Posts From Faiz Malkani

Faiz Malkani
Faiz Malkani 142 posts

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.

Record or Broadcast Your Device Screen Using Shou.TV

In a world where static pictures have become monotonous and GIFs dominate the Internet, this paradigm shift has affected the mobile ecosystem as well, with screenshots slowly but steadily being replaced by screen recordings. Before Android 4.4 KitKat, there was no official solution to record the screens of Android devices, and the few solutions that did...

Latest YouTube Update Brings Material Design and More

This is the YouTube you're looking for. At long last, the much awaited update for YouTube has finally arrived. When Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop in mid October, they subsequently began rolling out updates for their app suite that complied with their Material Design language. Over time, major Google Apps such as Google Play, GMail,  Play...

Messenger Update Brings Custom Contact Colors and More

When the Nexus 6 leaks began to surface earlier this year, one major software discovery was the presence of an icon titled "Messenger" on the home screen. The icon and title gave most of it away, but the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop confirmed what many already suspected: SMS messages could be unbundled from Hangouts...

LG G3 Receives Oversharpening Fix via Modified Kernel

Nothing is perfect, as they say. No matter how alluring or seemingly perfect, everything has some or the other flaw. When the flagship LG G3 was released earlier this year, it outdid all the company's previous attempts at far. Cutting edge hardware, narrow bezels, appealing design were expected, but the Quad HD screen made the phone stand...

APKTool Updated with Android Lollipop Support

One of the beauties of Android is the level of flexibility we have over our devices. Whether it's tweaking a kernel or changing the system theme, the possibilities are numerous and often breathtaking. While kernel and framework modification is not for the faint-hearted, visual customization is an area in which every user dabbles to some...

SuperSU Beta 2.23 Increases Root App Support

You may recall that back when Android 4.4 KitKat was the cool kids' Android version and Android 5.0 was just a name floating on everybody's lips, we spoke about the next Android version bringing root headaches. Fast forward to the present, Lollipop is rolling out quickly to Nexus devices and most of this year's flagships, and...

Chromecast Family Games Launched, More Apps Get Material Design

"It is the calm before the storm." Truer words have rarely been spoken. Whether we're referring to an actual storm or a metaphorical one, the eerie calmness that precedes it does not go unnoticed. Sure enough, the months following Google I/O 2014 had little to no activity in the Android sphere, with Nexus 9 leaks...

Battery Widget Reborn Gets Material Design Makeover

We've reached a point in technology where our smartphones and tablets are catching up with desktop and laptop PCs in terms of what we can do with them. Our mobile devices have already surpassed their larger counterparts in portability, versatility, and compactness. However, the elephant in the room has always been battery life, with a...

Google Maps 9.0.0 Brings Material Design Goodness

Ever since the unveiling of Android Lollipop alongside the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6, and the subsequent release of the Material Design support library, Google has been updating their app suite one by one to comply with the new design language. Most of the major apps such as Google Play, Gmail and Play Music have...

Android 5.0 Lollipop Beginning to Arrive

Last month, Google unveiled the latest iteration of its operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop (LRX21M), accompanied by the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6 reference devices. Despite the unveiling, no official date for the OTA rollout was given. However, "Lollipop Day" was later confirmed for today, November 3rd through various means. And to top things off, Google...

Gmail 5.0 Brings Material Design and More

A few days ago, we saw an unofficial Gmail update to version 5.0. The previous update required users to uninstall the old Gmail version from their devices before installing the new APK due to a signature mismatch. As was expected at the time, the official rollout has begun taking place and Gmail 5.0 with Material...

Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker Announced, Available

The wearable market has been around for a few years, with Pebble and Samsung smartwatches essentially carving out the initial segment. However, only this year have wearables gained so much traction, with a glimpse of the future demonstrated at CES in January, where multiple wearable-focused SoCs were announced. This was further complemented by Google's Android...