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 subjects in which he is interested are mobile processors, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at [email protected]

[Update: Launching on 25th Feb] Samsung teases the Galaxy M31 with a 64MP camera

After years of cheapening out its budget phones with sub-standard specifications and an absence of basic sensors, Samsung finally woke up in 2019. The company upgraded the Galaxy A series with better specifications to make them more competitive in the upper mid-range segments of the smartphone market. More importantly, it took the fight to Xiaomi...

[Update: 2nd March] OPPO Reno3 Pro 4G variant with 44MP dual-front cameras will launch in India soon

OPPO is the fourth-largest smartphone vendor in India, ranking below Xiaomi, Vivo, and Samsung, and above Realme. The company's Reno range of smartphones proved to be popular in the Indian smartphone market. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom competed with the OnePlus 7 Pro and other flagships in the online smartphone market, while the regular OPPO...

[Update 3: Oracle’s response] Oracle’s lawsuit over Google’s use of Java in Android has been revived

The Google-Oracle feud has been ongoing since 2010. Java was created by Sun Microsystems back in the 1990s and Oracle acquired the company in 2010. A few months later, Oracle accused Google of using its copyrighted APIs and patents to develop Android and filed a lawsuit. Since then, we have seen the two companies wage...

Bootloader unlock method has been found for the Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

In August 2019, OnePlus launched the Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G for $840. The phone is a 5G variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro, which was released four months before in May. It has the same internal specifications, and differs only with respect to the modem. The Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G used the first-generation...

Xiaomi uploaded Mi 10 kernel source code right after launch

Xiaomi launched its 2020 Mi series flagships at an online event in China today. The Xiaomi Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro were being teased for the past few days, and their specifications were confirmed today. The phones do come with a fairly significant increase in pricing (with respect to Xiaomi's older flagships) thanks...

Google’s Messages app prepares to add message reactions, drawing on images

Google Messages with RCS and Chat is Google's latest attempt at getting a slice of the messaging market. After multiple failed attempts with Google Talk, Hangouts, and Allo, Google shifted gears in April 2018 to kill off Allo in favor of a standardized form of messaging. The company incorporated RCS with the Universal Profile (Chat)...

OnePlus aims to have its devices be Android Enterprise Recommended this year

In February 2018, Google launched the Android Enterprise Recommended program. This program's existence is to create a list of certified devices that are recommended for enterprises to roll out to their employees for work management. Enterprises have to manage their employees' work phones remotely, and to improve Android's reputation in the enterprise, the Android Enterprise...

New Samsung accessories include two 25W fast charging power banks and a 45W car charger

Tuesday was a big day for the tech world. Samsung Unpacked 2020 was a comprehensive event as Samsung launched the flagship Galaxy S20 series, the clamshell Galaxy Z Flip vertically foldable phone, and the Galaxy Buds+ wireless earbuds. The Galaxy S20 series consists, of the standard Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. These...

WhatsApp now has over two billion users around the world

It's almost needless to say it at this point, but more than ten years after its launch, WhatsApp remains the most popular IP-based messaging app in the world. The app is particularly popular in India, its largest user market, where it had 400 million users as of July 2019. In Europe, West and South Asia,...

How the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra takes great photos with Nona Binning

The smartphone camera megapixel wars slowed to a halt for several years but picked up steam again in 2019. The arrival in 2018 of the Huawei P20 Pro (review) and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (review) with huge 40MP Quad Bayer sensors proved that high megapixel sensors weren't necessarily a detriment to low light photography....

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series don’t have headphone jacks but still support microSD cards

Samsung was a proponent of 3.5mm headphone jacks in flagship phones long after other device makers quickly moved away from them. The Apple iPhone 7 removed the headphone jack in September 2016, with Apple citing "the courage to move on." Not content to be left behind, multiple Android device makers started to remove the headphone...

Google details how it fought malicious apps on the Play Store in 2019

The Google Play Store is the world's biggest app ecosystem. It may not be the most profitable for app developers, but in terms of the number of apps and the number of app downloads, it leads the rest. For the most part, Google Play is a shining example of a curated app market. Unlike poorly...