Posts From Skanda Hazarika

Skanda Hazarika
Skanda Hazarika

DIY enthusiast (i.e. salvager of old PC parts). An avid user of Android since the Eclair days, Skanda also likes to follow the recent development trends in the world of single-board computing.

Enable OxygenOS’s Horizon Light notification feature on the OnePlus 6T [Root]

OnePlus maintains a somewhat common codebase for its Android-based OxygenOS software across all its devices for the sake of easy maintenance and interoperability. Take the example of the highly anticipated Always on Display mode: It has finally appeared in the latest OxygenOS 11 developer preview builds for the OnePlus 8 series, and the OEM has...

Developers bring Android 10 to the Samsung Galaxy A10, Moto G5S, and Sony Xperia SP/T/TX/V with unofficial LineageOS 17.1 custom ROMs

Not every Android smartphone is eligible to get 3 years of OS and security updates from their makers, but that doesn't mean you have to abandon them after the official support ends. XDA's huge aftermarket development community is undoubtedly the primary driving force behind the custom ROM scene, which is enough to breathe new life...

HTC Desire 20 Pro available for pre-order in EU for €279

The HTC Desire 20 Pro was announced in June with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC and a quad rear camera setup. The Taiwanese OEM initially launched the phone only in their domestic market, but they also left a subtle hint for a more wide scale release across the globe. And now, months after the official...

Xiaomi finally prepares to roll out Android 9 Pie to the Mi Box 3

Launched back in 2016, the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 was a forerunner of today's Mi Box 4K or the Mi TV Stick. Matter of fact, the “Mi Box” sold in the U.S. is nothing but a rebranded Mi Box 3. The Chinese OEM shipped the device with Android Marshmallow, skipped the promised Nougat update, and...

Download: MIUI 12 Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices [Update: August 13 builds]

The latest version of Xiaomi's custom Android skin - MIUI 12 - is finally here. The company has dropped the curtain yesterday, alongside the Mi 10 Youth Edition launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 11, the stable version of which was released less than six months ago, MIUI 12 brings in a slew of...

Get the Samsung Galaxy Note 20’s new apps on your rooted Galaxy S20

Samsung recently unveiled the long-anticipated Galaxy Note 20 series (our first impressions) alongside the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in its second Galaxy Unpacked event of this year. All these devices run Samsung's One UI 2.5 custom skin on top of Android 10 out of the box. Thanks to our own Max Weinbach,...

Download: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro receive OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 Developer Preview 3

Just a day ago, OnePlus released a "Developer Preview" build of HydrogenOS 11 based on Android 11 for the OnePlus 8 series. Matter of fact, a similar build of OxygenOS 11 was expected to arrive on the same date, but it got delayed a bit due to the lengthy approval process. The wait is finally...

Download: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro receives stable beta Android 10 update with MIUI 11

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India back in February 2019 with some solid specifications, such as a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, a 4,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, and a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor as the primary rear camera. The factory-installed operating system on the phone was MIUI 10...

POCO M2 Pro gets an unofficial LineageOS 17.1 and PitchBlack Recovery builds

The POCO M2 Pro (our review) may not feature a flagship chipset like the first-gen POCO F1 or even a high refresh rate display panel like the POCO X2, but the smartphone does offer some solid specifications for a very competitive price. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC is specifically tuned for mobile gaming on a...

Download: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro receive HydrogenOS 11 Developer Preview based on Android 11

OnePlus phones sold in China come with HydrogenOS instead of the OxygenOS skin. These two user interfaces share a somewhat common codebase, which means you can easily cross-flash the HydrogenOS package on the international variant of a OnePlus phone, albeit you will miss Google Play Services or any pre-installed Google apps. Now, you can finally...

Motorola One Zoom and Moto G8 Plus get Android 10 soak test updates in Brazil

Different smartphone OEMs go by their own schedule when it comes to Android updates. Motorola, for example, prefers to conduct limited invitation-based public beta testing (commonly referred to as "soak testing") before the actual release of a major Android version update through the stable channel. The final beta firmware is often mature enough to be...

Download: OnePlus 6 and 6T receive OxygenOS 10.3.5 with RAM optimizations, OnePlus Buds support, and more

OnePlus recently rolled out new OxygenOS updates to the OnePlus Nord and the OnePlus 8 family that brought in necessary support for their first pair of truly wireless earbuds — the OnePlus Buds. In a similar fashion, the OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 6T have now picked up a new stable build of OxygenOS that...