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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. 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 and tutorials, 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).

OPPO launches the new Find X5, Find X5 Pro flagships, and Enco X2 TWS globally

Every major Android OEM has a product series that features its top-of-the-line specifications across all relevant areas. These product lineups are an amalgamation of the best chip, the best display, the best design, the best battery tech, and the best cameras that the OEM has for the mainstream consumer. OPPO's Find X series is its...

The Galaxy S22 series will support dual SIM with eSIM at launch

USA is a unique market that has stuck with physical and single SIM card support in smartphones for a long time, even as the rest of the world has progressed onto dual SIM card slots (as default) as well as widespread eSIM support. But this situation is slowly changing for the US too. The newly...

OnePlus is working on OxygenOS 13, not Unified OS… maybe?

OnePlus has had an interesting history, starting from the early flash sales days of the OnePlus One, going down to the more conventional online launch of their recent flagship, the OnePlus 10 Pro. The OnePlus 10 Pro is the only device in the OnePlus 10 series so far, and it remains restricted only to China...

Genshin Impact 2.5 update brings over Raiden Shogun as a weekly boss, and other playable additions

Genshin Impact has had an impactful year, as the game continues to make progress with its storylines and characters, while continuously wracking up player numbers. In fact, it remains one of the more interesting games on both Android and iOS that can stress-test devices. There's also a rough cadence of one update every 5-6 weeks...

Snapchat beta reveals “cheerios” selfie drone is still on track, ability to mute location coming soon too

Snapchat may not be the most popular instant messaging app around, but it still has a fairly loyal userbase comprising mostly of younger adults within its demographics. Lately, Snapchat was also one of the partners of choice for Google, with the Pixel 6 series getting an exclusive "Quick Tap to Snap" feature. With the Pixel...

US Senate Committee passes antitrust bill that would regulate Big Tech’s self-preferencing

After prolonged discussion and debate, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Thursday passed the "American Innovation and Choice Online Act" (S.2992) antitrust bill. This bill aims to regulate Big Tech and other large companies from leveraging their dominant positions in one sector to self-preference their other products and services from other sectors. We've...

As antitrust legislation inches forward in the US, Apple and Google aren’t happy

We're staring at a rather defining moment in smartphone history. The smartphone landscape, as it stands right now, is split between Apple and Google. Both adopt different approaches in how they handle their ecosystems, and through these starkly different approaches, both have undeniably grown to their biggest sizes in their own history. The past year...

Samsung announces the new Exynos 2200 SoC with Samsung Xclipse 920 GPU

The launch of a new chip is a big event in the smartphone space. Unlike phones that can be designed, manufactured, and sold by a number of OEMs, phone SoCs are limited to a handful of players, and even fewer of them compete in the flagship space. These flagship SoCs define the very competition expected...

Android 12 adds an option to disable 2G modem on phones that ship with it

We've hearing about Android 13 for a bit now, including our first look at it, but that doesn't mean we stop paying attention to Android 12 already. As the update rolls out to more devices, and more new phones ship with this latest version of Android, we discover new changes that have flown under the...

The developer of PUBG is suing Garena, Apple, Google and YouTube over Free Fire

PUBG gets counted as one of the most popular online shooter games in the past few years, and it has had a great impact on the gaming scene for both desktop and mobile. In addition to fuelling competitive e-sports, PUBG also gets some credit for popularizing the online multiplayer battle royale genre. Many other franchises...

OnePlus 10 Pro launches in China with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and ColorOS 12.1

After months of leaks and weeks of teasing, the OnePlus 10 Pro has finally launched in China. The OnePlus 10 Pro arrives months ahead of its usual schedule, and the device is launching without its regular non-Pro variant in tow. So what has changed for OnePlus's premier flagship? Let's find out! OnePlus 10 Pro: Specifications Specification OnePlus 10...

The OnePlus 10 Pro could come in a White color variant too

OnePlus has officially confirmed a fair bit of information on the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro. We know the phone's design, some of its key specifications, and some of its new camera features as well. Predominantly, OnePlus has been featuring two color variants of the device: Black, and Green, in all of its marketing materials so...