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.

LineageOS 15.1 Changelog 18: Reader Mode, “Chrome Home” in Jelly, Per-app network restrictions, and more

On all supported devices, LineageOS 15.1 is released on a weekly basis. It can be hard to keep up with what's new in the popular AOSP-based custom ROM unless you religiously follow their Gerrit, so the team has put together a changelog to keep you updated on what's new in the ROM. Today, the team...

ZTE Axon 7’s Android Oreo beta update has been leaked

The ZTE Axon 7's Android Oreo update is finally here, although you'll have to jump through some hoops to get it. A developer on our forums has managed to get their hands on a leaked build of the closed Android Oreo beta for the device, and he is providing it for all users to install. Screenshots...

Essential Phone 2 canceled as Andy Rubin considers selling the company

Andy Rubin's ambitious startup, Essential, is reportedly up for sale. According to Bloomberg, the company has worked on a successor to its debut smartphone, the Essential PH-1 (Essential Phone), but has since canceled it and shifted engineers towards developing a smart home product. While there's still a chance for the rumored Essential Phone 2 to see...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 710 with a multi-core AI Engine

Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 710, the first system-on-chip in their new 700-tier chipset series. The 710 is the company's latest chipset in the upper mid-range market of smart devices, succeeding the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 found on devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Xiaomi Mi 6X, and BQ Aquaris X2 Pro. The 710,...

Qualcomm is able to release the Snapdragon 845 source code in 6 weeks

Qualcomm's latest high-end system-on-chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, was announced at the Snapdragon Tech Summit back in December. The chipset offers 4 Kryo 385 (A75 “performance”) and 4 Kryo 385 (A55 “efficiency”) CPU cores, the latest Adreno 630 GPU, the Spectra 280 ISP, the Hexagon 685 DSP, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and a new Secure...

Navigation Gestures by XDA brings iPhone X-style gesture controls to Android devices

Navigation gestures are all the rage these days. Everyone has them: Apple, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Huawei, and now Google in Android P. Everyone does them differently, too. We thought we would offer our own take on gesture navigation with the Navigation Gestures app, built in-house at XDA. The app brings customizable gesture control to any Android...

The OnePlus 6 is official with a 6.28″ notched display, Snapdragon 845, and dual rear cameras

The latest OnePlus flagship device, the OnePlus 6, has been announced. The official product page for the device has already gone live, which you can check out here. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, features up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and has a large 6.28-inch notched OLED display with...

Bullets Wireless are stylish Bluetooth earphones designed by OnePlus

The OnePlus 6 was announced today and its product page has already gone live here (and so has our initial hands-on review), but the smartphone won’t be the only new OnePlus device that’ll be coming. No, the company isn’t launching another variant of their latest flagship smartphone. Instead, they’re launching a new model of their Bullets line...

Google Photos’ Object Removal feature never came because it was deprioritized

This week was jam-packed full of exciting announcements from Google at the company's annual I/O developer conference. The annual gathering of developers, journalists, industry members, and Google employees is a great place to talk about the latest products, features, and services from Google. Artificial intelligence and machine learning were big focuses this year, and one...

Google is starting to require that OEMs roll out regular security patches

At the annual Google I/O developer conference, the company holds several sessions about updates to the Android platform. During the "What's new in Android Security" talk, Google's head of Android platform security David Kleidermacher talked about the upcoming security changes in the Android P release. Near the beginning of the talk, Mr. Kleidermacher discussed how...

Android App Bundle & Google Play Dynamic Delivery will reduce app size to help increase user retention

As a developer, it's up to you to do everything in your power to improve user retention. Keeping the install-to-uninstall ratio as low as possible is important for your app to be ranked highly. New users are joining the Android ecosystem by the millions each year as Google continues expanding into markets such as India...

Android Jetpack is a set of Android components designed with Kotlin in mind, available with Android Studio 3.2

Google's annual I/O developer conference is where the company unveils their latest tools and features for Android developers, and this year is no exception. Today, the company announced Android Jetpack, a set of components to accelerate app development. Jetpack is designed with Kotlin in mind to help you simplify your code. The latest Android Studio...