Posts From Tushar Mehta

Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

Tushar's love for tinkering with different forms of consumer tech brings him to this front. Besides technology, he likes to keep a tab on the political climate and trade bouts that make things expensive, and in turn, peeve him. Email him at [email protected]

Apple cuts App Store commission rate to 15% for smaller developers

Apple and Google collectively control the mobile app ecosystem and that's no understatement. Apple's iOS and iPadOS and Google's Android power more than 99% of the smartphones and tablets in the world. Both the tech giants also dictate how app developers get paid for purchases made by users on the App Store and the Play...

Samsung announces Exynos 1080 SoC with ARM Cortex-A78 CPU cores and Mali-G78 GPU

Samsung's Exynos lineup of chipsets has been lagging behind their counterparts for the last few generations. While this applies to SoCs across different price brackets, news around Samsung's flagship processors trailing behind their competitors from the Qualcomm camp has gained most traction. The Exynos 990 from earlier this year was also overpowered by the Snapdragon...

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is proof that a great LCD is better than a good AMOLED

The Xiaomi Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro are Xiaomi's latest flagship-killer grade smartphones. By nomenclature, they succeed in the Mi 9T and the Mi 9T Pro, respectively. The Mi 10T duo gets a range of updates over the Mi 9T — rebranded Redmi K20 series — including the newer, more advanced, and 5G-enabled...

The pure Android One experience sets the Nokia 5.3 apart in India’s budget smartphone market

The Nokia 5.3, one of the first smartphone announcements delayed because of COVID-19, follows in the same footsteps of other Nokia-branded devices launched after 2016. It offers a relatively pure Android software experience as a result of HMD Global's commitment to Google's Android One program. More recently, the Nokia 5.3 was launched in India, where...

Truecaller brings Call Reason support, letting callers state their intention when calling

Caller ID has been one of the most crucial features that users desire on their smartphones. The demand has inspired Google as well as other smartphone manufacturers to pre-build a caller ID system in their dialer apps, especially to restrict scammers and spam calls. With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting how we operate and communicate and...

Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro with Snapdragon 865, 144Hz Adaptive LCD display, 5G launch in India

Until last year, Xiaomi had primarily been focusing on the budget segments with its value-for-money offerings in price-competitive markets like India. Earlier this year, Xiaomi changed its focus by separating the Mi and Redmi brands and launching its flagship Mi 10 (review) in the country. Xiaomi's biggest competitor in this price segment — OnePlus —...

Download Google Camera 8.0 from the Pixel 5 on other Pixel phones

Over the years, Google has established the custom of introducing some new camera features with the latest Pixel devices. With the launch of the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G last month, Google took the same route and showcased new features, like Night Sight for portrait mode, that will be exclusively available on the...

Hands-on with Google Camera 8.0 from the Google Pixel 5

Google Camera offers one of the greatest experiences when it comes to smartphone photography. Even though the camera hardware has remained unchanged for several generations of Pixel smartphones, each new device gets new and exciting software features. With the recent launch of the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G, Google introduced several new Camera...

Hands-on with Night Mode in Google Camera Go: Democratizing Low-Light Photography

If there's one area Google's Pixel smartphones remain undefeated, it is definitely in camera software. Most of the magic in the Google Camera app happens on the software side. Even though the tech giant continues to use the same 12.2MP primary camera on its smartphones since the Pixel 2, the software algorithms backing the Google...

Sony WH-1000XM4 ANC headphones launched in India for ₹29,990 (~$410)

Sony is among the most reputed brands when it comes to audio products, including a variety of headsets. Its WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) have been widely appreciated for their sound quality, comfort, and battery longevity. Last month, Sony revealed their successor globally, and now, the Sony WH-1000XM4 ANC headphones are coming...

OnePlus Nord Camera Review: Six reasons you should use the Google Camera mod

Since the launch of the OnePlus One, OnePlus has evolved from being the subject of bad math puns to being one of the most recommended brands among enthusiasts. Over these last six odd years, OnePlus has changed up its smartphone strategy significantly; they started out as a brand that sold "flagship killers" that undercut the...

OPPO Reno 4 Pro (Global) Review: A Mid-Ranger in a Premium Outfit

OPPO is the world's fifth-largest smartphone brand by volume. As the first phone brand under China's BBK Electronics Group, OPPO has dominated the smartphone markets of China and parts of Asia throughout the 2010s. However, it remained alien to the majority of users in the West until its flagship, the OPPO Find X, caught the...