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]

How to Play Music or Podcasts over Bluetooth on your Car Stereo without A2DP Support

One of the more frustrating experiences with purchasing a car is dealing with the "upgrade" packages that may seem unnecessarily expensive. While playing audio over Bluetooth has been around for quite some time, many of the "newer" cars that came out would not offer support for the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) which is the Bluetooth profile...

How to Cast ANY Video/Playlist from the YouTube App to your Google Home

One of the most frustrating parts of dealing with any new Google product is the lack of features that one would think would be an obvious inclusion. Those of you who have purchased the Google Home are probably thrilled that the device can act as a Google Cast receiver, enabling you to choose your favorite songs...

PSPDFKit, the PDF Framework used in Dropbox and Evernote, is now Available in a Standalone App [XDA Spotlight]

The beauty of Android lies in its intents system. Unlike iOS, Android has the ability to replace most default applications with third-party software. In Android, applications can define intent filters that allow them to react to certain events such as tapping a URL or opening a file. Applications that can handle opening PDF files are quite numerous,...

How to Force ‘OK Google’ Hotword Detection to work when the Screen is Off on any Device [Root]

When the Moto X (2013) was first announced, one of the most exciting features (besides Ambient Display) was its ability to wake up to voice commands. Later introduced in Google Nexus devices and now available in many flagships, hotword recognition capability is a pretty awesome feature for when you need to make a quick Google search...

How to Add more Steps to your Volume Slider [Root]

In my quest to discover interesting tweaks to share with the XDA-Developers community, I frequently came across one request across many different forums: "How do I add more steps to the volume slider?" - No one in particular While looking up methods to reliably add more volume granularity, I found that most of the applications on the...

[Update: Second Vulnerability Patched] Two Critical OnePlus 3/3T Bootloader Security Flaws Discovered, One Patched and Other being Addressed

Before entering the wonderful world of Android rooting, custom ROMs, kernels, and other modifications, you first have to unlock the bootloader on your device. On some devices (especially carrier branded ones), this poses a problem as users have to deal with significant technical hurdles before they can unlock the bootloader. Other devices such as Huawei phones...

What are your thoughts on Android Wear 2.0 and the new LG Watches?

Now that the news cycle has settled down for the day, we were wondering what your thoughts are on the Android Wear 2.0 update and the LG Watch Sport/Style. For those of you who are out of the loop, Google today announced the next major upgrade to the Android Wear platform. The update will bring a...

Here are the Devices that Will Receive the Android Wear 2.0 Update

Android Wear 2.0 was officially announced today and it is poised to significantly change the smartwatch landscape when it starts rolling out to end users. Users purchasing a new smartwatch such as the upcoming LG Watch Style or LG Watch Sport will be able to experience Android Wear 2.0 right out of the box, but for owners...

Android Pay on Wear 2.0 will not work if your Smartphone has an Unlocked Bootloader

For those of you who have been clinging onto hope that Android Pay for Android Wear 2.0 would allow you to make mobile payments even if your device's bootloader is unlocked, we have some bad news to share. Google has confirmed to AndroidPolice Android Pay on the latest Wear 2.0 update will not work if the paired smartphone...

Android Pay v1.14 Hints at Improving the Linked Offers Interface

Back during Google I/O 2016, Google introduced the "Save to Android Pay API" which would allow companies to digitize their loyalty programs, gift cards, or other offers. Companies were now able to add special links to text messages, e-mails, their website, or their Android app that would quickly save a new card to Android Pay in a...

AutoVoice Integration Finally makes its way to Google Home, Here’s how to Use It

After a month in Google's approval limbo, AutoVoice has finally been approved for use as a third-party integration in Google Home. With AutoVoice integration, you can send commands to your phone that Tasker will be able to react to, allowing you to perform countless number of automation scripts straight from your voice. Previously, this required a...

Next Pixel Flagship may Feature a non-Qualcomm Chipset, Possible Budget Model in the Works

Rumor season is already upon us, and today we bring you a report from 9to5Google that mentions some interesting tidbits regarding the next generation Google Pixel phones. According to a source, Google is currently in the process of testing their next Pixel flagship devices with upgraded specifications. As with any yearly upgrade, we would expect to...