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.

Native Apps & Hybrid Apps: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Today’s Paradigms

Over the past few years, the world around us has experienced a powerful paradigm shift, wherein almost every aspect of our day to day lives revolves around, or is connected to, an app-centric ecosystem. Alarm in the morning? There's an app to wake you up with tailored mechanisms. Breakfast? Fire up a recipe book and whip something...

From the Community to AOSP: Root-Only Features that Made the Cut

Android is by far one of the most widely loved mobile operating systems, owing its disruptive growth not only to the Open Handset Alliance, but also to the host of useful features that the system packs, features that are actually productive rather than just bells and whistles. However, it was not always so, and in the early...

Google Rolls Out January 2016 Security Patches, Factory Images Available

Last year was a rather eventful one in terms of mobile software security, one which saw the rise and subsequent fall of the infamous Stagefright vulnerability, and around halfway through the year, Google and few major OEMs vowed to push monthly security updates to maintain a continuous integration cycle of patches and thus stay ahead of...

Matias Duarte, The Man Behind Everything “Design” at Google

Matías Gonzalo Duarte Sunkel Born: January 30, 1973Education: University of Maryland, College ParkOccupation: VP of Design, GooglePreviously: Danger, Helio, Palm Over the past decade, Android has grown manifold under Google’s guiding hand, going from Andy Rubin’s pet project to the largest-by-far mobile operating system in today’s market. The growth curve saw many pivotal moments, each marking a milestone...

Disk Encryption: The Good and The Slow

In a world where personal information is not so personal, entire bank accounts are linked to our smartphones, and surveillance and cyber-crime are at an all time high, security is one of the majority aspects of the technology sphere. Simple screen locks in the form of PINs and patterns have been around for a long time,...

Material Misconceptions: What Developers Get Wrong in Material Design

Google's annual I/O conference has always been a field day for developers, but I/O 2014 brought what was perhaps one of the most groundbreaking revelations in the history of mobile design. As Matias Duarte, Google's VP of Design took to the stage, the screens behind him rippled and revealed the beauty that was Google's foray into a...

The Dark UI Side: Why People Love Dark Themes

Designing for the user is a practice widely accepted and followed in the design community, and while it seems to be a fairly straightforward declaration, diving into it proves that that task is substantially more daunting than it seems. Users everywhere have different tastes, different expectations, different reactions to certain stimuli, different environments et al, and...

A Brief History of Theming: From OEM Themes to RRO Layers

The root of Android's charm as a platform lies in its satisfyingly freeing open-source nature, which gives manufacturers, third-party firmware developers, and even end users a free rein over their device. While the intricacies of open source code will undoubtedly come off as gibberish to the end user, the most obvious and subsequently most appealing manifestation of open...

Survival of the Fittest – Evolution of Flagship Design Over the Years

Each passing year has seen a constant slew of devices being released, each packing the latest hardware features combined with the freshest Android release out of Mountain View, and with mainstream processors dominating the mobile scene, very little sets apart these flagships from each other. One of the major deciding factors in this neck-and-neck race has come...

OnePlus 2 Bares All in New Tear Down Gallery

Last year, the launch of the OnePlus One, dubbed 'the flagship killer', visibly shook the foundations of the mobile OEM sphere, with OnePlus delivering high-end flagships specs at a very affordable price. The initial launch phase was met with mixed feelings after a few controversial marketing tactics, but they eventually gave way to strong sales...

Windows 7 Installation Achieved on Asus Zenfone 2

Android as a platform has always been about its open source nature and the freedom it provides to the end user. From simple modifications like icon packs to more extreme ones like the MultiROM project, each passing day sees the community produce something new, something wonderful that further enforces the platform's openness.In what can only...

Material and Material Dark Hit Samsung’s Theme Store

The latest version of Touchwiz, launched alongside the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, was aimed at providing a vastly improved software experience in lieu of the bad reputation its predecessors had gained. While this iteration turned out to be a vast improvement in terms of lack of bloatware, fluidity and user experience, Samsung's OEM skin...