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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.

Realme 2 Pro starts receiving stable Android 10 update with Realme UI

The first Realme phone to carry the "Pro" moniker, the Realme 2 Pro, was launched back in 2018. The Snapdragon 660-powered mid-ranger was initially shipped with ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. After delivering the ColorOS 6 flavored Android Pie update in 2019, Realme is now rolling out the Android 10 update to...

Download: MIUI 12 stable update begins rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi 9, Redmi K20/Mi 9T, and Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi's Android ecosystem is designed in such a way that the version of their custom Android skin, aka MIUI, gets more importance than the underlying Android version. MIUI 12 is the latest major release for Xiaomi devices, and the first batch of "Closed Betas" has been available for a bunch of smartphones in China since...

Samsung rolls out Android 10 with One UI 2.1 to the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab S5e

Samsung is one of the few major OEMs that still cares about the Android tablet segment. Their current flagship-grade tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6, picked up its stable Android 10 update back in April. Two more Samsung Galaxy tablets from the previous generations, the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Galaxy Tab S5e, are now receiving...

UBports GSI brings Ubuntu Touch to any Project Treble-supported Android device

The ability to boot an AOSP Generic System Image (GSI) on a compatible Android device is one of the best outcomes of Project Treble, but a similar achievement has yet to be made in the domain of generic kernel development. Google does mandate a minimum Linux kernel version requirement with each new release of Android,...

phh’s custom Android 10 GSI adds better support for the Razer Phone and new “My Device” settings

Google first announced Project Treble with Android 8.0 Oreo in an effort to bring faster updates to Android devices and minimize the long-standing issue of fragmentation. XDA's developer community quickly discovered another interesting benefit with this modularization approach: the ability to boot an AOSP Generic System Image (GSI) on any supported device with an unlockable...

How to enable hidden Pixel themes on Sony Xperia phones running Android 10

The Pixel Themes app lets you customize the icon shape, font, accent color, etc. on Google Pixel phones running Android 10. We discovered the existence of the app shortly after Google pushed the second Android Q beta, and managed to get an early preview of its capabilities about a month before the public appearance. As...

POSP custom ROM adds 4 cool volume panels in its latest build

Potato Open Sauce Project (no, that's not a typo!) aka POSP is the go-to choice of many users when it comes to a lightweight AOSP-based custom ROM that also offers a handful of UI/UX customizations. Founded by XDA Recognized Developer Agent_fabulous, POSP is known for integrating useful features on top of its stock Android base,...

Modded Google Chrome browser brings Developer Tools to mobile

The open-source Chromium project is the backbone of Google Chrome, thus developers have the freedom to customize the characteristics of the browser and add additional functionalities. The Mountain View giant decided not to include several features from the desktop version of Chrome in the Android build, but thanks to the availability of the Chromium source...

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

Motorola reserves the "Play" moniker for the lower-range and budget segments, which means software updates are slightly delayed on these particular variants. For example, the OEM excluded Moto G7 Play users to date from getting the taste of Android 10, while the regular Moto G7, as well as its "Plus" and "Power" variants, already received the...

Developers bring Project Treble support to several Samsung Galaxy phones with the Exynos 7870

The Exynos 7870 is one of the most widely used SoCs by Samsung. The OEM had been using this octa-core (8x ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz) system-on-chip in its phones since 2016 and even released the Galaxy M10 in 2019 with the same 14nm processor. Interestingly, some of the newer Exynos 7870-powered devices were...

Amazon Fire Toolbox helps install Google apps, change launchers, and more on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon's Fire tablets might not give you a true Android experience, but they are enough to satisfy users with basic needs, especially kids. Their dirt-cheap pricing comes at the cost of locked bootloaders, no Google Play certification, and a heavily customized skin (Amazon's Fire OS) that is often based on older Android versions. Fortunately, the...

Energy Ring battery indicator adds support for OPPO Find X2 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro, POCO X2, Redmi Note 9, and more

The hole-punch camera cutout is one of those display design elements that has seen widespread adoption among smartphone makers in the last year. If you're not a fan of mechanical pop-up cameras or notches, the hole-punch cutout layout is indeed a viable alternative. You can even utilize the space around the camera hole(s) as a...