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.

Netflix wants you to spend even more time on it with its “N-Plus” service

After rolling out the new Shuffle Play feature to all users late last month, Netflix is now gathering feedback for a new service that will add a social aspect to the streaming platform. The company recently sent out a survey to several users, asking them about new features and content, including podcasts, user-generated playlists, tutorials,...

Twitter rolls out improved image cropping on iOS and Android

Twitter started testing improved image cropping and 4K image viewing on its mobile app earlier this year in March. Out of the two new features, Twitter rolled out 4K image support on iOS and Android late last month. Now, the company is finally rolling out improved image cropping on its mobile apps. The company announced the...

Google Chrome’s media player is getting several new features and improvements

Google rolled out new media playback controls for Chrome in January last year. The feature added a new icon next to the address bar for easy access to media playback controls. Recently, Google rolled out an update for the media controls on the Chrome Canary channel, which added a progress bar and dynamic backgrounds to...

Android Studio 4.2 brings IntelliJ upgrade, Safe Args support, and more

In October last year, Google rolled out Android Studio 4.1 with support for foldables in the Android Emulator, a few style updates, TensorFlow Lite enhancements, and more. Over the last few months, the company has been working on the next major Android Studio update, and it's now finally available on the stable channel. Android Studio 4.2...

OnePlus Watch finally gets two features it should have had at the start

OnePlus lifted the covers off the OnePlus Watch during the OnePlus 9 series launch event earlier this year in March. In our review of the smartwatch, we found that it offered a premium design, great battery life, and snappy performance. But it lacked a couple of key features that are available on smartwatches that cost...

Here’s how to enable the unreleased dark mode on Snapchat for Android

While a majority of popular apps have received a native dark theme over the last few years, there are still quite a few that don't offer the feature. Snapchat, for instance, still doesn't offer dark mode support. But that's set to change soon. The social media platform recently started rolling out a dark mode on...

PSA: Google Photos’ unlimited free storage offer expires this month

In November last year, Google announced that it would no longer offer unlimited free storage for "high quality" photos on Google Photos starting June 1, 2021. At the time, the company had revealed that it would limit free storage on Google Photos to 15GB, and users would have to pay for a monthly Google One...

Here are the best 4G laptops you can buy in May 2021: Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft, & more!

Traditional laptops are good at many things, but on-the-go connectivity isn’t one of them. Whether you are a mobile professional or a regular user, you need to connect to the internet to get things done. To do so, you can either use public WiFi or smartphone tethering. But both these options come with their own...

YouTube Shorts rolls out to all creators in the US with a couple of new features in tow

YouTube debuted its TikTok-alternative Shorts in India back in September last year. The feature made its way to the US early this year, but it was only available on the beta channel and several creators didn't have access to it. YouTube is now rolling out Shorts to all creators in the US, and it comes...

YouTube may soon show video titles, descriptions and captions in your native language

YouTube often tests new features with a small subset of its users before rolling them out to a broader audience. Over the last few months, the platform has conducted several such tests, like hiding the dislike count on some videos, a new clips feature, and more. YouTube has now started testing another cool new feature...

Tasker’s latest update adds sleep tracking and a favorite actions menu

In February this year, Tasker received a significant update on the beta channel (v5.12.3) that added sleep tracking automation to the app. The feature used Google's Sleep API to centralize sleep detection processing in a battery-efficient manner and helped users easily track their sleeping state using the app. The feature is now rolling out on...

Xiaomi lets you change the boot animation and charging screen in MIUI: Here’s how to do it without root!

While root access was mandatory for high-level customization on Android devices not too long ago, it's not as important these days. There are a bunch of apps on the Play Store that will let you customize almost every aspect of your device without requiring root access, and a couple of OEMs now also offer first-party...