Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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<p>Long-time Android enthusiast starting from all the way back to the Sprint HTC Hero. Partial to the Nexus line, but open to try anything with Android on it. XDA’s resident master of everything Tasker.</p> <p>Please direct media inquiries to mishaal@xda-developers.com</p>

[Update: OnePlus Responds] OnePlus Accidentally Pre-Installed an App that acts as a Backdoor to Root Access

It has been a little over a month since OnePlus was found to be collecting personally identifiable information for analytics. The company quickly reversed course, and in an update the company promised to be more transparent by clearly giving users the option to opt out of OxygenOS analytics. Though that debacle has since resolved, another...

[Update: LastPass Unaffected] Google is Threatening to Remove Apps with Accessibility Services from the Play Store

Some of the most innovative applications on the Play Store are built on using APIs in ways that Google never intended. There are apps that can remap your volume keys to skip music tracks, record and play back touch inputs on webpages or games, and even provide alternative navigation keys so you can use your...

Enable Google Pixel 2’s Always on Display on the Nexus 6P, Pixel, & Pixel XL without Root

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the newest smartphones in Google's Pixel smartphone series and while the hardware is mostly an incremental improvement over the previous generation Pixel phones, the software has a couple of really nifty new features. There's the new camera technology used in the phone's Portrait Mode feature, the...

Exclusive: Firmware Files show Huawei Mate 10 Pro is coming to AT&T in the U.S.

Huawei Technologies is the largest smartphone manufacturer in China and is on pace to overtake Apple as the second largest in the world. Huawei has achieved this massive growth despite the fact that none of their smartphones are available in one of the largest smartphone markets in the world: the United States. The company has...

Google was Working on a New Lift Gesture to Launch the Camera on Pixel Phones

Google is really proud of the camera prowess on its Pixel smartphone lineup, and for good reason. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are receiving rave reviews from all over for the quality of the pictures these phones can take. Thus, it's no surprise that Google would want to center many of their...

Razer Phone uses Sony’s Overlay Manager Service Theme Engine

Earlier this week, Razer Inc.—a company best known for its computer hardware products marketed at gamers—stepped into the world of mobile smartphones with the Razer Phone. It's packed full of hardware that is enticing to Android smartphone enthusiasts such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 8GBs of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery, but its...

One Handed Mode App Updated With New Ways To Use Your Phone With One Hand!

Last week, we unveiled a project we've been quietly working on for some time: the One-Handed Mode app by XDA-Developers. It is the first and only app that emulates Reachability from iOS without needing root access, a custom ROM, or the Xposed Framework. We received a lot of feedback during our initial release, some of...

Google Pixel 2 Supports Hardware Accelerated Tethering for Better Battery Life while Tethering

There's a lot about the new Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL that have yet to be uncovered. Google pulled a fast one on the tech world when they suddenly unveiled that the new smartphones had a custom image processor embedded called the Pixel Visual Core, though that has yet to be enabled. There's another interesting...

Here’s how to Force Enroll in the Android Oreo Beta for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Perhaps the most popular Android smartphone series this year, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ brought a lot to the table. The latest Samsung flagships weren't the first phone to sport a nearly bezel-less design, but they certainly made it imperative for other manufacturers to follow suit if they wanted to remain competitive design-wise. The...

Google is Eliminating Preferred Care Deductibles for Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL Warranty Repairs

Rejoice! If you own a brand new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, then we have some good news to share. Google is sending out emails to its Preferred Care customers tonight telling them that they are eliminating deductibles if you experience hardware failures due to normal wear and tear during the warranty period—now...

Developers still can’t test HDR+ through the Pixel Visual Core on Android 8.1

Just a few days back, Google released the first developer preview for Android 8.1 Oreo. The update was supposed to enable a hidden SoC on the device called the Pixel Visual Core. Developed in collaboration with Intel, this chip is dedicated exclusively to image processing. In the official blog post announcing Android 8.1 Developer Preview...

Google Pixel 2 has a Hidden Easter Egg in Active Edge Settings

Google's latest flagship Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, initially launched with Android 8.0 Oreo on board but have since received a developer preview of Android 8.1. There's a lot of subtle changes that we've documented in the release, but some changes are more hidden than others. One change we've uncovered isn't what...