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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    As a large chunk of Nexus 9 owners know at this point, the waiting has been long and hard for an official over-the-air update to the latest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. For a Nexus device, it's natural to be yearning for updates as soon as possible, but that simply doesn't look to be happening with this device. In a move that is sure to leave some owners groaning, Google has today started rolling out a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 update. The update is only a small bump up from the 5.0.1 build – it's build number LRX22L, too, if you were wondering. It's likely a combination of various ...

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    A new firmware version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is currently rolling out to applicable Xperia Z2 and Z3 smartphones, and while it doesn't bump the devices up to revision 5.1, it does bring some important changes to how the Xperia skin works on these smartphones. One of the biggest changes is the "close all" button in the task switcher, allowing you to kill all app processes with one button press. Have a look at the others below, should you be a Z2 or Z3 owner! – Ensured the lock screen / notification bar doesn’t indicate “no service” when the device has coverage – Added a Sony ...

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    Just one day ago, we received official confirmation from OPPO that its upcoming new smartphone, the R7, would be fashioned from metal. Now, the company isn't about to let the hype slow down for the device; instead of letting the phone lie low for another day, it's bringing the R7 back into the spotlight by revealing its OPPO R7 backplate choice. The phone's full-metal unibody will be made through magnesium alloy, and shared a GIF to show off the backplate of the phone. That GIF is available at the source link below, but the header image up top is a still frame from it. The phone's design ...

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    It's no secret at this point that ZTE has plans to launch its Nubia Z9 smartphone sometime early this May – it's expected to debut on May 6 for Chinese markets – and it hasn't been a stranger to leaks recently. We saw it pass through TENAA certification, as well as pose for leaked images, and this phone is shaping up to be quite anticipated; that bezel-less design is appealing to say the least. Today we're left with even more information about the phone – namely, that means the ZTE Nubia Z9 price. Chinese online retailer JD.com has posted a tentative price of CNY 4,299 for the Nubia ...

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    T-Mobile over the past few years has been steadily rolling out various changes as part of its transition into the "Un-carrier," disrupting the wireless industry in various significant ways. These moves have been, in general, meant to pressure other carriers into adopting change, as well as customers into joining its network. However, until now, they've never been specifically targeted toward one carrier. That's exactly what's happening now, with the new T-Mobile Never Settle for Verizon campaign. The carrier is pulling one of its most ambitious moves yet to attempt to pull customers away ...

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    Yu didn't really manage to astound anyone with its first smartphone – the Yureka – but it did present an option that was accessible for those searching for a midrange device at not too high a cost. The most special thing about that phone, without a doubt, was the operating system it ran; it forego traditional manufacturer skins or stock Android in favor of Cyanogen's custom operating system (similar to what we saw on the OPPO N1, OnePlus One, and other devices Cyanogen has collaborated in the creation of). Now Yu is set to reveal the sequel of that phone, making official the Yu ...

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    One thing that cannot be disputed is the fact that Apple does a good job getting a vast majority of its user base to use the newest available software revisions. Despite being available for less than a year at this point, iOS 8 adoption has managed to reach quite a respectable percentage; 81% of all iOS devices currently in use are running the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system. This information is as reported by the App Store and measured on April 27; it's quite likely these figures are accurate for actively-used iOS devices. The reason for such a large percentage can be ...

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    While Google still hasn't delivered a long-overdue update to its primary messaging service, Hangouts, it is keeping its SMS application, Messenger, very much ahead of the curve. Aside from having a more modern design, the app is receiving prompt updates to add important (and well-implemented) features. The latest Google Messenger app updated adds a quick reply feature, which should make it quick and easy to carry on text message communications without a second thought. The feature works as demonstrated above and below. When you receive a new text message, you receive a notification as per ...

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    Though you may not quite be able to use the new Google wireless MVNO service, at least we're a bit closer to that date now, with the launch of the Project Fi Android app to the Google Play Store. So even though nobody has an invitation right now, if you're eager to get yours and try out Project Fi, now may be a good time to download the app. What's curious is that this application is available for download on all Android phones, not just the Nexus 6. This is surprising, because Fi (at launch) has a limitation to just the Motorola-made stock Android smartphone; no other smartphones can ...

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    It's that time of the year again, when Q2 is just kicking off and companies begin releasing their Q1 earnings reports. We've already taken a look at what heavy-hitters such as Apple had to share with regards to their financials, now let's talk HTC Q1 2015 earnings. The Taiwanese manufacturer has recorded this quarter 25% year-over-year growth when compared to the same reporting period from the previous year. A profit has been made of about NT$0.36 billion, which translates to US$11 million – while this is slightly worse than last quarter's showing of NT$0.5 billion, this is remarkably ...

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    The third big flagship launch of the year is finally here. Following the MWC launches of HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, we're onto the next big contender for your bucks, the newly-announced G4. All the images you saw and the specs you read probably aren't quite enough to give you the look you want at the year's next big Android phone, so we've prepared for you an LG G4 hands-on video straight out of New York City. Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck gives us our first video look at the phone, showing off the chassis that's oh-so-familiar thanks to its predecessors, the LG G2 and G3. ...

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    The yearly cycle is repeating itself: one flagship is a year old, its replacement brand new. Just what has one year brought us in terms of specs, though? Has the rate of innovation slowed, or are smartphone internals becoming exponentially better with each generation? If it's the newly-announced LG G4 you're wondering about, we've got you covered with an LG G4 vs G3 specs comparison, right down below in chart form. Unsurprisingly, not a whole lot has changed; the G3 was a remarkable phone, and we regarded it as such when heading through the review process with it last year. The ...

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    The time has come for the latest flagship to be unveiled. LG has taken the wraps off of its brand-new G4 smartphone today, ushering in a couple highly-anticipated changes to the company's Android portfolio and improving upon last year's G3 in quite a few ways. In simultaneous events in locations such as New York City, London, and Seoul today, members of the press saw the LG G4 announced and its features demonstrated, especially its camera. Speaking of that camera, there's an f/1.8 aperture lens, which allows in 80 percent more light than the G3's imaging unit. It's a 16MP shooter, and it ...

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    The Android tablet landscape has been relatively bare outside of the offerings Google's Nexus program, Samsung, and NVIDIA currently offer, and only one of those companies is focusing on building tablets meant specifically (to some extent) for gaming. Traditional PC companies haven't quite moved into the field, but that all looks to be changing now, with the announcement of an Acer Android gaming tablet launching later this year. The tablet, dubbed "Predator" to match the company's gaming PCs under the same name, is set to launch by the end of 2015. Specifically, it looks like the device ...

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    OneDrive has quickly become one of the most heavily-used productivity tools by many, especially Windows Phone users (considering that it's an app made in Microsoft's offices, after all). That's why every little Windows Phone OneDrive update matters, and why this one is particularly substantive – while it doesn't offer a treasure trove of new features, it does have one feature that's been requested for a good bit. That feature is the inclusion of a transparent Start screen tile to help it look a little nicer when pinned to your Start screen. The inclusion of this new feature obviously ...

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    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

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    We're days away from the official reveal of the LG G4 at this point, which means that this is just about the time that leaks start flooding in. A leak out of Iran looks to confirm additional LG G4 details we did not know even after the massive microsite leak that revealed what we thought was everything about the phone. Specifically, a dual-SIM model looks to be confirmed. Additionally, LG has revealed officially some more UX 4.0 details – UX 4.0 is the skin the G4 will feature atop Android Lollipop. On the Iran leak point, a series of photographs has arrived thanks to Zoomit.ir (linked ...

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    You can't quite buy the Microsoft Lumia 640 in the United States right now – availability through Microsoft's stores hasn't quite reached the market officially – but those of you who can't quite wait for official availability to begin, this start of US Lumia 640 sales through third-party retailer Expansys should be music to your ears. Expansys is selling the dual-SIM variant for $219, and it includes LTE connectivity. That price is for the black model; cyan and orange will run you a more pricey $244. For a quick recap on the Lumia 640, we urge you to check out the post we wrote up when ...

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    Earlier this week, we learned about an upcoming Android Wear update that would bring loads of features (just on time for the launch of Apple's competitor product, the Watch). Among the features list was Android Wear WiFi cloud sync, which made it so that WiFi-compatible Wear watches wouldn't have to be connected to a companion smartphone if both were independently connected to a data-supporting network. While we were expecting that to arrive as part of the major operating system update landing next month, it looks like an Android Wear app update today has already enabled the feature. ...

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    LG has made it a point with its recent phones to show that it welcomes smartphone users with all needs. Its already-diverse portfolio is getting even larger today, with the introduction of the budget-friendly LG G Stylo. The device (as the name implies) carries a stylus as one of its headlining features, though the meaning is twofold – LG says it also refers to the phone being "stylish". Let's first talk about that stylus. It's throwing in a Q Memo Plus widget with the G Stylo, which can be used to take notes using the new-and-improved writing utensil. LG notes that the display of the ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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    Those who pre-ordered an Apple Watch have been in a bit of a weird situation; at first, the pushed-back delivery dates may have seemed disheartening, with many dates pushing well into summer. But then reports arrived suggesting the Watch would ship on time, and then reports contradicting that very claim. There wasn't much clarity on any matter, really. Now today a report from MacRumors suggests that Apple is moving Watches to distribution points across the United States for on-time shipments on the 24th. Considering pre-orderers of certain models are receiving notifications of Apple ...

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    We last got our hands on the LG Watch Urbane way back in March at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, though the device has remained relatively off-the-radar since then (with the one notable exception being yesterday, when Google revealed that the wristwatch would be the first to make use of the latest update to Android Wear, throwing in better emoji support, WiFi, and more). Now the watch is back in Spain, this time for an official LG Watch Urbane teaser video drumming up anticipation for the device's actual launch. One thing we should note is that the video below shows us ...

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    If you've been considering a purchase of Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid flagship, the Surface Pro 3, there has not been a better time to make that happen. Today's Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sale is offering some pretty sizable discounts on the still-very-much-relevant hardware the device packs – here's a more comprehensive look at the deal. Out of the 5 Surface Pro 3 variants Microsoft currently sells through its online store, four are part of this discount deal; the model that is excluded happens to be the 64GB Core i3 model. That model is $799, though no stock is available currently – ...

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    Forget the rumors surrounding the LG G4 for a second, there's another phone to discuss now. A couple months back, we first heard of an LG phone flying under the codename LS770 being approved by the FCC in the United States; at the time, we weren't quite sure what the phone was, although we did know of the existence of a 5.8-inch display and a respectably-sized 3,000 mAh battery. But now new information has brought us some clarity – TechnoBuffalo reports that this phone is actually an upcoming phablet from the South Korean OEM. Let's dive straight into these LG Stylus rumors. Most ...

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