Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
451 posts

<p>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.</p> <p>Please direct media inquiries to mishaal@xda-developers.com. You can also find me on Twitter @MishaalRahman, or on Reddit at /u/MishaalRahman.</p>

How to Sync your Desktop Chrome Bookmarks with Third-Party Chrome Browsers on Android

Over the past year, third-party browsers based on Google's Chrome have exploded in popularity. This trend started after the Code Aurora Forum (CAF) began publishing Chromium builds optimized for Snapdragon devices in October of 2015. Developers interested in making the ultimate, feature-filled browser began forking the project and added features such as a night mode,...

How to add Left/Right Cursors to the Nav Bar during Text Input on Android O

One of the oldest feature additions to custom ROMs that has yet to make its way into an official release of Android is the ability to manually move your text input cursor. Depending on your ROM, you may have the ability to move the text input cursor using the volume buttons or by pressing virtual...

How to Add Page Scroll Keys to the Navigation Bar while using Chrome in Android O

We've been having a lot of fun at XDA with the new navigation bar customizer this week. From custom keys to control music playback, toggle picture-in-picture mode while using YouTube, and finally add keys to move through your e-mail conversation list, there's a ton of ways you can take advantage of the nav bar customizer to...

How to Add Custom Icons to the Navigation Bar in Android O

If you've been following our coverage of Android O, then you might have seen our tutorials on how to modify the navigation bar to toggle picture-in-picture mode, enable media control keys while playing music, and today how to add forward/previous buttons to quickly browse through your e-mails. The possible uses of a customizable navigation bar...

How to Add Forward/Backward Keys to Android O’s Nav Bar to Quickly Read Emails

If your time spent on your smartphone consists of going through a ton of e-mails, then you may find it annoying to accidentally switch messages when you're trying to see your entire e-mail message. Thanks to the new navigation bar customizer in Android O, we can add new keys to the navigation bar to perform...

How to Enable Media Playback Nav Bar Controls in Android O when Playing Music

The Android O Developer Preview has only been out for a week, but we're quickly discovering more and more potential uses for all of the new features. One of the features we've been most excited about is the new navigation bar customizer found in System UI Tuner. On initial inspection, Google's implementation seems quite barebone. While...

How to Display a Picture-in-Picture Mode Toggle while using YouTube on Android O

In our last article, we were the first to show you how you can use Android O's new picture-in-picture (PiP) mode right now on your smartphone. To recap, the method involves sending a certain key known as KEYCODE_WINDOW which is defined by the constant 171. This key code is most readily sent by enabling the hidden...

Android O’s Picture-in-Picture Mode can be Enabled Right Now, Here’s How

Feature image: Picture-in-picture mode on an Android TV Picture-in-picture mode (PiP) is a feature of some television receivers allowing the device to display one program in an inset window while another program is running. This feature made its way to Android TV devices starting in Android 7.0 Nougat, but Google recently announced that the feature will...

[Finally] Google Home now Defers to Google Assistant for Reminders, Calls, Texts and More

The Google Home has been one of my favorite purchases in recent memory. When support for third-party integrations was announced, I was excited for the possibilities it would bring for power users like myself. While I've been busy tinkering away with getting my own custom voice commands, many regular users of the Google Home have...

Send us a Tip to get a Month of XDA Ad-Free

Everyone has their own story of how they found their way onto the XDA-Developers Forums. Most of you probably found the XDA Forums when looking up how to unlock your bootloader, root your phone, and/or flash a custom ROM or kernel. We have forums for a huge variety of devices from many different manufacturers (and we're...

Google App v6.16 Prepares for Phone Authentication for Assistant Payments, Creating IFTTT Actions, and Screenshot Crop/Edit

The Google App is one of the most frequently updated applications, especially thanks to its beta channel, and it's one of the more interesting apps to pay attention to because of how many functions it supports. Google App is necessary for the Google Assistant to work on your device, and with the beta release of...

How to Customize the Size of the Quick Settings Button Layout on Samsung Galaxy Devices

Google introduced actionable quick settings toggles from the notification bar in Android Lollipop, but Samsung devices have had this feature for much longer. In the most recent version of Samsung's software (now called Samsung Experience, though most of us still think of it as Touchwiz) based on Android 7.0 Nougat, users are able to customize...