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 used to manage all editorial and reviews content on the Portal.

OnePlus 9R update brings OxygenOS 11.2.4.4 with Bitmoji AOD

The OnePlus 9R, an overclocked version of the OnePlus 8T that's only available in India and China, is getting a new software update to OxygenOS 11.2.4.4. The update brings the most recent security patch level — July 2021 — and also enhances the Always on Display with new features. According to the post announcing the update...

Android 12 prepares to kill off native support for Internet-based SIP calling

Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP, is a protocol that's commonly used for making voice calls over the Internet. Years back, SIP clients and providers were decently popular because they offered free or cheap worldwide Internet-based calling while many U.S. carriers still didn't even offer unlimited voice calls on their networks. For years, Android natively supported...

OxygenOS 11.0.9.9 update for the OnePlus 8T fixes region-specific issues

OnePlus announced today that it is rolling out a new software update to the OnePlus 8T, the company's late 2020 flagship. The update brings the software version to OxygenOS 11.0.9.9, and it contains fixes for region-specific issues that affect the European and North American software builds. The company is starting to push the update to North...

Here’s our best look yet at Motorola’s next mid-range 5G phone

Leaks suggest that Motorola is gearing up to launch a trio of phones in the second-gen Edge series: the Motorola Edge 20, Edge 20 Pro, and Edge 20 Lite. We learned about the specs of all three phones thanks to an extensive leak from Evan Blass last month. Certification filings spotted earlier this month on...

Android Auto’s beta program gives you early access to new features

Companies as large as Google have to do a lot of testing before pushing changes to production, although sometimes things can still go very, very wrong. One way that Google and other companies test new features is by running a public beta tester program. Through these programs, companies enlist the help of ordinary users like...

Motorola brings its flagship Moto G100 to the U.S.

Back in March, Motorola launched its first flagship phone in the Moto G line: the Moto G100. The G100 is the first Moto G phone with a Snapdragon 800-series chipset, specifically the Snapdragon 870, but unlike Motorola's Edge+, the G100 didn't break the bank. Now, Motorola has launched the Moto G100 in the U.S., and...

Developers can now request a 6-month delay on Google’s Play Billing requirement

The Google Play Store, like most other app stores, takes a cut of all revenue a developer earns from in-app purchases if the Google Play Billing Library is used to process payments. That revenue cut used to be 30% for all developers using the library, but it was recently lowered to 15% for the first...

OpenGApps releases its first Google app packages for Android 11 custom ROMs

Not many people are willing to use an Android phone without access to the Google Play Store and other Google apps, which is why most Android phones come with Google apps preinstalled. Because Google apps are proprietary, though, many custom ROM developers don't bundle them with their builds, so they instead tell users to flash...

Gboard’s new Dynamic Color theme syncs with your wallpaper on Android 12

Google unveiled the latest iteration of its Material design language at I/O earlier this year. The company is calling its new design language "Material You", with the "You" signifying the importance that Google has placed on personalization. In Android 12, a new theme engine code-named "monet" dynamically generates a palette of colors based on your...

Google Camera 8.3 hints the Pixel 6 XL could have a 5X “ultra tele” camera

Earlier today, Google rolled out the third beta of Android 12 to Pixel phones. The latest beta adds new features like scrolling screenshots, smarter autorotation, and a whole lot of other features we're in the midst of uncovering. Besides new features, there are also updated system apps, most notably a new WallpaperPicker and a new...

Google wants to boost HTTPS adoption ever further with Chrome’s HTTPS-First mode

HTTPS, short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to protect the data transferred between the user and a website. Webmasters have been advised for years to adopt HTTPS on their websites in order to protect users, and thanks to widespread adoption of the protocol, most web browsers have made HTTPS the...

Android 12 Beta 3 is here with scrolling screenshots, smarter auto-rotate, and more!

We're only a few builds away from the stable release of Android 12, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Google released three developer previews before holding its I/O developer conference back in May, and since I/O, we've been treated to two betas. The first beta brought some of the major design changes Google...