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.

Android 11 with One UI 3.1 arrives unofficially on the Samsung Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30

One UI 3.1 looks to be the best version of Samsung's custom Android skin yet. With a number of new productivity features and several UI/UX enhancements, the Korean OEM's flavor of Android is looking better than ever. If that has you excited, then you’ll be happy to know that you can flash an unofficial port...

TWRP 3.5.2 released, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact receive official support

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, has become the de-facto custom recovery solution for the Android modding community. It allows users to directly flash or ADB sideload ZIP archives that contain custom ROMs or other mods, make a full backup or restoration, and much more. Last month, we saw the release of TWRP...

Motorola Razr 5G and Nokia 2.2 receive stable Android 11 update

The stable release of Android 12 isn’t too far away, but device makers are continuing to roll out Android 11 updates to their smartphones. Motorola, for example, has been doing an appreciable job of sticking to its Android 11 update plan so far and has released the update for several of its devices. However, since...

T-Mobile OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T finally get the Android 11 update with OxygenOS 11

A lot of Android enthusiasts here at XDA not only want major version updates as quickly as possible, but they also want to receive those monthly security updates as soon as they are announced. However, there’s another segment of the community — people who are not particularly fond of Android’s OTA updates and have actually...

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 can now run Android 11, unofficially

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S and Note lineup are usually offered in two different processor variants around the world. While devices in the US, Canada, China, etc. receive the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, most other regions receive devices with an Exynos chip. The bootloader unlocking situation on the Snapdragon-powered models is somewhat complicated, thus the custom ROM...

Unofficial LineageOS 18.1 is now available for the Redmi Note 10 Pro/Pro Max

If there's one community-driven Android project out there that needs no introduction whatsoever, it’s LineageOS. The name itself has become synonymous with aftermarket development and is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most popular custom ROMs. While the list of devices officially supported by the LineageOS project is fairly long, developers often...

OPPO opens up Android 11 betas for OPPO Reno Z and OPPO A73 5G

After rolling out stable ColorOS 11 updates for the OPPO Reno 2 Z and the OPPO A91 last week, OPPO has now expanded its Android 11 beta program and added two new devices to the roster: the OPPO Reno Z and the OPPO A73 5G. OPPO Reno Z XDA Forums The Chinese OEM is inviting OPPO Reno...

Download YouTube Music Vanced APK

YouTube Music Vanced is a modded version of the YouTube Music app, offered by the same developers who made YouTube Vanced. The mod adds a number of features to the official app, like built-in adblocking and background playback without pauses. This page has installation instructions and download links for both non-rooted and rooted devices. Latest version...

DotOS 5.1 will add a new wallpaper-based theming system and QS UI inspired by Android 12

Android theming has come a long way from the early days of the CyanogenMod Theme Engine to Substratum and now the native RRO and OMS APIs. With Android 12, Google might push Android's theming engine to the next level thanks to the new wallpaper-based theming system code-named “monet.” When “monet” is enabled, the user’s wallpaper determines...

Customize the ROG Phone 2/3’s performance in any app with Armoury Crate Unleashed

Magisk Modules are a simple way to apply system-level mods to your device without having to get your hands dirty and make changes to system files manually. From an end user's perspective, all you have to do is download a module, enable it through the Magisk app, and then reboot your device for the changes...

How to enable hidden features and tweak all settings in OnePlus Camera app

One of the complaints with OnePlus devices is how they lack serious pro photography features. Even though the devices have strong third-party developer communities behind them, the love they receive from the actual company in terms of customization of camera features is often too little. Be that as it may, the OnePlus Camera app has its...

HMD Global’s Nokia 2.2 can now be bootloader unlocked

Back in 2019, HMD Global's efforts at producing a budget-friendly smartphone yielded the Nokia 2.2. Despite the company's substantial efforts at marketing the device with its "Android One" goodness, enthusiasts weren’t impressed. The first thing that made XDA users hesitate with the purchase more than anything was HMD Global's weird stance towards bootloader unlocking. Yes,...