Posts From Faiz Malkani

Faiz Malkani
Faiz Malkani

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.

Navigate with Your Samsung Gear 2 Using DMA Navi Watch

Whether you're travelling to a new destination or exploring some previously unvisited corner of your own city, you're bound to get lost without navigation assistance. Google Maps has done wonders in this niche with turn-by-turn navigation, even in the remotest places. But nothing comes without drawbacks--and constantly unlocking your phone to check the next turn...

Android 4.4.3 Begins Rolling Out to European HTC One M8

Shortly after the USA Unlocked and Developer Editions of the HTC One M8 received the Android 4.4.3 update, the OTA has begun rolling out to users of the European version of the device as well. As stated by Mo Versi, Vice President, Product management at HTC, the update includes all the security fixes from Android 4.4.4...

Comprehensive Guide Helps You Get Started with CyanogenMod Theme Development

The one feature that is synonymous with Android is customization. This can range across a wide number of topics, but theming and visual customization take center stage. CyanogenMod harnessed this need for visual customization with their modified version of the T-Mobile Theme Engine, which allows users to download and install system-wide themes as well as develop their own...

Last App Switcher Lets You Switch Apps Quickly and Easily

Picture yourself performing a particular task on your phone or tablet, like reading an article or writing a note. Suddenly, you get a notification, for example a text from someone. Normal procedure dictates that you stop whatever you're doing, exit the current app, launch the app that spawned the notification, handle it, exit that app, and finally return...

Floatify Goes Beyond Android L-Style Notifications with Direct Actions and More

Recently. we talked about Floatify, a handy app by XDA Senior Member Jawomo that brings Android L-style floating notifications to your pre-L device. While the original release was already packed with a bunch of features like interactive notifications, the ability to open in xHalo, and lockscreen placement, there is always room for improvement in any product....

“Ok Google, Write about Commandr”

Well, seeing as Google Now didn't automatically write as I requested, it's safe to say that Google Voice Search still has a number of limitations. When Google first demoed it, this feature was but a shadow of its current incarnation. Google Voice Search commands were unpractical, limited, and sometimes inaccurate. Each update augmented it and today, it can perform...

Nexus 4 Users, It’s L-Preview Time

 During the I/O 2014 keynote, Google unveiled Android L. Shortly thereafter, the Developer Preview was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013, leaving owners of other Nexus devices with just screenshots and second hand impressions. Then, a glimmer of hope came as Google released the GPL mandated code for currently supported Nexus devices. All eyes then turned towards the development community. Would...

No. Bad Autocorrect. Don’t Do That.

FDA-developers. No, I meant XDA-Developers. Blame autocorrect. Undoubtedly, all of us have a love-hate relationship with our phone's autocorrect and suggestions engine. At times, it saves us from embarrassing typos, but other times, it smothers us with its over-the-top suggestions--especially for proper nouns and uncommon words. Like FDA XDA.Disabling autocorrect won't work, because it does do a...

Get Your Android L Fix with a Comprehensive Android L Theme

This past week was quite a frenzy for Android fans, with Google I/O bringing a number of announcements regarding Android and its expansion to our wrists, cars, and living rooms. Perhaps the most significant was Google's unveiling of Android L. The L release is slated to bring a rather significant departure in the Android UI, taking us from...