Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

I am the former Editor-in-chief of XDA. In addition to breaking news on the Android OS and mobile devices, I manage all editorial and reviews content on the Portal. Tips/media inquiries: [email protected]

South Korea will force Google and Apple to accept alternative payment options

Governments around the world are scrutinizing how Google and Apple do business, thanks to outcry from developers both big and small. The arguments against Google and Apple are generally the same: They hold a monopoly on app distribution and payment options on their respective platforms, charge supracompetitive fees to developers, and unfairly restrict alternative app...

Magisk is dropping support for hiding root access from apps

Back in May, topjohnwu, the developer of Magisk, announced that he had joined Google on the Android Platform Security Team. Given that Magisk is used to root Android devices and also circumvent root detection measures in apps, many were skeptical that Google would allow the developer to continue working on the project in its current...

Goodbye Mi, hello Xiaomi: Future Xiaomi products won’t carry Mi branding

As an American in tech media, it's hard for me to grasp just how massive Xiaomi has become in such a short time. Xiaomi became the world's number one smartphone brand this year, but they have a miniscule presence in the U.S., operating a website that doesn't even offer the product the brand is most...

SVP is a new video player for Android with built-in MEMC to make videos look smoother

Almost every TV show or movie is shot in 24 fps, though chances are if you have a modern HDTV, that's not the frame rate you're watching the content in. That's because most TVs these days ship with a feature called motion smoothing that's enabled by default. Motion smoothing interpolates frames that aren't there in...

OnePlus Buds Pro update will add “Dual Connection” for simultaneously connecting to two devices

OnePlus launched its first-ever wireless earbuds with ANC last month, and they're finally about to go on sale starting next week. We just published our review of the OnePlus Buds Pro a few minutes ago, and in it, we talked about how the pairing process works and how the buds are smart enough to switch...

Android 12 will let you open multiple windows of Google Chrome like on desktop

Chrome tabs can be organized in different ways depending on the platform. On desktop, you can put tabs into groups within one or more windows which you can then rearrange using your OS's window manager. On Android, you can also put tabs into groups, but you can't open multiple instances of Chrome like you can...

Motorola’s new tablet seems to be a rebadged Lenovo tab aimed at kids

Motorola is not a household name when it comes to tablets, though they were actually the first out of the gate with a tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google's first (and only) tablet-exclusive Android OS release. Since the Xoom was released, Motorola only released two more Android tablets in the U.S.: the Droid Xyboard and...

Facebook gets slapped with another antitrust lawsuit in the U.S.

Facebook is by far the most popular social media network in the world, and its regular acquisitions of potential competitors cement its dominance. That dominance has come under scrutiny on more than one occasion, and now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has filed a new antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant. Notably, this is not the...

The 2021 Motorola Edge offers a 144Hz display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G for $699

According to analysts, Motorola is doing pretty well in the United States. The brand's success can be attributed to their strong lineup of affordable budget and mid-range 5G phones, which make up most of their smartphone portfolio. Motorola doesn't really compete at the premium smartphone tier where Samsung and Apple dominate, but they've started to...

Fossil’s “most advanced” Wear OS smartwatches just leaked on Amazon

Smartwatch makers not named Samsung or Apple are in a bit of a bind right now. Google's brand-new Wear OS 3 update is currently only available on Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 series, making it hard for us to recommend any other Wear OS smartwatch. However, Wear OS 3 isn't exclusive to Samsung's watches and will...

Google is killing off Android Auto for phone screens on Android 12

Google launched Android Auto back in 2014 as a way for smartphones to interface with car stereos. When your phone is connected to a compatible car stereo, it projects a car-optimized launcher with quick access to select multimedia and navigation apps suitable for use when driving. In late 2016, Google launched a new way to...

Google won’t include a charger in the box with the Pixel 6

Earlier today, Google unveiled the Pixel 5a with 5G. The new Pixel 5a with 5G is really similar to last year's Pixel 4a (5G): They have the same cameras, processor, port options, software, and basically the same displays. They also both come with chargers in the box, which is a fact that needs to be...