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 [email protected] You can also find me on Twitter @MishaalRahman, or on Reddit at /u/MishaalRahman.

Google Camera app shows up on some Chromebooks like the Pixelbook

The Google Pixel smartphones owe much of their camera prowess to the excellent software behind the Google Camera app. The camera app's HDR+ and Portrait Mode features make the Google Pixel a top-tier smartphone in terms of picture performance, and it's why everyone wants to see the app ported to their smartphone. In comparison, the...

Mysterious new LG flagship with POLED notched display, Google Assistant button, and Snapdragon 845 appears online

While much of the attention is centered around the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch and the long-awaited Fortnite Mobile on Android unveiling, the other Korean technology giant, LG, is quietly working on their own flagship smartphone—the LG V40 ThinQ. The upcoming flagship smartphone will reportedly have a total of five cameras—three on the rear and...

ARCore 1.4 adds support for its first Chromebook, Google Pixel 3, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and more

ARCore is Google's platform for augmented reality applications. Unlike its predecessor, Google Tango, it doesn't need dedicated hardware to support AR. It uses the existing camera hardware and sensors on your device, making it compatible with a range of devices. Version 1.4 of the application is starting to roll out and it brings support for...

Google Pixel & Google Pixel XL now support official LineageOS 15.1

After adding support for devices with A/B partitions (which you can learn more about here), LineageOS 15.1 now officially supports the first-generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel smartphones now join the Motorola Moto Z2 Force and Xiaomi Mi A1 as the first batch of A/B smartphones that support the custom ROM. We expect...

Enable YouTube dark theme on Android without root or modified APKs

Back in March, Google announced that the YouTube mobile app for Android and iOS would get a dark mode. That dark theme rolled out for iOS users almost immediately but has taken months to reach the Android version. In fact, Google only recently started testing the dark theme for a handful of users. For those...

Every upcoming/unreleased Android smartphone and tablet we’re monitoring

Android smartphone and tablet leaks can be exciting, but there are so many new devices on the horizon that it can be a real headache to keep up with them all. There's the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3, Nokia 9, Sony Xperia XZ3, Huawei Mate 20, and Motorola One Power just to name a...

Fortnite Mobile on Android may not be available on the Google Play Store

The immensely popular free-to-play battle royale game 'Fortnite' will be launching soon on Android. Epic Games announced back in May that Fortnite Mobile on Android would launch this summer but the company has yet to officially announce a release date. Our own source informs us that the game will launch as an exclusive for the...

Google Pixel 3 XL Clearly White model leaks in new pictures

Early last month, the first live photos of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL (code-named "crosshatch") were posted on the XDA-Developers forums. The pictures confirmed rumors such as the display notch, dual front-facing camera lenses, the sensor placement, a 4GB RAM and 128GB storage model, and the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. The pictures also showed off what...

The “Pixel Stand” may be a Charging Dock for the Google Pixel 3

Ever since Apple re-popularized wireless charging with the iPhone X, many Android smartphone manufacturers have rushed to introduce the feature in their devices. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is the first Xiaomi device with wireless charging, for instance. Google stopped including wireless charging support on their devices with the Google Nexus 5X and Google Nexus...

Gboard tests dynamic nav bar colors based on current keyboard theme

Around two weeks ago, we reported on an in-development feature in Google's Gboard app that automatically colored the software navigation bar's background white for light-colored keyboard themes and black for dark-colored keyboard themes. Since we first spotted this feature, Google has rolled out additional updates to the Gboard app which continue work on the feature....

Google tests new way to launch Google Now-like search cards in Google Assistant

The transition from Google Now to Google Assistant, while ultimately for the better, resulted in some useful features being dropped. The best Google Now feature that was unfortunately dropped was the predictive search cards—a stack of cards that offered personalized information and alerts. The new Google Feed hasn't truly replaced the old predictive search card...

Three New AR Sticker Packs are coming to the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2

During Google's hardware launch event in October 2017, the company showed off augmented reality stickers in the Google Camera app running on the Google Pixel 2. The first AR sticker packs later became available in December with the release of Stranger Things and Star Wars AR sticker packs along with Foodmoji and Word Art. These sticker packs...