Faiz Malkani

Faiz Malkani is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Faiz Malkani is a designer committed to creating memorable digital experiences augmented by delightful interfaces. He's been working in the design field for over three years and is proficient in experience design and interface design. He also codes occasionally, with Android and Frontend Web being his preferred platforms.

Posts by Faiz Malkani

Faiz Malkani · Apr 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Samsung’s Vast Expanse Detailed in Excellent Documentary

Samsung has grown tremendously over the past decade, permeating almost every aspect of the electronics sphere, but how does an electronics company make up 17% of South Korea's GDP? Check out this excellent documentary that details Samsung's vast expanse, from chip manufacturing to its very own military arm.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

Galaxy Alpha Begins Receiving Android Lollipop Update

With most of Samsung's high-end flagships having already received Android Lollipop, earlier today Samsung followed suit for its mid-range Galaxy Alpha series. The update bumps up the Alpha to Android 5.0.2, and is available over the air or via Kies only in South Korea for now with the global rollout expected soon.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 24, 2015

Walloid, Featuring Over 3000 Wallpapers

Walloid is a beautifully executed, cloud-based app that allows you to customize your device homescreen with over 3000 wallpapers from a variety of sources, including Material-inspired creations and wallpapers from 21 OEMs and 7 custom ROMs

Faiz Malkani · Apr 17, 2015

Google+ v5.3 APK Download

Google+ is receiving an update to v5.3, which revamps the Communities experience, giving them a larger picture, a different colored toolbar and status bar as well as some more Material Design finesse.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

Elephone Launching Android and WP Dualbooting Device

Elephone is all set to launch a flagship in June which will ship in two variants, one running Lollipop and one dual-booting Lollipop and Windows Phone 10. Both devices will pack a  5.5" 2K display and 4GB of RAM, with the Android device sporting a MediaTek SoC and the dualbooting device sporting an Intel SoC.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 23, 2015 at 09:59 am

CM12S Rollout Resumes for the One with “Ok OnePlus”

A few days ago, OnePlus abruptly halted the CM12S rollout that finally brought Android 5.0 Lollipop to the One to supposedly add an always listening feature, and today users are reporting that an update carrying the build number cm-12.0-YNG1TAS17L is rolling out that includes the "Ok OnePlus" hotword and weighs in at 598.4 MB.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 23, 2015 at 09:17 am · 6 comments

Xiaomi Announces Mi4i in India for Just Rs. 12,999

As we discussed a while ago, Xiaomi continues to aggressively expand its operation outside of China, and after almost monopolizing the budget smartphone sector in India with the launch of the Mi and Redmi series, today's event furthered their commitment to the subcontinent. VP of Global Operations, Hugo Barra, took to the stage in Delhi to announce the Mi4i, a flagship built for, by and in India. The Mi4i comes with a 5" 1080p screen with an amazing 441 PPi, backed by a...

Faiz Malkani · Apr 23, 2015 at 09:14 am

New Set of Android Samples Released to Aid Development

A new set of Android samples has been pushed to the Google Samples repository on GitHub, including NFCBeam, Device Owner, Screen Capture and a real world Mobile and Wear Sample app. The samples can be downloaded and imported into Android Studio, or automatically set up using its Sample Browser.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

eBay Deal Offers 16GB Galaxy S5 for Just $349.99

Despite Samsung's 2015 flagship being over a month old, last year's flagship, the Galaxy S5, remains a solid offering and if you're looking to pickup an update-guaranteed device on the cheaper end of the spectrum, eBay has a limited quantity deal that offers an unlocked, 16GB Galaxy S5 for just $349.99 off-contract.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 21, 2015 at 09:45 am

AOSP 5.1 ROM Compiled for the Moto E

It's been a few weeks since the release of Android 5.1 and XDA Senior Member percy_g2 has brought the latest Android Lollipop experience to the first generation Moto E. Based on the Android Open Source Project, the ROM is in the testing phase but has almost everything working except the RIL for dual-sim devices.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 20, 2015 at 06:00 am

Fossdroid, a Marketplace for Open Source Apps

Featuring source links, bug trackers and compiled APK downloads, Fossdroid is a well executed manifestation of a directory of open source Android apps, in a clean and Google Play-esque interface inspired by Material Design, aimed at satisfying your source code requests across a wide category of apps.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 17, 2015 at 01:04 pm · 2 comments

Diving into the April 2015 Material Design Update

Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...

Faiz Malkani · Apr 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

LG Mobile Global Gives us an Official Look at the G4

Ahead of the LG G4 launch event on April 28th, numerous leaks have ensured that little is left to the imagination regarding LG's 2015 flagship. However, it's always nice to have an official peek at the device, and LG Mobile Global has taken to Google+ to show off the back and side of the device in a teaser image.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 14, 2015 at 03:56 pm

Holofication Nation Gives Steam a Material Design Overhaul

It's been a while since Valve updated the official Steam app for Android, and the Holofication Nation group has taken it into their own hands to provide an unofficial redesign of the official app. The redesigned Steam app sports a full Material interface and doesn't require you to uninstall the official app.

Faiz Malkani · Apr 14, 2015 at 03:45 pm

Encrypted Galaxy S6 Bencharks Show Normal Results

When the Nexus 6 running Lollipop underwent benchmarks, serious hits in read/write speeds were noticed due to the device being encrypted. However, XDA Senior Member altiman98 ran benchmarks on the S6 with results well within the margin of error, suggesting that the Nexus 6 issue wasn't a software problem.