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.

Magisk v23.0 brings along SafetyNet API fixes but drops legacy Android support

Magisk is an incredible tool for Android power users. It is a unique systemless interface created by XDA’s Senior Recognized Developer topjohnwu that can be used for much more than just rooting your devices. The interface helps users tinker with the system settings without actually making changes to the system files. Another reason behind Magisk's...

Android 11 Custom ROM List – Unofficially Update Your Android Phone!

As you may be well aware by now, the stable version of Android 11 has now been released to the masses. Google's Pixel series of phones and a handful of Xiaomi devices have joined the update train so far, while official beta builds are available for the OnePlus 8 lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series,...

Realme X7 Pro and OPPO A53 are now one step closer to receiving their stable Android 11 updates

Over the last few weeks, OPPO and Realme have rolled out Android 11 for a couple of their devices through the beta channel. These include the OPPO A5 2020/A9 2020, Realme X3/X3 SuperZoom, and the Realme X2. Now, OPPO has opened up another ColorOS 11 beta program, allowing select OPPO A53 owners to test drive...

This mod adds tons of customization options on Google Pixel smartphones

Customization is a big deal in the Android ecosystem. On Android devices that aren’t heavily locked down, you can make widespread modifications, including to parts of the OS that the OEM wouldn't have touched themselves. We see people try to port and replicate a lot of what's found on Google Pixel smartphones — stock Android...

How to install the Android 12 Developer Preview on your Google Pixel smartphone

It’s that time of year again! The Android 12 Developer Preview program is now available for supported devices. This won’t give you the full Android 12 experience as it's still very much a work-in-progress, but for lucky owners of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4...

How to download Android 12 Developer Preview for Google Pixel devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the Android 12 Developer Preview program. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, or the Pixel 3 XL, then...

Developer makes a proof of concept multi-boot solution for Android devices

Multi-booting on Android devices has always been a bit tricky. On regular x86 PCs and Macs, it’s fairly easy to get another OS booting. On smartphones, however, the story is different. Luckily, the brilliant aftermarket developer community, as well as individual modders, frequently came up with different ways to get your Android device to run...

Samsung Galaxy M40, Galaxy Tab Active 3, Galaxy A31, and Moto G Stylus 2020 receive stable Android 11 update

Amidst all of the talk about Android 12, some people forget that OEMs are still working on updating their smartphones to Android 11. Samsung, for example, has upgraded a bunch of Galaxy devices to Android 11 with the company’s own One UI 3.1 skin on top in the last few months. Now, three more Samsung...

Android 11 with One UI 3.1 arrives unofficially on the Samsung Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30

One UI 3.1 looks to be the best version of Samsung's custom Android skin yet. With a number of new productivity features and several UI/UX enhancements, the Korean OEM's flavor of Android is looking better than ever. If that has you excited, then you’ll be happy to know that you can flash an unofficial port...

TWRP 3.5.2 released, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact receive official support

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, has become the de-facto custom recovery solution for the Android modding community. It allows users to directly flash or ADB sideload ZIP archives that contain custom ROMs or other mods, make a full backup or restoration, and much more. Last month, we saw the release of TWRP...

Motorola Razr 5G and Nokia 2.2 receive stable Android 11 update

The stable release of Android 12 isn’t too far away, but device makers are continuing to roll out Android 11 updates to their smartphones. Motorola, for example, has been doing an appreciable job of sticking to its Android 11 update plan so far and has released the update for several of its devices. However, since...

T-Mobile OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T finally get the Android 11 update with OxygenOS 11

A lot of Android enthusiasts here at XDA not only want major version updates as quickly as possible, but they also want to receive those monthly security updates as soon as they are announced. However, there’s another segment of the community — people who are not particularly fond of Android’s OTA updates and have actually...