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.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 are the latest to get stable Android 12 with One UI 4

Samsung’s One UI 4 update train is moving full steam ahead. After rolling out the latest iteration of One UI with Android 12 to the Galaxy S21 lineup in most regions, the Korean OEM has now shifted its focus to the current-gen foldables. Both the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3...

How to download Android 12 for Google Pixel and other Android devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the update rollout via stable channel. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, or the Pixel 3...

OnePlus Android 12 Tracker: Here are all the official OxygenOS 12 builds to download and install

Android 12 is finally here, and many of us are looking forward to getting it on our phones. Eyes are on all popular phone makers — including OnePlus — to see when they will begin rolling out updates. Matter of fact, the Chinese OEM has already kicked off an Open Beta program for evaluating OxygenOS 12, the upcoming...

How to enable the Google Pixel 6’s Game Dashboard on older Pixel smartphones

With every new Google Pixel smartphone release, we see some new and interesting features exclusive to the new device. Eventually, some of these features make their way to older smartphones via official updates or aftermarket mods. Likewise, with the Pixel 6 series, Google introduced a dedicated Game Dashboard tool in conjunction with Android 12's gaming...

TWRP 3.6.0 released with support for devices that launched with Android 11

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, has been around for several years now and it has grown to become the go-to option for the Android community to replace the stock recovery on their devices with a more advanced and feature-rich substitute. For most users, installing any kind of aftermarket software modification, whether it...

Samsung Android 12 Tracker: Here are all the official One UI 4.0 stable and beta builds to download and install

It’s that time of year again when Google releases the new version of its mobile operating system! The stable version of Android 12 is finally here after a long few months of beta testing, and a range of smartphone makers have already announced that they plan to roll it out to their users. Being one...

OnePlus Nord 2 has a vulnerability that grants root shell access within minutes on a locked bootloader, without a data wipe

A lot of us here at XDA-Developers originally started browsing the forums for the first time when we were looking to root our Android devices. Back in those days, people often relied on "one-click root" methods: Apps or scripts containing payloads that target known privilege escalation vulnerabilities of the existing firmware to gain root access....

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are seeing work for mainline Linux kernel support

The Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro are the first smartphones powered by the company's in-house Tensor SoC. They also shipped with Android 12 out-of-the-box, and if you take a look at the kernel sources, you can find Linux kernel 5.10 under the hood. If you’ve already bought either device for the sake...

Samsung Galaxy S20, Note 20 series get second One UI 4 beta with December 2021 security patches

It’s been a busy period for Samsung, as the Korean OEM is working hard to bring Android 12 with One UI 4 to its portfolio of Galaxy devices. Besides updating the current generation flagships, the company is also taking care of its legacy flagship offerings. Continuing the trend, Samsung has now started rolling out the...

Samsung rolls out another One UI 4 stable update for the Galaxy S21 to address lag issues

It was just last week when Samsung started rolling out the first One UI 4 stable update for the Galaxy S21 series. The update bumped the devices to Android 12, introduced a plethora of new features, included Android security patches for November 2021, and even enabled eSIM support on the US carrier models. However, users...

Latest One UI 4 beta for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 brings December 2021 security patches

We're still a few days away from moving into the next month, but that's not stopping Samsung from releasing December 2021 security patches. This time, the Korean OEM bundled the new set of monthly security patches with a fresh One UI 4 beta build based on Android 12 for its latest foldable duo. The Galaxy...

How to install TWRP recovery on Android smartphones

TeamWin Recovery Project, more widely known by its TWRP abbreviation, is the most popular custom recovery solution for Android devices. For the unaware, TWRP replaces the default recovery environment that came with your device, so you can root your device via Magisk, flash custom ROMs and kernels, create full backups, and so on. If you’re...