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.

HTC Promises Launch Of “Hero Product” In October

At HTC's annual general meeting, HTC CEO and Chairwoman Cher Wang apologized to the company shareholders for HTC's recent performance, as reported by Taipei Times. This apology comes a few days after HTC's stock price dropped to a 12-year low of NT$98, while HTC's highest was at April 1st 2011 at NT$1,300. The recent dismal performance was blamed on poor operational...

OnePlus One Bamboo Styleswap Cover Review

After months of waiting and anticipation for users, OnePlus finally launched the Bamboo Styleswap Cover for the OnePlus One in India on May 29th. Priced at Rs. 1,499 (~$24), the accessory is being sold at a price less than the rest of the world. But is it still worth buying?   Listing, Packaging & Delivery The product listing for...

Android M Dev Preview Adds Functional RRO Framework

It has been a couple of days since we were treated to the likes of Android M, or Macadamia Nut Cookie as the repos refer to it as. The Android M Dev Preview system images have been out for a while for the Nexus 5, 6, 9 and the Nexus Player; along with the source code for the...

Blocks Modular Smartwatch To Sport Qualcomm SD 400

If you thought that the smartwatch space was going to experience the same boom Android experienced in 2010, you will be glad to know of this new kid on the block (pun intended). Blocks is a smartwatch concept which is looking to make its way out of the drawing-room and onto your wrist. Designed by Blocks...

OnePlus Announces $50 Discount On OnePlus One

OnePlus had promised a "change" on June 1st in their attempts to "shake up the industry". Many expected the announcement to be for the OnePlus 2, but Carl Pei later informed that the device is still on schedule for its Q3 2015 release and the announcement was for something else. The date is upon us, and...

Windows 10 To Be Available On July 29

Microsoft's Executive VP of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, announced in a blog post that the next release of Windows will be available on 29th July 2015. The initial release for Windows 10 will be limited to laptops and desktops, with the OS making its way onto tablets and smartphones later at an unannounced date. Microsoft also...

Asus Announces The New Zenwatch 2

At their Computex event, Asus took the wraps off the second generation of its smart wearable, the Asus Zenwatch 2. The Zenwatch 2 will be available in two different sizes, 41mm width (x49mm) and 37mm width (x45mm) with strap sizes of 22mm and 18mm respectively. Both the watches sport an AMOLED display, with a 2.5D curved...

Google Launches Google Photos At I/O 2015 Keynote

While rumors have been floating around for a while, the Google I/O 2015 has made Google Photos official. And it is bigger than what we expected. Google Photos is centered around three big ideas: A home for all your photos and videos, a private place To help you organize and bring moments to life To make it easy to...

Android M Adds “Doze” Deep Sleeping

Android M has answered the call of battery by adding in a deeper sleep implementation than existing deep sleep. This comes in the form of Doze. The feature make use of the devices sensor to smartly recognize when you have left your device for an extended period. During this period, wakelocks will be minimized. However, you...

Android M Adds Fingerprint Support

Along with other features, Android M has brought along Fingerprint Support to the OS. This comes in the form of an API for developers, ensuring standardized support across the OS and devices. Use cases for Fingerprint Support  includes Android Pay majorly. You can also use the fingerprint to unlock the device and make Play Store payments thanks to...

Webview Update on Android M Dev Preview

Google has announced an update to the Webview implementations on the upcoming Android M Developer Preview. This comes in the form of Chrome Custom Tabs.   Previously, you had two choices, either link out to the default browser, or render as an embedded webview. But with Android M, you can take advantage of Chrome Custom Tabs. As an example,...

OnePlus Plans To Take Back #NeverSettle From Verizon

#NeverSettle Back in 2014, this seemingly innocent and kind of motivating hashtag took the tech industry by storm. Afterall, how often do you see a "new" company give the top guns of Android a run for their money? The #NeverSettle mantra was what OnePlus was founded on, as they claim. Even though the device was marred with issues...