Posts From Pranob Mehrotra

Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.

Leaked Realme 9i renders showcase its updated design

We already know that Realme is gearing up to launch a premium flagship with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. But the Realme GT 2 Pro is not the only device that the company is working on at the moment. It's also prepping a successor to the Realme 8i, leaked renders of which have...

Paranoid Android Sapphire Alpha is now available for more devices

The Paranoid Android team recently released Paranoid Android Sapphire Alpha for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The latest version of the custom ROM is based on Android 12, and it packs most of the new features Google introduced in the latest OS upgrade. In addition, the release includes new wallpapers from Hampus Olsson,...

YouTube Music 2021 Recap is a big step up from last year’s ‘2020 in review’ playlist

Following in Spotify's footsteps, YouTube Music has started rolling out its own version of Wrapped 2021 to users. The 2021 Recap is a big step up from the "Year in Review" playlist that YouTube Music shared last year, and it gives you an extensive look at your year in music. In a recent blog post, YouTube...

Latest Pixel Buds A-Series update brings a few new features

Google is rolling out a firmware update to its affordable TWS earbuds -- the Pixel Buds A-Series. The update brings several new features to the earbuds, including a Bass slider in the companion app, a Loudness compensation toggle, and more. Google Pixel Buds A-Series Review: Buy it for the convenience, not just for the sound According to...

Unlocking the bootloader no longer kills the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s cameras

Shortly after the Galaxy Z Fold 3 landed in the hands of developers on our forums, we learned that Samsung had added yet another roadblock for aftermarket development to the device. XDA Senior Members 白い熊 and ianmacd found that unlocking the device's bootloader disabled its cameras, preventing them from using all camera-related features. At the...

Google makes checking for Play Store updates more obvious

You can check for Play Store updates by jumping into the Play Store settings, heading to the About section, and then tapping on the version number. While this process sounds quite straightforward, it isn't so for the average user, as the About section doesn't explicitly state that tapping the version number will trigger a check for updates. You...

LG will shut down its bootloader unlocking service on December 31

When LG officially announced its exit from the smartphone market earlier this year, it reassured LG smartphone users that it would continue to provide software updates for some devices. However, this software update commitment only applied to a few of LG's recent smartphones. Users with older LG phones were left with no option but to...

Leaked renders suggest that the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will feature a notch

Over the last few months, we've seen several leaks about Samsung's upcoming flagship tablet lineup. The leaks have revealed that Samsung will likely launch three Galaxy Tab S8 models next year, including a new 'Ultra' variant with a massive battery and display. Rumors claim that Samsung could launch the Galaxy Tab S8 lineup alongside the...

OPPO shares exact ColorOS 12 stable/beta release dates for some devices

OPPO first showcased ColorOS 12 based on Android 12 in China back in September. The company then rolled out the first beta build to Find X3 Pro users in Indonesia and Malaysia in early October. Shortly thereafter, OPPO shared the release timeline for several more devices, including the Reno 6 series, the Reno 5 series,...

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series gets third One UI 4 beta with several bug fixes

Samsung is hard at work releasing One UI 4 beta builds based on Android 12 to a bunch of its devices. Over the last few weeks, the company has released two One UI 4 beta builds to the Galaxy Note 20 series. The first beta update included all the new features introduced in Android 12,...

Android TV’s discovery-focused UI is now rolling out to more TVs in more regions

Google released a major UI update for the Android TV interface in February this year. The new interface resembled the Google TV UI and laid emphasis on helping users discover new content on the platform. However, it featured fewer tabs on the home screen. Google rolled out another update for this new discovery-focused UI in...

[Update: Wider rollout] Google is finally letting users initiate Android TV app installs from their phones

At I/O 2021 in May, Google announced a new feature to make finding and installing apps on Wear OS devices much easier. The feature added a drop-down menu to the Install button on the Google Play Store, giving users the option to install an app on their Wear OS smartwatch right from their phone. The...