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>

Progressive Web Apps are Coming to Firefox for Android

Ever since smartphones became popular, the debate for web apps vs. native apps has been raging on. Steve Jobs' original vision for the iPhone didn't include an app store and would only run web apps, but things didn't turn out that way. In the past few years, native apps have exploded in popularity, while web...

Samsung Turkey Portal States that the Android 8.0 Oreo Update is Coming to Samsung Phones in Early 2018

Android 8.0 Oreo was officially unveiled by Google on August 21, 2017. Since then, we have seen the update hit Pixel and Nexus devices. Sony promised to ship Oreo within weeks and now the manufacturer has started pushing the Oreo update to the Xperia XZ Premium. However, few other devices have received the Oreo update...

Chrome OS is Adding Support for a Floating Keyboard

Android has been a massively popular smartphone operating system, however, it has failed to do well with tablets. There was a time when Google devoted a lot of effort to ensure that Android was a great tablet operating system to the extent that Android 3.0 Honeycomb was developed purely for tablets. However, over the years...

Google Prompt is Now the Primary Choice for 2-Step Authentication

Two-step authentication for Google accounts has been a feature for quite a few years now. Traditionally, this has used SMS-based verification to authenticate your sign-in attempt. This has worked well and provided a layer of security above and beyond that of a password, but it has always been a bit cumbersome to use, as it...

The Google Pixel 2’s Dark Theme Can’t be Manually Enabled via ADB

When the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were announced, hands-on reviewers noted that it had a new feature: a partial dark theme that tints the new Pixel Launcher's app drawer, the system notification tray (excluding notifications themselves), quick settings, volume indicators, and the revamped power menu. The dark theme is activated when users pick...

Google is Actively Investigating Reports of Pixel 2 XL Display Burn-in

The first reviews of the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were posted on October 17, and we have seen questions being raised over the display quality of the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL display is a 6-inch WQHD+ (2880x1440) 18:9 aspect ratio P-OLED display made by LG. Google has stated that...

PSA: Google Pixel 2’s Active Edge Squeeze Doesn’t Work in Immersive Mode

The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were announced on October 4, and have started to ship in certain markets. At the launch event, Google showed off the Active Edge feature on the phones, which enabled users to squeeze the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL to open Google Assistant or silence...

Why Glass is Replacing Aluminium and Plastic in Flagship Smartphones, and Why it Shouldn’t

Smartphone design trends come and go, but one trend which has been persistent for the past few years has been the transition to premium materials used in the construction of smartphones. While there was a time when it seemed like every single Android phone was made of plastic, design paradigms have slowly but steadily changed...

Huawei Mobile Phone Shipments Exceed 100 Million in First Three Quarters

On Saturday, Huawei announced that its mobile phone shipments have exceeded 100 million units in the first three quarters of 2017. This is a 19% increase year-on-year in terms of shipments, and further consolidates the company's status as the world's third largest (or second largest, depending on who you ask) smartphone manufacturer in the world. According...

More Specifications for the HTC U11 Plus (Ocean Master) Leaked

The rumour mill for the HTC U11 Plus has been heating up over the past few days. The device's existence was first reported back in September, when it was rumoured for a launch in November. In the past few days we have seen HTC confirm that it is holding an event in Taiwan on November...

Google Play Store Showcases Android Instant Apps with “Try Now” Button

Android Instant Apps were first showcased in Google I/0 2016. The premise was great: users could try out apps without the hassle of actually installing them. Instant Apps worked by breaking down a native app into small parts, which could be loaded faster and downloaded, then executed quickly. It displayed the UI screen for an...

‘Hey Google’ Command is Now Slowly Rolling Out to Users in the Google App

Waking up Google's voice search by voice isn't a new feature; it was first released in 2013. At that time, Google heavily promoted the 'OK Google' wake command, even to the extent of displaying 'Try OK Google' in the persistent search bar on the homescreen of the AOSP Launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat. The OK...