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]

Google reportedly requires new Android TV devices support AV1 video decoding

With there being many different hardware companies making smartphones, tablets, televisions, PCs, and silicon; software companies making apps and operating systems; and media giants making streaming services, it's important for key industry players to agree to support certain video coding formats to ensure the best user experience, minimize network use, and support a wide variety...

Google’s TalkBack screen reader is getting new features available first on Galaxy phones

Google has partnered with Samsung to create a new version of TalkBack, an accessibility service that provides spoken feedback of what's shown or happening on screen. TalkBack was released in the early days of Android, but in 2018, Google rolled it into the Android Accessibility Suite app alongside other services aimed at helping users with...

Google cracks down on 3rd-party Chromium browsers using Chrome Sync

If you are using a third-party Chromium-based browser with Chrome Sync, then you'll be disappointed to learn that Google is cracking down on this practice. In a short blog post published on the Chromium Blog, Google announced that it will limit access to its private Chrome APIs starting on March 15, 2021. These APIs are used...

The Galaxy S21 lets you remove GPS location data before sharing a photo

If you missed Galaxy Unpacked yesterday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S21 series, a trio of smartphones with the latest Qualcomm or Samsung-made 5nm chipset and Android 11-based One UI 3.0 software. As always, Samsung's latest and greatest smartphone series comes with new features that are (for now) exclusive to them. We've talked about a few...

The Galaxy S21’s new Object Eraser feature can remove people from photos

At Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung took the wraps off of its Galaxy S21 flagship smartphones. Samsung's latest flagships run the company's Android 11-based One UI 3.0 software, which has already rolled out to many of the company's previous flagships. But the Galaxy S21 is the first to get one of Samsung's latest features called "Object Eraser." When...

Samsung kills MST: the Galaxy S21 won’t support Samsung Pay’s best payment method

The Galaxy S21 series was announced by Samsung earlier today, and many were surprised to see the lack of expandable storage in the official spec sheet. Users will be doubly disappointed to hear that one of Samsung's best technologies, MST, isn't available on the Galaxy S21 in the U.S. MST, which stands for Magnetic Secure...

We’ve opened forums for TCL 20, Xiaomi’s Mi 10i and Redmi Note 9T, 2021 Moto G phones, OPPO’s Reno 5 Pro 5G, and more

This year's Consumer Electronics Show isn't being held physically in Vegas, but the days before, during, and after the show always have new products for us to look forward to. Before the show, we've seen smartphone makers like Motorola dump new products onto the market, while others like Xiaomi launched rebranded versions of their existing...

Samsung unveils the Exynos 2100 to challenge Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888

Ahead of the announcement of the Galaxy S21 series in two days, Samsung has detailed the chipset that will power the international variants. Samsung today announced the Exynos 2100, its latest flagship-tier SoC fabricated on a 5nm process node, in a bid to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888. The new Exynos 2100 — unlike previous designs...

Android 12 may let you hibernate unused apps to free up space

It may be hard to believe, but we're likely only a little over a month away from the release of the first Android 12 Developer Preview. After all, the first Android 11 Developer Preview was released back in February of 2020! We've been scouring the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit for hints of new...

TCL’s 2021 TV lineup to include Google TV and more 8K models

The first official day of CES is almost over, and we've already seen numerous new processors, laptops, smartphones, and TVs. TCL Electronics was at the show once again, taking the wraps off of its new TCL 20 series and NXTPAPER tablet. At the show, the company also unveiled details about its new TV lineup. The...

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 Plus has LTE and Intel’s 11th Gen processors

CES is underway this week, and we've already seen new PCs from brands like HP and Lenovo. Microsoft today unveiled a new model in its Surface lineup, but they're targeting this PC for businesses and educational institutions that want to get their users ready for remote work and learning. The new Microsoft Surface Pro 7...

Fossil’s Gen 5 LTE smartwatch goes official starting at $349

Last month, we caught wind of Fossil's plan to launch its first LTE-enabled smartwatch. Documents submitted to the FCC revealed few details about the smartwatch, so it wasn't clear if Fossil Group was planning on launching a new lineup or a new entry to its existing Gen 5 line. Today, we have an answer. The...