Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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Editor-in-chief on the XDA-Developers Portal. I have a keen interest in the Android framework and software development, but I'm willing to dip my toes into a variety of subjects. Please direct media inquiries to mishaal@xda-developers.com. You can also find me on Twitter @MishaalRahman, or on Reddit at /u/MishaalRahman.

Google Pixel 2’s Squeeze is Hardcoded to Only Launch Assistant, Making Remapping Difficult

When we first learned about the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's squeezable frame, we hoped that it would be customizable. Our own source told us that the squeezable frame would only be able to launch Google Assistant or to silence incoming calls, and unfortunately that's all you can do on the live build that...

Hands-on with the ZTE Axon M – A Compelling Modern Dual Screen Smartphone

In 2017, smartphone companies have had to implement all sorts of gimmicks to differentiate their products. There's the HTC U11 with its squeeze gimmick, the LG V30 with its floating bar gimmick, and the Huawei Mate 10 Lite with quad cameras just to name a few. Some of you may disagree with me labeling these features...

ZTE Axon M is Official: 6.75″ Dual Screen Foldable Smartphone!

Amidst a sea of increasingly bezel-less smartphones, ZTE is looking to differentiate itself from its competitors. The company's flagship smartphone of 2017 may not pack the top-tier hardware specifications we're seeing in the latest flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, or Google but it has one particular hardware feature to make up for it—a second screen. Indeed, ZTE...

[Update] Here are the 10,000+ Songs that Google Pixel 2’s Now Playing Feature can Recognize

UPDATE 10/19/2017: Google reached out to us to inform us that the database is updated weekly, is regional, and can recognize tens of thousands of songs. Please read this follow-up article for more details. Google Pixel 2's newest features is called Now Playing, and what it does is automatically detects songs playing in the background and displays information...

[UPDATED] Google Pixel 2’s “Now Playing” Feature uses AmbientSense to Minimize Battery Drain

UPDATE  10/16/2017: Google has reached out to us to inform us that the 'Now Playing' is not based on AmbientSense. We have responded inquiring for more information about this feature and will update this article with their response. UPDATE 10/19/2017: We have learned more details about how Now Playing works. Please read this follow-up article for more...

Google Pixel 2 has 25 Media Volume Steps for more Granular Volume Control

Small software tweaks can sometimes make a huge difference in user experience. For years, one pain point on Android phones is the lack of granular volume control. By default, there are 15 volume steps for media, 7 for notifications, and 6 for the in-call voice. While the small number of volume steps allows one to...

[Update: Rolling Out] Google App Hints at “Hey Google” Hotword Coming to Google Assistant on Phones

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL were officially announced just 10 days ago, and while they have yet to reach the hands of consumers they are bring showcased at Verizon Wireless stores throughout the United States. We've been digging in to the Pixel 2's system applications to bring you the latest Pixel Launcher and...

[Update: Confirmed] Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Add Bluetooth Battery Level Reporting

Before the first public release of Android Oreo, we spotted something interesting in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). We discovered that Google was working on implementing Bluetooth battery level reporting so you can see the battery level of your connected Bluetooth devices without having to use a third-party application for each and every Bluetooth device....

Here’s the Google Pixel 2’s latest Pixel Launcher with the Bottom Search Bar

Just last week Google officially unveiled the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Hardware wise, there's not much that would entice existing first generation Google Pixel owners. For anyone looking to upgrade their phones, though, the second generation Pixel phones are shaping up to be compelling purchases (if you can afford it). Though...

Project Treble in Action: Google Pixel 2’s Graphics Drivers come Pre-Installed as an App

One of the biggest new Android-related features announced this year wasn't even announced at one of Google's traditional hardware or software events. Called Project Treble, it's the biggest change to Android's low-level system architecture to date. It modularizes the operating system so it is kept separate from vendor components, hopefully reducing the time it takes...

The Google Pixel 2 has a Hidden, but Disabled, Dark Theme

Did you hear? Verizon opened up their stores yesterday to live demos of the new Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. While most people were spending their times getting a feel for the phone (because that's what you're supposed to do with these kinds of promotions), we at XDA have been digging into...

Download Google Camera App with Motion Photo + Face Retouching on the Google Pixel

Google-branded smartphones weren't always known for their stellar camera quality. The Google Nexus smartphone series featured generally average picture-taking quality (though the Nexus 6P was a step above the rest). It wasn't until the company started to take a more hardware-centric focus with the Google Pixel line-up that their smartphones' camera quality would noticeably improve. Part...