Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India. He has been an Android user 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.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Android Oreo MIUI Global Stable ROM Now Available

Up until now, Xiaomi hadn't rolled-out the stable Android Oreo update to any of its smartphones running MIUI. The Xiaomi Mi A1 did receive the Android Oreo update in January, but that doesn't count here as it is an Android One device instead of MIUI. The company doesn't have a great track record when it...

[Update: Video] Samsung Brings Full Linux Distribution Support to DeX with “Linux for Galaxy”

At the 2017 Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung made a lot of important announcements. The company announced Bixby 2.0 with smart home and third-party developer support and announced a partnership with Google to bring ARCore on some Samsung Galaxy smartphones. However, the announcements don't end there. Samsung also unveiled updated to Samsung DeX with the addition of...

Google Photos v3.15 prepares to let users Export Motion Photos as GIFs and Like Photos in Shared Albums

Google Photos v3.15 has begun rolling-out to users on the Play Store, and as usual, Google has not published an official changelog. While live changes are few, we did an APK teardown of the app and found that Google is planning to allow users to like photos in shared albums. Also, the company may be...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series with On-Device AI for more Affordable Smartphones

Qualcomm is indisputably the leader in the Android smartphone system-on-chip space. Although the company faces tough competition from the likes of Samsung's Exynos SoCs and Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin SoCs in the high-end space, they are essentially unparalleled in the mid-range and budget price segments of the smartphone market. The Snapdragon 600 series has consistently distinguished...

Huawei P20 with iPhone X-style Notch and Dual Rear Cameras shown off in Photo

It has been a year since the release of the Huawei P10 and the P10 Plus. Huawei is gearing up to launch the successors of the P10 and the P10 Plus in the form of the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Plus on March 27. The P20 and the P20 Plus will also be...

Sony Announces the Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact with 18:9 Displays and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC

At Mobile World Congress 2018, Sony unveiled the Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact. The phones are Sony's next-generation flagship smartphones, and their headlining features are 18:9 aspect ratio displays (a first for the company) and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 flagship system-on-chip. Sony Xperia XZ2 Specifications Sony Xperia XZ2 Dimensions 153 x 72 x 11.1mm Weight 198g Software Android Oreo with Sony Xperia UI CPU Octa-core...

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact Leaks Reveal 18:9 Displays and Stereo Speakers

Sony will hold an event at Mobile World Congress to announce its next-generation smartphone lineup: the Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact. Most of the 2018 flagships' specifications were revealed in a leak two days ago. The smartphones are rumored to have 18:9 displays, rear fingerprint sensors, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chips. Now, Evan Blass at VentureBeat has...

Xiaomi is Testing Android Oreo on the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Xiaomi Mi Mix

Xiaomi tends to be diligent when it comes to rolling-out updates for MIUI, its custom Android ROM. However, it has a less than stellar track record when it comes to rolling out major Android software updates. The Redmi Note 3, for example, has received a stable update of MIUI 9.2, but that update is based...

First Android Go phones, more Android One devices, and new Lens/Assistant features to be announced at MWC

On Monday, Mobile World Congress 2018 will officially begin in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be announced on February 25, one day before the start of the event. Other major Android OEMs will also attend the event, and so will Google. In a blog post, Google's Senior Vice President of Platforms & Ecosystems Hiroshi...

Gboard v7.0 Beta Adds Email Address Autocompletion, Universal Media Search, & Support for Chinese and Korean Languages

Gboard, formerly Google Keyboard, is Google's first-party keyboard app for Android. It's a feature-rich app, and it is pre-installed on a wide range of Android smartphones. The last version of Gboard, v6.9, brought support for handwriting input, URL field suggestions, new languages, and more. Gboard v7.0 beta began rolling-out to users on the Play Store...

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...