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Skanda Hazarika

About 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.

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How to install TWRP recovery on Android smartphones

Installing TWRP on an Android device is the first step towards custom development.


TeamWin Recovery Project, more widely known by its TWRP abbreviation, is the most popular custom recovery solution in the Android's aftermarket development scene. For the unaware, TWRP replaces the default recovery environment that came with your device, so you can root your device via Magisk, flash custom ROMs and kernels, create full backups, and so on.

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How to download Android 13 for Google Pixel and other Android devices

Google has officially kicked off the Android 13 QPR2 rollout via beta channel. You can download the release right now and give it a try!


Get ready to dig into Android 13! What's more interesting is that, for lucky owners of the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and any devices as old as the Pixel 4a, you’ll be among the first users to see what Android 13 QPR3 has to offer, as Google has already started seeding the update to these phones via beta channel.

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How to root your Android smartphone: Google, OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, and more

Rooting your phone is still possible — and fun — these days. Here's how to do it on your Android device.


If you can't imagine using Android without root access, you've come to the right place. Here, you can find root tutorials for most devices on the XDA forums. Learn how to root any Android device, including the best Android phones! If you don’t see your device listed or you see a misplaced link, send a message to the author (SkandaH on the forums) with the device details.

The glyph interface of a black Nothing Phone 1

Ever since Carl Pei-backed startup Nothing unveiled the Nothing Phone 1 to the world, it's been making headlines for various reasons. Its Glyph lighting interface got a lot of attention, as did Nothing's aspiration of deep integration with the NFT ecosystem and third-party platforms like Tesla. The Nothing Phone 1 boots Android 12-based Nothing OS 1 out of the box, although Android 13 is now available as Nothing OS 1.5. During the launch, the company also promised three years of Android upgrades and four years of security updates delivered every two months.

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Google Camera Port Hub: Get the best GCam APK for Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus, and other phones

Looking for the best version of the Google Camera app for your phone? We've rounded up a ton of versions for different models and brands.


Google Camera and its post-processing algorithms undoubtedly changed the game in terms of what we expect from smartphone cameras, elevating the Google Pixel lineup to some of the best Android phones for photography on the market for several years. That's the exact reason why Google Camera ports are so highly requested for non-Google devices.

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Here's how to unlock the bootloader and root the Samsung Galaxy S23 right now

If you just got yourself a shiny new Galaxy S23, follow along this guide to root the phone with Magisk


Samsung's Galaxy S23 family represents the best that the Korean OEM has to offer this year. For the first time, all three devices in the lineup feature a custom flagship processor from Qualcomm across the globe, alongside the usual great camera hardware and stunning displays. There's also been a growing number of S23 fans brewing within the developer community since it was launched, which is evident from the rather swift TWRP release. If you have purchased one of the phones and have yet to root it with Magisk, here's a tutorial to guide you through the process.

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Apart from monthly security patches for Pixel phones, Google also rolls out frequent Play system updates for Android devices. These releases aren't strictly once-a-month, though, and it turns out we did not have to wait very long at all for the next one this time. Matter of fact, March 2023's release note of Google System Updates went public a couple of days ago, but the initial list of changes was rather tiny. The company has now updated the changelog to highlight a few additional changes in the latest update.

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Every month, Google rolls out a fresh update for Pixel phones with security patches and bug fixes. Typically, the update drops on the first Monday of the month, but the situation is a bit different for the third month of 2023. Although March 2023's Android Security Bulletin went live earlier this week and the second Developer Preview of Android 14 comes with the latest SPL, Google has yet to deliver the update via stable channel.

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Download and install the latest GApps: Open GApps, NikGApps, FlameGApps, and more

Looking to install a custom ROM? Need the right GApps package for it? Here's how you can download and install the latest Google apps.


GApps (short for Google Apps) packages are essential in the Android aftermarket development community. They are specially crafted optional add-ons for custom ROMs that can be used to get Google apps such as Google Play Services and the Play Store on your device. If you’re wondering how to pick and install the right GApps package on your device or on one of the best Android phones, this guide should help you with that.

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Windows 11 update tracker: Download and install the latest Windows 11 update

Now that Microsoft has released Windows 11 via stable channel, we're tracking all the updates


The Windows 11 rollout is going full steam ahead. In fact, Microsoft's latest major refresh for the latest version of the OS — Windows 11 2022 (version 22H2) Moment 2 — is already available in the form of the March 2023's monthly update. However, the releases haven't been without issues and the Redmond tech giant is well aware of this fact. The company is periodically rolling out updates for Windows 11 to fix the bugs and introduce new features. This article will serve as the central repository of knowledge base (KB) articles and download links for all updates related to Windows 11.


One UI 5.1 has been rolling out to older Samsung Galaxy devices quickly in the last few weeks. Despite only being an incremental upgrade over 5.0, it carries over several small but useful features from the Galaxy S23 series to its older siblings. Now, the One UI 5.1 release has arrived on a few more Samsung phones, including the Galaxy A73 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and the Galaxy Note 20 family.

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Android 14 is on the horizon, but there are still plenty of devices out there that need an upgrade to even Android 12. OnePlus, for example, has been ramping up its software rollout game lately, but the situation is not exactly the same for carrier variants. Owners of the T-Mobile OnePlus 7T have been waiting for an Android 12 upgrade almost since OxygenOS 12 was released for the unlocked models back in October. Well, the update has now gone live, albeit without a formal announcement from the OEM or the carrier, but it was spotted by a few users and confirmed to be working with a download.

AeroActive Cooler attached to the back of the ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro

If you're into smartphone gaming, the Asus ROG Phone 6 series is hard to beat. Thanks to its incredible hardware specifications and innovative features like Air Triggers, pretty much every single game you can think of will run flawlessly on the device duo. Apart from gaming, they're among the best Android phones in general, with long-lasting battery life and a massive 165Hz AMOLED display. Unfortunately, the devices launched just about a month before Android 13's official release, and both the base and the Pro variant have been stuck running on an older version of Google's OS. Thankfully, stable Android 13 is finally coming to the ROG Phone 6 series, with updates starting today for the global and European variants.


LineageOS 20 now supports every Tensor-powered Google Pixel phone

Oriole, Raven, Bluejay, Panther, and Cheetah live to see the LineageOS day


For some people, even Google's version of Android isn't perfect. While the lack of a heavy-handed skin is welcome, many users will find shortcomings on vanilla Android that they'd like to tweak. In case you're rocking the Pixel 6 or 7 and you're ready to say goodbye to the software updates from Google a little early, why not hop on the LineageOS train?


Samsung offers some of the best Android phones, and they all come with the promise of prompt software updates and security patches. The Galaxy S23 series is certainly carrying the same legacy, and now that the phones are actually on store shelves, the company is starting to shift its attention towards updates. The first system update for the Galaxy S23 family is now rolling out in multiple regions.

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Here's how to revive your Nothing Phone 1 back to factory firmware with this unbrick tool

The EDL flashing tool is now available for everyone


The Nothing Phone 1 is easily one of the most beautiful smartphones on the market, with its unique light-up notification “glyphs” and glass-aluminum design. The maker has also been receptive towards the aftermarket developer community on XDA. Apart from the ready availability of the kernel sources, you can easily unlock the bootloader of the phone, which means diving into the modding scene is rather seamless for the Nothing Phone 1.

XDA Forums Announcement

Since we last added new forum pages for the latest smartphones, OnePlus and Poco have announced a couple of new devices. OnePlus unveiled its first tablet, the OnePlus Pad, alongside the affordable OnePlus 11R. Poco, on the other hand, announced the Poco X5 series. We've now opened forum pages for these devices to give buyers and enthusiasts a place for discussions, aftermarket development, third-party mods, and more. In addition, we've added a forum page for the Poco M4 5G and its siblings.

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