Posts From Aamir Siddiqui

Aamir Siddiqui
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<p>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.</p>

Xiaomi Locks Bootloaders; Unlock Approval Takes up to 21 Days, Bricked Devices Must Wait

At XDA, we have a love-hate relationship with Xiaomi: We love the low-cost revolution they and other Chinese manufacturers have brought to the smartphone race, but absolutely detest them for violating the GPLv2 on multiple occasions. The GPL situation keeps rocking back and forth, with sources for certain devices being released, while other devices get ignored and...

Recordr: The Advanced Sound Recorder App

hen it comes to sound recording, AOSP does not provide a very easy way to create standalone audio recordings. Although AOSP does provide a reference API Guide for integrating audio capture into applications, it does not provide a quick way for the general public to utilize their phone's hardware to record sound, out-of-the-box, like how image...

Samsung Explains New Exynos 8 Octa Chipset

With CES 2016 wrapped up, the collective eye of the Android enthusiast has turned over to Samsung, eagerly awaiting more tidbits about the next powerhouse the company has to offer. After undoubtedly remarkable but arguably supreme flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the bar for the Samsung Galaxy S7...

Xiaomi Announces Redmi 3; SD-616 and 4.1 Ah Battery For $105

In typical Xiaomi fashion, the company has taken the wraps off its next iteration of the Redmi budget showstopper via a forum post announcement. Like a lot of Xiaomi products, the Redmi 3 offers some very good specs at a price that is unbelievable. So without further ado, let's take a look! The Redmi 3 features a...

Free Software Foundation’s RYF Certified Hardware List Released for 2015

We see a lot of great hardware launched throughout the year. Especially during events like the ongoing CES 2016, manufacturers go for their best shot in an attempt to bring something new to the market and squeeze their product into the ever competing world. However, there is a "dark" side with all of these top of...

XDA Forums Added For Fossil Q Founder, Acer Iconia One 8, LG K10 and More!

CES 2016 delighted us again, and we are seeing a lot of different companies announcing new devices targeting different segments of the market. To complement the announcement of several of these devices either at CES or outside of it, we've added a bunch of sub-forums. BLU Vivo 5 and BLU Vivo XL US-based smartphone maker BLU announced...

2016 Snapdragon 820 Roundup!

Blogs all over, including us, wrote extensively about the hottest star of 2015. The horse was beaten to death, and then back again. But now, as 2016 begins, the tech community yearns to find something else to talk about, something that can help us move past the debacle and get excited about new phones releases...

IonVR Partners With Intel to Create Untethered 6-Degrees-Of-Freedom VR Experience on Mobile

CES 2016 is proving to be the battleground for technologies of the future, as more and more companies look to draw attention to their products and developments. A lot of these new products have the potential to shape the future of how we interact with our environment and the things around us, whether it be...

Xiaomi Mi 5 Arriving in February, Snapdragon 820 in Tow

Xiaomi's Mi flagships are arguably one of the most competitive smartphones to be released in the year. Although the devices are poor in terms of aftermarket ROM development, they tend to pack in beastly specs and still command a fraction of what other flagships cost. The next iteration of the Mi lineup, the Xiaomi Mi 5,...

Konami’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Android 6.0 Coming to NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Amidst all the announcements ongoing at CES 2016, NVIDIA has announced that Konami's critically acclaimed title, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is making its way to the SHIELD Android TV. This will the be the first time the widely loved PC and Console game will be playable on Android. The game is expected to make full use...

Evan Blass: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to Feature MicroSD Support, Water Resistance, Large Batteries

Samsung's Galaxy S-series flagships are amongst one of the most anticipated phones every year. And there's good reason too. The S-series flagship feature the best of what Samsung can offer in a mass-producible, consumer-friendly package. Apart from the mid-year Note lineup, there are no other competitors coming out from the Samsung stables. Last year was a bit...

ASUS Launches ZenFone Max in India

ASUS generated a lot of hype and interest in 2015 with its devices, especially the ZenFone lineup. Carried across by the ZenFone 2 and its variants, along with other smaller ZenFone variants like the ZenFone 2 Laser and ZenFone Selfie, ASUS created a lasting impression on the mind of the budget consumer. To bank upon the...