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]

This is our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

Earlier today, we learned that the second model in Samsung's new Galaxy Watch series isn't the "Galaxy Watch 4 Active" but rather the "Galaxy Watch 4 Classic." Now, we're getting our first look at this upcoming smartwatch, courtesy of leaked renders. Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic were shared by AndroidHeadlines earlier today, and...

AT&T’s Android phones will use Google Messages for RCS

Rich Communication Services, or RCS for short, is the successor to SMS, the protocol used by most carriers for text messages. Unlike SMS, RCS supports advanced messaging features like group chat management, higher quality file sharing, read receipts, typing indicators, and end-to-end encryption. RCS has to be supported by the carrier's network, the phone, and...

Google Play System Update now shows percent progress on the boot animation

With the release of Android 10 back in 2019, Google debuted Project Mainline, an initiative that lets Google directly deliver updates to key Android components. The goal was to bolster security, protect privacy, and improve developer consistency by standardizing certain system components and delivering updates to them on a consistent schedule. The mechanisms of Project...

Android Automotive is made for cars but this developer ported it to a Samsung tablet

Android Automotive is a special fork of Android designed to run as the primary operating system of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. In contrast, Android Auto is an app that runs off of your phone that projects a driving-optimized UI onto the car's built-in dashboard. Both Android Automotive and Android Auto let you run driving-optimized...

This third-party library brings Android 12’s Material You theming to any app

Material You is the latest revision of Google's design language. With Material You, Google is emphasizing personalization, which is why in Android 12, there's a new dynamic theming system that recolors your UX using colors extracted from your wallpaper. This dynamic theming system, code-named "monet", went live in Android 12 Beta 2, but Google has...

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 will launch with One UI Watch later this summer

Today, Samsung unveiled its vision for the future of smartwatches and took the wraps off its new Wear OS-based operating system. One UI Watch is built on top of the new, unified Wear OS platform co-developed by Samsung and Google, but it adds a few tweaks to provide a "consistent experience and look with other...

Second-gen Motorola Edge series gets detailed in an extensive leak

Motorola is gearing up to launch multiple new products in the Edge series, according to Evan Blass of @evleaks fame. The leaker revealed specifications and some features of multiple upcoming products from the Lenovo-owned brand. The four devices, code-named “berlin”, “berlna”, “kyoto”, and “pstar”, are likely to launch later this year, though their exact launch...

These phones support HD Voice, WiFi Calling, and 5G on AT&T

American carriers make things unnecessarily complicated when it comes to bringing your own unlocked device, and that's usually on purpose. Even if your phone has all the necessary hardware, unless it passes some additional "certifications" to get put on the carrier's whitelist, your perfectly capable phone won't be able to access features like voice over...

Google Assistant’s latest test makes it easier to scan or read the current screen aloud

The Google Assistant can do many different things, including many things users aren't even aware of. Educating users about new features is one of the biggest hurdles facing any company, and it's even harder for Google given the sheer number of things that the Google Assistant is capable of. That's why we constantly see A/B...

Microsoft has fixed the blurry weather widget in the Windows 10 taskbar

Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced a new feature to the Windows 10 taskbar called News and Interests. It's a widget that acts much like the Google Discover feed on Android phones, so unsurprisingly, some may find it useful while others will think it's bloatware. Even among those who are making good use of it, though,...

Upgrade your home with this deal on the Nest Hello Doorbell and Nest Hub Display

Building a smart home can be a daunting task. There are so many products on the market, and many of them aren't compatible with each other or are just shoddy. When you buy products that are part of the same ecosystem or even better, from the same manufacturer, then things are a lot easier to...

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 are among the best wireless earbuds on sale during Prime Day

There's no shortage of options when it comes to true wireless earbuds. Everyone has heard of Apple's AirPods, and that's likely the first thing that comes to mind when people think of wireless earbuds. Out of the literally hundreds of competing companies, Sony is widely seen as one of the best brands at making audio...