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 Duo 87 lets you contact others via email address and adds family mode and new filters

Earlier this month, we learned that Google was preparing to add a few new features to its popular video calling app Duo. These included the ability to reach contacts using their email address, support for group calls on the web, shareable invites, and a new Family mode. The company has now started rolling out the...

[Update: Still Happening] Coronavirus affects another big tech event: IFA 2020

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has infected over 2 million people worldwide and has brought many countries to a complete standstill. The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on industries globally, with several companies in the technology sector being forced to delay launches indefinitely and cancel all live events, including major tech events like MWC 2020...

[Update 2: Join extension approved] The PushBullet and Join Chrome extensions are in danger of being removed due to vague privacy violations

In a bid to ensure that the Chrome Web Store doesn't host any malicious Chrome extensions, Google routinely updates the platform's privacy policies. Back in October 2018, the company announced one such update which was aimed at making extensions more secure. As part of the update, Google introduced new user controls for host permissions, made...

Honor unveils the ViewPad 6 tablet, a 16.1″ MagicBook Pro laptop, TWS Earbuds X1, and more

Earlier this month, Huawei's sub-brand Honor shared a render of an upcoming 5G device called the Honor X10 5G. The device, which is expected to launch in China tomorrow, will be powered by Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 820 chip and feature a quad-camera setup, a pop-up selfie camera, and a 90Hz display. Just a day ahead...

Google is testing a simpler UI for its Nest Hub smart displays

Google recently rolled out a new firmware update for its Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays. The update (v1.46) introduced a number of interface and usability changes, including a few minor tweaks to the System Settings, new display settings, lighting controls, and more. Now, according to a recent blog post, the company has...

Vivo announces the flagship iQOO Z1 smartphone with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus

Earlier this month, MediaTek announced its new Dimensity 1000 Plus flagship chipset, featuring support for 144Hz displays. At the time, Vivo's sub-brand iQOO had revealed that it was already working on a new phone based on MediaTek's latest chipset but we had no further information about the upcoming device. Just a few weeks since MediaTek's...

New Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leaks detail the design, camera, and battery specs

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 20 series later this year in August and we've already seen quite a few rumors about the upcoming devices. Earlier this year in March, the kernel source code for the Galaxy S20 revealed that the Galaxy Note 20 series will feature the Snapdragon 865 SoC. Shortly thereafter,...

Android SVP apologizes after Google Play erroneously removed Podcast Addict for showing COVID-19 content

In a bid to curb the spread of misinformation during these trying times, several tech giants banded together earlier this year to provide users with actual, verified facts about the COVID-19 situation and take down any misleading information from their respective platforms. Google, being Google, automated this process and the results have been quite undesirable...

Redmi 10X series with MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC launching in China on May 26

Earlier this month, we spotted an upcoming Redmi 5G smartphone on Chinese certification authority TENAA's website. The certification listing revealed that the device will feature a 6.57-inch OLED display, a 48MP triple rear camera setup, a 4,420mAh battery, and a design similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 series. We also learned that the device...

HTC is joining the TWS earbuds club with the HTC U Ear

Truly wireless (TWS) earbuds have seen a significant uptick in popularity over the last year or so. Thanks to the trend kickstarted by Apple's AirPods, several manufacturers have released their take on the hot new accessory. While a number of big-name OEMs, like Samsung and Huawei, have been offering TWS earbuds for a while now,...

Samsung is killing off its XR service and VR Video apps

Samsung has been a dominant player in the mobile VR space thanks to the Samsung Gear VR, which was made in collaboration with Oculus VR — the makers of the popular standalone VR headset Oculus Rift. The company was known for offering Gear VR headsets with its previous Samsung Galaxy flagships, but that ended with...

Facebook is reportedly being investigated by India over WhatsApp Pay

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been trying to enter the payments space in India for quite a while now. We first found signs of a new payments feature in the app all the way back in 2017 and the feature briefly rolled out to a small number of users back in 2018. However, due to data localization...