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.

ZTE’s Spro Plus is an Android Projector that Doubles as a Tablet and Hotspot

ZTE's Spro line-up has always featured a rather odd combination of products. For the Spro and Spro 2, you get an Android-based mini-projector with built-in hot-spot capabilities (assuming you bought the LTE model from one of the major carriers). ZTE is spicing things up this year by essentially offering a full-fledged Android tablet into the...

How H5OS will Pick up Firefox OS’s Lost Flame

On October of 2008, Google declared war on Apple. The first commercially available Android smartphone, the HTC Dream, was Google's first boots-on-the-ground effort to take on the iPhone juggernaut. For thereafter, Google and Apple engaged in a harsh campaign of product warfare in an effort to assert dominance over the other. After a few years...

How Remix OS will Mix Things Up — Interview with David Ko, Co-Founder of Jide

Remix OS has become a bit of a darling in the Android community. In a sea of broken promises, Jide Technology has delivered quality products that have lived up to our expectations. For a time, only users on select devices had the opportunity to use Remix OS, while others looked on in envy. Last month, however, Jide Technology opened up the...

Maru, the Custom ROM that Turns your Phone into a PC, Will be Open-Sourced

The first computers were bulky, expensive, and generally pretty slow. As time has passed, our computing has become more and more portable. Today, we carry around pocket PCs in the form of our smartphones. While these mobile devices have replaced much the basic functionality of larger desktop and laptop computers, these devices run software that is...

Which Theme Do You Run on Your Phone, and Why?

Screenshots are welcome! Thanks to the plethora of customization tools on Android, it's fairly easy to find themes that suit your style. Alternative launchers, icon packs, and custom widget creation tools are just some of the ways you can customize your UI. But unless you're a user on a custom ROM with the Cyanogenmod Theme...

Dear Google Play Review Team, Please Don’t Be Evil

You're a developer, and you've been putting your heart and soul into an application because you love to code and you would like to show the world the fruits of your labor. You decide to pony up the $25 to register a Google Play Developer account and to work day and night to live up...

Samsung Hints at Feature Changes in Android N: Better Stylus Support?

We don't yet know much about Android N (after all, we're still a few months away from the next I/O) but we do know that Google works quite closely with several major OEMs to ensure that the OEMs can get the update incorporated into their own devices as fast as they possibly can. This means that...

Android Pay no Longer Working with Systemless Root

Tap. Pay. Done. If you're the owner of an NFC enabled Android phone running 4.4+, then you've probably heard of Android Pay. The app supports adding cards from many different banks and works in many major retailers, and it's pretty easy to set-up as well. Google is practically begging you to sign-up! That is, unless, you're a power...

IoT Scope: The War Between Standards and the Many Players Fighting it

If this year's CES has taught us anything, it's that 2016 will be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT). We've caught glimpses of exciting IoT related products, services, and technologies in the past (Philips Hue and the Nest Thermostat among others). Those devices have only scratched the surface of home automation, as you can now add garage door...

Not Dead: Android-based Smart Glass Round-Up — What’s New at CES 2016

While smart glasses aren't really the coolest kid on the block anymore, they've come a long way since their humble beginnings. Prices are dropping, the app ecosystem is evolving, and with more companies investing heavily into VR (Virtual Reality, think the Oculus Rift/Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive), AR (Augmented Reality) seems poised to make a comeback...

820 Critics, the LeTV Max Pro is not the Phone You’re Looking For

The LeTV Max Pro. You've probably heard of it by now, yet not because the brand itself brings any excitement, but because of its chipset. At Qualcomm's CES press conference this year, the company officially unveiled the first smartphone containing its highly anticipated Snapdragon 820 SoC. That's right, the Chinese company LeTV's new "superphone" claimed the...

Meet the Klikr, a Bluetooth-Enabled Box that Turns your Phone into a TV Remote

Infrared blasters are devices that enable you to emulate consumer remote controls for home theater use. The inclusion of such a device is not widely advertised, but it can be a useful feature to have when you would rather sit on your bum and control your TV via smartphone rather than getting up to find the...