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]

Google is rolling out Nearby Share, its file-sharing AirDrop clone for Android 6.0+

Last year, we learned that Google was preparing a new file-sharing service for Android. This file-sharing service was originally called "Fast Share" during early iterations, but Google eventually rebranded it to "Nearby Share" during the course of development. We got an early glimpse of the feature in January, and in late June, Google started testing the...

Google Phone app rolls out a new “Flip to Silence” setting for non-Pixel phones

Back in April, we spotted a new feature in development for the Google Phone app called "Flip to Silence." This feature is supposed to let users silence the ringtone from an incoming phone call by flipping the phone over. When we examined the code for this feature, we determined that the setting will only show...

Source: The LG Wing will cost around $1,000 when it launches in the U.S. this fall

Do a Google search for "smartphones are boring" and you'll find a handful of articles lamenting the state of smartphone design. 2020 has upended our expectations of what's normal, though, with smartphone makers taking advantage of advancements in display tech to experiment with new form factors and designs. The industry seems to be trending toward...

This is Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 10T Pro flagship smartphone

Xiaomi's Mi 10 series is the company's current flagship lineup, and it consists of the Mi 10, the Mi 10 Pro, the Mi 10 Lite, the Mi 10 Lite Zoom, and the Mi 10 Ultra. Xiaomi isn't quite done expanding its Mi 10 series, though. Recent rumors point to the company launching a new "Mi...

Nubia Red Magic 5S gaming smartphone with the Snapdragon 865, 144Hz display launches globally for €579/$579

Over the summer, Nubia unveiled its latest gaming smartphone, the Red Magic 5S, which was subsequently made available in China. Now, Nubia is launching that device globally along with a sleek cooling attachment to keep you gaming longer. Design-wise, the Nubia Red Magic 5S has a definite gamer-aesthetic, at least in the Pulse color variant. The...

Google posts factory images, Android 11 beta, and kernel sources for Pixel 4a

Earlier this month, Google launched the Pixel 4a (code-name "sunfish"), the company's second mid-range Pixel smartphone. At a price of $349, you get a 5.81" OLED display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, a 3140 mAh battery, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Google's excellent camera and software support....

The Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 just leaked again, revealing the design and specs

Tonight, we were treated to the first live photo of the Google Pixel 4a 5G and Google Pixel 5. A Redditor shared (and has since deleted) a photo that seemingly shows the Pixel 5 in black and Pixel 4a 5G in white. The photo, which can be seen in the featured image as well as...

Developer brings Dark Sky for Android back from the dead

Earlier this year, Apple acquired Dark Sky, a popular hyperlocal weather app available on iOS and Android. With the acquisition, the Dark Sky app for Android was shut down earlier this month on August 1st. The Android app is no longer available on the Google Play Store, and users who try to open the app...

Huawei’s temporary general license has expired, and that could spell trouble for its older Android phones

Last year, the Trump administration placed Huawei and its subsidiaries on the U.S. Commerce Department's "Entity List," which blocked Google from licensing Google Mobile Services for new Huawei device models made available after May 16, 2019. The U.S. government granted Huawei a temporary general license (TGL) which it then renewed several times over the last...

Android 11 on the Google Pixel vastly improves Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro Controller support

With cloud gaming at the forefront of mobile gaming discussions thanks to the upcoming launch of Microsoft's xCloud service, we've been looking into the state of controller support on Android. Back in Android 11 Beta 1, we noticed that Google added a whopping 84 new controller mappings, meaning that the new Android release can recognize...

Download the Google Pixel 4a’s new Eclipse Live Wallpaper on any device

The new Google Pixel 4a should reach the hands of consumers who pre-ordered the phone next week, so there shouldn't be any surprises left for us to discover. However, there was one small discovery that slipped under the radar until now: the existence of a new live wallpaper called "Eclipse." Google Pixel 4a Forums This live wallpaper...

[Update: Most Phones] Google Phone app can now be installed on non-Pixel phones from the Play Store

The Google Phone app is Google's default dialer application that's pre-installed on Pixel smartphones, Android One smartphones, and more recently, Xiaomi smartphones sold in Europe. It isn't usually possible to install the application on other devices without using either a modified application or a Magisk Module, but today we found out that the latest version...