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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.

Google tweaks last week’s Pixel Watch teaser to make its bezel look slimmer

Google shared a teaser showcasing the Pixel Watch's design last week, giving us our first look at the watch's unique twist-lock strap mechanism and confirming that it would feature Gorilla Glass protection. In addition, it showcased a couple of cool watch faces that will ship with the Pixel Watch. While the black background of all the...

Google tests new in-app browser UI for Search and Discover

Google is reportedly testing a new in-app browser UI for Search and Discover. Instead of opening webpages in fullscreen, the new UI uses a sheet that doesn't extend all the way to the top of the screen. 9to5Google reports that the new UI is appearing for some users running version 13.37 of the Google app. It either...

[Update: Fix rolling out] Google Photos is messing up old backed-up images for some users

Many Google Photos users have reported seeing artifacts in old backed-up images in the last few days. The issue seems to affect photos uploaded over five years ago, adding lines, dots, deep cracks, and what looks like water stains not present on the original uploads. A support thread highlighting the issue includes various examples showcasing the...

XDA forums are now open for the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, and Poco F4

Since we last added new forum pages for the latest smartphones, Xiaomi and Motorola have announced a couple of new phones. Xiaomi unveiled its Galaxy Z Fold 4 competitor, the Mix Fold 2, and Motorola announced the Moto X30 Pro (AKA Motorola Edge 30 Ultra). We've now opened forum pages fo these devices to give...

Android 13 custom ROMs are now available for the ancient Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II

Even though it's been over a month since Google rolled out Android 13 on the stable channel, the update is officially only available on a handful of phones. But since the company has also uploaded the Android 13 source code to AOSP, the aftermarket development community has released custom ROMs based on Android 13 for...

Samsung kicks off One UI 5.0 beta program for the Galaxy A52

Samsung opened the One UI 5 public beta program for its flagship Galaxy S22 series early last month. Over the last few weeks, the company has released a few beta builds for the devices, giving users a chance to experience everything new in the Android 13 release ahead of the stable rollout. While the Galaxy...

Woot is already offering ‘clearance’ deals on the Galaxy Watch 5

While it's just been over a month since Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Watch 5, Woot already has the Wear OS smartwatch on clearance. The Amazon-owned retailer is currently offering both the 40mm and 44mm variants of the Bluetooth-only Galaxy Watch 5 at a discount. If you've held back on the purchase so far, now...

You might not have to wait too long to get your hands on the Pixel Watch

Google will officially showcase the Pixel Watch alongside its flagship Pixel 7 series at a hardware launch event early next month. However, the company is struggling to keep its first smartwatch under wraps until the event. Over the last few weeks, we've seen several reports highlighting key details about the Pixel Watch. Now, a new...

Do the Apple AirPods Pro 2 have Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)?

Apple unveiled the second-gen AirPods Pro alongside the iPhone 14 series recently. While the new model doesn't feature any significant design changes, the AirPods Pro 2 brings some noteworthy improvements to the table. They come with Apple's new H2 chip, a redesigned inward-facing microphone, Spatial Audio support, and a new Adaptive Transparency mode. Coming to...

Are the Apple AirPods Pro 2 waterproof? Do they have an IP rating?

Even though the new AirPods Pro 2 don't feature any major design changes, Apple's latest premium TWS earbuds bring several noteworthy improvements over the original AirPods Pro. The earbuds pack Apple's latest H2 chip for improved connectivity, enhanced noise cancellation capabilities, a new inward-facing microphone for better audio quality in calls, and a longer-lasting battery....

How much warranty does the Apple iPhone 14 series have?

Apple's latest iPhone lineup brings several improvements over the iPhone 13 series from last year. While the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus look the same as last year's models, the new devices come with a better primary camera, a new selfie camera with autofocus, and Emergency SOS via satellite support. On the other...

Latest WhatsApp beta brings multi-device support for Android tablets to some users

In April this year, we first got wind of an upcoming WhatsApp feature that would let users link their accounts to a secondary phone or tablet. This feature, called Companion mode, is now showing up for some Android users with the latest WhatsApp beta update. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp beta for Android v2.22.21.6 brings the Companion mode...