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.

LG Velvet, Nubia Red Magic 5G, and ZTE Axon 11 kernel source code are now available

By the virtue of the General Public License v2, Android smartphone manufacturers are bound to provide the source code of any Linux kernel binaries they have shipped on devices they sell upon request. Kernel source releases also help developers cook up custom ROMs and enhanced third party kernels which, in turn, boosts the aftermarket modding...

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 receives second Android 10 beta update with April 2020 security patches

Despite not taking part in the Android One program, ASUS launched the ZenFone Max Pro M1 back in 2018 with a close-to-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone received its Android Pie update around a year ago, and ASUS delivered a beta version of Android 10 for this device in January 2020. While we...

Samsung Internet 11.2.1.3 adds an option to prevent sites that stop you from going back

Samsung Internet is based on Google's open-source Chromium web browser and has a number of additional features built into it, like a built-in autoplay video blocker and the ability to block links that open apps. Best of all, the app itself is not tightly linked to the company's custom Android skin, One UI, thus non-Samsung...

Samsung brings the May 2020 security update to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy A50

Google rolled out the May 2020 security patches today, but Samsung had already rolled out the patches for this month to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Fold, and the Galaxy Note 10 lineup. The company has now added three more devices to that roster, as the foldable Galaxy Z Flip and the entire Galaxy S10 family...

Samsung shuts down the Game Tuner service

Smartphone manufacturers often include a dedicated "gaming mode" in their custom Android UI, which is an effective measure to satisfy the gaming crowd without maintaining a separate game-centric lineup. From on-the-fly overclocking to presenting a game launcher to the users, these add-ons are really handy to mobile gaming enthusiasts. Samsung's Game Tuner app is a...

The Redmi K30i may be a cheaper version of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G

Rebranding is undoubtedly an effective method to cater to a large number of consumers with minimum effort. Xiaomi, for example, was able to take advantage of the hype around the "POCO" tag by presenting the 4G variant of the Redmi K30 as the POCO X2 in India. Interestingly, the 5G-capable Redmi K30 has remained exclusive...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 receives update with May 2020 security patches

The Galaxy S20 lineup and the Galaxy Fold started receiving the May 2020 security patches in selected regions since yesterday, and it seems that Samsung is pretty much determined to deliver the update to other flagships in their portfolio. As it turns out, the Galaxy Note 10 is the latest recipient of the new security...

Energy Ring battery indicator now supports many new devices from Realme, Xiaomi, Honor, Motorola, and iQOO

From "Edgeless Displays" without physical buttons to wrap-around panels boasting a whopping 180.6% screen-to-body ratio, smartphone manufacturers have tried to push the limits in the war on bezels. Putting aside those futuristic concept phones, notches and pop-up cameras are indeed useful to present a near bezel-less experience. The hole-punch design is another viable alternative to...

Download: Realme devices get updates with April 2020 security patches

Most OEMs have their own customized version of Android, which is itself a compelling reason to maintain separate security bulletins besides Google's monthly Android security patch updates. However, big-name companies like Samsung usually opt for a mix of monthly, quarterly, and sometimes undefined update cycle, probably because of their vast product portfolio. Interestingly, the newcomer...

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Fold receive updates with May 2020 security patches

Remember when Samsung rolled out the January 2020 security patches to a bunch of phones even before Google published the corresponding security bulletin? There was no voodoo involved, though, as Android Partners are usually notified of all Android framework issues and Linux kernel issues at least 30 days before the bulletin is made public. Nevertheless,...

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is the first smartphone SoC to support AV1 hardware decoding

Paying attention to a codec while listening to your favorite track or watching a movie on one of the many streaming services out there might not be your cup of tea, unless you discover how a specific codec can indirectly help you save a considerable amount of data while binge-watching Netflix. Yes, we are talking...

Developer ports One UI 2.1 and Samsung Galaxy S20 features to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9

One UI 2.1 is the latest iteration of Samsung's Android 10-based skin that debuted on the Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy S20 series of smartphones. Samsung later rolled out the One UI 2.1 update to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, and the Galaxy Tab...