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.

ASUS ROG Phone II unveiled with a 120Hz OLED screen, Snapdragon 855 Plus, and 6000mAh battery

Last year, ASUS launched its first gaming smartphone under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. Dubbed the ROG Phone, ASUS' foray into gaming was also our first taste at a high refresh rate OLED display. With an overclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 90Hz FHD AMOLED, three USB Type-C ports, ultrasonic pressure-sensitive "Air Trigger" buttons, and a ridiculous...

SuperFreezZ is an open source alternative to Greenify that kills apps running in the background

Task managers are widely viewed as unnecessary on Android smartphones. Most of us may agree with that view, but the reality is there are still a lot of misbehaving Android apps out there, most task "killers" don't actually do anything useful besides clearing the recent apps view (which doesn't really "kill" apps anyway), and a...

Face Pause uses face detection to pause games and videos when you’re not looking

Choosing the right screen timeout can be a chore. You want to pick a time that's long enough so your phone's screen doesn't turn off when you're using it, but not so long that you risk others getting access to your phone because you forgot to lock it. Samsung introduced a feature called Smart Stay...

aodNotify 2.0 update adds customizable Edge lighting effects for notifications on Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung's Always on Display feature is one of the most customizable out there, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. With third-party apps like aodNotify, Holey Light, or Arc Lighting, you can change the AOD's behavior to act more like a notification indicator. This is especially useful since the Samsung Galaxy S10 lacks a notification LED....

NotifyBuddy uses your phone’s AMOLED display as a notification LED

When OnePlus was designing the OnePlus 6T, one of the features they decided to cut was the notification LED. Both the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro also lack notification LEDs, but OnePlus added an edge lighting effect to compensate. We've seen multiple third-party applications that show notifications on the phone's display, and today we're...

Share to Computer is an open source app to send text/files/images from mobile to PC

With tools like Samsung DeX and Huawei Easy Projection, our smartphones are getting closer and closer to becoming full-blown desktop computer replacements, at least for the average person. But even among those of us who do a lot of work on mobile, there are times when we need to switch to a more capable laptop...

WeNote is a Google Keep alternative with a built-in calendar and Google Drive sync

There are a bunch of different note-taking apps on the Google Play Store, but most people probably gravitate towards the big names like Google Keep, Evernote, or Microsoft OneNote. If you're looking to try something new, check out WeNote by XDA Member yccheok. It's an app for all your notes, to-do lists, reminders, etc. just...

General Mobile hilariously rebranded a GSI from XDA devs for their Android Q beta

The next major version of Google's Android OS, Android 10 Q, is available in beta for the Pixel smartphones and over a dozen non-Google phones. There's a good variety of non-Google options for the Android Q beta, including phones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9, LG G8 ThinQ, and...

Motorola One Action appears online, confirms Android One, Exynos 9609, and tall 21:9 display

Motorola seems to have embraced the Android One program in recent months. Their first Android One smartphone was the Moto X4, but last year they created a new lineup called the Motorola One series. The Motorola One and One Power were joined this year by the Motorola One Vision. It's an interesting smartphone because it...

Xiaomi releases kernel sources for the CC9 and CC9 Meitu Edition

Earlier this month, Xiaomi unveiled a new line of smartphones centered around their cameras: the CC9e, CC9, and CC9 Meitu Edition. The former was rebranded internationally as the Xiaomi Mi A3 while the latter two have yet to leave China. People are hoping that the CC9 or CC9 Meitu Edition will be rebranded as a...

Android Q’s hidden “Stretch” clock appears in Google Assistant Ambient Mode alongside Driving Mode

When Google launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (our review), they also released a wireless charging accessory called the Pixel Stand. Docking your Pixel 3 into the Pixel Stand starts a special ambient display mode that shows your Google Photos albums, your Visual Snapshot from Google Assistant, and a shortcut to the "My...

OnePlus 7 gets OxygenOS 9.5.7 update with Bullets Wireless 2 enhancements, VoLTE for new carriers, and more

Although OnePlus' first true flagship smartphone has garnered most of the media attention, its sibling the OnePlus 7 is a smart choice for those looking for a flagship smartphone on a budget. Like the 7 Pro, the 7 has received multiple OxygenOS updates since launch to fix bugs, improve the performance, tune the camera software,...