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.

Elephone P9000 Review: Further Blurring the Lines Between Flagship and Budget

The Elephone P9000 is the "successor" to the Elephone P8000 that we reviewed and liked. Bearing some of the previously liked features and improving on the rest, the P9000 evolves over the low-end to tread onto mid-budget territory with specs and features that will give most of the market a run for its money. But can...

What is Your Prime Reason for Updating Your Phone?

Earlier this week, we brought to you news of an Indian startup promising monthly updates, with a "new feature" every month. All of this would be backported onto Android 5.1 to match the new features of the latest Android. Xiaomi also follows a similar update model wherein they backport and build new features on top...

CREO: The Indian Startup That is Promising a New Update Every Month

The state of Android updates has been an often criticized talking point. The picture has been grim when it comes to update adoption, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow making its way to just about 2.3% of all devices. Even the one and half year old Lollipop is on 36% of all Android devices as of March...

Which Xposed Module Would You Like to See Baked into AOSP?

The Xposed Framework and the collective community effort in the form of Modules is unarguably one of the best thing that has happened to Android in recent years from a power user perspective. What was once possible through the use of Custom ROMs and Kernels only, is now being almost universally applied. Custom ROMs have been...

Root Achieved for LG V10 on Verizon

If you purchase a phone from Verizon, you haven't really purchased a phone from them, you just have permission to use the phone. Verizon's locking practices are the worst when it comes to US carriers, frequently causing headaches to a lot of power users. So when an Android enthusiast, specifically one who cares about root and...

Which Android Feature Got Worse on an Update?

Android is not perfect. AOSP has to be viewed as a constant Work-in-Progress instead of a finished product. Features are added and refined by every new Android iteration, so there is always something to look forward to in the latest Android. That being said, not every change happens for good. Some features are introduced in implementations...

Galaxy S7 Bootloader Lock Explained: You Might Not Get AOSP After All

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are some of the most powerful devices you could buy right now. But our regular readers and forum dwellers would know that Samsung devices aren't the supreme best when it comes to development. A lot of the issues with Samsung and development can be traced back to Exynos...

What Are Your Impressions on Android N?

It's been a day since Android N Dev Preview has been released into the wild. XDA being a developer community, it would be no surprise if a lot of people have jumped onto the update right after it went live. We ask you, what are your impressions about Android N? Do you like the update on...

Android N Dev Preview Brings Back Dark Mode, Adds Native Night Mode

Adding on to the list of reasons why you should have purchased that Nexus is the inclusion of night mode and the return of the dark mode in the Android N Developer Preview images. What is night mode, you ask? Night mode is a simple term to denote the shift in colors of your display to...

Wild Android N Developer Preview Appeared, Get it Now! [Nexus 6P/5X/6/9/Player, Pixel C]

One curious article was setting the Android community abuzz with excitement, as it announced the surprise arrival of the Android N Developer Preview, more than 2 months before this years Google I/O. Coming from a source with a lot of reputation when it comes to Android news, this was BIG news... Until it was pulled down. We're talking...

OnePlus Offering Installment Payments for OnePlus 2; Also Signs Endorsement Deal for House of Cards Season 4

OnePlus really wants you to have its baby phones. For a company that is only 3 smartphones old, we certainly see where they are coming from. But that does not stop them from taking risks or bold steps. They were previously known for some really tacky marketing campaigns, like the Ladies First campaign. Since then, the...

AnTuTu Releases Report on Current Top 10 Smartphone SoC’s

AnTuTu, one of the most popular benchmarking apps, has released their report on the Top 10 Performance Smartphone Chips. This report comes at a time where we are seeing the newest generations of major chips battle it out in top tier flagships as well as down the line. Before starting off, the report notes that the...