Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

Editor-in-chief at XDA-Developers. I follow AOSP and the Chromium Gerrit to uncover new features, and I also routinely analyze Android applications and device firmware to do the same. Tips/media inquiries: [email protected]

HMD Global, maker of Nokia Android smartphones, raises $230 million from Google, Qualcomm, and others

Finnish company HMD Global released its first Android smartphone in early 2017, the Nokia 6. Since then, the Nokia licensee has sold tens of millions of Android smartphones (and millions more feature phones), according to data collected by research firm Counterpoint Research. HMD Global's smartphone business has seen success largely thanks to the power of the...

What’s new in Android 11 Beta 3: New Easter egg, emojis, and media player behavior

On Thursday, Google released the last Android 11 beta build before the rumored stable release next month. Whereas last month's Android 11 Beta 2 release brought the final SDK, NDK, app-facing surfaces, platform behaviors, and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces, Android 11 Beta 3 simply includes bug fixes in preparation for the stable update. Google did...

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the first smartphone with the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900

At Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung unveiled the second-gen model of its horizontally folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold. The new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features substantial improvements over the first-gen model, with fixes for the display peeling issue, a thin layer of Ultra-Thin Glass for protection, an improved hinge design with support for Samsung's "Flex Mode",...

New OxygenOS updates for the OnePlus 7 & 7T series add OnePlus Buds support, new clock styles, Chromatic reading effect, more

OnePlus is now rolling out a new OxygenOS stable update to its 2019 flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro. The latest updates bring the OnePlus 7 series to OxygenOS version 10.0.7 (in Europe) or 10.3.4 (in India and other regions), the OnePlus 7T to OxygenOS version 10.0.12...

Samsung says they just got U.S. FDA approval for the Galaxy Watch 3’s ECG monitoring app

Samsung just announced its latest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 3, at its second Galaxy Unpacked event of the year. Once again, Samsung made the best smartwatch for Android users, and it doesn't even run Google's Wear OS. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 packs loads of fitness features, but three of its best health monitoring features...

Samsung commits to delivering 3 generations of Android OS updates with the Galaxy Note 20

Samsung just wrapped up its second Galaxy Unpacked event of the year, where the Korean technology company unveiled 5 news devices: the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Galaxy Buds Live, and the Galaxy Watch 3. One of the most exciting...

Google releases Flutter 1.20 stable with new features and developer tools

Flutter, Google's cross-platform UI toolkit, has reached version 1.20 stable. In the previous stable release, Google introduced substantial performance improvements, improved support for Metal on iOS, and new Material widgets. Today's Flutter 1.20 stable release includes more performance improvements, several UI enhancements, an update to the Visual Studio Code extension, autofill for mobile text fields,...

[Update: Official] Files by Google starts rolling out a Safe Folder to hide your private files

Files by Google is a file manager app for Android that started out as a simple file cleaner and browser for Android Go Edition devices, but it has grown so popular over the years that Google essentially made it the de facto file manager app in Google Mobile Services. The app has received a handful...

T-Mobile launches the first nationwide standalone (SA) 5G network

Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are competing to deliver next-generation 5G connectivity to hundreds of millions of Americans. While Verizon is deploying its high-throughput, low-latency mmWave network in new U.S. cities every month, T-Mobile and AT&T are rapidly expanding their slower but more accessible sub-6GHz networks across the country. T-Mobile, in particular, has aggressively upgraded its...

The Razer Kishi mobile gaming controller is now available in a special “Designed for Xbox” edition

Back at CES, Razer announced the Kishi, an extending game controller for smartphones. The Kishi is what's called a "telescopic" gaming controller, meaning it extends to mount smartphones of various sizes. Unlike many other gaming controllers, the Razer Kishi is not wireless. Rather, it connects to your phone's charging port. Because of this, Razer made...

The new Google Assistant will soon support German, French, Spanish, and Italian on the Pixel 4a/4

Today, Google lifted the veil on the Pixel 4a, the company's second-ever mid-range Pixel smartphone. They also surprisingly teased the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 for a fall launch. But new hardware isn't all that Google announced today. The company also announced software updates to two of its nifty AI-powered features: Live Caption...

Live Caption can transcribe phone calls on the Google Pixel 4a

At last year's Google I/O, Google unveiled Live Caption, an accessibility feature that transcribes audio playing back on the device. Using Android's AudioPlaybackCaptureConfiguration API, Live Caption captures audio from the device and runs it through three on-device machine learning models to generate captions from any English-language speech that's recognized. The first devices to get support...