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.

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro With SD-810 Goes On Sale In China

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, announced on 15th Jan 2015, is Xiaomi's attempt at moving beyond the entry-level segment and targeting the higher end of the market which is usually Apple territory. At its heart, the phone follows on the Xiaomi philosophy by providing great specs at a great price. Talking about specs, the Xiaomi Mi...

The Curious Case Of The Flash Sale

What do the horses in the Xiaomi stable, notably the Mi 3, Mi 4, Redmi 1S, Redmi 2 & Redmi Note 4G have in common with the YU Yureka or the Micromax Canvas Spark, or even the Lenovo A6000 and the A7000? For starters, the mentioned phones are amongst the more value centric Android smartphones, aiming...

Asus Zenfone 2 Launched In India, Pre-orders On Flipkart

At its New Delhi event held today, Asus has launched the Zenfone 2 for the Indian market. The smartphone brings great value to the table, coupling great specs with affordable price tags across all Zenfone 2 models. The variants can be divided into two umbrella models: the ZE550ML model and the ZE551ML model. The ZE550ML model comes...

Sony Xperia Z4 Unveiled In Japan

The Sony Xperia Z4 was launched in a quiet manner in Japan today. Following the Z series design philosophy, the Z4 is Sony's next attempt to capture the Flagship Throne of the World. Design wise, the Xperia Z4 feels like an incremental upgrade over the previous Z series with just a few adjustments done. The Z4...

Cyanogen Announces Strategic Partnership With Microsoft

In a move that was anticipated for quite some time, Cyanogen has announced a "strategic partnership" with Microsoft to integrate popular Microsoft services into the Cyanogen OS.   "Cyanogen Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership to integrate popular Microsoft services across the Cyanogen Operating System. With offices in Palo Alto and Seattle, Cyanogen is a leading...

OnePlus DR-1 Quadcopter Drone Available for Purchase

OnePlus has been teasing a new product for a while now, hailing it as a game-changer which isn't a tablet or a smartwatch. While speculations were rife about what this game-changing device could be, the company did confirm that the product was indeed a drone in their recent AMA. A tweet and vine from OnePlus shed...

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Drop Test

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are already proving to be amongst the head turners of 2015. From favoring their inhouse Exynos 7 SoC over the Snapdragon 810 SoC (which ended up causing issues to its main rival); to ditching the removable battery and micro sd card slot in favor of a more "premium"...

Oppo “R7” Bezel-Less Smartphone Demoed in Video

Recently, images have been doing the rounds of what claims to be the new horse out of Oppo's stable, the Oppo R7. The talking point of this device is the lack of any major bezel on two sides of the 5.5" display. Obviously inspired by the Sharp Aquos Crystal, the images and the accompanying video show a...

VAIO Corp. Launches Its First Smartphone: VAIO Phone

VAIO Corporation was formed when Sony sold its computer business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) last year, and the new company wanted to focus on selling VAIO-branded laptops in Japan for the future. The future is here, and with it comes the first mobile product from the new company, simply called the VAIO phone. The phone looks...

More LG G4 Press Renders Leaked

Some more leaks have emerged of what appear to be early press renders of LG's 2015 flagship, the LG G4. Courtesy of @OnLeaks and nowhereelse.fr, the new images show the front, back and sides of the device. The front of the device is adorned by the front facing camera, the earpiece and sensors. The LG branding...

Multi Boot: The Fall of Nandroid?

Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back...

NVIDIA SHIELD: The Tegra X1 Powered Android TV Box

At the annual Game Developers Conference being held in San Francisco, NVIDIA announced the latest addition to its collection of devices, the NVIDIA SHIELD. Powered by the Tegra X1 ARM SoC, the SHIELD is a set-top box running Android TV at its heart. But since it is a NVIDIA device, it does things beyond the simple streaming...