Posts From Skanda Hazarika

Skanda Hazarika
Skanda Hazarika 30 posts

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.

OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro get new OxygenOS stable updates with March 2020 patches, better slow-mo video, and more

The software update mechanism maintained by OnePlus features two distinct public release tracks. While the stable version of their OxygenOS UI is meant for the regular users, the company also offers an Open Beta branch for evaluating new features before wide scale rollout. For example, the OnePlus 7T lineup received the March 2020 security patches...

Hole-punch battery indicator app “Energy Ring” released for the Galaxy A51/71, S10 Lite, and Z Flip

The punch hole camera cutout was a unique take on Samsung's design philosophy, and the company is embracing it quite well. This layout, formally known as Infinity-O display, was initially introduced by the Galaxy A8s, but the Galaxy S10 lineup was responsible for making it a household name. Despite having a rather polarizing review, modders...

Samsung Galaxy A10s and Galaxy A6+ get updated to Android 10 with One UI 2.0

Samsung’s One UI custom Android OS received a major UI overhaul last year with the rebase on top of Android 10. Samsung has also teased further improvements via an incremental update, which will allegedly be called One UI 2.5. However, Samsung has yet to conclude the One UI 2.0 (or 2.1 in some cases) update...

[Update: Verizon too] Motorola Moto Z4 starts receiving official Android 10 update

Long before the rise of the Android One program, Motorola decided to ship a close-to-stock version of Android under the management of Google. After being acquired by Lenovo, the situation deteriorated over the years. No more blazing fast updates from Motorola anymore, along with the fact that the Moto Z lineup does not carry a...

Download: Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Pro, Mi 8 SE, Mi 9 SE, Mi 9 Lite receive stable Android 10 with MIUI 11

The initial batch of MIUI 11 update for several Xiaomi and Redmi phones went live during Q4 2019. However, the underlying software was still based on older versions of Android in most of the cases. The company eventually published the kernel sources of the Android 10 update for the Mi Mix 2s, Mi Mix 3,...

[Update: 5G variant too] Samsung Galaxy Fold receives Android 10 with One UI 2.0

The Samsung Galaxy Fold (review) might not be the perfect folding phone we had all hoped for, and the company has even released an alternate clamshell design with the Galazy Z Flip. Even with the insane pricing, Samsung has allegedly been able to sell a respectable number of Galaxy Fold units. Keeping aside the initial...

EMUI 10.1 roadmap reveals beta timeline for Huawei and Honor smartphones

Just a few days ago, Huawei unveiled its newest series of flagship devices, which include the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and the Huawei P40 Pro+. The Chinese OEM is shipping a slightly upgraded version of their custom Android 10-based UI, dubbed EMUI 10.1, with the P40 lineup. One notable inclusion in EMUI 10.1 is...

LG V40 ThinQ Android 10 kernel source code published ahead of LG UX 9.0 rollout

The smartphone wing of LG heavily struggled in 2019 due to lagging sales, and the company might even drop their flagship G-series brand this year. The Korean OEM is also having a hard time to keep their existing phones up-to-date, as only a handful of LG flagships have received the Android 10 update so far....

Redmi Note 8 Pro Custom Developments: LineageOS 17.1, Google Camera port, Pixel Experience, and more

For Xiaomi, India is the company's most successful foreign market, and the Redmi Note lineup has undoubtedly contributed a lot behind this monumental accomplishment. Despite facing cut-throat competition from other companies, both the regular and the Pro variants of the Redmi Note 8 managed to make their way into the global top 10 list of...

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) starts getting its One UI 2.0 update based on Android 10

A quad-rear camera setup is not exclusive to the flagship segment anymore, as current-gen affordable mid-rangers like the Realme 6 series and the Redmi Note 9 (Pro) lineup carry it as well. Samsung actually kickstarted the trend of incorporating four individual rear camera sensors with the release of the Galaxy A9 back in 2018. In...

Realme X50 5G bootloader unlock tool and kernel source code are now available

With the launch of the Snapdragon 765/G SoC, Qualcomm helped Android phone makers foray into the affordable 5G smartphone space. Several Chinese OEMs decided to incorporate this chipset into their phones, and we already have a number of mid-range 5G phones on the market, such as the Redmi K30 5G and the ZTE Axon 11....

Motorola starts rolling out Android 10 to the original Motorola One

Long before the Android One initiative, Google offered a few Android devices running a pure Android experience under the Google Play Edition (GPE) scheme, including the first generation Moto G. Even after the Motorola brand was acquired by Lenovo, their phones continue the tradition of having a close-to-stock version of Android. The software support has...