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.

Google Updates Play Store Developer Program Policy to Combat Incentivized Ratings and Reviews

The Google Play Store serves as the primary means of app discovery for a very large section of Android users. Plenty of end users rely on the Play Store to find new and interesting apps. Whether it be casually surfing through the Top categories for something interesting, or chancing upon a gem while searching for...

What Do You Think of Bezel-Less Smartphones in 2017?

Going bezel-less is the new trend this year as popular OEMs continue to push the literal boundaries for the displays on their devices. Flagships are getting smaller without compromising the display size, although a few OEMs do employ different aspect ratios which affect the perception of the display's diagonal as a measure of size. With new bezel-less...

Magisk Manager Removed from Play Store, Developer Comments on the Future of Magisk

Eagle-eyed community members spotted that one of the community's beloved projects, Magisk, was no longer available on the Google Play Store. The Play Store URL for Magisk Manager would 404, indicating that the project was taken off the primary and most popular source of Android app distribution. Even if you had the app downloaded previously,...

OxygenOS Open Beta 17/8 for the OnePlus 3/3T Brings Ambient Display 2.0 and Improvements to App Launching Speeds

OnePlus is ushering in the new month with a new Open Beta release of OxygenOS for its current flagship devices. The builds are labelled Open Beta 17 for the OnePlus 3 and Open Beta 8 for the OnePlus 3T. As usual, the builds come with the same changelog for both the devices. The highlights of this...

Paranoid Android returns with Android 7.1.2 Builds: Pie Controls, Color Engine, and More!

Paranoid Android's recently teased a return to form with a revamped Pie control and Android Nougat on board, and while a few users are skeptical of their return, the team is ready to unveil that what they've been working on in the shadows. The wait is finally over - Paranoid Android has returned with Android...

Essential Home is Andy Rubin’s Answer to the Google Home and Amazon Echo

The Essential Phone has dominated our morning as it quickly became the new talk of the town. The co-founder of Android launching a flagship smartphone certainly got people interested for many reasons. But the Essential Phone isn't all that Essential Products revealed today. Essential Home is another product that was announced today by Essential Products. Essential...

Turing Announces Distribution Partnership with Potevio in China for its $1,599 Smartphone

Turing Robotics Industries (TRI), the makers of the elusive (putting it lightly) Turing Phone, came back into the spotlight with their recent manufacturing agreement with TCL to produce the $1,599 Turing Phone Appassionato GX8. The company does appear to be working towards an actual product that consumers can buy, as it has now announced a...

Samsung Releases SoundAssistant App for Galaxy Devices on Android 7.0

Samsung has launched a new app called SoundAssistant on the Play Store that allows for users to customize several audio settings on their device. This app is restricted to Samsung Galaxy devices, and specifically, to Galaxy devices that are on Android 7.0 and beyond. SoundAssistant allows for 150 steps of volume adjustment, a floating equalizer function...

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is Now Official

You may not have heard of Essential Products or the Essential Phone before today, but there's a good chance you know who Andy Rubin is. He is famous for co-founding Android Inc. in 2003 and laying the foundation of what is now the world's most popular OS. So when Andy Rubin creates a smartphone through...

Opinion: Xiaomi’s Love for the SD625 (and Other Sidegrades) Impacts the Value of its Affordable Smartphones

When I had the opportunity to review the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, I went in with low expectations. After starting my Android journey with a low-end device and struggling to get a better smartphone for a few years, I certainly did not look forward to downgrading from my OnePlus One (considered close to a flagship...

OnePlus Teases the OnePlus 5 with a Camera Sample

We're closing in on the OnePlus 5 release, and the marketing machinery from OnePlus is getting stronger. Generating excitement for the new phone is hard work, so OnePlus is making sure it does its part before the phone gets the chance to speak for itself. Today, the company teased a camera sample from the upcoming flagship. https://twitter.com/oneplus/status/869206727694196737 The...

Internal Video from Microsoft Showcases Their Original Vision for the Lumia 950

The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL were not the most popular of smartphones. The phones opened up against heavy competition from Android OEM who enjoyed the figurative edge in the mobile ecosystem. The Android OEMs prevailed and Microsoft retrenched its efforts in the mobile space. A new video from Windows Central showcases Microsoft's original vision for...