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.

Xiaomi is working on two flagship Snapdragon 855 smartphones with pop-up cameras, both likely coming to India

Smartphones with mechanical pop-up cameras are making a return in 2019, at least among Chinese brands. Vivo and OPPO launched new smartphones with pop-up cameras, the Vivo V15 Pro and OPPO Reno, earlier this year. It seems almost certain that OnePlus will launch its own smartphone with a pop-up camera. Then there's Xiaomi, a company...

Motorola is working on a new “Night Vision” camera mode for the Motorola One Vision and Moto G7 Plus

Motorola's 2018 smartphones barely managed to stay competitive against killer mid-range offerings from Xiaomi and other Chinese brands, but the Lenovo-owned brand is looking to shake things up in 2019. The foldable Motorola Razr and a mysterious quad camera flagship are proof that Motorola is once again actually trying to compete in the premium tier,...

Kiwi Browser’s latest update brings Google Chrome Extensions to Android

Google's open-source Chromium browser is the basis for many web browsers that aren't developed by Google. Microsoft Edge for Windows, Brave Browser, and Opera are just some of the major web browsers running on the Blink browser engine (Chromium's browser engine.) Although these browsers all run on the same engine, the features they support can...

TWRP 3.3.0+ will no longer require installer ZIPs, adds a reboot to EDL mode button, and more

For most users, installing any kind of after-market software modification, whether it be a custom ROM, custom kernel, or other tool, requires the use of a custom recovery like TWRP. TWRP has been around for years as the go-to recovery solution for the XDA community. It's open source and supports hundreds of devices. It offers...

This Android app lets you long press the volume buttons to skip songs while the screen is off – WITHOUT Root!

If you've ever installed a custom ROM before, then there's a good chance you've seen a feature that lets you remap a long press of the volume button to control media playback. With this option enabled, you can long press the volume up button to skip to the next track or long press the volume...

Google is considering adding Call Recording APIs in a future Android version

Considering how long we spend doing activities like browsing the web, sending emails, watching videos, listening to music, etc. on our smartphones, we may as well start calling these devices portable PCs and not smartphones. For many users, however, placing regular old phone calls is still a very important feature, especially when it relates to...

Qualcomm announces the mid-range Snapdragon 665 and 8nm Snapdragon 730/G

Qualcomm's mid-range 6 and 7 series are getting new additions to their respective line-ups. At the 2019 Qualcomm AI Day, the company announced the new Snapdragon 665 and Snapdragon 730 mobile platforms. The Snapdragon 665 can be seen as the successor to the incredibly popular Snapdragon 660, while the Snapdragon 730 is the successor to...

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL show up on the Play Console, hints at Pixel Visual Core and mid-2019 launch

We've heard rumors that Google will launch two mid-range Pixel smartphones this year code-named "sargo" and "bonito." We recently discovered that the alleged smartphones may be marketed as the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL. Although we know most of the specifications for the smaller mid-range Pixel, we don't know whether the device...

Hands-on: AR Shopping on the Google Pixel lets you preview furniture from Google Shopping in your home

Nearly every week, a new device gets added to Google's list of devices that support ARCore. ARCore is Google's platform for augmented reality apps, making it possible to measure the size of objects using your camera or add interactive stickers to your selfies. AR shopping is another popular use case of augmented reality because it...

Latest MIUI Camera app hints at Google Lens Suggestions and Panoramic Selfies

Xiaomi recently launched the Mi 9, their latest flagship smartphone and their first to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. In our review, we noted how Xiaomi added multiple features to MIUI with the Mi 9 such as a system-wide dark mode and Game Turbo while the MIUI Camera app got features like group...

Google Camera prepares to add an augmented reality measuring mode

Over the weekend, a new version of the Google Camera app started to roll out to Google Pixel users. Version 6.2 of the app notably added a dark mode in the camera app's settings page, but not much else was added. However, we spotted strings that hinted at a new camera mode called "Measure." We...

Notification Assistants in Android Q can change the priority and buttons of notifications from other apps

Since before Android 8.0 Oreo, Google has worked on a new Notification Assistant API. With the release of the first Android Q beta, Google made the API public and published documentation for it. In the second Android Q beta, it's now possible to change the default notification assistant from the Android Services Library system app...