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.

How to enable T-Mobile VoLTE/VoWiFi on ASUS smartphones [Root]

Transitioning from the legacy circuit-switched voice network to IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) gives us the opportunity to use advanced cellular services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Wi-Fi Calling (VoWiFi), and Rich Communication Services (RCS). Now that 5G support is ready to land on the budget segment, several carriers are gradually phasing out old school...

September 2020 security update rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy A50

Google has a tradition of rolling out Android security patches on the first Monday of each month, but that doesn't mean other OEMs can't beat the Mountain View giant at their own game. The latest Android Security Bulletin and Pixel Update Bulletin for September 2020 have yet to go live, but several Samsung phones have...

[Update: Stable] Motorola One Zoom and Moto G8 Plus get Android 10 soak test updates in Brazil

Different smartphone OEMs go by their own schedule when it comes to Android updates. Motorola, for example, prefers to conduct limited invitation-based public beta testing (commonly referred to as "soak testing") before the actual release of a major Android version update through the stable channel. The final beta firmware is often mature enough to be...

The ASUS ZenFone 7 and ROG Phone 3 support passthrough charging for gaming without degrading the battery

The distinction between smartphones and gaming consoles is getting blurred for consumers in certain Asian markets thanks to the rise of the gaming phone. Mobile eSports titles are now bigger than ever, thus it's not uncommon to see users spend hundreds of hours playing multiplayer games on their phone rather than PC or console. Such...

Moto G8, Moto G Stylus, and several other Snapdragon 665 Motorola phones receive a unified OmniROM build

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset is slightly over a year old at this point, but OEMs like Motorola still prefer to use this octa-core SoC while designing its latest mid-range offerings. The Lenovo-owned brand has released a handful of Snapdragon 665-powered smartphones so far, including the Moto G8, the Moto G Stylus, and the Moto...

Google Phone app’s call recording feature now available on multiple Xiaomi phones globally

Google has been working on native call recording support in its Phone app for some time now. We first spotted some evidence back in January this year, and even managed to fully activate the feature a few days later. As expected, the owners of the Google Pixel series of smartphones received this feature first, followed...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+ receive One UI 2.5 with September 2020 security patches

The Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy Tab S7/S7+, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 are the first devices from Samsung to run the latest revision of their custom Android skin, One UI 2.5. Since then, the Korean OEM has brought the new update to a couple of its high-end phones such as the Galaxy S20 series and...

Samsung updates the Galaxy S10 series and Note 10 Lite with One UI 2.5 and September 2020 patches

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series debuted in 2019 with the first generation One UI skin based on Android 9 Pie. A few months later, the smartphone lineup received its first major Android OS update in the form of One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10. The Korean OEM subsequently delivered an incremental update of...

Kernel sources for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Moto G Stylus, Moto G 5G Plus, Motorola One Zoom, Motorola One Fusion, and Moto E (2020) are live

Access to the kernel sources gives power users a chance to dive deeper into the code that runs the corresponding Android-powered device. Besides improving the overall performance, tweaking such sources allow the modding community to add new capabilities that are otherwise not offered in the stock configuration. Kernel source releases also help developers to port...

ASUS updates the ROG Phone 3 with “black crush” fix, adds portrait mode support in Armoury Crate

It’s been slightly over a month since ASUS unveiled the long-anticipated ROG Phone 3, and the company has already pushed a handful of software updates for the device. The Taiwanese OEM is now back again with another bugfix update for the gaming monster with an interesting changelog. The new software, bearing version number 17.0823.2007.58, apparently...

September 2020 security update rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Just a day ago, OnePlus surprised everyone by rolling out the September 2020 Android security patches through a new set of "Developer Preview" builds of Android 11 for the OnePlus 8 series. There was no sorcery involved, though, as Android Partners (i.e. major OEMs) are always notified of all Android framework issues and Linux kernel...

ASUS ZenFone 7 bootloader unlock tool and kernel source code are now available

The newly launched ASUS ZenFone 7 series retains the iconic "Flip Camera" design from its predecessor, but it does pack in a number of necessary upgrades as well. Apart from the anticipated jump to Qualcomm's latest flagship tier Snapdragon 865 (on the non-Pro variant) and Snapdragon 865 Plus (on the Pro variant), the transition from...