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.

Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 855 Plus with an overclocked CPU and GPU

In December of 2018, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. It's the company's most powerful chip designed for smartphones and tablets, and over half a year later, we've already seen it ship in devices like the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S10, Xiaomi Mi 9, OnePlus 7 Pro, and ASUS ZenFone 6. We've also seen the...

Amazon Prime Day Deals: Best Sales on Smartphones, Tablets, Smartwatches, Accessories, and Smart Home Products

Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with the first "Prime Day." From the beginning, Amazon has pushed Prime Day as the Summer equivalent of Black Friday. We're not sure if the deals are as good as Black Friday, but if you like discounts, there's something for everyone. Even some non-Amazon outlets will get...

Google tests Rules, Ramping Ringer, and showing album art in Now Playing history for the Pixel phones on Android Q

Google Pixel 4 leak season is already well underway. From leaked CAD renders of both the non-XL and XL models to live images and official press renders, there's a lot that we already know about Google's 2019 flagship smartphones. Google's next Pixel smartphones may not win any design awards, but if there's one thing we...

Official TWRP now available for the Realme 3, Amazfit Pace, Yu Yureka Black, and LeEco Le Max Pro

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is the most popular custom recovery software compatible with Android devices. It's basically a prerequisite for the custom development community to take off for a device because it's risky to flash custom ROMs, kernels, Magisk, or other mods without having a proper backup. The custom recovery is...

How to recreate Android’s old notification ticker using Tasker

Android's notification system is one of its biggest advantages over iOS, but that doesn't mean everyone is satisfied with how Android's notifications have turned out. For example, Android 8.0 Oreo's notification channels were designed to give users more control over alerts, but they're also a mess to deal with if an app creates more than...

Kernel sources for the Red Magic 3 and Xiaomi Mi 6/Mi Mix 2’s Android Pie updates are now available

Since Android is built on top of the Linux kernel, Android device makers have to provide, upon customer request, the source code for any Linux kernel binaries that ship on their devices. That includes not only the release date software but also any subsequent updates to the kernel. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi started rolling out...

Unofficial LineageOS 16 and first custom kernel now available for the ASUS ZenFone 6/ASUS 6z

ASUS' 2019 flagship, the ASUS ZenFone 6 (ASUS 6Z in India), is packed to the brim with features. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card slot, no notch, flip camera, rear fingerprint scanner, and fairly clean software to boot. ASUS is also going out of their way to support the...

Android Q beta 5 adds new gestures for screen unpinning and the Accessibility Menu

Google released the 5th Android Q beta earlier today for its Pixel smartphones, leaving one more beta left until the stable release next month. It's been a month since the last beta release, so Google has had plenty of time to make small tweaks here and there. We've been digging into Android Q beta 5...

Unreleased Android Q beta hints at upcoming Pixel customization with styles, clocks, and more

Google released the first Android Q beta back in March followed by the second beta in early April. When the second beta was released, we spotted a stub APK for a new Google app called "Pixel Themes." The stub was mostly empty except for assets that showed off a few theme previews code-named "Anthony," "Johanna,"...

Pixel Launcher in unreleased Android Q beta adds a swipe to pull down notifications gesture

In Android Q, the new gesture navigations will only work with pre-installed system launchers like Google's Pixel Launcher. For those of you who are fans of third-party launchers like Nova Launcher, Lawnchair, Action Launcher, or Hyperion, you may be disappointed to hear that Android's awesome new gesture controls won't work with your favorite launcher. Google's...

The Qualcomm 215 chip brings dual camera support to budget phones

It's been several years since Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 212 for budget smartphones like the Nokia 2. Smartphones sold at the lowest price brackets currently don't have a lot to offer, but as smartphone components continue to get cheaper, we're going to see what were previously mid-range smartphone features make their way to the budget...

Android Q beta 5 adds a dark Pixel boot animation to save your eyes when rebooting

Besides the battery life improvement for devices with OLED displays, dark modes also help reduce eye strain at night. We're slowly seeing more and more Google apps get native dark modes, but a lot of apps with dark themes have yet to update their splash screens to match their new, darker UIs. The worst "splash...