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.

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...

[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...

Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30s receive Android 10 with One UI 2.0

Samsung kickstarted the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 rollout via an introductory beta program back in October 2019. While several devices from the flagship Galaxy S and Note lineup were part of the initiative, the company did not include Galaxy M series as well as Galaxy A series of smartphones under the beta program. Interestingly,...

Samsung rolls out Android 10 with One UI 2.0 to the Galaxy A40, Galaxy A80 and Galaxy A7 (2018)

The latest version of Samsung's in-house Android skin, i.e. One UI 2.1, is currently available on the Galaxy Z Flip as well as on the Galaxy S20 series, while phones like the Galaxy Note 10, S10, Note 9, and S9 are scheduled to get the update soon. On the other hand, a bunch of  'A'...

Download: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 receives stable Android 10 update with MIUI 11

The initial MIUI 11 beta update for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was based on Android Pie, but the phone eventually received a taste of Android 10 via the closed beta channel back in October of last year. The stable version of MIUI 11 for the Mi Mix 3 landed in the beginning of November,...

LG V60 ThinQ kernel source code is now available

The LG V60 ThinQ couldn't appear at MWC 2020 as the company skipped the event due to COVID-19 fears. Thanks to a number of leaks, we had a pretty clear idea about the flagship much before the slated release. LG finally decided to unveil the V60 ThinQ through an online-only event. The phone features a...