Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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Editor-in-chief on the XDA-Developers Portal. I have a keen interest in the Android framework and software development, but I'm willing to dip my toes into a variety of subjects. Please direct media inquiries to [email protected] You can also find me on Twitter @MishaalRahman, or on Reddit at /u/MishaalRahman.

[Update: Blog Post] Google’s first Android Game SDK release is designed to help game devs improve frame pacing

Late last year, Google created a new tree in AOSP called "gamesdk." Google engineers have slowly added code to this tree over the past year, and this week, it looks like they're gearing up for the first public release. The initial release of the "Android Game SDK" will focus on helping mobile game developers improve...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865’s SPU has integrated Dual SIM, Dual Standby and supports saving driver’s licenses in Android 11

Earlier today, Qualcomm revealed the full specifications and features of their latest premium Snapdragon 800 series SoC: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. We covered all of the major details you need to know in that article, but as always, there are smaller tidbits of information that were revealed during the keynote. During the keynote,...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 765 with the Snapdragon X52 5G modem and support for 120Hz displays and 192MP cameras

Facing increased competition from MediaTek, Huawei, and Samsung in price and spec-conscientious markets like India and China, Qualcomm created a new Snapdragon 700 series of upper mid-range chipsets last year. The 700 series brings the best of Qualcomm’s premium 800 series but at a lower price point. The most recent iteration, the Snapdragon 730, even...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 865 with support for 5G, 200MP cameras, and 144Hz displays

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets are found in millions of Android smartphones and tablets thanks to the fact that Qualcomm designs chips for budget, mid-range, and premium mobile devices. Every December, Qualcomm hosts an event they call the Snapdragon Tech Summit where they announce their latest high-end mobile platforms. This year, the company has two new SoCs...

[Update 2: Leaves Beta] Google tests Scheduling and Taking a Break from Focus Mode in Digital Wellbeing

Back at Google I/O earlier this year, Google unveiled new features for Digital Wellbeing, the company's digital wellness tool that's now required on all Android devices. The most notable of the two features is Focus Mode, a toggle that blocks access to selected apps to eliminate distractions. In its current implementation, Focus Mode is fairly...

Qualcomm teases the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765 and announces the larger 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor

During the first day of their annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm unveiled the names and logos of its 3 new SoCs. The Snapdragon 765 and 765G join the Snapdragon 730 and 710 in the upper mid-range tier of Qualcomm's chipsets, while the new Snapdragon 865 succeeds the Snapdragon 855 as Qualcomm's premium mobile SoC. In...

How to enable Pixel 4’s Live Caption feature on older Pixel phones and other rooted Android 10 devices

For users who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, Google's new Live Caption tool in Android 10 could be really useful. This tool was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, and what it does is automatically provide captions for audio that's playing on your device. It works with videos, podcasts, audio messages, and other supported media...

Lawnchair 2 stable is now rolling out on the Play Store with tons of new features

Third-party launchers may not be as tightly integrated into the system as first-party launchers are, but they generally offer a lot more features than the stock launcher on any given device. Take Google's Pixel Launcher, for example. It's clean and beautifully designed, but there are only a handful of options to customize the launcher. In...

How to stream Google Stadia games on non-Pixel devices without Google Chrome’s desktop mode [Root]

Google's cloud gaming service is finally live after months of waiting. To sum up the launch, it's fair to say that Google overpromised and underdelivered with Stadia. Still, despite the fact that many features are missing at launch, shipment and codes were delayed for many users who pre-ordered, and games aren't running at the promised...

[Update: New Print Sizes + Free Shipping] Google Photos adds Memories to tickle your nostalgia, same-day prints from Walmart or CVS, and Canvas prints

Earlier this week, we detailed a new feature in the Google Photos app that would let you order same-day prints from Walmart or CVS and order large, Canvas-style prints. In a blog post today, Google confirmed these features, and they also talked about a new feature called "Memories." Relive your past with Memories If you take a...

[Update: Official] Google Assistant’s new Ambient Mode starts rolling out

At IFA this year, Google announced a new feature in the Google Assistant called Ambient Mode. This mode turns your Android smartphone or tablet into a smart display by showing information from your calendar, the current weather, your notifications, your reminders, music controls, and your smart home controls. You can even show photos from Google...

Google Pay tests showing SafetyNet status on the home page and protecting Online Purchases with a PIN

Google Pay is slowly becoming a full wallet replacement as it adds support for more forms of payment, more banks, and more card types. To satisfy financial institutions and protect users' financial data, the Google Pay app uses the SafetyNet Attestation API to verify that the app isn't running on a device with tampered software....