Faiz Malkani

Faiz Malkani is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View posts and articles below.

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.

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Faiz Malkani · Mar 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

OnePlus One Successor Rumored to Sport Metal Body

With the OnePlus One being one of the most popular devices of 2014, its successor is highly anticipated, and it looks like we have our first detail about the device, with a source claiming that the supposed OnePlus Two will sport a metal body, unlike the polycarbonate One.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

Samsungs Begins Lollipop Rollout for Indian Note 3 Users

Earlier today, Samsung started rolling out the Lollipop update to Galaxy Note 3 users in India. The update carries build number N900XXUEBOB2 and is available both over-the-air and through Kies, bumping up the device to Android 5.0.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 5, 2015 at 09:51 am

Hidden Activity in Google Now Displays Alternate, iOS-like UI

The Google Now interface on Android and iOS is significantly different, with the latter being more in tune with Material Design. However, a Reddit user has discovered a hidden Activity in the app which displays an alternate, search-first interface with a minimal layout and more Material Design elements.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 5, 2015 at 07:00 am

Samsung Publishes Galaxy S4 Lollipop Source Code

Samsung has published the Galaxy S4 i9505 Lollipop source code on its OpenSource website, opening up avenues for kernel developers to build custom kernels for the device. The code is available in the form of a 1.1GB zip file, and carries the I9505XXUHOA7 version tag.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 4, 2015 at 05:01 pm

LG Exec Confirms G4, Reveals Premium Device in the Works

It seems MWC has not run out of its store of surprises just yet, as earlier today, numerous plans for LG were revealed at an interview. Cho Jun-ho, the head of the mobile division confirmed the existence of the LG G4, and stated that a device "more premium than the G Series" is in the works.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 4, 2015

Google Drive v2.2 APK Download

Following the Hangouts update and the Google PDF Viewer launch, Drive is the next candidate for Update Wednesday. Version 2.2 is rolling out today, which gets rid of the non-standard toolbar, and brings a new file selector with drag-and-drop organization.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 4, 2015

Google PDF Viewer APK Download

A while back, Google unbundled Docs, Sheets and Slides from Google Drive, and today, the PDF viewer followed suit, published to the Play Store as "Google PDF Viewer" bringing standalone viewing capabilities, for use in context of the Android for Work program.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 4, 2015 at 05:30 am

BitTorrent Sync Exits Beta, v2.0 Brings Pro Tier with it

BitTorrent undertook the Sync file-sharing project around the middle of last year, and after extensive alpha and beta testing, the platform has taken off and dropped the beta tag. In addition to its cross-platform sharing, Sync 2.0 also brings a Pro tier with a host of extra features for businesses and workgroups.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

BBM Update Brings Custom PINs, Wear Support and More

Despite MWC being geared towards hardware announcements, a number of software ones take place as well. One such announcement is a significant update to BBM, which brings custom BBM PINs, Android Wear support, increased security, group photos and a subscription model to go ad-free.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm · 2 comments

Google Announces Plans for Projects Titan, Loon and Link

Once a year, top players in the mobile sphere gather for MWC, to show off what they've been working on and collectively set the standard for the year to come. Yesterday was a big day with the launch of HTC and Samsung's flagships, alongside numerous other announcements, and today it was Google's turn to take the stage. SVP Sundar Pichai took the stage in Barcelona to speak about Google's network initiatives, Project Link and Project Loon, as well as to...

Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 11:49 am

Get S6 Edge’s Notifications with Edge Color Notification

The S6 Edge's form factor allows a unique take on notifications, with edges glowing with a color based on the notification, allowing quick and glanceable data to be derived from it. Edge Color Notifications is an app that brings this feature to all phones, curved or otherwise.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 11:05 am

Archos Unveils 256GB Magnus Tablet with FusionStorage

Amidst all the larger announcements, Archos has taken the wraps off a new line of Magnus tablets, among which are the first ever tablets to sport a 256GB storage capacity spec. The new lineup sports proprietary FusionStorage tech, which combines built in memory with microSD cards for maximum capacity.

Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 10:52 am · 2 comments

New Cyanogen Inc. Brand Identity, Qualcomm Partnership

Since the formation of Cyanogen Inc. back in 2013, the company has seen a turbulent state of affairs - from breakthrough innovations and new hardware collaborators to controversial partnerships and falling outs - and the past year and a half has served to strengthen its foothold in the market. Starting out as a software provider for the OnePlus One and expanding into India with Yu Yureka, nothing has hindered the team's drive and vision, and today at MWC, Cyanogen has announced...

Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 07:00 am

Radiant Player Brings Play Music Integration with Your Mac

Google Play Music is one of the biggest players in song storage and streaming, allowing you to listen to your music from a multitude of devices. Starting today, Mac users can enjoy their music in a standalone media player app that integrates with the OS and acts as a Play Music client.