Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

I am the former 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 Assistant’s latest test makes it easier to scan or read the current screen aloud

The Google Assistant can do many different things, including many things users aren't even aware of. Educating users about new features is one of the biggest hurdles facing any company, and it's even harder for Google given the sheer number of things that the Google Assistant is capable of. That's why we constantly see A/B...

Microsoft has fixed the blurry weather widget in the Windows 10 taskbar

Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced a new feature to the Windows 10 taskbar called News and Interests. It's a widget that acts much like the Google Discover feed on Android phones, so unsurprisingly, some may find it useful while others will think it's bloatware. Even among those who are making good use of it, though,...

Upgrade your home with this deal on the Nest Hello Doorbell and Nest Hub Display

Building a smart home can be a daunting task. There are so many products on the market, and many of them aren't compatible with each other or are just shoddy. When you buy products that are part of the same ecosystem or even better, from the same manufacturer, then things are a lot easier to...

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 are among the best wireless earbuds on sale during Prime Day

There's no shortage of options when it comes to true wireless earbuds. Everyone has heard of Apple's AirPods, and that's likely the first thing that comes to mind when people think of wireless earbuds. Out of the literally hundreds of competing companies, Sony is widely seen as one of the best brands at making audio...

The OnePlus 8 5G is 50% off on Prime Day, and it’s finally worth the price

Looking to pick up a new smartphone? Amazon's Prime Day is a great time to shop for smartphones, and we've found a great deal on what was once an overpriced product: the OnePlus 8 5G. It's a smartphone that debuted early last year alongside its larger "Pro" sibling. While the "Pro" model and subsequent models...

Prime Day Deals: TicWatch Pro 3 with Wear OS is at its lowest price ever

There are a lot of deals on watches and smartwatches today, but there aren't many smartwatches running Wear OS that I'd recommend. Mobvoi's excellent TicWatch Pro 3 is one of the few Wear OS smartwatches I can recommend, and it's at its lowest price ever this Amazon Prime Day. When I reviewed the TicWatch Pro 3...

Prime Day Deals: Get NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV streaming TV stick for $25 off

These days, cutting the cord is easier than ever thanks to the plethora of online streaming platforms and Internet-connected streaming TV devices. Most TVs these days even come with built-in streaming options or a full-fledged smart TV operating system. But what if you still own a "dumb" TV or you hate the software running on...

Many Texans just found out they gave energy companies remote control of their thermostats

In case news sites haven't made it painfully clear by now, today is Amazon Prime Day (sorry, we have to pay the bills somehow). As always, there are a ton of deals on tech, including a lot of smart home tech. But be careful about buying a new smart thermostat: If you blindly opt into an...

Tasker developer shows off Android 12’s dynamic theming with new “Material You” option

One of the most exciting new features of the big Android 12 update is the new wallpaper-based theming system, code-named "monet." It's a major part of Google's new "Material You" design language, which places an emphasis on personalization. The new theming system went live in Android 12 Beta 2, but just like with the introduction...

Phone-to-PC screen mirroring tool ‘scrcpy’ now supports devices running Android 12

The Android Debug Bridge, or ADB for short, is an immensely useful tool for developers that want to read system logs, change settings, or automate actions on their device. Google intended to only provide a command line interface when they made ADB, but in early March of 2018, a developer built a tool on top...

Tip: You can pinch-to-zoom in Google Messages to resize text

Even if you use the Google Messages app a lot, you may not be aware that it added a nifty feature somewhat recently: the ability to resize text in a conversation! Over on the /r/AndroidApps subreddit, Redditor user01401 discovered that the Messages app for Android now supports text resizing in conversations using a simple pinch-to-zoom gesture....

Yahoo Mobile is shutting down and telling people to switch to Visible

Yahoo Mobile, a mobile phone service that uses Verizon's network, is shutting down, the service announced on its official website. The service only launched in March of last year, meaning it barely lasted over a year before its shutdown. For the (likely few) customers continuing to use the service, the Yahoo Mobile website tells them...