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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.

Power Shade brings Android 11’s new media controls UI to any Android device

The first stable Android 11 release is just around the corner, and I'm sure a lot of you are looking forward to trying out all the new features included in the update. However, you might have to wait a while before the update lands on your device and, even then, there's a good chance you...

Google’s Digital Ink Recognition API in ML Kit enables handwriting and drawing recognition

About a month ago, Google made some significant changes to its ML Kit SDK (Software Development Kit) to make mobile development with machine learning easier for developers. The company decoupled ML Kit's on-device APIs from Firebase and made them available under a separate SDK, added Android Jetpack Lifecycle support to all APIs, and announced an...

[Update: TikTok’s statement] Trump signs executive order to ban U.S. “transactions” with TikTok and WeChat

US President Donald Trump has signed a pair of executive orders that ban any US transactions with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat, citing national security risks. The executive orders come just weeks after the Indian government issued a ban on over 100 Chinese apps due to similar reasons. According to a recent...

Apple blocks Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia from the App Store, leaving Android as the only mobile OS for cloud gaming

Microsoft is scheduled to launch its xCloud game streaming service on September 15th and the company has already released a partial list of titles that will be supported at launch. Much like NVIDIA's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, xCloud will let users enjoy a wide variety of Xbox and PC games on their smartphones and...

Google’s new In-App Review API lets developers ask for Play Store reviews without leaving the app

In an APK teardown of the Play Store app (v15.9.21) late last year, we learned that Google was working on a way to let users review Play Store apps through an in-app dialog. This new feature will help users rate an app without the need to head over to the app's Play Store listing. Google...

Tasker 5.9.3 lets you read any sensor on your phone, automate sending messages with any app, and more

When it comes to automation apps on Android, Tasker is widely regarded as one of the best options out there. The app lets you create Profiles that automatically trigger based on certain conditions to execute Tasks, and it offers a wide variety of plugins that can help you automate pretty much anything on your Android...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Galaxy Watch 3 forums are open

During the recent Galaxy Unpacked launch event, Samsung unveiled the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live, and the Galaxy Tab S7. To promote third-party development and discussions about these devices, we recently opened subforums for the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra....

Google Pixel 5a, foldable Pixel, and more Pixel phones appear in leaked document

After several delays, Google finally launched its budget-friendly Pixel 4a earlier this month. The company also teased the upcoming Pixel 4a 5G and the flagship Pixel 5, which are scheduled to launch later this year. But while Google is yet to announce a launch date for its 2020 flagships, a recent report from 9to5Google reveals...

These are the full specs of the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Samsung just unveiled its 10th-gen Galaxy Note lineup at the recently concluded Galaxy Unpacked launch event. As part of the new Galaxy Note 20 series, the company has launched two devices — the regular Galaxy Note 20 and the high-end Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The latest Galaxy Note flagships from Samsung feature top-of-the-line hardware, including...

Best Galaxy Note 20 wireless chargers you can get right now

Over the last couple of years, Samsung has made some significant improvements to its Galaxy Note lineup, especially in the battery capacity and charging departments. And this year's Galaxy Note 20 lineup is no different. The new Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pack in large 4,300mAh and 4,500mAh batteries, and include support...

Samsung launches Galaxy Watch 3 with ECG, blood pressure monitoring, and more

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Series offers one of the best smartwatch experiences for Android users and the company is dialing things up a notch with its latest Galaxy Watch 3. Unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series at the recently concluded Galaxy Unpacked event, the new Galaxy Watch 3 brings more to the table than most...

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live with ANC, 28-hour battery life launched at $169

At the recently concluded Galaxy Unpacked launch event, Samsung has finally lifted the covers off the all-new Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Galaxy Tab S7 series, and the Galaxy Watch 3. Along with these devices, Samsung also unveiled the new Galaxy Buds Live that we've seen in countless leaks and...