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.

[Update: OnePlus 7 Rollout] OxygenOS Open Beta 4 for the OnePlus 7 series adds a new gesture, weather provider, and more

Earlier this month, OnePlus rolled out OxygenOS Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. As part of the update, OnePlus released a bunch of bug fixes and a couple of new features. Most notably, the company rolled out a new Work-Life Balance feature for users in India. This new feature allows...

Developers can now upload Progressive Web Apps to the Samsung Galaxy Store

Earlier this year in February, Google Chrome for Android received an update that introduced a whole new category of apps on the Google Play Store. The update essentially allowed developers to publish Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) on the Play Store, thanks to Trusted Web Activities which Google announced back in 2017. Now, Samsung is building...

Realme X Development Updates: First Custom Kernel and 5 new ROMs are available

Chinese OEM Realme launched the Realme X in India back in July this year and the device quite well received. In a bid to make the device more attractive to buyers, the company then shipped units to custom ROM and kernel developers late last month. Thanks to the company's proactive support, we saw the release...

We’ve opened forums for the Moto G8 Plus, Moto G8 Play, Moto E6 Play, and OPPO Reno Z

Despite receiving poor response in high-competition markets like India, Motorola has launched a couple of compelling devices in the recent past. Over the last couple of months, the company has launched the Motorola One Action, Motorola One Zoom, Moto E6 series, and the Motorola One Macro. Most recently, it launched the Moto G8 Plus, along...

[Update 2: Rolling Out] Samsung confirms an Android 10 beta is coming soon to the Galaxy Note 10

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 beta for the Galaxy S10 series. The beta program introduced all Android 10 exclusive features to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10e. Additionally, the update also introduced some subtle UI changes to further streamline Samsung's software. For instance, the caller notification...

[Update 2: Reworked] Google could let you restore your Chromebook using your Android phone

One of the best things about using a Chromebook is that a vast majority of your files are backed up online. This means that in case of a hardware failure, you can rest assured that all your files can easily be downloaded again. However, if Chrome OS stops working for some reason, then you've got...

Android 10 custom ROMs are available for the OnePlus 3/3T, Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 & Mi 6X, Huawei P Smart 2018, Samsung Galaxy A70, and Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

Google released the Android 10 source code early last month, shortly after it rolled out stable Android 10 to the Pixel lineup. Since then, several devices have received Android 10-based custom ROMs, including the Xiaomi Redmi 2, Moto G 2015, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, HTC 10, HTC One M8, Realme 3 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S7,...

Google Messages 5.2 adds chat reminders and prepares to support bubble notifications and suggested stickers

Google tests a number of features on its apps before they're released to the stable or beta channel. If these features are implemented but made inaccessible, we are sometimes able to enable them before public release. And more often than not, these features gradually make their way to the stable channel. We've previously discovered features...

Honor 9X smartphone launches in Russia, coming soon to the Netherlands

Huawei's subsidiary Honor launched the Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro in China earlier this year. The devices packed in some impressive specifications and featured a modern design with a notch-less display up on the front. To make room for the display, Honor also put the selfie camera in a pop-up module at the top....

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G kernel source code is now available

Late last month at an event in China, Xiaomi launched the Mi 9 Pro 5G, an upgraded version of its flagship Mi 9. The device featured some impressive specifications, including a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. It also featured a vapor chamber-style heat sink made of copper and support for 40-watt...

OnePlus Launcher 4.1.0 prepares to add a new Courier Tracking card to the Shelf

OxygenOS, OnePlus' skinned version of Android, is one of the main reasons behind the popularity of its devices. It offers users a stock Android-like experience, while still featuring plenty of customization options. Even the stock apps included on the devices follow this trend, including the OnePlus Launcher. The launcher looks minimal at first, but it...

ASUS rolls out a public Android 10 beta with ZenUI 6 for the ZenFone 5Z

Following the first stable rollout of Android 10 on Pixel devices, several manufacturers have released both stable and beta updates to their devices. While some, like Essential and OnePlus, released stable versions of Android 10 to some of their devices, most others are still on the beta channel. Quite recently, LG and Oppo released their...