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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    Another week, another leaked Samsung Android phone to feast our eyes on. Thanks to GFXBench, this week that phone is the Galaxy E7 (SM-E700), as a recent Samsung Galaxy E7 specs leak has left very little up in the air about the midranger phone. The device now has a full Info section on GFXBench, rattling off many of the specs we crave. There's a 720p 5.5-inch display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 system on a chip (with Adreno 306 GPU), about 2GB of RAM, roughly 12GB of free storage, and just about a 13MP camera with 1080p video recording included as well. The front camera ...

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    Motorola's primarily been invested in the American market ever since it was acquired by its former owner Google. For one, it didn't have the strength it needed to successfully attack ultra-competitive Asian markets, and the company was going through a reboot period anyway. Now, with new owner Lenovo (and all the expertise its employees bring from years of success in the Chinese market), we're all poised for a Motorola China re-entry soon. And if Motorola's Chinese site is to be believed, that will happen soon, with the launch of new Asia-focused products. There's no word on exactly what ...

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    Wireless network technology is in a constant state of advancement. Just years ago, swooning over 3G-capable phones wasn't as heinous as it sounds today, and we're already in a world where the majority of some countries is blanketed with LTE networks. The natural next step in the evolution is the adoption of voice-over-LTE / HD voice technology in order to improve the dying voice call. And AT&T is continuing that momentum with updates to a portion of its smartphone fleet, including through this Galaxy S4 Mini VoLTE update today. The update is only for AT&T-branded units ...

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    Over the past few years, India has risen to become a hotbed for smartphone growth, offering OEMs lots of potential for low-priced phones to compete in a growing market. It and OnePlus seem like the perfect match – OnePlus has the pretty nice phone at a fair price, and India has the growth potential and customers the former needs. In the midst of the two joining, however, there have been many hurdles. According to OnePlus, just two weeks before the One was set to launch in India, the company was notified that Indian manufacturer Micromax had attained exclusive rights to the CyanogenMod OS ...

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    Slowly but surely, Android Wear adoption by major companies has been on the rise. The latest heavyweight to join the list is Netflix, having just announced Netflix Android Wear integration through the use of its blog, which can be nothing but good for the relatively-new platform. Let's take a look at what's new in the app, shall we? Two main features have been added: the Android Wear support, and some social integration. The latter has been present on other platforms for a while now, and Netflix has finally just ported it over to Android. The changes are best described in Netflix's own ...

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    Rumors surrounding HTC's 2015 flagship have been murky as of late. Ever since the launch of the One M8 in early 2014, it only seemed natural that the followup would be titled "One M9," but recent leaks have predicted otherwise, instead resulting in a torrent of information seeking to confirm information about a phone flying under the moniker "Hima." That continues now, @upleaks having just furnished us with a look at the possible HTC Hima color options. As per the leaker, we should expect to see grey, silver, and gold variants of the phone. Last year's One M8 saw availability of all three ...

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    Weeks ago, when Google officially dropped Android 5.0's source code into AOSP, LG was fast to claim the title of the first OEM to update a non-Nexus phone to the Lollipop build (though, technically speaking, Motorola had already begun soak testing the update for its Moto X "Pure Edition" at the time). At the time it was only available in Poland, and finally today we're learning of further progress, with the LG G3 Lollipop Europe release nearing completion as you read this. All across the many European countries, users of the international-oriented D855 G3 model are being alerted with the ...

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    A new Samsung phone is on the horizon. That isn't so surprising, is it? Now, how about if we told you that Samsung's thinnest phone ever was the phone we were referring to, and that we now have a full set of leaked Galaxy A7 specs to look at? That's exactly the situation we're dealing with, so let's piece together a picture of the phone. Just as we previously were expecting thanks to Chinese regulatory agency TENAA, the phone will supposedly have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, but unlike that report SamMobile is contending that an Exynos 5433 processor will be inside powering it all. This is ...

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    We know from experience now that when Google decides to go big, it goes big. The same holds true for its app update days. Early this morning, we were hearing word of a major update to Hangouts, and then hours later we learned about a major Android Wear revision for Lollipop. We're happy to report that those two things aren't all, and that the Google app updates continue with these Wallet and Inbox updates we're now filling you in on. The Google Wallet update is meant as an easier way to manage gift and loyalty cards in one central location. It comes in at version 8.0, and a download link ...

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    While it may be late enough to get your pitchforks shaking, Google Play edition Moto G users, the Lollipop update is finally here. Yes, stock Lollipop, as vanilla as it can be, is on its way out to phones everywhere as part of this Moto G GPe Lollipop update wave, and we've even got a download link you can use to speed up the process in case the OTA isn't available to you specifically. The software version rolling out is the latest build of Android, version 5.0.1, and it's build number LRX21Z. We should point out that this build is seemingly slightly order than the 22Z build received by ...

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    If you're an Android user of Google's Hangouts communication platform, chances are you've felt left out of the fun on some features added to the iOS version of the same app as of late. Well, fret not, because there's a massive Hangouts update dropping today with hordes of features and a much more refine look. First of all, there are 16 new sticker packs available in the app. There are things all the way from penguins to cats, so you can explore for a good while once you have the update up and running. Filters have also been added for video calls, allowing for sepia, vignette, black & ...

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    The best-kept secrets are ones that have been in our phones for months, it seems. After all's been said and done in our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, we're now just learning some details about one crucial component, the display. Corning, makers of the Gorilla Glass line of products, has thrown us a curveball today, letting us know about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha Gorilla Glass 4 employment for the cover glass has gone unnoticed until now. The glass is just 0.4 millimeters thin, allowing for the premium, thin look Samsung went for with the Alpha smartphone. The Gorilla Glass 4 also ...

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    Ever since Microsoft released Cortana a few months ago, the voice assistant has almost always been on the front lines when it comes to witty and seasonally-appropriate replies thanks to the dedication of the Microsoft team in Redmond. Today that continues, with Cortana Christmas updates adding a few new neat tricks. Let's have a look, shall we? There are many queries which receive the themed responses from Cortana. For example, trying asking the assistant "Where is Santa?" and she might respond with "Santa could be enjoying some of Mrs. Claus's baked cookies." Ask her to sing you a ...

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    It was just yesterday we were talking about Apple releasing iOS 8.1.2 as a security and bug-fixing update for its line of iOS devices, so we weren't expecting to be back so soon letting you know that the software has already been jailbroken, this iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak brought to you by team TaiG. Early indications from prominent jailbreakers after the update dropped were that the vulnerability TaiG used as a jailbreak injection mechanism had remained untouched, which meant that with just an update the team could make the jailbreak work with 8.1.2. TaiG has delivered on that today, with ...

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    It may or may not be Lollipop, but who's to complain about a brand-new update for the DROID Turbo? Today, soak testers part of the Motorola Feedback Network are reporting to Droid Life that they've received word of an upcoming soak test, which likely is either Android 5.0 (Lollipop), HD Voice/VoLTE/Advanced Calling 1.0, or both. Motorola made the Lollipop update available for versions of he Moto X smartphone just a ew short weeks or days ago depending on your carrier, so it's safe to assume that the same goodies could be crossing the pond to its elder sibling the Turbo. In any case, ...

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