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.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Early Custom Developments include EvolutionX and LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROMs

The Redmi Note 9 Pro (review), or the Redmi Note 9S as it is called in some countries, sports a unique square style rear camera arrangement while offering some solid specifications such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, a massive 5,020 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, and up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage....

OnePlus 7T quietly gets 960fps slow motion and 4K wide-angle video in the latest OxygenOS beta

The OnePlus 7T family received their third OxygenOS Open Beta update last week, which introduced a handy camera lens dirt detection feature as well as the April 2020 security patches. However, as it turns out, the company secretly enabled the 960fps slow motion video recording support on the regular OnePlus 7T with this update, albeit...

AT&T rolls out the Android 10 update to the LG V40 ThinQ

The European variant of the LG V40 ThinQ is scheduled to receive its stable Android 10 update in Q3 2020, while the company is planning to deliver the same a bit early in their home country. Matter of fact, LG has already published the Android 10 kernel source code for this device, which clearly indicates...

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro get OxygenOS 10.5.6/10.5.7/10.5.8 with April 2020 patches and many display, camera, and system optimizations

OnePlus recently published the kernel source code for the OnePlus 8 family to help the aftermarket development community. The company has also released a couple of bug fix updates till date to address the controversial green screen and black crush issues. Now OnePlus has started rolling out yet another set of updates for these phones...

LG V50 ThinQ gets root on locked bootloader thanks to an exploit

LG's bootloader unlocking policy is quite annoying as the company tends to whitelist only a handful of regional device variants to be unlocked via their official portal. The situation isn't always their fault, though, as U.S. carriers tend to make the decision to block bootloader unlocking. Take for example the LG V50 ThinQ—while you can...

Realme announces long term beta and Android 11 Early Access for the Realme X2 Pro

According to Google, the first beta of Android 11 should be available on June 3rd, 2020. The Mountain View giant had to delay the release due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and consequently published yet another Developer Preview version to fill the void. While the Developer Preview builds are meant for the Pixel lineup, Realme has...

Here’s how you can measure blood pressure with your Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 right now

Samsung has yet to enable the long-anticipated ECG support on the Galaxy Watch Active 2, but the company did announce cuff-less blood pressure monitoring and tracking using the wearable a few weeks ago. There is a catch, though, as the whole functionality as well as the companion app (Samsung Health Monitor) has only been approved...

TWRP is now officially available for the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and Mi Translator

Android 10's recovery implementation and the introduction of the "super" partition containing multiple dynamically resizable partitions has considerably slowed down the process of porting TWRP to devices running Android 10 out of the box. However, older non-Pixel phones that have been updated to Android 10 via OTA are not affected by those changes because they...

Motorola starts rolling out the Android 10 stable update for the Moto G7

Back in January, Motorola delivered the stable version of Android 10 to the 'Plus' variant of the Moto G7. Later on, the company went another step forward and published Android 10 kernel source code for the same model. Now, the regular Moto G7 is apparently getting the same treatment in Brazil, as the company has...

Custom Project Treble GSIs get updated with the May 2020 security patches and add DC Dimming support on OPPO devices

A bunch of Samsung devices started receiving the May 2020 security patches even before Google published the security bulletin for the month and rolled out corresponding OTA updates for the compatible Pixel devices. Even if you don't have a Google Pixel phone or one of those Samsung flagships, you still have a chance to bump...

Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus receive official Android 10 update

During Mobile World Congress in 2019, Sony unveiled the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, two mid-range smartphones with tall 21:9 displays. The phones launched with Android 9 Pie on board, but Sony promised an update to Android 10 "early 2020 onwards". Sony quickly added both devices to the company's Open Devices Program, and the device duo...

The Dimensity 1000 Plus is a new 5G chip from MediaTek that supports 144Hz display

MediaTek is on a roll these days as they just unveiled yet another SoC after announcing the mid-ranger Helio G85 chipset. Dubbed as Dimensity 1000 Plus, the latest candidate belongs to the flagship-grade Dimensity 5G family and carries a handful of enhancements over the original Dimensity 1000 SoC. MediaTek wants to take the lion's share...