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.

MIUI Camera code suggests the Redmi K30 Pro may launch in India under the POCO brand

Xiaomi originally spun off Redmi as an independent brand to focus on the budget segment. However, they are already vying for a share in the flagship segment, thanks to the recently launched Redmi K30 Pro (code-name "lmi") and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition (code-name "lmipro"). We even stumbled upon the names of the phone duo quite...

Samsung is bringing Galaxy S20 software features to the Galaxy S10/Note 10 with One UI 2.1

The One UI skin from Samsung is largely regarded as a user-friendly user interface, especially after considering its predecessors, i.e. TouchWiz and Samsung Experience. The latest iteration of this Android 10-based skin is One UI 2.1, which can be found on the Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy S20 series of phones. While Samsung is...

Realme 3/3i and Realme 3 Pro get new updates with March 2020 security patches

Delivering monthly security patches on time seems to be a tough task for most Android OEMs, with the exception of the now-defunct Essential. Essential went head to head with Google in large part thanks to the near-stock version of Android running on the Essential Phone. Interestingly, a heavy skin might not necessarily be required for...

Magisk v20.4 released with script consistency changes and bug fixes

Magisk has basically become synonymous with root access on Android at this point. One of the most popular custom ROM distributions, LineageOS, is even dropping support for its own addonsu binary in favor of this systemless solution developed by XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu. The developer recently talked about potential shortcomings of the MagiskHide component, originating...

HMD Global’s bootloader unlock server for the Nokia 8 has been down for days

HMD Global wasn't the fastest to jump onto the 5G bandwagon, but they did bring the first Android One smartphone with global 5G support. The company has a clear Android 10 update roadmap for their users, and they are not shy to explore the possibility of running a touchless version of Android on feature phones....

[Update: Rolling out in the US] Samsung Galaxy S20 family gets another firmware update to address camera autofocus issue

The megapixel race is back, and the top-end 'Ultra' variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 is one of the prominent contenders, boasting a massive 108MP ISOCELL HM1 sensor. The company already rolled out the first software update for the phone to improve the focusing issues, but owners are still reporting autofocus glitches. Samsung is now...

Unofficial TWRP enables true dual boot on the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus phones are often touted as the spiritual successors to the Google Nexus lineup due to their hackability. The debutant OnePlus One can run Android 10 or even Ubuntu Touch without any issue. Advanced mods, such as multi-booting, is quite a well-known hack among the community. Now XDA Recognized Developer Zackptg5 has expanded the concept...

Developer ports Ubuntu Touch to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

There was a time when you could slap any operating system on the mythical HTC HD2, be it Android, Ubuntu, or even Windows RT. The Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II are gradually taking up that mantle, as it is possible to install regular GNU/Linux distributions on them with very little effort. While...

Unofficial LineageOS 17.1 is now available for the ASUS ROG Phone II

Getting your hands on a shiny new ASUS ROG Phone II might be a difficult task at this moment due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the Taiwanese company from releasing the long-anticipated Android 10 update as well as the corresponding kernel source code for this device. Matter of fact, an official bootloader...

Future Samsung Galaxy S20 update will address random reboot issue that some users are facing

The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup is the perfect example of cutting edge, monster-specced flagship. Be it the processor, connectivity options or the camera, Samsung is ready to outperform its competitors in every segment. However, software optimizations play a significant role in the premium smartphone experience and the Korean OEM is well aware of that. The...

Realme 6, 6 Pro, 2, 2 Pro, and C1 get updates with March 2020 security patches

With the launch of the Realme X2 Pro in October 2019, Realme entered the flagship segment. Their subsequent flagship – Realme X50 Pro, powered by a 5G enabled Snapdragon 865 chipset - greatly helped the BBK Electronics-owned brand to cement a place in the elite category. The mid-range tier is not completely left behind either,...

HMD Global rolls out the Android 10 update for the Nokia 2.2

Google's Android One ecosystem is still alive thanks to HMD Global, as the Nokia brand has earned a very good reputation among Android purists. Nokia phones receive regular security updates regardless of the price tag, and Android 10 is already available for a bunch of mid-range Nokia phones, such as the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1...