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 ASUS ZenFone 8 is the small phone to beat in 2021

I remember the first time I was ever truly excited about a smartphone. When HTC (remember when they were relevant?) released the Evo 4G on Sprint, it was the first Android phone to be widely considered a proper iPhone competitor. It was also considered a huge smartphone at the time as its 4.3-inch display dwarfed...

Googler drops hint that the Pixel 6 will have custom chip code-named “Whitechapel”

Earlier this month, a report alleged that Google will ship its in-house silicon in 2021 Pixel devices. Now, a Googler has left a comment online that provides the first public evidence we can point to that the upcoming Pixel 6 will be powered by the rumored Google-made chip. In a code change submitted to the Android...

Xiaomi may be working on a trio of high-end Android tablets

Xiaomi offers a range of consumer electronics at different price points, but one market they've been largely absent from is tablets. The tablet market is dominated by Apple, and no Android phone maker apart from Samsung even really tries to compete with Apple, especially at the premium level. Based on the evidence we've dug up...

Here’s why Nova Launcher works better on Google Pixel phones

In the past, third-party launcher apps often provided a superior experience to the stock launcher found on most Android phones. With the revamp of the recent apps screen and the introduction of gestures in Android 9 Pie, though, third-party launchers were put at a disadvantage as these new experiences were integrated into the stock launcher...

How to customize Android’s built-in battery saver mode

Android has had a built-in Battery Saver mode for years now. If your phone is about to run out of battery, then you can activate it to keep the device running for a few extra hours. Battery Saver disables quite a few power-hungry features and tweaks a bunch of settings to extend the battery life....

How to debloat your phone (and more) without connecting to a PC

The Android Debug Bridge, or ADB for short, is a nifty development tool to interface with your phone for debugging and testing. Through ADB, developers can access Android's built-in Linux command line shell with greater privileges than user-installed apps. This gives developers the ability to install or uninstall apps, grant or deny permissions, change system...

Google Play is suspending free trials in India following new RBI regulations

At the end of March, the Reserve Bank of India, India's central bank and financial regulatory authority, announced new rules on recurring transactions. In response, Google is informing developers of temporary changes for Google Play users in India. The RBI's new eMandate notification "calls for an additional layer of authentication for recurring transactions via credit cards,...

LineageOS 18.1 brings Android 11 to the OnePlus 6/6T, ASUS ZenFone 5Z, and Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Late last month, LineageOS 18.1 based on Android 11 was released for nearly 60 devices. The initial list of supported devices included multiple products from Google, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung, Sony, Xiaomi, and others. Now, 2 new OnePlus devices, 1 new ASUS device, and 1 new Xiaomi device are joining the LineageOS 18.1 build roster. Recommended...

Google I/O 2021 schedule goes live: Here’s what to look out for

Earlier this month, Google announced when its highly-anticipated developer conference will take place. Google I/O 2021 kicks off on May 18th and lasts through May 20th, and it'll be a virtual event that's free for anyone to attend. Today, Google published the full schedule for the event, giving us an overview of what sessions will...

Google Messages is getting a slick One UI-esque design on Samsung phones

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series earlier this year, they partnered with Google to preinstall the latter's Messages app in many parts of the world. Google and Samsung's partnership is aimed at unifying the chat experience for Android users, especially as Google continues to lead the charge in rolling out RCS. Samsung's flavor of...

Sony’s Xperia division apparently turned a profit for the first time in years

Last week, we asked our readers what they thought about the future of Sony's smartphone business. Given LG's recent withdrawal from the industry, many were concerned that Sony would be next. However, there are many clear differences between how the two businesses operate despite neither gaining much traction, and Sony's latest earnings report reflects that....

Android phones now show earthquake alerts in Greece and New Zealand

In the middle of last year, Google announced that it was turning Android phones into an early earthquake alert system. The system was first deployed in California which already has a sophisticated network of seismometers in place. In California, the Android Earthquake Alerts System disseminated alerts from the existing ShakeAlert system, but in regions that...