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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.

Gboard prepares to remove emoji handwriting, promote voice typing in India, and more

GBoard is one of the most popular keyboards on Android, riding the popularity charts on the back of its predictive text suggestions and swipe-typing capabilities, as well as feature integration from other Google services. While most app updates tend to bring with new features, the next update to GBoard is preparing to remove the emoji...

OnePlus Launcher adds a new homescreen-only app layout and a step counter in Shelf

OnePlus' OxygenOS is one of the main reasons behind the popularity of the company's devices. It offers users a near-stock Android experience, while still offering plenty of customization options to choose from. And as such, the stock OnePlus Launcher available on OnePlus devices looks pretty minimal at first, but it does offer some key features...

OnePlus Care offers free 1 Year Extended Warranty, Upgrade Plans, and more for users in India

Over the last couple of years, OnePlus has solidified its position in India as a premium smartphone manufacturer. Ever since the launch of the OnePlus 3, the company has steadily expanded its fan base in the country, delivering one amazing smartphone after another. OnePlus has also introduced a few India-specific features in OxygenOS to appeal...

[Update: MIUI 11 too] Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro launching in India on October 16

The Redmi Note series is undoubtedly one of Xiaomi's most successful product lineup and the Redmi Note 7 series from earlier this year has been one of the best selling products in its segment. The upcoming Redmi Note 8 series, which was launched in China and Europe earlier this year, is expected to continue this...

Amazon Alexa gets English-Hindi bilingual support in India, allowing seamless language switching

To cater to the growing Amazon Echo user base in India, Amazon pushed Hindi support for its Alexa digital assistant last month. Even though Alexa was about a year behind the Google Assistant, the added functionality opened up a host of possibilities for Indian users. Not only does Amazon's assistant now understand user commands in...

Android 10 rolling out for the Nokia 8.1 with September 2019 security patch

When it comes to Android updates, HMD Global is one of the few manufacturers that delivers timely updates for its current generation of smartphones. In keeping with the trend, the company has been pushing regular Android 10 beta updates for the Snapdragon 710-powered Nokia 8.1. After ironing out all the issues in the beta channel,...

MIUI Launcher has a hidden Google Discover integration that only works in some regions

The Google Discover feed is a very handy feature that you'd mostly find on Pixel or other stock Android devices. The feed conveniently sits to the left of your home screen and displays vital information about things that matter to you. These include the latest news stories, updates about your favorite sports teams, tailored video...

Samsung promises to provide Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A50 with monthly security updates

Despite the increasing popularity of Chinese brands like Xiaomi and Realme, Korean giant Samsung retains its lead as the world's largest OEM. Even though the company has always set a high benchmark in terms of smartphone hardware, its software experience hasn't always been at par with some of the other manufacturers. However, ever since the...

Xiaomi launches the Redmi 8 budget smartphone with the Snapdragon 439 and dual cameras

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi offers an impressive portfolio of smartphones. Right from entry-level devices like the Redmi 8A to flagships like the Mi Mix 3 to concept phones like the Mi Mix Alpha, the company has it all. But while the flagships haven't really taken off in India, Xiaomi's budget and mid-range devices are very...

Latest Tasker and Join betas bring back clipboard monitoring on Android 10

Back in January this year, we learned that Android 10/Q might be considering blocking clipboard access to apps running in the background. When we first got our hands on the Android 10 beta in March, the same was confirmed to be true. This spelled the end for clipboard managers which require access to clipboard data...

Download the new Round icon pack from the OnePlus 7T on other OnePlus phones

Following the customary period of leaks and teasers, OnePlus finally lifted the covers off the new OnePlus 7T late last month. The device introduced several of OnePlus 7 Pro's most premium features to a more affordable price bracket, including the 90Hz display, the triple rear cameras, and more. On the software front as well, the...

Essential starts hiring software engineers in India

While Andy Rubin's Essential no longer sells its only smartphone, the company has reportedly been working on a new mobile device. The device was first teased back in December last year when the company confirmed that they were "hard at work on [their] next mobile product". Then, late last month we received confirmation from a...