Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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<p>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.</p>

Asus Announces the ZenFone 4 Pro, the ZenFone 4, and the ZenFone 4 Max for North America

Asus has launched the ZenFone 4 series in North America. To be precise, the ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4 Max are now available in the United States. Asus states they are the first family of smartphones to all have dual cameras. The price range of these devices goes from $169 for the...

Samsung Internet v6.2 is Now Stable, Adds Night Mode, Tracking Blocker and More

When it comes to web browsers on Android, Google Chrome remains the most popular option simply because of the fact that it is installed by default on Android phones. However, we are now seeing a surge in popularity for third-party web browsers, and Samsung Internet has been riding on the very top of that surge. Samsung...

Action Launcher v30 Update Brings “At a Glance” Search Widget, Colored Search Box Icons and More

Custom launchers have always been popular on Android. Although Nova Launcher probably still remains the most popular third-party launcher, Action Launcher's popularity has been accelerating quickly, thanks to its timely adaptations of Pixel Launcher features as well as unique functionality which it has had for years. It has now been updated to v30, bringing the “At...

Google Tez has Gained 7.5 Million Users in 5 Weeks in India

Google made its foray into the ever-growing mobile payments sector in India on September 18th 2017 by launching its mobile wallet app Google Tez. Google Tez is a mobile payments service by Google based on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). UPI is a government-run platform...

Amazon Alexa App Now Available in India for the Upcoming Release of Echo

Amazon released Alexa and Echo for India on October 4, and now the Amazon Alexa app is available in India on the Google Play Store. The timing of the release of the app in India is crucial as the Amazon Echo lineup of smart speakers will ship to consumers later this week, and the app...

Canalys: Smartphone Shipments Decline in China, Huawei Remains the Top Smartphone Manufacturer

A few days after publishing its report of the Indian smartphone market in Q3 2017, Canalys has published a report of the Chinese smartphone market in that same quarter. The Chinese smartphone market is the largest smartphone market in the world, with India having now overtaken the US to become the second largest market. However,...

Google is Collecting Feedback on Android 8.1 Developer Preview 1 OTA Installation Issues

Google released Android 8.1 Developer Preview on October 25 and the stable version of the maintenance release for Android Oreo will be released in December. However, Android Beta Program users can test-drive the latest update through an OTA, and all users can also download and install the system images with an unlocked bootloader. The principal advantage...

Google to Roll Out Fix for Audio Recording Issues in Pixel 2 XL

At this point, the issues found in the Google Pixel 2 XL are stacking up at a surprising rate. This was intended to be the year when Google would build on the foundation release of the first-generation Pixel phones to provide an excellent first-party hardware experience. However, thanks to a lack of effective quality control and...

Motorola Releases Kernel Sources for the Moto X4

At XDA-Developers, we put emphasis on kernel sources and especially the GPL that allowed Android to become what it is today. If a manufacturer fails to release kernel sources for a phone, it means that they have violated the GPLv2 license and in turn, violated the spirit of Open Source and the free nature of Android....

Xiaomi to Enter Spain, Press Event Scheduled for November 7

Only a few years ago, Xiaomi operated only in China. The Chinese OEM then expanded internationally to Asian countries, eventually making its entry into the Indian smartphone market in July 2014. Xiaomi's entry into India has been so successful that it is now the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the country. Other expansions may not...

Chrome 63 Beta Released with Changes to Chrome Home, a New Flags Page and More

A week after the release of the stable version of Chrome 62, Google has now released Chrome 63 beta, which comes with many developer-focused changes and some user-facing UI changes. The developer-focused changes include dynamic module imports, async iterators and generators, and a Device Memory API which enables developers to see the total RAM of...

Android 8.1 Adds Status Bar Icon that tells you if Factory Reset Protection is on

Factory Reset Protection was first included in Android 5.1 Lollipop, which was released in March 2015. It is intended to be an anti-theft feature as it closes a loophole which existed on most Android devices before the feature was included. Before Factory Reset Protection, lock screen security could be bypassed if recovery access was available on...