Posts From Mishaal Rahman

Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman 1346 posts

Editor-in-chief at XDA-Developers. I follow AOSP and the Chromium Gerrit to uncover new features, and I also routinely analyze Android applications and device firmware to do the same. Tips/media inquiries: [email protected]

Android Pay v1.14 Hints at Improving the Linked Offers Interface

Back during Google I/O 2016, Google introduced the "Save to Android Pay API" which would allow companies to digitize their loyalty programs, gift cards, or other offers. Companies were now able to add special links to text messages, e-mails, their website, or their Android app that would quickly save a new card to Android Pay in a...

AutoVoice Integration Finally makes its way to Google Home, Here’s how to Use It

After a month in Google's approval limbo, AutoVoice has finally been approved for use as a third-party integration in Google Home. With AutoVoice integration, you can send commands to your phone that Tasker will be able to react to, allowing you to perform countless number of automation scripts straight from your voice. Previously, this required a...

Next Pixel Flagship may Feature a non-Qualcomm Chipset, Possible Budget Model in the Works

Rumor season is already upon us, and today we bring you a report from 9to5Google that mentions some interesting tidbits regarding the next generation Google Pixel phones. According to a source, Google is currently in the process of testing their next Pixel flagship devices with upgraded specifications. As with any yearly upgrade, we would expect to...

Free Software Foundation lists a Free Phone OS as a Top Priority for 2017

At XDA-Developers, we value and encourage original development efforts of all kinds. While we won't get into the debate over the merits of open source software versus closed source, we do recognize the desire for many users to run their devices on software they know is open for public scrutiny. When we discuss open source...

Security Analysts Identify a Trojan that Quietly Purchase Apps, a Rootkit that takes over your Device, and Ransomware that Locks your Device

For the average user on our forums, you are probably safe from most malicious threats to your device. After all, you are more likely to be running on the latest Android version with the latest security patches thanks to the effort of developers on our forums. Furthermore, you are likely more conscious of what permissions...

XDA Spotlight: Living on the Bleeding Edge with Chromium Auto Updater

Back in October of 2015, developers started compiling the first builds of Chromium optimized for Snapdragon devices. Popularly known as "CAF Chromium" builds (named after the Code Aurora Forums where the source code originated), these open source derivatives of Chromium quickly began proliferating the net. Soon, there were dozens of CAF Chromium based builds available...

Enable this Chrome Flag to Lock Rotation in Fullscreen Videos

At XDA, when we aren't covering news that we think is important for the day or publishing an in-depth analysis piece, we like to plug the gap with interesting projects, rumors, and tips. Just yesterday, I posted a tip that reminded users of a useful Chrome flag that has undergone improvements. Today, I bring you...

Deeply Integrated Progressive Web Apps (WebAPKs) are Live for Chrome on Android

For most of Android's history, applications have been installed as local packages on the device itself. We typically acquire the installation files we need by downloading an APK file, which is an archive containing all of an application's resources and assets. While there are many benefits to installing a native application this way, there are...

PSA: Moving Chrome’s Address Bar to the Bottom no Longer Causes Visual Bug

Google's Chrome browser has been the most popular web browser in the world for a few years now, and its dominance is even more pronounced in Android. Although Chrome aims to be a one-size-fits all browser, some users prefer using third-party browsers (most of which are based on the Chromium open source project) for added...

Google Photos Prepares to Allow for Editing the Date and Time of a Photo

Google Photos has always been one of Google's more useful services. The photo backup service has garnered widespread praise for its unlimited, free backup features as well as its robust sharing capabilities. But one area that Google Photos has always lagged in is the ability to edit your photos. Luckily over time, Google has been...

Diving into SDCardFS: How Google’s FUSE Replacement Will Reduce I/O Overhead

Several months ago, Google added something called “SDCardFS” to the official AOSP branches for the Linux kernel. At the time, the move was noticed only by some kernel developers, but otherwise flew under the radar of most users. No surprise there considering the fact that most users, including myself, do not really know what goes...

Google App Prepares to add Support for making Payments through Google Assistant

Google Assistant is proving to be rather useful with its robust Google services integration. Plus, with the expanding availability of third-party APIs, the platform is shaping up to make for a killer Home Assistant. But the success of Google Assistant does not lie with its more complex functionality, rather it begins and ends with how...