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 Tab A 8.0 and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 get updated to Android 10 with One UI 2.1

One UI 2.1 is the latest iteration of Samsung's custom skin on top of Android 10, which has recently been rolled out to the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Galaxy Tab S5e. After servicing the premium segment, the company is now bringing Android 10 to its budget tier tablets. Both the 8-inch and the 10.1-inch...

TWRP is now available for the Samsung Galaxy M20, Galaxy S4 Mini (Sprint), Fairphone 3, drops support for the Moto E4+/E5, Realme 2 Pro, and Redmi 6/6A

Developers working on the Team Win Recovery Project recently unveiled TWRP 3.4.0 - a major release with several notable improvements, such as partial support for Android 10. TWRP has become the de-facto custom recovery solution for the Android modding community, as it can be used to flash ZIP archives that contain custom ROMs or other...

Motorola Razr and Realme 3/3i Android 10 kernel sources are now available

Measuring the developer-friendliness of a particular Android OEM is a difficult task. However, their stance on kernel source code release is undoubtedly an important parameter in this regard. Android device makers are obliged to provide the source code - at least upon request - for any Linux kernel binaries that ship on their devices to...

Samsung rolls out the July 2020 security update to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy A50

Samsung recently pushed out the July 2020 security patches to its flagship Galaxy S20 series. This early security patch release was possible since Google notifies Android Partners about the Android framework and Linux kernel issues listed in a particular Android Security Bulletin (ASB) at least 30 days before the public release. Now three more devices...

DiscoverKiller is an Xposed Module that replaces the Google Discover feed with whatever you want

The default launcher app on Google's Pixel lineup and many other smartphones running close-to-stock versions of Android offers a handy integration with Google Discover. As the successor to Google Feed, Discover's launcher integration allows users to swipe to the left of their default home screen and conveniently access the latest news stories, video recommendations, and...

Download: Xiaomi rolls out the first MIUI 12 beta with Android 11 for the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro

Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 10 (review), and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (unboxing & hands-on), run MIUI 11-flavored Android 10 out of the box. The device duo has recently received the taste of Android 11 Beta 1, but there are some caveats. You can't find the signature MIUI skin there, because the initial...

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro Early Developments: Custom Kernels, Google Camera, and Hole-Punch Apps!

OnePlus is one of the few Android smartphone makers that still caters to the aftermarket development community. Despite its status as a "premium" smartphone brand these days, the company has promoted custom ROMs for EOL devices and maintains an active developer program. Now the company's latest offerings — the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8...

Kirisakura custom kernel for the OnePlus 8 Pro enables Control Flow Integrity (CFI) for better security

OnePlus phones are quite popular among tinkerers, primarily because of the company's developer-friendly attitude and of course, its painless bootloader unlocking policy. The company itself isn’t afraid to experiment and modders fully embrace the same school of thought. For example, OnePlus phones were the first few non-Pixel devices to support Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS) courtesy...

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Razer Phone 2 receive updates with July 2020 security patches

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S20 series has once again broken its own record of getting monthly security updates ahead of the Google Pixel lineup. Just like the previous month's incident, the company has now been able to deliver the July 2020 security patchset to the regular Galaxy S20 as well as the "Plus" and "Ultra" variants....

Paranoid Android releases beta builds for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro

Since its inception, Paranoid Android has garnered a strong fan following across the aftermarket Android development scene. The team behind the popular custom ROM recently released the "Quartz 3" revision of Paranoid Android, which brought in a truckload of new features like new accent colors, a Data Switch tile, and access to Pixel Feature Drop...

TWRP 3.4.0 enables OZIP decryption for Realme/OPPO devices and support for legacy devices upgraded to Android 10

Whether you are an experienced flashaholic or just a newcomer to the flashing scene, you likely have used Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, at some point. The custom recovery solution officially supports hundreds of Android-powered devices (including TV Boxes and smartwatches). On the other hand, the modding community has managed to integrate...

OPPO F7 receives its stable Android 10 update with ColorOS 7

OPPO ships their smartphones with ColorOS, a custom Android skin that emphasizes on minimal UI and flat icons. The latest iteration of ColorOS, ColorOS 7, is based on Android 10 and it packs in features like a system-wide dark mode, new navigation gestures, improved Digital Wellbeing tools with Focus mode, and a revamped Camera UI....