Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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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.

[Update: Live in Chrome Canary] Google Chrome for Android will Soon Support Password Exporting

It's a little hard to believe, but it's been almost five years since Google released Chrome for Android. Since then, the mobile port of Google's popular web browser has replaced the stock Android Open Source Project (AOSP) browser on most Android phones, received countless updates, and become one of the most-downloaded browsers on Android. Now,...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Starts Receiving MIUI 9.2 Update Based on Android Marshmallow

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of Xiaomi's most popular budget phones. It was released in 2016 with powerful specifications including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 system-on-chip, and it received a huge amount of support from developers in the form of custom ROMs. It shipped with MIUI 7 on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, and...

Stable OxygenOS 5.0.2 brings Face Unlock to the OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 may have been outshined by the OnePlus 5T, but it remains a capable 2017 flagship smartphone. It shares some hardware in common with its successor, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, and software-wise, OnePlus has taken pains to keep it up to date. In fact, the OnePlus 5 received a stable Android...

Amazon Alexa Can Now Send Text Messages to Any Number in the US

In recent months, competition in the virtual assistant space has picked up. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Google launched Smart Displays -- new lineups of screen-equipped, Google Assistant-powered speakers by LG, Sony, and others designed to rival Amazon's Echo Show and Echo Spot. Amazon, for its part, recently updated the Alexa app for Android with...

Honor 9 Lite and Huawei P Smart Kernel Sources have been released

When it comes to releasing device kernel sources in a timely manner, Huawei hasn't always had a great track record. It didn't make the Huawei Mate 9's code available until six months after the phone's release, and the company took three months to release kernel sources for the P10 and the P10 Plus. The good news,...

Google Photos v3.13 adds Search Filter for Motion Photos, Auto-Sharing, Notifications for Photo Books, and More

Google Photos received a major update today, bringing it to version number v3.13. The new features include search filters for Motion Photos and new Photos Books notifications, and an APK teardown of the app reveals that Google might be readying a new dialog messages related to Photo Books and the app's selective backup feature. Strings in...

Google App v7.20 beta hints at new Assistant Hotword, Duo Integration for Smart Displays, and more

Google App v7.20 beta is now rolling out to users enrolled in the Google App beta on the Play Store, and while Google hasn't published an official changelog for the update, we did an APK teardown and found some changes related to the Google Assistant, Google Duo support for Smart Displays, and more. We've noted...

First Intel Cannon Lake Chromebook may be a Detachable

It's been pretty quiet on the Chromebook front lately, but that doesn't mean developments aren't happening behind the scenes. Recently, an Acer Chrome OS tablet was discovered at Bett 2018; Chromebooks powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 and Intel's Apollo Lake platform might be on the way; Samsung's detachable "Nautilus" Chromebook is rumored to get a Sony IMX258 camera...

Nokia 3 to Get Android Oreo Beta Soon, while Nokia 2 will Jump to Android 8.1 Oreo

It's been less than a year since HMD Global entered the Android smartphone market with the launch of the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3. The company later released the Nokia 8 as its flagship smartphone in 2017, and the entry-level Nokia 2 soon after. Notably, all of HMD Global's smartphones last year shipped with...

Google Camera HDR+ port adds support for LG Smartphones’ Wide Angle Lens

The first version of the unofficial Google Camera HDR+ port was released in August. It made available Google Camera's HDR+ technology to non-Nexus and Pixel devices, and has been proven to significantly improve image quality in many cases. Since then, the port has received many updates, including RAW support, support for Motion Photos, support for...

Chrome OS Tablet made by Acer appeared at Bett 2018

Android tablets have been neglected for years. This is due to various factors, with the most important being a decline in consumer interest in tablets as a whole, as well as the rise of large-screen smartphones termed "phablets." Google's last Android tablet was the Pixel C, which was released back in 2015. While Android tablets...

Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 receive AOSP Android Oreo ROMs thanks to Project Treble

Google announced Project Treble last year in an effort to revamp the way device makers update their smartphones. Phones launched with Android Oreo are required to be compatible, but it's optional for OEMs to include Treble support with Oreo updates for older smartphones. One potential benefit of Treble support is that major software updates can...