Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

I am the Editor-in-chief of XDA. In addition to breaking news on the Android OS and mobile devices, I manage all editorial and reviews content on the Portal. Tips/media inquiries: [email protected]

Qualcomm confirms which chips are “capable” of supporting Google’s new Wear OS version

Wear OS is about to get its biggest upgrade in years. At last month's I/O developer conference, Google announced that it had partnered with Samsung to develop a "unified platform" that combined "the best of Wear OS and Tizen." The new software update, internally called Wear OS 3.0, will bring a new design, new health...

Android 12 is “by far” Google’s most downloaded beta, but have you tried it yet?

Google released the second Android 12 beta a couple of days ago, and there are a lot of changes that Google didn't mention in its official announcement of the release. That's par for the course, though, as anything they don't announce will eventually be discovered by the community. There are many things that only Google...

Mobvoi revamps its Android app with a new UI design and personal fitness report

Mobvoi is gearing up to launch a new smartwatch on Wednesday, and it could be the TicWatch E3 that just leaked a few days back. Ahead of the new product launch, Mobvoi is rolling out an update to its Android app that brings a new UI design and other features. Here's the full changelog listed on...

Mobvoi is preparing to launch the second ever Wear OS smartwatch with the Snapdragon Wear 4100

It's not every day that we hear about new premium Wear OS hardware. In fact, of the last few premium Wear OS smartwatches to hit the market, the only one to ship with an up-to-date chipset was Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 3 from September. Wear OS itself is finally getting some much-needed attention from Google, but what...

Android 12’s Conversations widget can change its background based on the message

Just the other day, Google dropped the second beta release of Android 12 on us, and it brought one of the most exciting features of the new OS: color-changing backgrounds based on your wallpaper. But as we found out, there's a whole lot more that's new in Android 12 Beta 2, including the addition of...

Android 12 Beta 2 hints at a new Google “Live Translate” feature

The second Android 12 beta landed earlier today, and we've been digging into the firmware to find new features. There are loads of changes to be found in the latest build, and some of the changes aren't live yet because of missing components. One of the features that could be coming to a future Android...

Google is testing a new x-axis transition animation for Android 12’s settings

Google released the second Android 12 beta earlier today, and the new build brings loads of privacy features that Google announced at its I/O developer conference last month. As always, there are also lots of undocumented changes in the release, and if you're interested in learning about them, I have a running tweet thread that...

Android 12 Beta 2 brings the new privacy features teased at Google I/O

At last month's Google I/O developer conference, Google took the wraps off its latest Android OS release: Android 12. With a customizable design centered around Google's Material You to a plethora of new privacy features, Android 12 is shaping up to be Google's biggest OS release in years. Although Google did release the first Android...

Files by Google is rolling out a Trash folder for some users

As we spotted in December, Files by Google is preparing to add a Trash folder feature that will let you temporarily delete folders from your device until the app permanently deletes them 30 days later. The feature is now rolling out for some users of version 1.0.378055542 of the Files by Google app for Android. Our...

Google Messages preps Material You support on Android 12 with dynamically colored UI

One of the marquee features of Android 12 is the ability to dynamically theme the UI based on your wallpaper. It's part of Google's broader Material You design that was announced at Google I/O 2021 alongside the release of the first Android 12 beta. However, Google has yet to enable support for dynamic recoloring in...

Google Camera update rolls out with time-lapse astrophotography support

Yesterday was the first Monday of June, so Google published a new Android Security Bulletin. It's also been 3 months since the last Pixel Feature Drop, so Google took the opportunity to also drop a new set of exclusive features for Pixel users. Many of the features announced by Google haven't rolled out yet, though...

Razer is working on a new pair of colorful over-ear headphones

Ahead of the launch of its new Hammerhead True Wireless X earbuds earlier today, Razer pushed an update to its Razer Audio app on Google Play. The changelog for version 3.2.0.924 of the app lists the devices the app is compatible with, and one of those devices hasn't been released yet. The app now supports...