Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
222 posts

Long-time Android enthusiast starting from all the way back to the Sprint HTC Hero. Partial to the Nexus line, but open to try anything with Android on it. XDA's resident master of everything Tasker. Please direct media inquiries to mishaal@xda-developers.com

How to Enable System-Wide Immersive Mode without Root

As phone screens have become larger and larger, sometimes we want to hide the status and navigation bar so we can view our content using the entirety of the crisp, beautiful HD screen. Starting with Android 4.4, applications could implement Immersive Mode to truly bring a full-screen experience to an end-user. Unfortunately, Google and OEMs have...

Enable “OK Google” Always-on Hotword Detection on Huawei/Honor Phones [No Root]

Last week, I showed you how to force OK Google hotword detection to work on any device when its screen was off. While it can certainly be useful in some cases, it requires users to have root access to enable and is also somewhat battery hungry because it prevents your device from entering a deep sleep...

Enable Double Tap to Wake on some Huawei and Honor Devices [Root]

Double tap to wake is one of those features that you never knew you needed until you actually have it. The feature is especially useful in larger screen devices, as it makes it easier to turn the screen on across the table without having to fiddle with the buttons. While most LG devices have a double...

How to Hide the Navigation Bar in EMUI 5.0 [No Root]

What was once considered a niche category is now practically the mainstream, as bigger screen phones continue to storm the smartphone market. Huawei's latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 9, features a large 6.0" screen that would naturally make it more difficult to use the phone one-handed if it wasn't thanks to Huawei's ingenious implementation of...

How to Double the WiFi Speed of your OnePlus 3/3T (Under Certain Conditions)

When tweaking the software of a new smartphone, sometimes companies have to make decisions that they feel will be in the best interest of the majority of their customers. Sometimes those decisions are ill-advised, and are fixed in OTA updates after they are pointed out. Other times there's a legitimate reason why the default settings are...

How to Change the Font Style on EMUI 5.0 [No Root]

One of the key features of Huawei's Emotion UI (EMUI) is the ability to install custom themes onto the device. Themers can package their work into .hwt files that can then be applied by EMUI's theme manager application. Users can customize the lock screen style, wallpapers, icons, background colors, and finally the font. However, some users who...

Hangouts v17 Prepares for Better Integration of Chat Messages During Voice Calls

While it's fun to rag on Hangouts, the Google application is still a powerful instant messaging app for casual users. Due to its wide installation base (from being pre-installed on millions of Android devices), Google Hangouts makes it easy to chat or voice call with a large number of people. Version 17 of the Android application...

How to Play Music or Podcasts over Bluetooth on your Car Stereo without A2DP Support

One of the more frustrating experiences with purchasing a car is dealing with the "upgrade" packages that may seem unnecessarily expensive. While playing audio over Bluetooth has been around for quite some time, many of the "newer" cars that came out would not offer support for the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) which is the Bluetooth profile...

How to Cast ANY Video/Playlist from the YouTube App to your Google Home

One of the most frustrating parts of dealing with any new Google product is the lack of features that one would think would be an obvious inclusion. Those of you who have purchased the Google Home are probably thrilled that the device can act as a Google Cast receiver, enabling you to choose your favorite songs...

PSPDFKit, the PDF Framework used in Dropbox and Evernote, is now Available in a Standalone App [XDA Spotlight]

The beauty of Android lies in its intents system. Unlike iOS, Android has the ability to replace most default applications with third-party software. In Android, applications can define intent filters that allow them to react to certain events such as tapping a URL or opening a file. Applications that can handle opening PDF files are quite numerous,...

How to Force ‘OK Google’ Hotword Detection to work when the Screen is Off on any Device [Root]

When the Moto X (2013) was first announced, one of the most exciting features (besides Ambient Display) was its ability to wake up to voice commands. Later introduced in Google Nexus devices and now available in many flagships, hotword recognition capability is a pretty awesome feature for when you need to make a quick Google search...

How to Add more Steps to your Volume Slider [Root]

In my quest to discover interesting tweaks to share with the XDA-Developers community, I frequently came across one request across many different forums: "How do I add more steps to the volume slider?" - No one in particular While looking up methods to reliably add more volume granularity, I found that most of the applications on the...