Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

I am the 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]

Razer is working on a new pair of colorful over-ear headphones

Ahead of the launch of its new Hammerhead True Wireless X earbuds earlier today, Razer pushed an update to its Razer Audio app on Google Play. The changelog for version 3.2.0.924 of the app lists the devices the app is compatible with, and one of those devices hasn't been released yet. The app now supports...

Android Auto on a Tesla? This proof-of-concept shows how it could work

The software running on in vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems is often custom-made by the car maker, and it's usually not very good. A lot of the OSes you'll found in cars have their roots in Automotive Grade Linux, though Tesla, the most popular electric car maker in the U.S., made its own homebrew Linux distro...

Sony’s WF-1000XM4 are premium wireless earbuds with ANC and a whole lot more

Sony has unveiled the WF-1000XM4, the latest product in the company's long lineup of true wireless earbuds. These earbuds are the direct successor to the WF-1000XM3 released nearly two years ago. Those earbuds were widely regarded as one of the best audio accessories the average person could buy, and Sony is now following them up...

Google Assistant prepares to add quick phrases and dynamic shortcuts

Google is rolling out version 12.22.5 of the Google App today, and it confirms development of two new features we're expecting to land soon in Google Assistant. Quick phrases Back in April, a mysterious "voice shortcuts" page appeared for many users in Google Assistant's settings. The page linked users to internal Google documentation for a feature code-named...

These Apple devices are eligible for iOS 15, macOS Monterey, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8

Today was a big day in the world of Apple news. At its annual WWDC 2021 developer conference, Apple unveiled new versions of its operating systems for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The latest versions of each are iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8, and the first developer preview beta...

June 2021 security update goes live for Google Pixel phones

Today's the first Monday of June 2021, which means it's time for a new Android Security Bulletin to go live. Right on schedule, Google has published the June 2021 Android Security Bulletin. They've also started rolling out new updates to currently supported Pixel phones, though as a bonus, the latest update to Pixel phones also...

Pixel Feature Drop adds new features to Google Camera, Google Photos, and more

Once every 3 months, Google releases a "Pixel Feature Drop" update that adds tons of new exclusive features on Pixel phones. The last update rolled out in March, meaning we're due a big update today. Right on schedule, Google has released a new Pixel Feature Drop update alongside the June 2021 Android Security Bulletin. In today's...

Google Camera update may let you take Astrophotography time-lapses

After Google launched the Pixel 4 series in 2019, the company started to regularly release new software features in what's called a "Pixel Feature Drop." The first such release happened in December of 2019, while the most recent one happened in the beginning of March 2021. We're expecting the next Pixel Feature Drop to land...

Google Chrome can now warn you before you install untrusted extensions

It's difficult if not impossible to totally prevent your data from ever leaking online, so the best thing you can do is take steps to mitigate damage and avoid as much exposure to attackers as possible. Being careful about what websites you visit, what apps you install, and what passwords you use are all steps...

The successor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 will have Arm’s new v9 CPU designs

Thanks to the ongoing global chip shortage, chip design firm Qualcomm is struggling to meet the demand for its premium-tier Snapdragon 888 chip, so they've resorted to launching products like the Snapdragon 860 and 778 in recent months. However, that doesn't mean they aren't still working on their next major chipset. We already know that...

Twitter launches Twitter Blue, a subscription service that adds new features

Twitter is one of the most popular social media sites in the world, but the company isn't raking in a ton of money from its tens of millions of users because the service is free. A common refrain that you've probably heard before is that if the service is free, then you're the product. While...

Google Photos tests larger text in the image library and other changes

At Google I/O last month, Google unveiled the third major iteration of its design language. Material You brings an updated look and feel to Android and other Google-developed platforms. The new design emphasizes customization, rounded corners, and big header text. We caught an early glimpse in the Android 12 beta at how Google is tweaking...