Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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Long-time Android enthusiast starting from all the way back to the Sprint HTC Hero. Partial to the Nexus line, but open to try anything with Android on it. XDA's resident master of everything Tasker. Please direct media inquiries to mishaal@xda-developers.com

Here are the 10,000+ Songs that Google Pixel 2’s Now Playing Feature can Recognize

Google Pixel 2's newest features is called Now Playing, and what it does is automatically detects songs playing in the background and displays information about it on the lock screen. Google says the ambient-music recognition feature can work offline and does not need to offload any data to their servers to aid in song recognition....

[UPDATED] Google Pixel 2’s “Now Playing” Feature uses AmbientSense to Minimize Battery Drain

UPDATE  10/16/2017: Google has reached out to us to inform us that the 'Now Playing' is not based on AmbientSense. We have responded inquiring for more information about this feature and will update this article with their response. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are official after many months of leaks. One of the more...

Google Pixel 2 has 25 Media Volume Steps for more Granular Volume Control

Small software tweaks can sometimes make a huge difference in user experience. For years, one pain point on Android phones is the lack of granular volume control. By default, there are 15 volume steps for media, 7 for notifications, and 6 for the in-call voice. While the small number of volume steps allows one to...

Google App Hints at “Hey Google” Hotword Coming to Google Assistant on Phones

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL were officially announced just 10 days ago, and while they have yet to reach the hands of consumers they are bring showcased at Verizon Wireless stores throughout the United States. We've been digging in to the Pixel 2's system applications to bring you the latest Pixel Launcher and...

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Add Bluetooth Battery Level Reporting

Before the first public release of Android Oreo, we spotted something interesting in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). We discovered that Google was working on implementing Bluetooth battery level reporting so you can see the battery level of your connected Bluetooth devices without having to use a third-party application for each and every Bluetooth device....

Here’s the Google Pixel 2’s latest Pixel Launcher with the Bottom Search Bar

Just last week Google officially unveiled the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Hardware wise, there's not much that would entice existing first generation Google Pixel owners. For anyone looking to upgrade their phones, though, the second generation Pixel phones are shaping up to be compelling purchases (if you can afford it). Though...

Project Treble in Action: Google Pixel 2’s Graphics Drivers come Pre-Installed as an App

One of the biggest new Android-related features announced this year wasn't even announced at one of Google's traditional hardware or software events. Called Project Treble, it's the biggest change to Android's low-level system architecture to date. It modularizes the operating system so it is kept separate from vendor components, hopefully reducing the time it takes...

The Google Pixel 2 has a Hidden, but Disabled, Dark Theme

Did you hear? Verizon opened up their stores yesterday to live demos of the new Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. While most people were spending their times getting a feel for the phone (because that's what you're supposed to do with these kinds of promotions), we at XDA have been digging into...

Download Google Camera App with Motion Photo + Face Retouching on the Google Pixel

Google-branded smartphones weren't always known for their stellar camera quality. The Google Nexus smartphone series featured generally average picture-taking quality (though the Nexus 6P was a step above the rest). It wasn't until the company started to take a more hardware-centric focus with the Google Pixel line-up that their smartphones' camera quality would noticeably improve. Part...

Huawei Mate 10 May Feature Ambient Display, Double Tap Power/Screen Gestures, and More

We are 4 days away from the official unveiling of the Huawei Mate 10 and its variants: the Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Lite, and Mate 10 Porsche Design. These devices will presumably be running Android Oreo with Huawei's EMUI 8.0 on top. Huawei is touting the many AI enhancements they have made on the...

Here’s the Official Changelog for Huawei Mate 9’s Android Oreo Beta Update

Just a few days back, we published an exclusive first look at the upcoming Android Oreo update for the Huawei Mate 9. We later learned that this update is actually branded as EMUI 8.0. Surprisingly, Huawei themselves opened up an official beta test for the Mate 9—though it was limited to 250 participants in Germany...

[Update: More Evidence] EMUI 8.0 is Likely Huawei’s Next Version of EMUI Rather than EMUI 6.0

Last week, we published an exclusive first look at Huawei's Android Oreo update for the Huawei Mate 9. While we stand by the majority of our findings in that piece (we did, after all, obtain access to pre-release firmware builds for the device), there is one small piece of information that we now believe is...