Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

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]

Google Nexus 6 finally receives official Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Last month, Google promised to release an official build of Android 7.1 Nougat for all supported devices, save for one: the Nexus 6. We learned that Android 7.1 would be delayed for this phone due to some unspecified bugs the company needed to hammer out at the last minute, but we should expect to see...

Panasonic Automotive to build Android Automotive In-Vehicle Infotainment System into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Feature Image: Uconnect Access on FCA Vehicles While most of us are intimately familiar with Google's Android on smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, and televisions, few are aware of what Google has been doing for the automotive market. To illustrate this point, ask yourself the following question: What is the difference between Android Auto and Android Automotive? Android Auto is...

The Death of CyanogenMod and What it Means for Development

Cyanogen Inc. has finally delivered a bullet to the brain - of CyanogenMod. After years of tumultuous turnovers in the company, Cyanogen recently announced that the company would consolidate all of their efforts into a new Cyanogen Modular OS program. As a part of their consolidation, the company announced that many of their employees, including Cyanogen (Steve Kondik) himself,...

Tasker v4.9 is out with Non-Root Programmable Firewall, Multi-Window Automation, S-Pen Recognition, and More

It's no secret that we at XDA are big fans of Tasker. We've covered the application and its capabilities multiple times in the past and have demonstrated that the potential uses of Tasker are limitless thanks to its extensive plug-in framework. Tasker has become so robust over the years that development on the application has slowed...

Google will launch two flagship smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 next year

In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google, states that the company will launch two new flagship smartwatches in the first quarter of 2017. Furthermore, these two smartwatches will be the first devices to run Android Wear 2.0. We learned of the existence of these two smartwatches earlier this...

Some Nexus 6Ps are Shutting Down at Early Battery Percentages

The Huawei built Nexus 6P was the final flagship in the Google Nexus program before the Nexus program was unceremoniously killed off in favor of the Google Pixel. Barely over a year old, the Nexus 6P is still a solid smartphone capable of running on the latest version of Android Nougat that many users will continue to use...

Not Forgotten: OnePlus X gets a taste of Nougat thanks to CyanogenMod 14.1 Nightlies

Though largely overshadowed by OnePlus's flagship model, the mid-range OnePlus X refuses to die thanks to the dedication of developers on our forums. Developers were first to publish Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the device, with OnePlus eventually following suit. While some users of the OnePlus X are wary of continued software support, developers have been working hard...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 may feature Fingerprint Scanner on the Back

With the initially highly anticipated Galaxy Note 7 exploding in Samsung's face, a lot of attention is being focused on Samsung's next flagship: the Samsung Galaxy S8. Earlier this week, we learned about the existence of Synaptics' new optical-based fingerprint sensor which is stated to offer high-resolution fingerprint scanning through 1mm of full cover glass. The sensor...

Moto Mod Hackathon Winners Include HiDef Audio Mod, Gamepad Mod, and a Skin Care Mod

(Feature Image Credits: Motorola) Earlier this week, we argued that the Motorola Moto Z quietly transformed smartphone modularity. Although the Moto Z family is far from the true modularity promised by the likes of the now-defunct Google Ara project, Motorola's attempt demonstrated that the concept is indeed viable. We had mentioned that Motorola was committed to supporting Moto...

Team Win Releases their first Official TWRP App in the Play Store

Custom ROM enthusiasts browsing our forums prior to 2011 might remember the days of repeatedly clicking the volume and power button to get anything done in recovery. This was before the advent of touchscreen-enabled custom recoveries, of course, which are ubiquitous today. Leading the pack is Team Win's Recovery Project (TWRP), which supports virtually every device...

(Update: Policy Scrapped) Evernote’s Updated Privacy Policy Raises some Concerns, But don’t Fret just Yet

With hundreds of millions of global installations on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Evernote ranks as one of the most popular note taking applications on the market. Thanks to the myriad of functions available to Evernote users - ranging from powerful note taking tools to searching and annotating all kinds of document formats - the...