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 used to manage all editorial and reviews content on the Portal.

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...

New Android Emoji Are Coming, but You Can Get Them Now at XDA

With the iOS 9.1 release, Apple updated their emoji set to include 184 new emojis, making iOS the first mobile OS to include every emoji from the Unicode Standard. Because Android currently lacks these new emojis, it will fail to display the emoji should an iOS device send a message containing one. One reddit user realized this...

Twitter CEO Sorry for Poor Relationship with Developers

Twitter has had a rocky relationship with third-party application developers for several years now. From the controversial 100,000 token limit that capped the growth of third party clients to the recent incident where they took down an archive service that tracked tweets by politicians, the company is under fire for the way it has treated developers...

Marshmallow Reduces Audio Latency – But it’s still not enough

With each iteration of Android, Google boasts a reduction in audio latency in an effort to finally entice music professionals and music application developers to bring their work over to Android. For good reason, too, because despite making up only 3% of the total application downloads on the iOS App Store, music apps are the 3rd...

Enable One-Handed Mode using a Script

Bigger Isn't Always Better With the advent of bigger phone screens, it’s nearly impossible for most people to reach every corner of their phone using only one-hand (unless you’re LeBron James). Yet big phones like those from the Note series are still very popular due to how comfortable they are is to consume video and web...

Chromium Optimized for Snapdragon Devices

What in the world is CAF? Remember CAF? You might have seen that name all over the forums back when kernel developers for Qualcomm Snapdragon devices maintained two separate forks of their work. One for code based on Google's AOSP, and another based on CAF. Code Aurora Forum is maintained by the Linux Foundation, and is...

Down Memory Lane: Can the Nexus 5X Cut It With 2GB of RAM?

On October 15, 2014, hordes of loyal Nexus 5 owners waited behind their keyboards for the fateful reveal of what they believed to be the successor to the phone that captivated the market. The Nexus 5 was a price-point pioneer that managed to avoid cutting corners on the most crucial specifications. The All Around Champ Breaks...