designs that have more individuality and character. We've seen a few iterations of final foldable hardware, but everyone does agree that there is still some more work to be done on this end. OPPO has some ideas...

Google announces new dev tools and recaps improvements to Chrome at Chrome Dev Summit 2020

Google is hosting the Chrome Dev Summit 2020, detailing the changes coming to the internet browser of choice for the vast majority of users on the planet. Google's vision for Chrome is to make it a secure, powerful, and fast vehicle for accessing the internet. This article brings together some of the bits and pieces...

Manifest V3 changes for browser extensions will go live in Google Chrome 88

One of the bigger changes to internet browsing this year is coming in the form of the much-discussed Manifest V3. A new manifest version allows the browser, Chrome, to restrict certain older APIs from working, changing the way the web and accompanying extensions work, and eventually changing the way the internet is experienced by users...

Samsung Galaxy S21 series will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, and possibly an upgraded ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

We're gearing up towards the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, expected to be announced in the middle of January 2021. So far, the devices are shaping up to be pretty exciting, with a refreshed camera bump on the back giving the phones some of their own personality, though you may lose the charger...

Apple AirPods Max are the newest premium over-ear headphones with ANC and a $549 price tag

The Apple AirPods may not be the best earphones on the market, but they sure are the most popular and recognizable TWS earbuds around the world. Apple struck gold when it removed the headphone jack, as the solution to the newly created problem went on to contribute to some of Apple's amazing numbers in the...

These are the best cases for the Google Pixel 4a – December 2020

The Google Pixel 4a is here, and this budget flagship phone is a popular pick for those that want a quality phone at a low price. The Pixel 4a's specs can stand toe-to-toe with some older flagship models, making it a viable choice for a new phone, and the $349 price tag is hard to...

Android Auto could soon be set to start automatically, even if your phone is locked

Android Auto is Google's answer to the question "how do I connect my phone to my car". The app essentially lets you access a limited set of optimized functions while you drive, with the primary objectives of balancing driver focus, connectivity, and entertainment. But to actually connect to Android Auto, you need to connect your...

Google App hints at locking incognito sessions with biometric, disabling Nest device ringing, and teaching you how to pronounce words

The Google App is marketed as "the smarter way to search on the go", but the app has evolved to become so much more. While Search does remain a good focus, there are other features such as personalized feeds, notifications, and more. Google appears to be in the mood to make the app serve even...

Vivo V20 Pro with Snapdragon 765G and 44MP Dual Selfie cameras launched in India for ₹29,990

Vivo managed to beat the Google Pixel 5 to the podium, as it became the first OEM to launch a smartphone with Android 11 out of the box with the launch of the Vivo V20. The smartphone made its way to India too, and now, Vivo is bringing the Vivo V20 Pro to the country,...

Here’s when your Samsung Galaxy phone may get the One UI 3.0 (Android 11) update

Android 11 is the newest version of Android. While the update has rolled out to a bunch of smartphones, phones that come with heavier UX skins need to wait for a longer time for the update to reach them. Samsung's One UI 3.0 update is based on Android 11, and so far, the update has...

Instagram Live Rooms allows creators to add 3 users to a Live session

Instagram has become the de-facto platform for influencers and content creators, thanks to its tighter focus on photo and video sharing as a service. But COVID has changed how we create and consume content, with focus now turning towards shared Live experiences and interactions. Video calls are now the norm for personal calling, and multi-person...

Xiaomi to bring its new Redmi Note 9 series to India as the Redmi 9 Power and Mi 10i

Xiaomi launches a lot of phones every year, which is par for the course for a big OEM that operates in multiple markets. Just last week, Xiaomi launched the new Redmi Note 9 4G (device codename: lime), Redmi Note 9 5G (cannon), and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (gauguinpro) in China, bringing along a bunch...