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 · Jul 1, 2015 at 02:22 pm · 4 comments

Sprint Moves to Lift Video Streaming Limit for All-In

Yesterday, Sprint announced a new unlimited scheme that offered customers an $80 bundle, which included a $60 plan for unlimited talk, text and high speed data and a $20 payments towards towards a 24 month phone lease, However, a footnote in the plan stated that video streaming would be limited to 600Kbps for users, and this revelation created a flurry of indignation. In a bid to save face in light of the scores of agitated customers, Sprint published a blog post...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 30, 2015 at 02:03 pm · 3 comments

Sony Z4 Slips Out of Top 5 Smartphones in Japan

In a bid to streamline its flagship series which had been losing credibility over the past few years due to their 6 month release cycles, Sony announced that releases would be pushed back to the standard duration of one year instead. When Sony's 2015 flagship was unveiled as the Z4 in Japan and the Z3+ across the rest of the world, enthusiasts everywhere expected things to take a turn for the better, in lieu of the aforementioned announcement. However, two months...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 30, 2015 at 01:44 pm · 4 comments

Update: It’s Gone. Sprint’s New Unlimited Plan with Ridiculous Capped Speeds

The carrier game in the United States is perpetually rushing forward at a breakneck pace, with each of the four major carriers vying for maximum customer satisfaction and adoption rates, by means of a multitude of plans, offers and schemes. Earlier today, Sprint announced a new plan called "All-In", aimed at providing users with yet another unlimited plan. On the surface, All In sounds like a pleasant deal, which offers unlimited talk, text and high-speed data for $80 plus taxes,...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Latest CM 12.1 Nightlies Bring a Host of Feature Updates

CyanogenMod nightlies are usually the testing grounds for upcoming features, and the latest CM 12.1 nightlies bring a bunch of updates such as IMAP push enhancements with a custom IDLE protocol, CyanogenMod SDK and Dyanamic tile updates, and WiFi Priorities that let you set preferred networks.

Faiz Malkani · Jun 29, 2015 at 08:34 pm

QHD Moto Devices to Pack a Snapdragon 810

A short while ago, reports surfaced about two Motorola device model numbers being tested that sported 5.5" QHD displays, and another leak earlier today revealed that the devices sport Snapdragon 810 SoCs, and that one of them is the new Droid with the other being the third generation Moto X.

Faiz Malkani · Jun 27, 2015 at 09:10 am · 6 comments

Sum: Simple Math Puzzles Turned Engrossingly Fun

Inspiration for casual games can be drawn from the simplest of things, from things like three-in-a-row matchmaking to falling bricks, but the complexity of the source does not a game maketh, and Sum proves just that. Based on the fundamental concept of addition, the aptly titled game promises fast-paced and thrilling gameplay for players of all ages, contrary to the conclusion one might draw from its description. Packing three different modes, Sum draws on your perception as well as mathematical skills,...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 26, 2015

Crypt Theme and Icons

Project Crypt is an extensive undertaking that offers a system theme as well as an icon pack that sport bright and modern colors. Crypt themes a large number of apps and packs a host of icons, and is definitely worth checking out.

Faiz Malkani · Jun 8, 2015

Clix Icon Pack

Clix is an alluringly done icon pack that combines playful styles with flat colors, resulting in an elegant hybrid. Each icon is a rounded square with excellent attention to detail, giving your device a refreshingly attractive look. Clix sports a bunch of beautiful wallpapers, in addition to over 300 icons.

Faiz Malkani · Jun 18, 2015 at 09:00 am · 4 comments

Samsung Releases 16 New Themes on the Theme Store

The launch of the S6 and S6 Edge back in March saw the latest version of Touchwiz being released alongside the devices, with some serious effort put into it this time around, in a bid to move away from the notorious reputation Samsung's Android skin has gained over the past few years. Memory efficiency and decreased bloatware were the obvious fixes, but Samsung went above and beyond, adding features that end users actually needed. One of them is the homebrewed Theme...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 17, 2015 at 06:45 am

ARC Welder Updates to Android Lollipop Base

App Runtime and ARC Welder, Chrome's solution to run Android apps are both receiving an update which brings numerous smaller fixes with one major change - ARC is now based on Android 5.0 Lollipop instead of KitKat. The update is only available for users running Chrome M45 or later on the dev channel.

Faiz Malkani · Jun 15, 2015 at 04:00 pm · 6 comments

Moto X for $299 with 30-day Trial For a Limited Period

The past few years have seen interesting developments in the Android OEM playing field, with Samsung and HTC's dominance giving way to allow smaller OEMs like Asus, Motorola and Xiaomi to strengthen their foothold in the market. Motorola in particular has seen an exponential rise in sales, fueled by their ability to read customer requirements and their strong presence in all three tiers of the smartphone sector with the Moto X, G and E. In a bid to further boost sales...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 15, 2015 at 05:05 am · 7 comments

HTC Execs Strongly Deny Asustek Acquisition Rumors

At the end of 2014, by the time all OEMs had shown off their flagships for the year, Android's front-running manufacturer, Samsung, was looking at a dip in sales with smaller OEMs taking a turn for the better. HTC in particular had a remarkable year, breaking free of the shackles that were causing the Taiwanese OEM to sink, and even managing to cut slender profits in the first quarter of 2015. However, the momentum built up after the widely successful One...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 12, 2015 at 12:25 pm · 10 comments

Another One Bites the Dust; Sony Z4’s S810 is Overheating

In what has devolved from a hot debate to reluctant denial, no pun intended, the Snapdragon 810 saga continues amidst a flurry of consumer dissatisfaction around reports of the chipset overheating. What began with the LG G Flex 2 continued with other flagships like the HTC M9 and the Mi Note Pro, and the latest to join the fray is Sony's Z4/Z3+. A while ago, Z4 users began complaining that the device began heating up when gaming or watching HD video,...

Faiz Malkani · Jun 7, 2015 at 08:58 pm

Top News Delivers RSS Headlines, Chat-Heads Style

Traditional RSS Readers have always been about run-of-the-mill excerpt lists and subsequent full articles, and Top News is geared towards standing out from the pack. Sporting a unique floating bubble, the app delivers headlines from each of your feeds, resulting in excellent multi-tasking and an innovative user experience.

Faiz Malkani · Jun 7, 2015 at 05:20 pm · 8 comments

Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7 Receive Bootloader Unlock and TWRP

Amazon's efforts at producing a budget-friendly tablet yielded the Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7, and despite the online retail giant's substantial efforts at marketing the devices, enthusiasts weren't impressed, their judgement buoyed by the tablets' desolate scene in the modding community. However, it looks like things are finally looking up for owners of the HD 6 and 7, as XDA Recognized Developer jmz made a breakthrough and managed to unlock their bootloaders. With that barrier knocked down, it was only...