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.

New Microsoft Patent Shows Dual-Screen Device with 360-Degree Rotation Support

In recent years, Microsoft's efforts in mobile haven't been a resounding success. The company banked most of its hope on Windows Phone, and purchased Nokia's Devices and Services division in 2014 to compete with Android and iOS. However, Windows Phone and its successor, Windows 10 Mobile, failed to gain traction, and Microsoft discontinued the Lumia...

Xiaomi Launches Mi Service Order Status in India, Allowing Users to Track Repairs

After-sales service is an important consideration when buying a new smartphone. It differentiates well-known brands from no-name brands, and it lays the foundation for brand trust and loyalty. While the state of manufacturer service centers varies by countries, it's fair to say that some vendors provide better after-sales service than others. In India, we've seen...

Andromeda Lets You Theme Oreo Without Root, and It’s on Sale

One of the reasons people root their Android phones is to get system-wide theming support. In the past, it was built into CyanogenMod's popular Theme Engine (CMTE), but CMTE was retired in LineageOS, and the baton of system-wide theming support has been passed to Substratum. Substratum required custom ROM support initially, but that changed with the release...

January 2018 Security Patch Reportedly Rolling out to Mi A1 Oreo Beta Testers

Xiaomi's been in the smartphone business for six years, and almost all of its smartphones run MIUI, the company's custom Android skin. MIUI adds features you won't find in stock Android, but be that as it may, many phone enthusiasts have been waiting a while for the Xiaomi to release a smartphone with stock Android. The...

Android Oreo Update is Rolling Out to the LG V30 in South Korea

The LG V30 was announced on August 31 at IFA 2017  as LG's flagship smartphone for the second half of this year. Its high-end list of specifications included a 6-inch WQHD+ (2880x1440) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage, a dual rear camera with a 16MP standard-angle and 13MP wide-angle...

Install any Official or Unreleased OTA on Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, or Galaxy Note 8

When it comes to over-the-air updates, Samsung tends to roll them out to its devices gradually instead of all at once -- and that applies to different variants of the company's phones and tablets. Take the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, for example -- there's a U.S. and China model that packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Report: Xiaomi on Target to Top its Revenue Target for 2017

By now, it's pretty clear that 2017 has been a great year for Xiaomi. The company has already announced that it is on target for a new shipments record this year, with 2015's 70 million smartphone shipments having been reached in October. In India, the Chinese OEM is now tied with Samsung at the top...

Qualcomm Board Rejects List of Directors Nominated by Broadcom

The Qualcomm/Broadcom acquisition saga shows no sign of ending. In the beginning, Broadcom proposed an unsolicited $105 billion acquisition bid of Qualcomm, which was rejected by Qualcomm on account of it "significantly undervaluing the company." Reports then stated that the U.S.-based chip vendor wanted Broadcom to increase its bid by $10 per share. In a significant escalation,...

Android Oreo Update is rolling out to the Verizon Moto Z2 Force

Android 8.0 Oreo was released in August 2017. The latest statistics from Google show that it is still installed on only 0.5% of all Android phones, despite the fact that four months have passed since its initial release. In fact, Google rolled-out the Android 8.1 maintenance release update to Pixel and Nexus devices earlier this...

Honor X Series has Reached the 40 Million Units Sales Milestone

Huawei's subsidiary Honor has carved out its own unique identity. Its smartphones are cheaper than its parent company's smartphones, and they're targeted for an online-first audience. In India, the company has stated that it wants to become the number one smartphone manufacturer in the country. Recently, it's also accelerated its international expansion, and it's announced...

Popular Theming App “Zooper Widget” has been Removed from the Play Store [Updated: It’s back]

Theming an Android phone has always been popular among our readers. There are full-fledged theme engines such as Substratum, but there are also apps that let you customize your launcher, icons, and more. Zooper Widget is one such app. It's a custom widget creator with extensive functionality, allowing users to create custom widgets, wallpapers, animations, and much...

Report: TSMC to ‘Snatch’ Qualcomm’s Chip Orders for 2018 and Manufacture Snapdragon 855

There are two main players in the foundry industry for mobile chipsets: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics. For years, the two companies have been competing to win Qualcomm's orders for its Snapdragon chipsets. For example, the Snapdragon 810 was made on TSMC's troubled 20nm process, but its successor the Snapdragon 820 was...