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.

Create and View Application Styles Easily with Stylesplash

In the past few years, design has become one of the top priorities in the software development cycle. Whether its intuitive layouts or appealing interfaces, users expect more from applications than just basic functions. Delightful animations,  meaningful icons, harmonious color schemes--all these subtle factors enhance the overall experience the application provides, and in turn, keep the users satisfied...

Customize Your Hover Notifications with xHover Xposed Module

One of Android L's most interesting features is its way of handling notifications, choosing to show a hovering dialog containing them, which you can interact with or swipe away. This allows you to view and interact with notifications without needing to pull down your notification shade and subsequently break your workflow.  However, the source code for this...

Turbo Editor Supercharges Your Device’s File Editing Functionality

File editing has never been one of the strong suites of smartphones and tablets for a variety of reasons--screen size and a lack of a physical keyboard being two predominant issues. While one can correctly state that some devices can fit the bill and handle a file editor, such as the hybrid tablets with physical keyboards or...

Qualcomm Security Exploit Demonstrated at Blackhat Conference

The annual Blackhat conference, now in its 17th year, took place in Las Vegas last week. The conference is an assembly of security-focused individuals at which a number of devices such as home automation systems, smart cars, etc are hacked, in addition to a line up of speakers discussing information security. This year's event turned...

Google I/O 2014 App Source Demonstrates Material Design in Action

Every year, Google publishes an app for its I/O conference that serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a guide and schedule planner for those attending the conference or live streaming it across the globe, the app also serves as a demonstration of the best practices for Android design and development. This year's I/O...

Efficiently Shrink ROM Update Zips with DeltaJen Tool

Ever since the early days of Android, back when it had a reputation of being bug-riddled and lacking in performance, custom ROMs were always the solution. In those days, they were focused on providing performance optimization, lag removal, and bug fixes. But with each Android iteration, the operating system got better, and ROM developers saw their roles gradually...

Learn How to Run a ROM Off Your External SD Card

Aftermarket modding has been around since practically the beginning of the modern day smartphone, but its build-up on Android has been pretty explosive. Since the early days of the HTC Dream right up to the current generation of devices, almost every device has received its fair share of third party modifications. These can come in the form...

Digital Car Brings Android Auto-Like Functionality To Your Device

At this year's Google I/O keynote, Google announced a number of new products and services. Among them was Google's foray into the automobile world, which complemented the announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance back in January. Google's pitch, aptly entitled Android Auto, aims to streamline the experience between your car and your handheld in addition...

Improve Landscape Typing by Disabling the Full Screen Keyboard

Landscape orientation typing was all the rage a few years ago, back when phones had slide-out, physical keyboards. These devices also weighed a ton, so they quickly fell out of favor. However, this form of text input can sometimes prove to be more efficient, whether its because two handed typing feels natural with the increased...

Master the Solar System with the Planets App

Whether its Lightsabers and Jedis or Vulcans and the Enterprise, or something more realistic like comets, the cosmos fascinate a large number of people. And why not? The sheer vastness and mysterious aura of outer space has an irresistible pull that always leaves you wanting more. While some people go to observatories or hop on rockets to sate...

Get Detailed WiFi Information with WiFi Inspector

We've all been there, some time or the other. You know, those moments of excruciating discomfort when you have people over and a website just won't load. Obviously someone's hogging the limited bandwidth, so you have to ask to see who's connected to the WiFi, but you are met only with indignant denials from all over....

Easily Toggle Your Device’s Multi-SIM Functionality

In many regions, multi-SIM phones are cementing their place in the smartphone ecosystem. This growth was further fuelled at Google I/O, when the multi-SIM capable Android One lineup was launched. And to their credit, these devices can prove to be extremely handy, saving you from the hassle of carrying multiple devices. However, there are times when...