Posts From Pranob Mehrotra

Pranob Mehrotra
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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.

Lenovo’s P-series ThinkPads and ThinkStation PCs are getting Linux options

Earlier this year in January, Dell unveiled the 2020 refresh for its XPS series of laptops. As part of the lineup, Dell released the XPS 13 2020 with 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake chips. Along with the regular Windows-based variants of the notebook, Dell also released a Ubuntu-based Developer Edition of the XPS 13 2020...

Google removes “Remove China Apps” from the Play Store, likely for violating policy on deceptive behavior

The anti-China sentiment in India has seen a steep rise in the last few weeks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the India-China border stand-off. As a result, several call-to-action messages urging users to boycott Chinese products and uninstall Chinese apps have been circulating on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Capitalizing on the...

OnePlus TV update improves Netflix connectivity and adds support for third party AirPlay service apps

At the OnePlus 7T (review) launch event late last year, the company officially unveiled its first Android-powered QLED 4K smart TV lineup. In our review, we found the new OnePlus TV to be a great premium offering in the Android TV space, however, it lacked a couple of software features that were available in TVs...

India eases restrictions and plans $6.6 billion to boost smartphone manufacturing

In an attempt to attract more foreign investment from smartphone manufacturers during these trying times, the Indian government has dropped a few clauses from its production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme and has planned an incentive of about $6.6 billion. According to a recent report from the Economic Times, officials familiar with the matter have revealed that the...

ZTE Axon 11 SE launches in China with the MediaTek Dimensity 800, sold in Europe as the A1 Alpha 20+ and Blade V2020 4G

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE is known for its Axon series of flagships that offer top-of-the-line specifications at a very competitive price. However, despite offering some compelling products in the past, the company's flagships haven't received the same reception as some other affordable flagships from manufacturers like Xiaomi and OnePlus. For this reason, ZTE transitioned its...

Samsung rolls out home screen widgets for the Galaxy Buds and Buds+

The Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ plugins for the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app are reportedly getting an update that brings new home screen widgets to help users easily control the TWS earbuds. As per a recent post on Reddit, there are two new widgets for each pair of wireless earbuds. The first widget shows the...

[Update: Possibly this month] Brave Browser Android dev says the team would like to add extension support in 2020

When it comes to web browsers, Android offers users a variety of different options. Along with Google Chrome, Android users have access to a plethora of great third-party browsers like Kiwi, Vivaldi, and Brave. These browsers offer some amazing features like native ad-blocking, Chrome extension support, cryptojacking protection, and more. But what helps Brave stand...

Nubia Play may launch internationally as the Red Magic 5G Lite

Shortly after the launch of the flagship Red Magic 5G in March this year, Nubia unveiled a new mid-range gaming smartphone called the Nubia Play 5G in China. Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G chip, the Nubia Play 5G featured a 6.65-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with an impressive 144Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling...

Google Play Services for AR now supports the Motorola Edge, Realme 6, Samsung Galaxy A31/41, Sony Xperia 1 II, and more

Google Play Services for AR (formerly Google ARCore) is a software service from the company that enables applications to create augmented reality experienced on devices without any need for dedicated hardware. While the service uses a device's existing cameras and sensors for the AR experience, Google has to work with OEMs to create custom calibration...

NewPipe v0.19.4 brings stream fixes, Restricted Mode setting, and more to the open-source YouTube client

NewPipe, the open-source YouTube client for Android, is a great alternative to the YouTube app for those of you who don't have Google Play Services on your phone or don't want to see ads on the platform without paying for YouTube Premium. The client doesn't use YouTube's APIs and simple parses the YouTube website to...

Google Chrome’s bottom tab “Duet” experiment has likely been killed off

In a bid to make Chrome easier to use on large screen devices, Google replaced Chrome Home with the Chrome Duplex split toolbar UI early in 2018. The new UI, which was later renamed Chrome Duet in order to avoid confusion with Google Duplex, moved some UI elements closer to the bottom of the display...

Xiaomi Redmi 9 is launching soon – Here’s what we know so far

Following the launch of the Redmi Note 9 series earlier this year, Xiaomi's budget-friendly sub-brand is now prepping up to launch the entry-level Redmi 9 series. While Xiaomi hasn't released any official information about the Redmi 9 series yet, we do have some key details about the upcoming devices, including live images, specifications, and pricing....