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.

Google is giving away a free Home Mini to Assistant users

It seems like Google has an abundance of Home Minis lying around because it's giving them away for free to everyone out there. The company has previously offered a free Home Mini to Google One subscribers and YouTube Premium members in various regions. Earlier this year, it also partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve...

Android 10-based MIUI 11 updates for the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, and Mi Mix 3 are now in closed beta

Late last month at an event in China, Xiaomi showcased some of its newest products, including the Mi Mix Alpha and the Mi 9 Pro 5G. Along with the hardware, the company also announced MIUI 11 at the event. The company's latest Android skin brings a ton of improvements and new features compared to MIUI...

OnePlus is working on an Instant Translation feature for video calls

At its recent launch event in London, OnePlus finally lifted the covers off the new OnePlus 7T Pro. The device, which is a minor upgrade over the OnePlus 7 Pro, packs in a Snapdragon 855+ chip and up to 12GB of RAM in the McLaren edition. At the launch event, the company also showcased some...

Google Tasks, Google Voice, and Shazam get dark themes on Android 10

A system-wide dark mode has been one of the most requested features on Android for quite a while. Google finally delivered with the first stable rollout of Android 10, pushing a new darker theme for the operating system. The company also rolled out individual dark mode toggles for many of its apps, including Google Keep,...

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...