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]

Android Wear Revisited: Perfect Companion for the Internet of Things

From running your smartphone to your kitchen sink, Android has proven to be quite the versatile operating system. Android devices have become ubiquitous throughout the world, yet many consumers are probably unaware of what exactly it is their smart device is running. As Android enthusiasts here at XDA, we know what Android version our devices are...

Android-x86 Accuses Console OS of Scamming — What Happened

A storm has been brewing in the Android-x86 developer community. The CEO of crowdfunded project ‘Console OS’ has been accused of scamming his Kickstarter backers by failing to deliver on his promises. Thanks to popular threads on social media sites such as reddit, the storm grew into a full-blown drama hurricane. But who are the parties...

The Best and Worst of 2015: XDA Edition

The year is almost at an end, but it doesn't look like Android's dominance will subside anytime soon. Although we all share the experience of running an Android device here at XDA, each and every one of us will have a unique Android experience based on his or her device, region, carrier, and more. But there...

2015 Christmas Play Store Sales Round-Up

Nothing screams 'Holiday Spirit' more than sitting in bed playing games and browsing the web on your phone, right? You're probably not going to spend your Christmas holiday on your phone, but if you are, who are we to judge! We all have spent inordinate amounts of time on our phones, and thanks to the holiday shopping...

MediaTek Labs Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform

The idea behind the "Internet of Things" has captivated our imaginations for many years. How cool would it be to control every appliance in your home without laying a single finger on the device? With the advent of smart home security systems like the Nest Cam, a variety of smart HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems,...

Samsung Galaxy S6 Boots up its First AOSP ROM

Thanks to the efforts of the development community on XDA, you can have the option to switch over to an AOSP-based ROM - if you're willing to wait. Most flagship devices on the market have been blessed to operate on Snapdragon SoCs, making it easier for developers to port AOSP over to their hardware thanks...

Exploring the Android Ecosystem in China — Interview with Greenify’s OasisFeng

Android has dominated the mobile landscape for several years now, and it doesn't look like that dominance will disappear anytime soon. At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai revealed that there are 1 billion Android users. With the explosive developmental growth in places such as the African continent, India, and China, it's hard to predict Android's numbers...

Verizon Galaxy S5 Bootloader Has Been Unlocked

Verizon has a storied history with regards to bootloader unlocking - namely, they hate the very idea of it. For years now, Verizon has maintained that preventing you from unlocking your device's bootloader is for your own benefit. In a letter sent to customers who filed a complaint with the FCC, Verizon states that: "[A]n open bootloader could...

Marshmallow Update & Unofficial Port Round-Up — Get Up to Date!

Come one, come all! While Nexus owners have already gotten a taste of some sweet, sweet Marshmallow, most users are left waiting for an official update. For many devices, it's hard to say when they'll receive their 6.0 updates given how many layers of testing each device needs to go through. Nevertheless, we're compiling a list...

Why Images in some Camera Apps are Upside Down on the Nexus 5X

New users of the Google Nexus 5X may have noticed a peculiar problem arise when they snap a picture using some third-party camera apps - the image ends up being upside-down! This issue isn't exclusive to the Nexus 5X, though, as it has previously occurred on the front-facing camera of the Nexus 6. What causes this problem? Is it...

Lookout Discovers Trojanized Adware that Secretly Acquires Root Access

Publicly available root exploits are a godsend to consumers whose devices are locked. Exploits such as Towelroot easily enabled any user running on Android version KitKat and below to acquire root access with the click of a button. However, these methods are considered "exploits" for a reason. If an application like Towelroot can exploit your device's firmware to...

New Standards: Diving into the 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document

Marshmallow has seen the light of day on most Nexus devices already, but we've yet to see any third-party OEM update their phone to Marshmallow. How exactly will they incorporate Marshmallow's new features into their specific flavors of Android? It's hard to say for sure, but thanks to the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD), we can be...