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]

OnePlus Watch Review: A Promising First Attempt at a Smartwatch

It's been a few years since OnePlus deviated from its roots as a smartphone-only brand, but apart from a limited venture selling TVs in a handful of markets, the company is still primarily a smartphone and smartphone accessory brand. OnePlus' latest accessory for smartphones is a wearable device called the OnePlus Watch. Launching this week,...

Google Duo uses a new codec for better call quality over poor connections

While U.S. carriers are busy marketing their new 5G networks, the reality is that the vast majority of people won't experience the advertised speeds. There are still many parts of the U.S. — and around the world — where data speeds are slow, so to compensate, services like Google Duo use compression techniques to efficiently...

Hands-on with Google Assistant’s in-development “Memory” feature for saving reminders

The Google Assistant is loaded with features to manage your digital life, and it's soon about to get another feature that'll make it even easier to remember things you need to do. Called "Memory," the new feature is billed as "an easy way to save and find your stuff." We detailed this feature in an...

Supreme Court sides with Google over Oracle in Java API copyright dispute

Nearly 11 years after the dispute began, Google v Oracle seems to have finally come to an end. In a 6-2 decision delivered by Justice Breyer, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, granting Google victory in the over decade-long dispute over copyright infringement. Shortly after...

Android’s April 2021 security update bulletin is now live

It's the first Monday of a new month, which means it's time for another Android Security Update Bulletin. Today, Google has published the April 2021 Security Update Bulletin and has started rolling out new updates to supported Pixel phones. April 2021 Security Update Bulletin The Android Security Bulletin for the month of April 2021, which can be...

With LG gone, which smartphone are you looking at next?

The smartphone industry has just lost a key player. Last night, LG confirmed it's closing the doors on its mobile division. The Korean electronics company was one of the first brands to sell an Android smartphone, releasing the Android 1.5 Cupcake-running LG GW620 back in 2009. Since then, the company has released hundreds of phones...

LG may still deliver Android 12 updates to some devices

LG's smartphone business hasn't been doing too hot these last few years, so it came as no surprise earlier tonight when the company announced it's shutting down its mobile division. For distant observers and those of us in the media, we recognize how much the company has brought to the table and how the industry...

ARM launches the ARMv9 architecture with SVE2 and new security features

Earlier today as part of its Vision Day event, ARM disclosed some details about its new ARMv9 architecture, which the company expects will be used in over 300 billion chips this decade. The last major revision to ARM's ISA was v8, which was introduced in October of 2011 with the 64-bit AArch64 instruction set. However, ARM...

OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T get new OxygenOS 11 stable updates with loads of bug fixes

OnePlus releases new OxygenOS stable updates on a bi-monthly basis. The last stable updates for the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus 8T rolled out in early February, and today, the company announced the rollout of new OxygenOS 11 updates for the three devices. In two separate forum threads, OnePlus staff member Abdul B. said the company...

Xiaomi unveils an 80W wireless charger and its take on Apple’s failed AirPower

Earlier today, Xiaomi took the wraps off a handful of new devices, including the Mi 11 Ultra, the Mi 11 Lite series, the Mi 11i, and the Mi Band 6. The company also unveiled a device that's exclusively available in China: the Mi 11 Pro. It's similar to the Mi 11 Ultra but costs slightly...

The Mi Band 6 is Xiaomi’s new affordable fitness tracker with a bigger screen

Xiaomi may not be a household name when it comes to smartwatches, but they do own a sizable portion of the health and fitness wearable market. The company's popular Mi Band (also called Mi Smart Band in Europe) line of wearables sells like hotcakes globally thanks to their excellent bang-for-buck. Today, the company has unveiled...

Xiaomi unveils the Mi 11 Lite series with premium features at a lower price

Xiaomi is well known for its smartphones that offer great value, but at the company's "2021 New Product Launch" today, they dedicated a good portion of the event to premium flagship devices. However, the company hasn't forgotten what's behind its success, so alongside the new Mi 11i and Mi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi is taking the...