Posts by Rithvik Rao

Rithvik is a News Editor here at Pocketnow, currently a student living in California. He fell in love with tech at an early age after messing with the HTC G1, and is now studying application development to further fuel his love for tech. Rithvik also enjoys reading fiction novels when he's not tied up with work. | Google+ | Twitter |

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    Motorola is still on a roll when it comes to Android updates, as it's quickly rolled out an Android 4.4.4 update to the Droid family of devices and has now moved on to send out soak test invites for Verizon Moto X and G owners enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network (MFN). What exactly is new in this Verizon Moto X and G soak test? Let's find out. First and foremost is Android 4.4.4, which just brings a ton of patches and bug fixes over the build currently found on both phones. In the Moto G soak test changelog however, there are a few things that aren't a part of Android 4.4.4 (though ...

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    HTC lately has been one of the market leaders in terms of Android updates for its smartphones, as it's been routinely providing updates since the One M7 of yesteryear. The company even committed to updating the One M7 and M8 to Android L within minutes of the OS update's unveiling, so it's looking fairly obvious that it's serious about getting devices up to date. One M8 models are still stuck on Android 4.4.2, though, while Android 4.4.4 is already out, so HTC Vice President of Management Mo Versi shined some light on the unlocked One M8 Android update schedule. In a tweet, Versi said ...

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    One of the things we dislike about Sony phones is that their sales are restricted to non-US markets for the most part, but it sounds like this could be changing in the future -- we did of course see what's probably the Xperia Z3 go through the FCC's certification process recently. Today the company's current flagship is available for purchase, as it looks like Xperia Z2 US sales are finally a go. Before we get into availability details, let's talk specifications (because that's what everyone cares about, right?). The Xperia Z2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz, a ...

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    Benchmarking programs have long been a controversial subject. Big manufacturers have been accused of cheating them, and the process of putting a score to a phone has been debated too. So when AnTuTu Labs announced that its famous benchmarking app would be receiving a pretty huge update, we decided to give it a run -- this is our AnTuTu 5.0 overview. Many tests are run as part of any benchmarking program, and AnTuTu is no exception. While these tests themselves are generally considered great metrics showing a device's performance, how the end result is calculated as a seemingly-arbitrary ...

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    There has been no shortage of sales on Motorola's Moto X, but we're sure many of you still may want to get your hands on one of the best phones of 2013. If that's the case, you're in luck -- the Motorola deals keep rolling in, and this latest Moto X sale is a testament to that. Motorola, with the coupon code MBXISMOT, will sell you a Moto X for a variety of different discounts, depending on the model. The 16GB is $299 off contract, while the 32GB is $324 (both regular and developer editions, also off contract). The 64GB model is $374. You'll also get a free Moto Skip, and shipping is free. ...

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    When it comes to small phones, Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact has reined supreme for most of 2014, with no real competitors in sight. Now that there's a new kid on the block, we decided to quickly compare the two through specs -- so here is LG G3 Beat vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This one's pretty much a no-contest. It's pretty ridiculous how the Z1 Compact is able to massacre the G3 Beat in almost every spec, and it's mainly because one's a flagship-class phone while the other is clearly a midranger. In both our comparison with the Galaxy S5 mini and One mini 2, one thing remained consistent -- ...

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    Continuing on with our post-announcement spec comparisons between the G3 Beat and other similar phones (the last one being between it and the Galaxy S5 mini), we've put together LG G3 Beat vs HTC One mini 2. It's a similar story to the last comparison -- the G3 Beat just isn't a compelling hardware package when pitted against its closest competitors, but we stress that hardware doesn't necessarily equal stellar performance. The two phones are equal in most categories, with the One mini 2 winning out with its screen, storage capacity, front and rear-facing camera, and WiFi bands. It also ...

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    Now that the LG G3 Beat has been announced, it's time to start talking comparisons between it and 2014's other mini phones, including Samsung's own Galaxy S5 mini. As we don't yet have review units of either, spec comparisons will have to suffice for now, so let's do it -- this is LG G3 Beat vs Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. On paper, there's one clear winner between the S5 mini and the G3 Beat -- the Samsung takes the cake in almost every department, but remember that specs are almost never an exactly accurate gauge of performance. Things such as OEM skins and component quslity will determine ...

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    LG has just announced its G3 Beat, but is this a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact-level phone, or just another midrange small-screener? Let's take a look through our full list of LG G3 Beat specs, compiled for you down below. The need-to-know specifications for this phone include the display and SoC, which are (respectively) a 5-inch 1280x720 panel and a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 unit. There's also a decent 8MP camera, but the storage and memory allotments leave us with the word "midrange" in our mouths -- 8GB of ROM and 1GB of RAM are included. For a complete list of LG G3 specs, ...

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    We've seen it in a variety of leaks so far, but it's now finally official -- say hello to LG G3 Beat, a smaller version of LG's G3 flagship phone. Let's take a look at what it packs, shall we? It offers the same "Floating Arc" metallic design as its bigger brother, and has a 5-inch display trapped in a chassis with minimal bezel. It overall looks like a scaled-down G3, just as you'd expect. Since we've covered specs extensively in a follow-up post, let's go over the basics for now. As mentioned earlier, there's a 5-inch display, but this phone is unfortunately quite the midranger. That ...

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    Two of the hottest products in consumer electronics right now are the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, the first in a wave of Android Wear-flavored wearable devices. Both have bene fairly hard to get by if you're a Google Play-hater, but now Android Wear availability has expanded to both Best Buy and Google's own Shopping Express service. The prices haven't changed for both Best Buy and Shopping Express, though first-time buyers on Shopping Express get a 10-dollar discount. Shopping Express is also limited to a very specific list of regions, while Best Buy is pretty much nationwide ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    Even though Android Wear products have now hit the market, monthly updates for Google Glass have continually been rolling out -- and this month is no exception. The Google Glass XE19.1 update, released yesterday evening, brings improved connectivity and more features to the ambitious face-mounted wearable. Right off the bad, network connectivity has been improved. Considering that this has found its way onto the changelog, we're thinking this has been improved pretty greatly -- and rightfully so, considering that issues were reported with connectivity on the previous Glass firmware ...

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    It seems the new cool thing for OEMs to do is release a "mini" version of their flagship phones a couple months after the initial release. LG doesn't look to be bucking the trend, as a German LG G3 S user manual has leaked, allegedly showing off a "mini" G3. This supposed G3 S has model number D722V, meaning this is a Vodafone phone. It runs a custom build of Android 4.4.x KitKat, meaning LG has sprinkled its own software goodies atop AOSP -- it looks like some features, like the ability to take selfies with gestures, have been carried over. Apart from all that, nothing else has come about ...

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    AT&T remains one of the best carriers to be with if you want to get your hands all over the newest phones to hit the market. Apart from the Amazon Fire Phone exclusive, the carrier has just net itself two new phones, announcing Nokia Lumia 635 and HTC Desire 610 availability on its network. The Lumia 635, which just showed up on the doorsteps of rival carrier T-Mobile, packs a 4.5-inch 480x854 display and Windows Phone 8.1. It will be available on AT&T GoPhone on July 25, and will later make its way over to AT&T online and in retail stores on August 8. The GoPhone pricing is ...

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