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]

EXCLUSIVE: Pixel Software Updates, Partition Changes, Dual Booting & Seamless Custom ROM Updates

During this year's Google I/O, Google officially introduced Android Nougat which has brought several much-needed usability enhancements to those of us lucky enough to own a modern Nexus device. There were some features Google outlined during Google I/O that didn't find their way into final Nougat production builds for current Nexus devices, most notably seamless...

Aukey Qualcomm Quick Charge Product Reviews and Giveaway [20 IN TOTAL] + Discounts!

Charging our devices will always be an absolute necessity. Some of us end up needing to charge multiple devices at once. Me, personally, I have to keep track of charging my wireless headset, my Moto 360, my current review device, and my daily driver Nexus 6P. Instead of fiddling with multiple chargers around a multi-plug, why...

How Tapjacking Made a Return with Android Marshmallow — and Nobody Noticed

While many of us salivate over the newly released Android Nougat for Nexus devices, the vast majority of users are still on Android Marshmallow. An exploit the existence of which has been documented since at least the middle of 2015 is still affecting many modern Android devices. Malicious applications are able to tapjack your actions into granting them a...

Be Warned: Despite Acknowledging the Issue, OnePlus is still Leaking your IMEI when you Check for Updates

The OnePlus One was one of the first Android smartphones that proved that consumers didn't need to shell out $600+ for a flagship experience. In other words, even at a lower price point you should never settle for purchasing an inferior product. I can still remember the hype surrounding the specification reveal for the OnePlus One...

Android Nougat still has Flappy Droid and the Dessert Case Daydream

With every new iteration of Android, Google introduces a new Easter egg "hidden" away in settings. I say "hidden" because these Easter eggs are more of an Android tradition/Google inside-joke by this point, rather than something we're supposed to actually hunt for. To access the Easter egg in Android, all you have to do is go...

Quick Reply from the Lock Screen will soon return to Android Nougat

One of the many welcomed new features in Android Nougat is the ability to reply to notifications in a pop-up without having to switch applications, a feature we've come to label "Quick Reply." The feature made its debut in the first Android Nougat Developer Preview, and with the second Developer Preview the feature was further expanded...

Android Nougat makes its way to the Nexus 5 & Nexus 7 (2013) via First Unofficial Port

Update 11:28PM CST: XDA Recognized Contributor zaclimon has posted the first unofficial port of Android Nougat for the Nexus 7 (2013) over on our forums. We've been expecting this to eventually happen after the initial release of Android Nougat, but perhaps not as quickly as we initially expected. Merely a single day after the release of Android Nougat's source...

Android Nougat Source Code is Dropping, Work on CyanogenMod 14 is Already Underway

Rejoice, fellow flashaholics! If you, like me, have been waiting for custom ROMs to pop up on our forums before hopping on the Nougat hype train, then your long wait will soon come to an end. With the official release of Android 7.0 Nougat the other day, Google has begun uploading the source code for the latest...

The Sorry State of Android Fragmentation: An Example to Understand Developers’ Plight

Fragmentation has been a contentious issue in Android quite literally since the mobile operating system was announced. Apart from being a cudgel for trolls to use in online flame-wars, the diversity that comes with fragmentation is now largely seen as a net positive for consumers of Android devices. After all, we're given so much freedom in choosing...

Here’s how to Access Hidden Settings on your Phone

Depending on what flavor of Android your phone is based on, you might be stuck with a settings page that is... a bit of a mess to say the least. For that reason, Google introduced a search feature in the settings app starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, there are a few settings screens that are inaccessible...

Android Nougat Beta Build for the Huawei P9 is Available – Get it Now!

Correction: The Nougat beta build seems to currently only be for the Huawei P9. We will be on the lookout for beta builds dropped for other Huawei devices and will update the article if we come across any. Android Nougat's fifth developer preview was recently released for Nexus devices, but for the past few months owners of...

Intel’s Multi-OS Engine Allows Developers to Create Native iOS or Android Apps with Java

Many of us have likely come across on app on a different platform that made us wonder: "why in the world can't I download this already?" I'm sure you've heard of one such app that's all the rage lately, Prisma. Prisma launched on iOS on June 11 and was immediately a smash hit. A little over...