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.

OnePlus 8 Pro unbrick tool is now available

Devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets feature an alternative boot mode called Emergency Download Mode (EDL), which is strictly intended for OEM servicing. With the right combination of model-specific software binaries (usually referred to as programmers) and EDL flashing tool, it is possible to revive a hard bricked device that has lost Fastboot access. OnePlus, for...

Magisk Module enables Camera during call, Call Recording, AppLock, and more on Samsung Galaxy S20

OEM Android skins, such as Xiaomi's MIUI or OnePlus' OxygenOS, often feature multiple regional variants. While a few region-exclusive services can be controlled from the server side, some manufacturers prefer to ship a complete set of features inside the firmware, with selective access to regional features being controlled via hidden parameters that are not visible...

ASUS releases AOSP-based Android 10 beta updates for the ZenFone Max M1, ZenFone Lite, and the ZenFone Live L1/L2

ASUS has yet to release a phone under the Android One program, but they still do care about vanilla Android lovers. The OEM has significantly trimmed down their custom Android skin, ZenUI on their flagship ZenFone 6, while the ZenFone Max Pro M1 and its successor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2, come with near-stock Android. The company also...

Developers port Windows 10 on ARM to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and other Snapdragon 835-powered phones

Developer-friendly OEMs like OnePlus and Sony are known for publishing kernel sources as well as device trees; the latter serves as a mechanism to describe the hardware to the Linux-based kernel of Android on ARM platform as soon as the primary bootloader boots. Operating systems like Microsoft Windows, however, utilize the Advanced Configuration and Power...

Netflix adds the OPPO Reno3, some Sony Xperia phones, and the unannounced Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite to its HD/HDR supported list

The regular Android community started to care about Google’s Widevine DRM when they discovered the connection between the DRM level and HD playback capability in streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Having Widevine L1 status is indeed a mandatory requirement, but it doesn't necessarily ensure the ability to play Netflix content in HD,...

Nokia 8 Sirocco and Samsung Galaxy A30s receive stable Android 10 update

HMD Global relies on a number ODMs like Foxconn (and its subsidiary, FIH Mobile) and Longcheer to manufacture its Nokia-branded Android smartphones. While the practice is certainly useful to keep costs down, it has unintentionally exposed the company's internal firmware hosting servers multiple times. For example, the pre-release Android 10 update packages for the Nokia...

LineageOS adds support for the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, Realme 2 Pro, and drops the Redmi Note 4

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs available for Android devices, and the team behind the project recently released the first LineageOS 17.1 builds based on Android 10. A handful of Google devices, such as the original Pixel lineup and the Google Nexus 6, couldn't make it to the initial roster, but eventually...

Kernel sources for the Realme 6, 6 Pro, C3 and 5i are now available

Android is built on top of the Linux kernel, thus companies are required to provide the source code, upon request, of any Linux kernel binaries they distribute on devices they sell. Most major OEMs do fulfill this commitment by making the source code publicly available, but the uploaded source releases often lack critical components and/or...

Xiaomi finally rolls out stable Android Pie for the Mi Box S with tons of bug fixes

Xiaomi's Mi Box S is a nifty gadget that can instantly upgrade your dumb TV into a smart TV. This bargain Android TV box from the Chinese electronics brand is capable of playing 4K HDR content at up to 60fps while also doubling as a Chromecast receiver. The device is now a more appealing prospect...

LG G7 ThinQ Android 10 kernel source code is now available

LG's G series is expected to be retired soon in favor of the upcoming 'Velvet' lineup, but the company has no plan to abandon the legacy models in terms of software support. 2018's LG G7 ThinQ, for example, is scheduled to receive the Android 10 update in Q3 2020. While we don't know the exact...

Android 10 internal beta leaks for the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 5.1 Plus

HMD Global’s bootloader unlock policy might be a mess, but the company still has a pretty good reputation among Android enthusiasts due to their speedy update schedule and minimal software changes. Be it the entry-level Nokia 2.2 or the mid-range Nokia 7.2, HMD Global has kept its promise to roll out the Android 10 update...

How to rebrand the Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G with EU firmware to try out OxygenOS Open Betas

OnePlus made its official debut in the US market with the T-Mobile-branded OnePlus 6T. Since then, the OEM has continued its collaboration with T-Mobile as well as teamed up with Sprint for the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. While the increased availability of OnePlus phones in the U.S. is a plus, the downside is the negative...