Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
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Editor-in-chief on the XDA-Developers Portal. I have a keen interest in the Android framework and software development, but I'm willing to dip my toes into a variety of subjects. Please direct media inquiries to [email protected] You can also find me on Twitter @MishaalRahman, or on Reddit at /u/MishaalRahman.

Here’s a Quick Fix for the Nexus 6’s Recent YouTube App Lag Issue

Android, as we all know, is a general purpose mobile operating system. Even if you hop from one Nexus phone to another one, your software experience can differ in really subtle ways. On paper, you shouldn't notice many software differences between the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 6P. But on the Nexus 6, the YouTube app...

Nexus 9 will not be getting support for the Vulkan Graphics API

Back in February, the Khronos Working Group released the first public version of the successor to OpenGL: Vulkan. This graphics API promised to provide developers with a set of tools to significantly enhance performance in short by reducing overhead, providing more direct GPU control, and lower CPU usage. In addition, the graphics API shows great...

Here’s Everything Important We Learned from the Android Nougat Dev AMA (INDEXED)

Yesterday, the final Android Nougat developer preview for us to play with began rolling out. At the bottom of the announcement blog post, Google announced that part of their Android engineering team would be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on Reddit's /r/AndroidDev subreddit (aimed towards developers). The AMA went live earlier today and was quickly filled...

Use Rich Text Formatted Descriptions to Improve App Installations

You've worked hard on developing your first app and you've just passed your largest milestone yet: publishing your app on the Google Play Store. Great! Now what? If you have enough cash on hand, name/brand recognition, or social media prowess you probably won't have too much trouble getting your app's name out there. But even if...

Huawei Phones Disable Logcat, here’s how to Restore Access

While I was helping XDA Recognized Developer and fellow Portal Writer GermainZ debug a new app we've been working on (which we think you guys will love), I needed to collect and read a logcat to figure out where things were going wrong. On my phone, I went ahead and installed MatLog by XDA Junior Member plusCubed so...

Upcoming Tasker update to bring Non-Root, Per-App, Scriptable Firewall

Feature Image Credits: MakeTechEasier Regulars of our portal are probably familiar with the popular Android automation app Tasker.  You are also probably aware that we're massive fans of the app and we encourage users to browse our forums so you can better master the art of Tasker scripting. We've even recently begun a series of articles centered around unique,...

Tasker Pro: Skip Music Tracks using Volume Keys, without Root!

If you've been itching for some seriously awesome Tasker tasks (and are tired of the boring stuff like telling you how to reboot your phone or shake your phone to wake the display), then our Tasker Pro series is for you. We will be posting a series of highly advanced Tasker profiles that will show you just how powerful Tasker can...

How to Change Your Android Encryption Password Without Changing Your Lock Screen Password

As more and more users seek better protection for their private data across the technological space, Google has continued to introduce additional features in Android for their more privacy minded consumers. Notably, Google introduced full disk encryption (FDE) in Android Lollipop and made it a requirement for any device shipping with Android Marshmallow to have FDE...

Inbox v1.27 hints at finally adding Vacation Responders

For many working adults, keeping up with and responding to emails is a large part of our working routine. Some people even feel the need to respond to their work emails when they're off the clock (which studies show you really should avoid doing so unless you absolutely need to - but hey I'm not here...

Snoozing Reminders will finally return with Google Calendar v5.5.9

Many people use and rely on Google Calendar to help organize their life. However, there are many things that we want to vaguely keep track of but that aren't really well-suited to be marked on a calendar. Weekly reminders, goals, or minor tasks that need to be done are better handled separately from your main calendar, which...

Tasker Pro: Always Control Media Volume with Volume Keys

Automation is supposed to be about simplifying everyday tasks to give you more precious time doing the things you love. At XDA, we've shown you how you can use Tasker to secure your device, improve productivity, or make driving safer, all a part of our series called 'Tasker Week.' But the fun doesn't end there. If...

AT&T (and Others) Galaxy S7 has Finally been Rooted

Part of the struggle for our readers looking to purchase the latest and greatest flagship device from certain American carriers is the fact that these devices are heavily locked down. Ad-blockers, custom themes, Xposed modules, and other root-only features are generally out of reach for most phones bought on AT&T or Verizon. Sure, these days...