Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India who has been tinkering with Android since the time he got the LG Optimus One in 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in Management Studies. The areas in which he is interested are mobile processors, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at ip2unique@gmail.com.

BQ Aquaris X/X Pro Receiving Android 8.1 Oreo Beta Before Most Flagship Phones

BQ, a Spain-based budget smartphone vendor, has a presence in Europe and the US, but it tends to fly under the radar when it comes to media coverage. That's partly because its smartphones aren't particularly competitive against models from China-based rivals such as Xiaomi, Honor, and Motorola. However, in regions where it's hard for customers to...

Google Maps v9.72 Beta Prepares to Add Uber Account Creation, Improves Transit Guidance and Road Closure Reporting, and More

Google Maps v9.72 beta is rolling out to users via the Play Store. User-facing changes are far and few between, but we did an APK teardown of the app and discovered a lot of information about upcoming features. In short, Google is adding native Uber integration to Google Maps, meaning users will be able to...

Moto Z2 Force with Moto TurboPower Pack Launched in India for Rs. 34,999 ($547)

The last Motorola flagship to be launched in India was the Moto Z in October 2016. Since then, the company has released upper mid-range smartphones such as the Moto Z2 Play, lower mid-range phones such as the Moto G5 Plus and the Moto G5S Plus, and entry-level smartphones such as the Moto E4 Plus. However,...

Essential Launches Three Limited Edition Colors for the Essential Phone: Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray and Copper Black

The Essential Phone's issues have been well-documented. On the other hand, the phone does have its fair share of strengths, with its design being one of its best attributes. Its 5.7-inch 19:10 aspect ratio display has almost no bezels (although it does have an unconventional camera cutout), which makes the phone's body more appealing than...

Android 8.1 Oreo Beta Brings Fixes for Laggy Scrolling on the Essential Phone

Despite its initial hype, the Essential Phone was plagued by various issues at launch. Its initially poor camera quality and high price made it a hard sell, especially in comparison to the Google Pixel 2/2 XL. There were fixes for each of these problems, however, as the unofficial Google Camera HDR+ port significantly improved camera...

Enable Google Camera HDR+ and EIS on the Xiaomi Mi A1 without Root

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is Xiaomi's first Android One smartphone. It was released in September with a decent list of specifications, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip, 4GBs of RAM paired with 64GBs of storage, a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920x1080) IPS display, dual 12MP + 12MP (wide angle + telephoto) rear cameras, and a 3080mAh...

‘Reply’ will bring Smart Replies to Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and other Chat Apps

Google's AI-powered Smart Reply was first released with its Inbox app. Now, it's a part of Google Allo and Android Messages (for Project Fi users only) as well. Smart reply offers automated replies, and like any AI-powered feature, it can be correct at times, or off the mark at various instances. Now, a new app being...

Samsung Reportedly Drops Plans for an In-Display Fingerprint Sensor on the Galaxy Note 9

Last year, reports stated that Samsung was planning to use an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8. However, it was reportedly cancelled at the last moment, because of issues with low yields. The Galaxy S8 instead had a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone in an off-centered layout beside the camera. Rumors stated...

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Fast Wireless Charger Leaks from Official User Manual

Less than two weeks remain before the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. We know that the phones will be incremental upgrades over their predecessors, and the official event invite from Samsung states that the camera upgrades will be emphasized with the new phones. We have seen plenty of official renders...

ZTE Blade A530 with Android Oreo receives Wi-Fi Certification

Mobile World Congress 2018 is fast approaching, and it is certain that many new phones that have been leaked for months will be launched at the trade show. The stars of the show, of course, will be the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+, but they will be accompanied by many other new devices. Most...

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Accessories Leak: LED View, ClearView, Silicone, Alcantara and more cases

Only two weeks remain before the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ are officially unveiled ahead of Mobile World Congress this month. By now, we know a lot about the phones, including various hardware and software features. We have seen renders upon renders of the devices. We have even seen the new DeX pad for the Galaxy...

Android x86 7.1 R1 Brings Android 7.1 Nougat to Desktop PCs

The Android x86 project aims to port Android to x86-based Windows PCs and Mac computers. It's a full port of Android, instead of being more of an application player like other solutions. The last release of Android x86 brought a stable port of Android 6.0 Marshmallow back in September 2016, letting desktop users experience the...