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.

Lookout Discovers Trojanized Adware that Secretly Acquires Root Access

Publicly available root exploits are a godsend to consumers whose devices are locked. Exploits such as Towelroot easily enabled any user running on Android version KitKat and below to acquire root access with the click of a button. However, these methods are considered "exploits" for a reason. If an application like Towelroot can exploit your device's firmware to...

New Standards: Diving into the 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document

Marshmallow has seen the light of day on most Nexus devices already, but we've yet to see any third-party OEM update their phone to Marshmallow. How exactly will they incorporate Marshmallow's new features into their specific flavors of Android? It's hard to say for sure, but thanks to the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD), we can be...

Chromecast v1 Updated to Support Spotify

Spotify, the immensely popular music streaming service, has long rebuked efforts to integrate its platform with Google's Chromecast. However, with the introduction of the second generation Chromecast, Spotify announced that it would support all Chromecast devices. It should be noted that the Chromecast Audio requires a premium subscription with Spotify. If you're buying a Chromecast Audio...

New Android Emoji Are Coming, but You Can Get Them Now at XDA

With the iOS 9.1 release, Apple updated their emoji set to include 184 new emojis, making iOS the first mobile OS to include every emoji from the Unicode Standard. Because Android currently lacks these new emojis, it will fail to display the emoji should an iOS device send a message containing one. One reddit user realized this...

Netflix details its Javascript library named Falcor

Netflix has only been around since 1999, but today accounts for nearly 35% of Internet traffic in the U.S. with a whopping 43 million subscribers. Ever wonder how Netflix manages to stream so much content like it's magic? You can thank Falcor for that. No, not the lovable dragon companion from the 1983 movie Neverending Story,...

Twitter CEO Sorry for Poor Relationship with Developers

Twitter has had a rocky relationship with third-party application developers for several years now. From the controversial 100,000 token limit that capped the growth of third party clients to the recent incident where they took down an archive service that tracked tweets by politicians, the company is under fire for the way it has treated developers...

Marshmallow Reduces Audio Latency – But it’s still not enough

With each iteration of Android, Google boasts a reduction in audio latency in an effort to finally entice music professionals and music application developers to bring their work over to Android. For good reason, too, because despite making up only 3% of the total application downloads on the iOS App Store, music apps are the 3rd...

Google Maps No Longer Requires Storage Permission

With the advent of permissions management in Android Marshmallow, more users will (hopefully) begin scrutinizing the permissions requested by the applications they use. Why in the world would a flashlight app require access to my text messages? Obviously it doesn't, but many users put their trust into Google curating the Play Store to prevent malicious apps...

Enable One-Handed Mode using a Script

Bigger Isn't Always Better With the advent of bigger phone screens, it’s nearly impossible for most people to reach every corner of their phone using only one-hand (unless you’re LeBron James). Yet big phones like those from the Note series are still very popular due to how comfortable they are is to consume video and web...

Chromium Optimized for Snapdragon Devices

What in the world is CAF? Remember CAF? You might have seen that name all over the forums back when kernel developers for Qualcomm Snapdragon devices maintained two separate forks of their work. One for code based on Google's AOSP, and another based on CAF. Code Aurora Forum is maintained by the Linux Foundation, and is...

Down Memory Lane: Can the Nexus 5X Cut It With 2GB of RAM?

On October 15, 2014, hordes of loyal Nexus 5 owners waited behind their keyboards for the fateful reveal of what they believed to be the successor to the phone that captivated the market. The Nexus 5 was a price-point pioneer that managed to avoid cutting corners on the most crucial specifications. The All Around Champ Breaks...