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.

How to Enable Media Playback Nav Bar Controls in Android O when Playing Music

The Android O Developer Preview has only been out for a week, but we're quickly discovering more and more potential uses for all of the new features. One of the features we've been most excited about is the new navigation bar customizer found in System UI Tuner. On initial inspection, Google's implementation seems quite barebone. While...

How to Display a Picture-in-Picture Mode Toggle while using YouTube on Android O

In our last article, we were the first to show you how you can use Android O's new picture-in-picture (PiP) mode right now on your smartphone. To recap, the method involves sending a certain key known as KEYCODE_WINDOW which is defined by the constant 171. This key code is most readily sent by enabling the hidden...

Android O’s Picture-in-Picture Mode can be Enabled Right Now, Here’s How

Feature image: Picture-in-picture mode on an Android TV Picture-in-picture mode (PiP) is a feature of some television receivers allowing the device to display one program in an inset window while another program is running. This feature made its way to Android TV devices starting in Android 7.0 Nougat, but Google recently announced that the feature will...

[Finally] Google Home now Defers to Google Assistant for Reminders, Calls, Texts and More

The Google Home has been one of my favorite purchases in recent memory. When support for third-party integrations was announced, I was excited for the possibilities it would bring for power users like myself. While I've been busy tinkering away with getting my own custom voice commands, many regular users of the Google Home have...

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Everyone has their own story of how they found their way onto the XDA-Developers Forums. Most of you probably found the XDA Forums when looking up how to unlock your bootloader, root your phone, and/or flash a custom ROM or kernel. We have forums for a huge variety of devices from many different manufacturers (and we're...

Google App v6.16 Prepares for Phone Authentication for Assistant Payments, Creating IFTTT Actions, and Screenshot Crop/Edit

The Google App is one of the most frequently updated applications, especially thanks to its beta channel, and it's one of the more interesting apps to pay attention to because of how many functions it supports. Google App is necessary for the Google Assistant to work on your device, and with the beta release of...

How to Customize the Size of the Quick Settings Button Layout on Samsung Galaxy Devices

Google introduced actionable quick settings toggles from the notification bar in Android Lollipop, but Samsung devices have had this feature for much longer. In the most recent version of Samsung's software (now called Samsung Experience, though most of us still think of it as Touchwiz) based on Android 7.0 Nougat, users are able to customize...

How to enable Quick Reply from the Lockscreen on Samsung Galaxy Devices running Nougat

Android Nougat was a huge update for fans of the stock Android experience. Besides official multi-window support and a whole host of other changes, the update also brought a new quick reply feature to allow you to reply to messages from the notification shade without opening the app in question. Before the 5th Android N Developer Preview,...

How to Automatically Enhance your Photos in Snapseed

I suck at photo editing (and photography in general) and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I haven't bothered learning how to use manual camera controls or edit raw images like some of my colleagues have. Like most people, I use the default features of my camera, with all options set to automatic, to let the software...

AgileBits shows off what Android O’s Autofill Framework will look like

AgileBits, the developers behind 1Password, are showing off what Android O's new password autofill framework will look like once implemented. For those of you who aren't familiar, the Android O was recently announced earlier this week and one of the changes outlined in the Developer Preview is the new Autofill Framework. Since Android O is...

How to Automatically Find Beta Updates for All Installed Apps

Beta testing channels of Android apps are the best way for users to test out the newest feature weeks or months in advance, and for developers to test their software with a smaller audience before rolling out their feature to everyone. Google used to make enrolling in beta updates an incredibly frustrating experience. You would...

[Update: Real-time Location Sharing] Google Maps v9.49 beta Finally Remembers your ‘Avoid Tolls’ Preference and Saves your Parking Location

Google apps get minor point updates on a nearly daily basis, so most of the time when a new update is released on our devices we don't bat an eyelid. Hence, normally we generally don't what changes with minor updates to Google apps, because they happen so often that usually there's nothing really interesting to...