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]

The OnePlus 8 5G is 50% off on Prime Day, and it’s finally worth the price

Looking to pick up a new smartphone? Amazon's Prime Day is a great time to shop for smartphones, and we've found a great deal on what was once an overpriced product: the OnePlus 8 5G. It's a smartphone that debuted early last year alongside its larger "Pro" sibling. While the "Pro" model and subsequent models...

Prime Day Deals: TicWatch Pro 3 with Wear OS is at its lowest price ever

There are a lot of deals on watches and smartwatches today, but there aren't many smartwatches running Wear OS that I'd recommend. Mobvoi's excellent TicWatch Pro 3 is one of the few Wear OS smartwatches I can recommend, and it's at its lowest price ever this Amazon Prime Day. When I reviewed the TicWatch Pro 3...

Prime Day Deals: Get NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV streaming TV stick for $25 off

These days, cutting the cord is easier than ever thanks to the plethora of online streaming platforms and Internet-connected streaming TV devices. Most TVs these days even come with built-in streaming options or a full-fledged smart TV operating system. But what if you still own a "dumb" TV or you hate the software running on...

Many Texans just found out they gave energy companies remote control of their thermostats

In case news sites haven't made it painfully clear by now, today is Amazon Prime Day (sorry, we have to pay the bills somehow). As always, there are a ton of deals on tech, including a lot of smart home tech. But be careful about buying a new smart thermostat: If you blindly opt into an...

Tasker developer shows off Android 12’s dynamic theming with new “Material You” option

One of the most exciting new features of the big Android 12 update is the new wallpaper-based theming system, code-named "monet." It's a major part of Google's new "Material You" design language, which places an emphasis on personalization. The new theming system went live in Android 12 Beta 2, but just like with the introduction...

Phone-to-PC screen mirroring tool ‘scrcpy’ now supports devices running Android 12

The Android Debug Bridge, or ADB for short, is an immensely useful tool for developers that want to read system logs, change settings, or automate actions on their device. Google intended to only provide a command line interface when they made ADB, but in early March of 2018, a developer built a tool on top...

Tip: You can pinch-to-zoom in Google Messages to resize text

Even if you use the Google Messages app a lot, you may not be aware that it added a nifty feature somewhat recently: the ability to resize text in a conversation! Over on the /r/AndroidApps subreddit, Redditor user01401 discovered that the Messages app for Android now supports text resizing in conversations using a simple pinch-to-zoom gesture....

Yahoo Mobile is shutting down and telling people to switch to Visible

Yahoo Mobile, a mobile phone service that uses Verizon's network, is shutting down, the service announced on its official website. The service only launched in March of last year, meaning it barely lasted over a year before its shutdown. For the (likely few) customers continuing to use the service, the Yahoo Mobile website tells them...

Google may be working on an Android version of Apple’s “Find My” network

Because Apple tightly controls the iOS ecosystem, they're able to build a massive, crowdsourced network of devices that can help locate other devices. Apple, like many other companies, recently released a Bluetooth tracker, and thanks to the Find My network, the AirTags are arguably the most effective tracker on the market. The only other company...

Google Messages is rolling out the ability to pin conversations to the top

Version 8.3.026 of the Google Messages app is rolling out tonight to users on the beta program, and it enables a long-awaited feature for some: the ability to pin conversations to the top of the list. Late last month, we first discovered that version 8.1.050 had the hidden ability to pin conversations to the top. We...

“Live Space” could be a big upgrade to Google’s “At a Glance” widget

Google's "At a Glance" widget shows you the current date/time and weather information, but it can also show you upcoming calendar events, flights, commute reminders, regular reminders, or weather alerts. The widget is baked into the Google App and is persistently shown on the Pixel Launcher with no option to turn it off. However, we've...

Qualcomm confirms which chips are “capable” of supporting Google’s new Wear OS version

Wear OS is about to get its biggest upgrade in years. At last month's I/O developer conference, Google announced that it had partnered with Samsung to develop a "unified platform" that combined "the best of Wear OS and Tizen." The new software update, internally called Wear OS 3.0, will bring a new design, new health...