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.

Verizon announces plans to acquire prepaid phone provider TracFone

US telecom giant Verizon has entered an agreement with Mexico's América Móvil to acquire its US-based subsidiary TracFone. TracFone is one of the leading prepaid phone providers in the US and its acquisition is expected to help Verizon expand its portfolio into the value segment. For the unaware, TracFone has been a longtime partner of...

Google prepares to decouple Chrome updates from Chrome OS updates

While Google pushes regular software update to Chrome OS devices, these updates depend on several device-specific non-Google hardware and software provides. Due to this, many older Chromebooks don't receive Chrome browser updates indefinitely, leaving them vulnerable just a few years after their release. To remedy this issue, Google is reportedly working on decoupling Chrome updates...

Samsung will likely unveil the Galaxy S20 FE on September 23rd

Leaks and rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 FE have been floating around the interwebs for the last couple of months now. But even though we've learned quite a bit about the upcoming device, Samsung is yet to unveil any information about it. However, that might change soon, as Samsung has announced another Galaxy...

NVIDIA is officially buying ARM with a promise to maintain a neutral and open licensing model

Just a few weeks after unveiling the new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, NVIDIA has now announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire chip designer ARM. In a letter to NVIDIA employees, the company's founder and CEO Jensen Huang wrote: "We are joining arms with Arm to create the leading computing company for...

[Update: More Photos] The Google Pixel 5 leaks online (again), but under the “Pixel 5s” name

Shortly after the Pixel 4a launch early last month, Google dropped a teaser for the upcoming Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. The teaser gave us a glimpse of both devices and confirmed a fall launch. Leaks about the devices followed soon thereafter, and we got our first look at the Google Pixel 5. Its...

Chrome OS tests a Phone Hub to manage notifications and control your Android phone

As part of Google's suite of "Better Together" features, Chrome OS already offers easy integration with your Android phone for things like text/RCS messages, automatic Wi-Fi hotspot, and Smart Lock. Now, according to a recent report from 9to5Google, Google is working to expand Chrome OS' integration with Android devices with a new "Phone Hub" feature. A recent...

Unofficial LineageOS 17.1 is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung entered the affordable flagship segment earlier this year with the launch of the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Since the launch, Samsung has regularly pushed software updates for both the devices, with the Galaxy S10 Lite receiving the company's latest One UI 2.5 update earlier this month. But while Samsung is...

Chromebook gaming to get more viable with Steam Sync in GeForce NOW, preloaded Stadia web app

NVIDIA's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service added Chromebook support in beta last month, giving Chromebook users a chance to experience demanding games on their devices. However, the first beta version of the service didn't include Steam Sync and Highlights support for Chromebooks. Now, NVIDIA has finally released Steam Sync support for Chromebooks with its weekly...

WSL 2 in Windows 10 now supports mounting Linux filesystems like EXT4

After announcing Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) during Microsoft Build last year, Microsoft rolled out the feature to users with the Windows 10 May 2020 update (v. 2004) earlier this year. The update introduced a full Linux kernel to the stable Windows 10 branch, and the company also made WSL 2 updateable through...

Vivaldi Browser on Android gets configurable address and tab bars, full-page blocking

The first stable version of the Vivaldi Browser for Android rolled out on the Google Play Store earlier this year in April. Since then, the privacy-focused browser has received a few updates that unlocked new features, like dark mode support for web content, custom adblocking lists, and one-handed usability improvements. Now, Vivaldi Browser v3.3 has...

Google Play Store prepares to add peer-to-peer app sharing

Earlier this year in April, Google started testing a redesign for the "My Apps & games" section in the Play Store. The redesign removed the "Installed" and "Library" tabs in the section, for a cleaner look with just two tabs — "Updates" and "Beta." However, shortly after we published a report about the redesign, a...

Google announces Android 11 Go Edition with support for 2GB RAM devices

Following the first stable release of Android 11 earlier this week, Google has now announced Android 11 Go Edition — a toned-down version of Google's latest software release for devices with low amounts of RAM. The latest update builds upon the features introduced in Android 10 Go Edition last year and brings a couple of...