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.

[Update: 5G variant too] Samsung Galaxy Fold receives Android 10 with One UI 2.1

The Samsung Galaxy Fold (review) might not be the perfect folding phone we had all hoped for, and the company has even released an alternate clamshell design with the Galazy Z Flip. Even with the insane pricing, Samsung has allegedly been able to sell a respectable number of Galaxy Fold units. Keeping aside the initial...

EMUI 10.1 roadmap reveals beta timeline for Huawei and Honor smartphones

Just a few days ago, Huawei unveiled its newest series of flagship devices, which include the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and the Huawei P40 Pro+. The Chinese OEM is shipping a slightly upgraded version of their custom Android 10-based UI, dubbed EMUI 10.1, with the P40 lineup. One notable inclusion in EMUI 10.1 is...

LG V40 ThinQ Android 10 kernel source code published ahead of LG UX 9.0 rollout

The smartphone wing of LG heavily struggled in 2019 due to lagging sales, and the company might even drop their flagship G-series brand this year. The Korean OEM is also having a hard time to keep their existing phones up-to-date, as only a handful of LG flagships have received the Android 10 update so far....

Redmi Note 8 Pro Custom Developments: LineageOS 17.1, Google Camera port, Pixel Experience, and more

For Xiaomi, India is the company's most successful foreign market, and the Redmi Note lineup has undoubtedly contributed a lot behind this monumental accomplishment. Despite facing cut-throat competition from other companies, both the regular and the Pro variants of the Redmi Note 8 managed to make their way into the global top 10 list of...

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) starts getting its One UI 2.0 update based on Android 10

A quad-rear camera setup is not exclusive to the flagship segment anymore, as current-gen affordable mid-rangers like the Realme 6 series and the Redmi Note 9 (Pro) lineup carry it as well. Samsung actually kickstarted the trend of incorporating four individual rear camera sensors with the release of the Galaxy A9 back in 2018. In...

Realme X50 5G bootloader unlock tool and kernel source code are now available

With the launch of the Snapdragon 765/G SoC, Qualcomm helped Android phone makers foray into the affordable 5G smartphone space. Several Chinese OEMs decided to incorporate this chipset into their phones, and we already have a number of mid-range 5G phones on the market, such as the Redmi K30 5G and the ZTE Axon 11....

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...

[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...