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] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

Samsung Display shows off its vision for the future of foldables and displays

Samsung is participating in Display Week 2021 exhibition this week through its Samsung Display subsidiary. This event showcases all the latest display tech that we can see in our future devices. The event is underway, and as expected, Samsung is showing off a few key technologies and how they would fit in our future lives. https://youtu.be/niFuknqzQZI The...

WhatsApp faces fresh trouble in Germany for its new privacy policy

WhatsApp's new privacy policy has initiated plenty of conversations around the world, both among consumers and among regulators. Even as WhatsApp resolved to not take immediate coercive action against users who do not accept the new policy, and instead present them with a gradual nag-screen and account limitations, data protection regulators are swinging into action...

Sony’s DualSense controller now works with PS Remote Play on Apple devices

PS Remote Play started off as a Sony Xperia Z series exclusive, allowing certain devices like the Xperia Z3 to connect to a PlayStation 4 gaming console on the same network and stream console games to the smartphone. You could play either with the DualShock 4 controller or use the on-screen buttons. Remote Play was...

Download: OnePlus 9 series receives OxygenOS 11.2.5.5 update with camera improvements and May security patch

The OnePlus 9 series is the current flagship lineup from OnePlus, and the company has rolled out a fair few updates with fixes and improvements in the past two months. The latest update rolling out to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro is OxygenOS 11.2.5.5, with further camera improvements and a bump up to...

[Update: Not really] WhatsApp scraps May 15 deadline for its controversial privacy policy

WhatsApp had recently announced a new privacy policy to clarify how the company collects and uses data when a user messages a business. However, because of WhatsApp’s failure to properly educate users on the changes, implications of data sharing with Facebook, a healthy dose of skepticism, and social media being social media, millions of users were...

Google Play Store’s new Safety section will show you how apps use your data

In December 2020, Apple put into place a somewhat controversial requirement for app listings in its App Store: Privacy Labels. These privacy labels essentially provide a quick rundown of the data that the app collects or has access to, and further, what the app does with it. Google now wants to walk along a similar...

Google still struggles with transparency over Play Store app removals [Update: App Temp. Reinstated]

Android as an OS has been around for over a decade now and compared to iOS, it does offer a lot more freedom. However, Google maintains dominance over app distribution on the Android platform. Even if Android is open to third-party app stores and sideloading, we can't trivialize Google's hold over the smartphone ecosystem built...

Vivo V21 5G with 44MP OIS selfie camera launches in India

Just a few days ago, Vivo took the wraps off the new Vivo V21 series, featuring two devices that came with a 44MP OIS selfie camera as their headlining feature. The two phones in the series are identical, save for the presence of a 5G modem in one and not the other. Vivo is now...

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G launches in India with Snapdragon 750G and Android 11

Today, Samsung has launched its cheapest 5G smartphone in India, the Galaxy M42 5G. From the looks of it, this device is a rebrand of the Galaxy A42 5G that was launched in October 2020 globally but not in India. The only changes are increased numbers for the RAM. Samsung Galaxy M42 5G: Specifications Specification Samsung Galaxy M42...

Redmi K40 Gaming Edition could launch in India as the POCO F3 GT

Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO share quite a few resources amongst the three, even though both Redmi and POCO firmly insist on their own independence from the main Xiaomi brand. While Redmi's independence is within the context of the Chinese market, POCO maintains that it is independent of Xiaomi both in India and Globally as well....

Realme 7 Pro and Realme 6 Pro get official Android 11 update with Realme UI 2.0

Realme is updating two of its popular phones to the latest version of Android, Android 11, with its own Realme UI 2.0 UX skin on top. After successful open beta runs for the Realme 7 Pro and Realme 6 Pro in February and March respectively, the company is now rolling out the official stable Android...

WhatsApp’s latest update lets you speed up voice messages

The IM space is largely dominated by a select few options, with WhatsApp occupying center stage because of its massive popularity in regions like India and other parts of Asia. Because of its sheer momentum, every small change and feature addition to WhatsApp creates a large ripple that affects billions of users. WhatsApp's voice message/voice...