Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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Editor-in-chief at XDA-Developers. I follow AOSP and the Chromium Gerrit to uncover new features, and I also routinely analyze Android applications and device firmware to do the same. Tips/media inquiries: [email protected]

[Update: Beta Testing] OnePlus’ Instant Translation feature shows up in the latest OxygenOS betas for the OnePlus 7/7T

During the launch of the OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus teased an "Instant Translation" feature that will allow users on live video calls to translate speech between one another. Since the initial teaser, we haven't seen any indication of when the feature would launch to the public, but now there's strong evidence it could be soon....

New Google Play, Firebase, and Android Studio tools announced for game developers at Google for Games

Although the Game Developers Conference (GDC) was canceled to limit the spread of COVID-19, Google is hosting its "Google for Games" Developer Summit entirely online. Today, the company announced many new tools in Google Play, Firebase, Android Studio, and more for mobile game developers. Here's what's new.What's new in Google PlayGoogle Play Asset Delivery: With...

ZTE’s Axon 11 is a mid-range 5G smartphone with the Snapdragon 765G

ZTE's Axon lineup is the flagship lineup from the company. Over the years, we have seen some compelling product options from the company in this segment. One of the reasons that customer reception has been lukewarm is because of the general availability and marketing for the product. Nonetheless, past devices like the Axon 10s Pro...

[Update: Video + Documentation] Android 11 DP2 reveals work on “Quick Control” shortcuts in the Power Menu

When Google released Android 11 Developer Preview 1 last month, we spotted a new feature that we believed would transform the long-press power menu into a control center for home automation shortcuts. Now with the release of Android 11 Developer Preview 2, we managed to get this feature partially working. Friend of the Portal and Recognized...

Google tests new double tap gestures in Android 11 for taking screenshots and opening recent apps, possibly for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4

When Google released Android 11 Developer Preview 1 last month, we detailed a new set of gestures code-named "Columbus" that allows you to double tap the rear of your device to start the Assistant, open the camera app, and more. At the time, we strongly suspected the feature was intended for Pixel phones rather than...

Huawei tests “AppSearch” to help users download popular apps without using the Google Play Store

Because the U.S. Commerce Department placed Huawei on the Entity List last year, Huawei cannot sign new Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADAs) with Google, which prevents Huawei from distributing new mobile devices with Google Mobile Services (GMS). This means that all new Huawei smartphones and tablets, at least ones that aren't rebranded models of existing,...

Google Camera Go brings Portrait Mode photography to budget Android Go smartphones

Earlier today, HMD Global announced a trio of new smartphones: the Nokia 8.3, the Nokia 5.3, and Nokia 1.3. While the Nokia 8.3 and Nokia 5.3 run regular Android 10 with a handful of HMD Global's customizations on top, the Nokia 1.3 runs Android 10 (Go Edition), a special version of Android that's optimized for...

Google is working on letting you resize picture-in-picture windows in Android 11

Android 8.0 Oreo introduced picture-in-picture mode to Android smartphones. This feature allows you to watch videos in a small, floating window while you're using other applications. It's also useful for navigation so you can respond to messages or look something up on the Internet without missing what's next on your route. As smartphones have become...

Android 11’s revamped screen recorder may soon support recording internal audio

The first few Android 10 Developer Previews had a barebones screen recorder in SystemUI, but the feature was inaccessible to users at release. With the first Android 11 Developer Preview, however, the screen recorder became accessible from a Quick Settings tile. Now in Android 11 Developer Preview 2, the screen recorder has a revamped UI...

Android 11 DP2 hints at supporting multi-device media output and switching audio to/from wired headsets

With the release of the Galaxy S8, Samsung introduced the Dual Audio feature to allow users to stream Bluetooth audio to two connected Bluetooth devices. Every flagship Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Tab device has supported Dual Audio since the Galaxy S8, but the ability to stream audio to multiple Bluetooth devices is missing...

Android 11 DP2 reveals Google is adding call recording support for dialer apps

The ability to record a phone call is vital for many users who conduct business over a voice call. It can also be really useful for anyone involved in legal, insurance, or medical matters. However, it isn't easy for most users to record phone calls on Android. While some OEMs provide call recording functionality in...

Android 11 Developer Preview 2 adds App-Preferred Frame Rate support, Resume on Reboot, more

Although the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 has slowed down the global economy, many tech companies have transitioned their employees to work from home (WFH). Google is one such company, and today, they acknowledged the difficulties facing many of us around the world. Today, the company announced a new Developer Preview of...