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.

Announcing the Android File Host Swag Bag Winners!

A few weeks ago, we posted an interview with file-hosting website Android File Host. Maintaining a free file-hosting service for the Android community isn't an easy task, so the Android File Host team wanted to show their appreciation to all of the users and developers who make use of their services in one way or...

7 Days Later: Hands-On with the Nextbit Robin Update + Update on Development

Last month, we reviewed the Nextbit Robin, a beautifully designed smartphone that focuses on cloud storage as its forte. At the time, we noted that the device was suffering from below-average battery life as well as slow camera performance, but that overall the device was still a solid buy (in my opinion, a better buy than...

Google Publishes May’s Android Security Bulletin – Here’s What’s New

You might remember that last year Google promised to be more transparent with patching security vulnerabilities. Google promised to deliver monthly updates fixing any vulnerabilities they discovered that affected Nexus devices. Eventually, several OEMs have gotten on board with delivering monthly security patches, and eventually the scope of the Nexus Security Bulletin was broadened to discover...

Google Keyboard 5.0 Update Brings One-Handed Mode, Adjustable Height, Key Borders, and More

Google Keyboard was somewhat of a red-headed stepchild when it was first released almost 3 years ago. It had swipe gestures and autocompletion, but both features were immature compared to the technology offered by Swype and Swiftkey. Thankfully, Google has not abandoned the project and has instead slowly been adding additional features to bring its feature...

[Giveaway] 2 Months of Android File Host Premium to Everyone + 10 Swag Bags!

Developers, Developers, Developers. We love our developers here at XDA. We're maybe not as outwardly-loud through text as Mr. Ballmer was in the linked clip, but without developers there wouldn't even be an XDA-Developers. You guys provide the backbone for our forums; your work is what draws millions to our forums every year. You guys put so...

RootJunky: How to Bypass Factory Reset Protection on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

We here at XDA are big fans of esteemed flashaholic RootJunky who specializes in teaching you how to hack your Android device. If you're the owner of a flagship Samsung or Motorola Droid device, then you might have seen him on our forums at one point. If you don't own any of those devices, then you might...

Piecing Evidence Together: The Nexus Line, HTC M1 & S1, and an Elusive Tablet

Google I/O 2016 is less than a month away, which means we've entered the final bout of new Nexus rumor hype. Today, famed device leaker @evleaks threw the Android enthusiast world into a tailspin with his latest tweet: https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/725395035022319616 Now, Mr. Blass has a penchant for leaking accurate information, so I was already on board with the...

Google Introduces MODE: Snap & Swap bands for Android Wear Smartwatches

Part of the beauty of owning a watch with standard wristband sizes is the ability to purchase new bands to swap them out with. If you don't like the look and feel of a particular band, you can always go online or to your local jeweler for something new. However, most OEMs of Android Wear smartwatches...

File Hosting and You: An Inside Look at Android File Host

There are many things we take for granted in this world. When it comes to the Internet, we expect services to be made available to us cheap (or even free), fast, and convenient. Depending on how long you've been flashing custom ROMs, you've probably downloaded tens of gigabytes of data just to get that latest...

How to Automatically Check the MD5 Sum of a Download!

Back in the middle of March, we dedicated an entire week to many awesome Tasker tips and tricks that you've likely never seen elsewhere to best enhance your smartphone's utility. Hopefully, you've learned a bit about how to work with Tasker having played with some real-world examples. Today, I'm bringing you a new idea I've come...

Could Chrome OS soon get Full Google Play Store Support?

Chrome OS merged with Android. It's every Pixel C owner's dream. But for so long, the dream has not had much in the way of solid evidence for its existence. Sure, you could sideload some Android apps using a hacky method to install apks as Chrome extensions but even with some nifty automation tools it was still quite...

Radon Lets You Share Your Links with Friends using … Ultrasound?

We're all familiar with the various wireless technologies that are available to us to transmit data between our various devices. Most commonly, we use either WiFi, Bluetooth, or NFC on our smartphones. In the future, it might be ZigBee or DECT. Whatever technology you use, they each have their benefits. However, one drawback of all of these...