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.

Night Vision uses the ToF camera on the Samsung Galaxy S20+, Note 10+, and S10 5G to let you see in the dark

Hardware-backed facial recognition in the Android smartphone world often relies on Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors. Samsung, for example, utilizes the ToF module on the 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 to power their 3D face unlock mechanism. The ToF camera tracks the distance between two objects based on the constant speed of light. Developers have also...

Realme 5 and Realme 5s start getting Android 10 with Realme UI

Launched back in August 2019, the Realme 5 was one of the first phones from the Chinese brand to feature the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip. The affordable quad-camera phone comes with a 12MP primary camera and runs ColorOS 6 on top of Android 9 Pie. Within a few months, Realme refreshed the device with...

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE/9 SE/9 Lite and Mi 8 Lite/Max 3 Android 10 kernel source code now available

Qualcomm debuted their 700-tier chipset series with the release of the Snapdragon 710 SoC back in 2018, and Xiaomi was the first smartphone maker to adopt it with the Mi 8 SE. Later on, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 712 SoC with a little performance boost over the Snapdragon 710, and Xiaomi once again was first in...

Download: Xiaomi rolls out the stable Android 10 update for the Mi Note 10

The Mi Note 10 was the first phone from Xiaomi to launch with the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX 108MP camera sensor. Instead of designing a new device from scratch as a successor to 2017's Mi Note 3, the Chinese OEM decided to rebrand the China-exclusive Mi CC9 Pro as the Mi Note 10 for the...

Custom kernel fixes green tinting issues on some Google Pixel 4 XL units

2019's Google Pixel 4 lineup first introduced 90Hz refresh rate mobile display in the series, but the panels on the regular and the 'XL' variants are sourced from two different manufacturers. While the Pixel 4 comes with an LG display, Google decided to use a Samsung-made panel on the Pixel 4 XL, which is the...

OPPO Find X2, X2 Neo, X2 Lite, and Moto G7 Android 10 kernel source code now available

The foundation of the Android OS is built on top of the Linux kernel, thus Android device makers are obliged to provide the source code (upon request) for any Linux kernel binaries that ship on their devices. Besides the source code release for the retail release software, OEMs should also publish the updated Linux kernel...

How to bring back OnePlus’ full screen gestures on the OnePlus 5/5T following OxygenOS 10 (Android 10) update

OnePlus recently rolled out the stable Android 10 update for 2017's OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T in the form of OxygenOS 10 after a brief beta testing phase. Apart from introducing features like Game Space, the company also brings in a revised gesture mechanism. Many OnePlus 5/5T users are not exactly happy to discover that...

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are getting their stable EMUI 10.1 updates globally

The Huawei P40 lineup comes with EMUI 10.1 out of the box, which is a slightly updated version of Huawei's EMUI 10 software built on top of Android 10. A bunch of older devices from Huawei's portfolio are also scheduled to get EMUI 10.1. The Huawei P30, Huawei Mate 30, and Huawei Nova 5T users...

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 receives its second Android 10 beta update

Back in January, ASUS delivered the first Android 10 beta build for the ZenFone Max Pro M2. The owners of this phone are patiently waiting for the next beta update, based on the fact that its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M1, recently picked up its second beta build with tons of fixes and optimizations....

App Volume Control lets you control the individual volume levels of Android apps [Root]

If you've ever tried to play audio from several Android apps simultaneously on your smartphone, you've probably realized that it sucks to do this. It would be nice to casually enjoy an Android game while your favorite music from Spotify is blasting in the background. On the other hand, it would also be nice if...

Unlock full Dolby Atmos equalizer settings on the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7 series

Smartphone manufacturers nowadays tend to offer some kind of digital audio optimization to enhance the performance of the speakers built into their devices. OnePlus, for example, collaborated with Dirac Research till the release of the OnePlus 6T, but switched to Dolby Atmos audio tuning since the OnePlus 7 series. Most of these technologies and solutions...

How to enable 960fps slow motion and macro mode in OxygenOS Camera for the OnePlus 7 Pro

The OnePlus 7T recently received a 'secret' 960fps slow-motion video recording option via OxygenOS Open Beta 3 update. The feature is based on a software-based frame interpolation technique, thus it might not be considered as a 'true' 960fps implementation by photography experts. Nevertheless, as the entire processing is done by the camera stack of OxygenOS,...