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 wised up to the ways of Nexus and DuARTe. He receives press releases at aamirsiddiqui@xda-developers.com.

What Can Android Learn from its Competition?

We love Android, but there are (understandably) things Android is not the best at. While plenty of competitors have adopted Android features, it's also true that Android has learned from its enemies. And there is still plenty to learn, not just when it comes to software and user experience, but also strategies and targets. So we...

LG Invites Registrations for “Play with Friends” Developer Event

LG tried to make modularity mainstream by incorporating it directly on their flagship for 2016, the LG G5. Although the approach taken by LG restricts the actual modularity aspect of a device, they have taken a notable risk by going in a direction that the consumer market has not yet gone for, so we'll cut...

TWRP Receives Update to V3.0.1-0; Now Supports new CM13 Pattern Encryption

TWRP version is now available for all currently supported devices! The latest update brings loads of new features including support for CM 13 Pattern encryption, multiple fixes for minor bugs including the progress bar not updating during image flashing and an option to reboot after a ZIP is installed. support new CM 13.0 pattern encryption (sultanqasim) fix...

LG G5 on T-Mobile Bears Unlockable Bootloader After All

The recent Galaxy S7 Bootloader-gate for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 variants, especially on US carriers like T-Mobile which are usually bootloader-unlock-friendly, gave a lot of people a reason to be vary of their purchase decisions. So when it surfaced that the LG G5 on T-Mobile might be a victim of the same, a lot of people...

It’s Settled: The OnePlus One has Stood the Test of Time

Back in April 2014, a Chinese startup, one which was never heard of before, claimed that it could shake the smartphone market. And looking back at it 2 years later, they did leave a major impact. This startup was none other than OnePlus, and their impact came in the form of the OnePlus One -- an oddly-named...

What is Your Current Daily Driver Set-Up? (Phone/ROM/Kernel)

It's that time again! Now that new phones are out and updates and sources allow for new software, we want to know what phone, ROM and kernel you run on your daily phone, and specifically, why you chose that set-up! That way we can share your opinions so that others can check them out and...

OnePlus Releases Community Build of OxygenOS 3.0 (MM) for the OnePlus 2

Android N is the latest talk of the town, but that's only restricted to a select few Nexus devices. For the rest of us non-Nexus simpletons, we still have to stay content with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now, users of the OnePlus 2 can jump on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow bandwagon too! In an official manner, no...

The RAM Conundrum: How Much RAM Do We Really Need?

Recently, we were treated to announcements of one of the first smartphones running Android that come with 6GB of RAM. 6 freaking GB! That is a lot of RAM in a mobile device. Starting up the number game is the Vivo Xplay5 Elite. Vivo as a company may not be very well known outside of China, but...

HTC 10 New Crisp Images Show Device in Black and Grey Color Variants

The HTC 10 is inching closer to its release, so the leaks and images have started flowing faster quicker and better than before. Today, we are treated to views of the black and grey color variants of the HTC 10. So without further ado, let's get to the images! These images come to us from a Chinese...

How Much Does Smartphone Sound Matter to You?

Whether it is through speakers or headphones, sound is an integral part of the smartphone experience. Indeed, cat videos aren't quite as fun otherwise, but it's also clear some smartphones are better at sound than others. Several factors like the speaker quality and positioning, as well as the DAC for finer headphone experiences, make huge...

Infinix Hot 2 (Android One) Update Includes a “RAM Booster”

What do you do when you want to purchase a budget handset but also want quick and speedy updates to the base Android OS, in par with the official releases from Google? For quite a while, there was no true answer to this. But then came along Android One. Google's attempt at giving a Nexus like...

Android N-ify Xposed Module Aims to Give Your Android 5.0+ Device the Android N Flavor

Android N has arrived..! ...Well, in a limited form at least. And of course, not for everybody. The Android N Developer Preview has been out for supported Nexus devices for a while now. This gives flashaholics a chance to experience something new in Android, long before the general public would get a chance to. Too bad that...