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]

Baidu Browser found to be Leaking Personal User Data – What it means for you

You've probably heard of Baidu before. Known somewhat as China's Google (though that may change if Google finally decides to re-enter the market this year), the mammoth search engine giant/advertising platform/online encyclopedia has dabbled in developing numerous applications designed around its service ecosystem for both Android and Windows (much like Google). These apps have millions of users, most of whom...

HTC Shows off the One X9 and new Fashionable Design models at Mobile World Congress

This year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is bringing us the latest flagship models from the likes of Samsung and LG (the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5, respectively), and we're likely to see more from Sony tomorrow. However, one company has been rather silent this year. HTC stunned the Android tech world by announcing the...

Lenovo Offers Cheap Vibe K5 Phones and Tab3 Tablets for its 2016 Lineup

Despite acquiring Motorola, it seems that Lenovo isn't too keen on dropping its brand out of the smartphone race. At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Lenovo has unveiled the newest smartphone and tablet lineup aimed at the budget conscious consumer. Lenovo Vibe K5 Series As the most powerful device offered by Lenovo this year so...

ZTE’s Spro Plus is an Android Projector that Doubles as a Tablet and Hotspot

ZTE's Spro line-up has always featured a rather odd combination of products. For the Spro and Spro 2, you get an Android-based mini-projector with built-in hot-spot capabilities (assuming you bought the LTE model from one of the major carriers). ZTE is spicing things up this year by essentially offering a full-fledged Android tablet into the...

How H5OS will Pick up Firefox OS’s Lost Flame

On October of 2008, Google declared war on Apple. The first commercially available Android smartphone, the HTC Dream, was Google's first boots-on-the-ground effort to take on the iPhone juggernaut. For thereafter, Google and Apple engaged in a harsh campaign of product warfare in an effort to assert dominance over the other. After a few years...

How Remix OS will Mix Things Up — Interview with David Ko, Co-Founder of Jide

Remix OS has become a bit of a darling in the Android community. In a sea of broken promises, Jide Technology has delivered quality products that have lived up to our expectations. For a time, only users on select devices had the opportunity to use Remix OS, while others looked on in envy. Last month, however, Jide Technology opened up the...

Maru, the Custom ROM that Turns your Phone into a PC, Will be Open-Sourced

The first computers were bulky, expensive, and generally pretty slow. As time has passed, our computing has become more and more portable. Today, we carry around pocket PCs in the form of our smartphones. While these mobile devices have replaced much the basic functionality of larger desktop and laptop computers, these devices run software that is...

Which Theme Do You Run on Your Phone, and Why?

Screenshots are welcome! Thanks to the plethora of customization tools on Android, it's fairly easy to find themes that suit your style. Alternative launchers, icon packs, and custom widget creation tools are just some of the ways you can customize your UI. But unless you're a user on a custom ROM with the Cyanogenmod Theme...

Dear Google Play Review Team, Please Don’t Be Evil

You're a developer, and you've been putting your heart and soul into an application because you love to code and you would like to show the world the fruits of your labor. You decide to pony up the $25 to register a Google Play Developer account and to work day and night to live up...

Samsung Hints at Feature Changes in Android N: Better Stylus Support?

We don't yet know much about Android N (after all, we're still a few months away from the next I/O) but we do know that Google works quite closely with several major OEMs to ensure that the OEMs can get the update incorporated into their own devices as fast as they possibly can. This means that...

Android Pay no Longer Working with Systemless Root

Tap. Pay. Done. If you're the owner of an NFC enabled Android phone running 4.4+, then you've probably heard of Android Pay. The app supports adding cards from many different banks and works in many major retailers, and it's pretty easy to set-up as well. Google is practically begging you to sign-up! That is, unless, you're a power...

IoT Scope: The War Between Standards and the Many Players Fighting it

If this year's CES has taught us anything, it's that 2016 will be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). We've caught glimpses of exciting IoT related products, services, and technologies in the past (Philips Hue and the Nest Thermostat among others). Those devices have only scratched the surface of home automation, as you can now add garage door...