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.

Samsung Bixby Hilariously Prevents a Baseball Card Tracking app from being Installed on the Galaxy S8

Not to be one-upped by the likes of Google, Amazon, or Apple, Samsung introduced its own virtual assistant service called "Bixby" ahead of the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+. At launch, Bixby was rather incomplete especially since the voice command feature took several weeks to roll out, but Samsung is continuing work on Bixby...

Google is Deprecating the Bottom Address Bar ‘Chrome Home’ in Favor of a New ‘Chrome Duplex’ Interface

As smartphones with an 18:9 display aspect ratio continue to be released, we are seeing many applications receive redesigns that move buttons to the bottom of the screen. A notable example is the Pixel Launcher with the bottom search bar that was released alongside the Google Pixel 2. Another example that has actually been in...

Customize the Google Pixel 2’s Active Edge to do any action with Edge Sense Plus [XDA Spotlight]

It's no secret that Google and HTC have been working together on the Pixel 2. The two companies recently finalized a massive deal which saw the transfer of core HTC engineers over to Google, after all. With how tightly Google controls the design and development of the Pixel smartphones, it's sometimes difficult to see where...

Exclusive: Huawei P20 will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo and EMUI 8.1

After Huawei's disastrous attempt at launching the Mate 10 Pro in the United States, the company is hoping to make waves with its upcoming P series flagship devices. Rumored to come in 3 variants according to WinFuture writer Roland Quandt, the Huawei P20 is expected to be unveiled on March 27th at an event in...

And here’s a list of unannounced 2018 Samsung Galaxy devices

Following up on my previous post detailing which Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets may receive the Android Oreo update, I also have a list of code-names for many unreleased devices. These code-names were obtained from the same place where I found out which Galaxy devices might get Oreo: the framework-res pulled from a leaked beta...

Here’s a list of Samsung Galaxy devices that may receive Android Oreo according to leaked firmware

Android 8.0 Oreo was announced in August of last year. Since then, multiple companies (such as Sony and HTC) have either confirmed which devices will receive the Oreo update, or have started to actually roll out the update (such as OnePlus and Nokia). However, the largest Android smartphone OEM, Samsung, has only rolled out an...

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ may let you Adjust the Depth of Stickers or Images Added to Photos

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be unveiled on February 25—less than a month away. Much of the attention is on their cameras, with the smaller Galaxy S9 model having a "Super Speed Dual Pixel" 12MP sensor with a f1.5/2.4 variable aperture, and the larger Galaxy S9+ model having some sort of...

Samsung Galaxy S9 may have an “Intelligent Scan” feature which combines Face Unlock and Iris Scanner

An interesting tip was just sent our way by XDA Senior Member mweinbach. According to an APK teardown of the most recent Settings app from the latest unreleased Android Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there appears to be a new feature in works for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+....

ZTE Axon 7 A2017U update fixes Blueborne and KRACK Vulnerabilities

The ZTE Axon 7 A2017U is a sleeper hit on our forums. Its XDA forum is home to a vibrant enthusiast community, but not every Axon 7 user is willing to run unofficial software on their devices. For those of you still running the stock MiFavor software, then you'll be happy to know that a...

Mysterious ZTE Smartphone running Android 8.1 Oreo receives WiFi certification

ZTE is a company that flies under the radar for many Android enthusiasts, but they're actually one of the largest smartphone device makers in the world. Based in China, the company offers a few devices that our readers might have heard of: the Axon 7 and more recently the Axon M. The Axon 7 was...

Google May Remove Access To Undocumented/Hidden APIs In Android P

While some Android enthusiasts are speculating what dessert the next version of Android will be named after, there are some interesting developments going on behind-the-scenes. We've spotted a few note-worthy upcoming features in Android P, but a more recent discovery in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) has proven far more interesting. According to these...

Rest in peace: XDA Recognized Developer nkk71 has passed away

The XDA-Developer forums are populated by millions of users across a wide range of devices from OnePlus, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Google, LG, Sony, HTC, and others. What brings people together on our forums is the incredible work of hobbyist developers who share their apps, ROMs, kernels, and other modifications. Most of our readers are probably...