Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

I am the 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]

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Review – The Smartwatch Upgrade That Wear OS Needs

It's been over 6 years since Android came to wearables, and yet smartwatches running Google's Wear OS only account for 10% of the total smartwatch market. With Google themselves declining to launch their own smartwatch, Mobvoi and Fossil have been the two standard-bearers for Wear OS smartwatches. The two brands have done everything they could...

Google Home 2.28 corroborates that Android TV will be branded as Google TV on the new Chromecast

Google started rolling out version 2.28 of the Google Home app today. New strings within the APK strongly suggest that Android TV will be rebranded as Google TV, at least on Google's upcoming Chromecast dongle.The new strings, which are embedded below, reference "Google TV" in the description and "atv" (Android TV) in the titles. We...

This is One UI 3.0 (Beta) on the Galaxy S20 – Samsung’s Android 11 update!

Google released the stable version of Android 11 for its Pixel smartphones last week, but for most Android users, the wait continues. The world's largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has yet to formally announce the latest version of its Android-based software called "One UI," though last month they quietly opened up pre-registrations for a One UI...

ColorOS 11 Review – This is OPPO’s take on Android 11!

OPPO today unveiled the latest version of its Android-based software called ColorOS. The new version, called ColorOS 11, is based on Google's stable Android 11 release. That means it includes stock Android 11 features like one-time permission prompts, smart home power menu controls, and bubble notifications, but OPPO has also added a plethora of new...

Google Lens tests a new design with easier access to the gallery

Back at Google I/O 2019, Google revamped the UI of Lens, its visual search tool that can scan text and images to shop items, look up something on the web, translate, extract text, and more. While the company was unable to host its I/O event this year, they still released new features and modes for...

The first Android 11 custom ROM is already here

It was only a few days ago that Google pushed the stable Android 11 update to its Pixel phones and uploaded the source code for the release to AOSP, but a developer on XDA has already cooked up the first Android 11 custom ROM to be released on our forums. XDA Member abhishek987 built a pure...

EMUI 11 Hands-on: Huawei’s latest Android update makes multitasking easier

At its annual Developer Conference today, Huawei unveiled EMUI 11, the company's latest Android-based software release for smartphones and tablets. EMUI, formerly called Emotion UI, is now in its 9th iteration, having initially released back in 2012 using Google's Android 2.3 as a base. After Google released Android 8 Oreo back in 2017, Huawei bumped...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 for “Always On, Always Connected” 5G PCs

In 2018, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx compute platform, the company's highest-end chipset aimed not at smartphones or tablets but rather laptops. The Snapdragon 8cx was actually Qualcomm's third attempt at designing a chip for consumer PCs, following the Snapdragon 835 and Snapdragon 850. In conjunction with Microsoft, Qualcomm has been working to create a...

The ASUS ZenFone 7 flagship smartphones tout a motorized Flip Camera and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865

The ASUS ZenFone series has been a solid contender in the affordable flagship space for a few generations, but ASUS devices have generally flown under the radar for various reasons. The ASUS ZenFone 6, or ASUS 6Z as it is called in India, was a prime example of an underrated smartphone, giving us some of...

Galaxy Tab S7 Unveiled – Samsung’s answer to Apple’s iPad Pro

At its second Galaxy Unpacked event of the year, Samsung officially unveiled its latest flagship Android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+. These two tablets represent the best of what Samsung has to offer, which makes them the de facto best Android tablets on the market since, apart from...

Pixelworks announces the i6 display processor with AI-based visual enhancements

Pixelworks is a California-based company that specializes in developing video processing technology. In the mobile industry, Pixelworks is best known for its line of display processing chips and software-based picture quality enhancements, which have been used in smartphones from TCL, OnePlus, OPPO, Black Shark, HMD Global, ASUS, and ZTE. Today, the company unveiled its new...

ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro Review – A Flipping Fantastic Flagship Smartphone

Smartphone design has come a long way since Apple unveiled its first iPhone in 2007. Android phones used to have thick bezels and tiny displays; now they're so massive they blur the line between tablet and phone. Each year, new advancements in smartphone design and display technology give OEMs the ability to trim down bezels...