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]

Redmi Note 9T passes through certification, will come with a MediaTek 5G SoC

Xiaomi is gearing up to launch the next lineup of devices under the successful Redmi Note branding. We recently reported on what we presume will be called the Redmi Note 10 4G, as it passed through TENAA. A few more Xiaomi-Redmi devices have passed through TENAA, and recent certification filings indicate that one of the...

F(x)tec Pro1 gets unofficial LineageOS 18.0 based on Android 11

London-based startup F(x)tec launched the Pro1 back in September last year. At launch, the device ran a near-stock version of Android 9.0 Pie with just a couple of additional apps that had been optimized to work with its physical keyboard. The device received official LineageOS 16 as well as official LineageOS 17.1 support. The phone also served...

Qualcomm receives license to sell 4G chipsets to Huawei

Huawei has been backed into a corner for quite some time now, because of US restrictions on the Chinese company. To get some breathing room from its current tight spot, the company has reportedly even finalized a buyer for its Honor smartphone business. Some more relief came in the form of a license to purchase...

POCO X3 kernel sources are still not available, despite a promise of launch-day release

The POCO X3 NFC was launched back on September 7, 2020, bringing around a very high-value package at an affordable price tag. POCO repeated the same act with the POCO X3 in India, launched on September 22, 2020, but with slight differences from the globally launched variant: a bigger battery and no NFC. Two months...

Android’s Neural Networks API now supports hardware-accelerated inferencing with Facebook’s PyTorch Framework

Machine Learning has shaped our present in many ways that we don't even notice it anymore. Tasks that previously were either impossible have now become trivial to execute, making the technology and its benefits even more widely accessible to the population at large. A lot of this is made possible through on-device machine learning and...

[Update: Google’s statement] Google Play and Google Pay are now being investigated for market dominance in India

Technology makes our lives easier, and bigger companies make it even easier with seamless integration throughout their ecosystems. But now, across the world, the conversation has started turning towards how some technology companies may have perhaps become too big for the market. Recently, the US Antitrust Subcommittee concluded that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google abused...

Google Nest Audio review: A powerful choice to embrace the Assistant ecosystem

Back in 2016 at its I/O developer conference, Google introduced the Google Assistant alongside the original Google Home smart speaker. At the time, Google Assistant was perceived as Google Now 2.0, a virtual assistant that adopted a conversational approach to search backed by Google's artificial intelligence and machine learning. Fast forward to 2020, and Google...

MIUI 12 code hints at a Xiaomi foldable smartphone code-named “cetus”

Foldables have been steadily rising in popularity for the past two years. We're past the first generation of foldables, with major OEMs like Samsung having released and learned from their first set of devices. The second generation of foldables, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, are even better. With 2021 fast approaching, we're likely...

PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will stop working in India from October 30

India recently banned 118 apps in the third wave of bans against apps operated by Chinese entities. What surprised a lot of individuals was the fact that this wave actually caught popular gaming titles PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite in the crosshair. Now, PUBG has confirmed that both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Lite will...

OxygenOS code hints the OnePlus 9 may return to Verizon

The US smartphone market is inextricably linked with telecom carriers, with neither able to survive on its own. While smartphone brands have had decent success in other regions when selling unlocked and independently, the dynamics of the US market are such that OEMs need to court carriers to place their phones in carrier stores, where...

[Update: New render for camera] Here’s our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

'Tis the weekend of leaks. In the past two days, we have seen two high-profile upcoming phones leaked through renders. First, we got a good look at the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, and then the Samsung Galaxy S21. Now, we have our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This leak comes to us courtesy...

HeyMelody app by OnePlus provides OTA updates for OnePlus and OPPO earbuds on other Android devices

OnePlus recently made its first fully wireless earbuds, called the OnePlus Buds. We’ve reviewed them, and they’re amazing for the price. These were followed up with the OnePlus Buds Z, which provide a more affordable option. OnePlus hopes that you use these accessories with their phones, but that doesn't mean that they won't work with other...