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.

The Oppo Realme 1 is now official in India with a 6″ Full HD+ display and the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC

It's fair to say that competition is heating up in the budget and lower mid-range price segments in the Indian smartphone market. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro was the first phone to launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 system-on-chip in India. It was followed by the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, which had an...

Google announces ‘Google One’ as a new paid cloud storage service

Cloud storage has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google, Apple, and Microsoft have led the way in providing a limited amount of free cloud storage. Some cloud storage providers even provide as much as 50GB of free cloud storage, although other providers such as Dropbox continue...

Android P’s navigation gestures will improve with the next developer preview

Navigation gestures in mobile operating systems aren't new. This is because mobile operating systems such as webOS, MeeGo, and BlackBerry 10 all had support for gesture navigation in the past. The iPhone X popularized navigation gestures, as the removal of the home button meant that the gestures were the only way to navigate the device....

OnePlus announces ‘Fast AF’ sale of OnePlus 6 on May 13th-16th in India

The OnePlus 6 hasn't been officially announced yet, but we know most of its specifications already. A leaked tweet has revealed the design as well. Just recently, the company announced that Android P beta would be available for the OnePlus 6, with the download being made available after the phone's launch on May 16th. Now,...

Four new “Made in India” Samsung Galaxy J phones will launch this month

Samsung was the top smartphone vendor in India for years. This changed last year, as Xiaomi overtook Samsung in Q4 2017 to become India's top smartphone vendor. Xiaomi held on to its number one position in Q1 2018, with Samsung once again being placed in second position. An important factor for this change was Xiaomi's...

OnePlus announces availability of Android P beta for the OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6 will be launched globally on May 16th, and in India on May 17th. By now, we know most of its specifications, including the fact that it will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip, and up to 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. The design also isn't a secret anymore. This leaves...

[Update: Fixed in May update] Android 8.1 Oreo Multi-Touch Bug will be fixed in June Update

The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are included in the list of devices affected with a multi-touch bug in Android 8.1 Oreo. When two fingers are placed on the display, erratic touchscreen events are generated between the two fingers. The issue is prevalent in games, but it's also visible in other apps...

Amazon Alexa can now be set as the default assistant on Android

Amazon and Google dominate the virtual assistant market with Alexa and Google Assistant respectively. Alexa and Google Assistant power 92% of smart speakers. In smartphones, Google enjoys an advantage as Google Assistant is pre-installed on Android smartphones as the successor to Google Now and Voice Search. On the majority of Android phones, Alexa is not...

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 bootloader unlocking and kernel source code now available

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 was launched in India on April 23. It's a lower mid-range smartphone, and it competes with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of specifications, while significantly undercutting it in pricing. Its list of specifications includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 system-on-chip, 3GB/4GB of RAM paired with 32GB/64GB of...

Huawei and Xiaomi made huge gains in smartphone shipments the past year

IDC has released its quarterly report for the worldwide smartphone market in Q1 2018. According to preliminary data from the company's worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 334.3 million units during Q1 2018, that resulted in a 2.9% decline when compared to the 344.4 million units shipped in the first...

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ were the top selling Android smartphones in Q1 2018

Global smartphone shipments reached 345 million units in Q1 2018, according to research from Strategy Analytics. (In contrast, IDC states that 334.3 million units were shipped by smartphone vendors.) The iPhone X -- Apple's most expensive iPhone yet -- was found to be the world's best-selling smartphone model, as it shipped 16 million units during the...

What is your opinion on all of the so-called “AI” features on recent smartphones?

These days, there is a lot of focus on "AI" features. Artificial intelligence is the intelligence that is demonstrated by machines, instead of the natural intelligence shown by humans. It has been acclaimed by tech companies to be the next big thing in the technology industry. In the smartphone industry, many device makers are now...