Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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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]

Coolpad’s 5G phone costs under $400 and packs impressive hardware

If you're looking for an affordable smartphone in the United States, then Coolpad is one of the brands that you'll likely come across. The company is well known as an entry-level brand, but last year, they pivoted to become a more family-oriented brand with products like the Dyno smartwatch and FamilyLabs application. While major smartphone...

Android 11 may finally remove Android’s 4GB file size limit for video recordings

In 2019, smartphone brands have made huge jumps in camera quality, especially when it comes to zoom and low-light. On the other hand, video quality hasn't been given the same amount of attention. That could change in 2020 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865's improved ISP. Yet, even as Android smartphones are shipping with larger internal...

Download the latest Google Recorder app on most Android devices

Google's latest Pixel 4 smartphones have a lot of appealing features like 90Hz refresh rate displays and Google's latest camera software, but one of the features that we've personally found to be incredibly useful is the new Google Recorder app. This app is a fully offline voice recorder with real-time transcriptions and audio search. Google's...

Google’s first Pixel Feature Drop enables dual-frequency GNSS, improved Face Unlock, and T-Mobile eSIM support for the Pixel 4

Right on schedule, Google released the December 2019 Android Security Bulletin earlier this month. In typical fashion, Google pushed an update for its Pixel smartphones immediately after publishing the security bulletin. However, Google surprisingly delayed the update for its new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, choosing instead to grab headlines a week later...

Enable Quick Wallet Access for Google Pay on any rooted Google Pixel smartphone running Android 10

During the early Android Q betas, a new gesture called "show cards & passes" was discovered in Settings. According to its description, this feature allows one to access their credit cards, passes, and tickets from Google Pay, as well as an emergency information card, in the power menu. When Google launched Android 10 for the...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Benchmarks: Comparing CPU and GPU Performance with the Kirin 990, Snapdragon 855, and Snapdragon 845

Nearly two weeks ago, Qualcomm invited tech journalists to Maui for the 2019 Snapdragon Tech Summit. At the event, the company unveiled its latest high-end SoC for mobile devices: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 865 boasts a 25% CPU performance increase and a 20% GPU performance increase over the...

OPPO is launching the Find X2 in 2020 with the Snapdragon 865, Sony’s new Image Sensor, and a better display

OPPO is a smartphone brand that isn't well-known in the West, but they're one of the key players in India and China, operating under the BBK Electronics umbrella like fellow brands OnePlus, Vivo, and Realme. The brand recently expanded to Europe, and in an effort to compete with the more premium offerings from rival smartphone...

Google expands password and phishing protection features in Chrome 79

Google Chrome 79 is rolling out in the stable channel on all platforms this week, and as always, there are loads of new browser features. Some of the most important new features are privacy and security-related. Here's a highlight of what's new. Better Password Protection in Google ChromeBack in February, Google launched the Password Checkup Chrome...

[Update: Blog Post] Google’s first Android Game SDK release is designed to help game devs improve frame pacing

Late last year, Google created a new tree in AOSP called "gamesdk." Google engineers have slowly added code to this tree over the past year, and this week, it looks like they're gearing up for the first public release. The initial release of the "Android Game SDK" will focus on helping mobile game developers improve...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865’s SPU has integrated Dual SIM, Dual Standby and supports saving driver’s licenses in Android 11

Earlier today, Qualcomm revealed the full specifications and features of their latest premium Snapdragon 800 series SoC: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. We covered all of the major details you need to know in that article, but as always, there are smaller tidbits of information that were revealed during the keynote. During the keynote,...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 765 with the Snapdragon X52 5G modem and support for 120Hz displays and 192MP cameras

Facing increased competition from MediaTek, Huawei, and Samsung in price and spec-conscientious markets like India and China, Qualcomm created a new Snapdragon 700 series of upper mid-range chipsets last year. The 700 series brings the best of Qualcomm’s premium 800 series but at a lower price point. The most recent iteration, the Snapdragon 730, even...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 865 with support for 5G, 200MP cameras, and 144Hz displays

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets are found in millions of Android smartphones and tablets thanks to the fact that Qualcomm designs chips for budget, mid-range, and premium mobile devices. Every December, Qualcomm hosts an event they call the Snapdragon Tech Summit where they announce their latest high-end mobile platforms. This year, the company has two new SoCs...