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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    Samsung made headlines last month with the announcement of its thinnest smartphones to date, the Galaxy A3 and A5, both featuring svelte aluminum unibody designs and more design appeal than many of Samsung's other offerings. They were interesting phones to say the least, which is why we're glad to report news of Samsung Galaxy A5 China availability having just begun. The phone costs 2,599 Yuan (CNY) to purchase, which translates to about 420 USD. Whether it's worth that price tag is up for debate, but the following information might help you with that decision. Samsung's Galaxy A5 is ...

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    The evolution of Android over the years has oftentimes been the direct result of nifty features of OEM skins. With the Android 5.0 release, Google produced a Motorola-esque Ambient Display mode, along with other things similar to what we've already seen on other phones. One of the features we'd have liked to seen carried over to stock is one that companies like LG and HTC have had for a while – tap-to-wake. And, if code commits to the Android Open Source Project are correct, then there was Nexus 6 tap-to-wake support once upon a time... except the device didn't launch with it. Perhaps ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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    If you're on Verizon, you're familiar with the company's premium pricing structure. That's been a fact of the company for a while now, and it isn't about to change for the better anytime soon (if you want that reliable network, you have to pay). In fact, with some Verizon contract changes today, it's getting worse, as the carrier is introducing changes to its Early Termination Fee policy. Previously, for each successfully completed month of service, your $350 ETF would decrease by $10 until your 24-month period ended and you were entirely off the hook. Now, if you sign a two-year ...

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    As we're sure many of you are aware, the major design language shift in Android Lollipop has inevitably spurred a mass outbreak of updates. We sure aren't complaining, and the next app to join in on the fun is Chrome, which now finally has its Chrome 39 for Android update out of beta and pushed to the stable channel. Here's what's new. You'll of course only be able to take advantage of the main tweaks if you are running Android 5.0, but you're not entirely out in the cold if not. There's now a colored status bar that can be defined by web developers (we've got it working it with Pocketnow; ...

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    Unless you're into modding and customizing your devices to your liking, updates to your phone are almost never a bad thing, which means you'll be glad if you own either a Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, or Galaxy Mega on the nation's largest blue carrier. Learn what today's Samsung phone updates bring to the handsets below. While it would be nice indeed for the updates to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop, it's pretty unlikely that any of these are going to see that update anytime soon. Instead, these are merely enhancements to the Android 4.4.2 experience you'll already find when using the phone. The ...

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    Is it a bit early to look forward to CES 2015? No way. The premier tech event of the year is less then two months away at this point, which means it's time for big manufacturers to begin scheduling press conferences and inviting members of the media to check out new products. One of the first to begin this process is Sony, as it has scheduled a Sony CES press conference for January 5 at 5:00 PM PST in the LVCC. Sony could be announcing – and likely will be – the Xperia Z4, just as it introduced the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z1 Compact on the CES 2014 stage this year. Other possibilities ...

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    Though the bigger YouTube news of the day may be the announcement of YouTube Music Key, that's not to say that this latest YouTube iOS update isn't important. It, too, brings music-related changes for the world, with the introduction of a music dashboard and the YouTube Mix playback option. Let's first discuss the music-focused dashboard. It'll give you an overview in the "What to Watch" section of the most popular music videos / songs on the service, as well as iTunes Radio-esque curated playlists called Mixes. Mixes can be based on either a song or an artist, and the feature allows you ...

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    If, for some reason, you find yourself wanting to purchase an LG G3 but not able to deal with the current selection of color options, allow us to introduce to you the just-announced Blue Steel LG G3. Basically, it's an LG G3 – but blue. There are no fancy technological additions to the phone, no special software is included: it's just a blue phone. With that out of the way, if you find yourself longing for a Blue Steel LG G3 (and we don't blame you; the thing doesn't look half bad), you'll first want to give our review of the phone a read; the phone is still one heck of a contender in ...

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    Sure, it may be affordable, but that doesn't necessarily constitute purchasing a Lumia 535 – or does it? Our list of Microsoft Lumia 535 specs, painstakingly compiled for your pleasure right over here, will help you out with that decision. Yes, the Lumia 535 is midrange. Some may even venture to call it low-end, and its price reflects that, but the specs aren't entirely down the drain here as you might expect. Read on, and you may actually be surprised at how much utility 110 euros can net you. Happy or not about this phone, let us know your thoughts in the comments after going through ...

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    There you have it, the first Microsoft Lumia announcement. Microsoft's Devices and Services Group has announced today the Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM, two affordable new midrange smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Get the scoop on them. There's a wide-angle front-facing 5MP camera (selfies, anyone?), and a 5-inch qHD display. There's access to all of Microsoft's newest services, like Skype and OneDrive – 15GB free storage included with the latter – and there's a full installation of Windows Phone 8.1's Denim update. Notice all the 5s? Jo Harlow of Microsoft says that ...

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    Tired of all the Lollipop news yet? No? Good, because we sure aren't. Amidst the news of Lollipop updates finally beginning to roll out to consumers' phones, we're also being swamped by a whole host of Material Design-influenced app updates from developers everywhere. Today we're looking at an allegedly-upcoming Android Wear app update with Material Design, as well as a Google Play Services update that is necessary for it to work. Android Wear version 1.0.5.1549850 removes a lot of the Holo-esque design cues, removing the solid black background on the app's home page and instead opting for ...

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    Google just can't seem to catch a break. After Motorola dropped a bombshell last night by beginning Lollipop soak tests for the 2014 Moto X, even LG has beaten out Google's Nexus line in getting the update to the latest version of Android, as it has just announced the beginning of the LG G3 Lollipop update. The update will begin rolling out this week in Poland, followed shortly by other key markets. Of course, we're expecting a lengthy wait for United States carrier-branded devices to get in on the fun, but still... even with that ultra-thick software skin, LG was able to bounce back with ...

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    One of the biggest changes you can argue 2014 brought in was OEMs decoupling crucial apps from UI skins and giving them their own homes on the Google Play Store. HTC, over the last few months, has been doing exactly that, and today the HTC weather app has found itself on Play. The advantage OEMs have by moving important apps to an app store comes when updating said apps. Updates can happen faster and more frequently, while critical updates can almost immediately spread to all the devices with the app installed. Previously, OEMs would have to wait for a full software update (often requiring ...

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    The leaked Lollipop builds are coming in fast and hard. Just yesterday we were oohing and aahing over a couple of leaked screenshots of the LG G3's update, and now we're given a full hands-on tour of 2013's Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update with enough pictures and video to tide even the pickiest people over. In the update, the Galaxy S4 is updated to Nature UX 3.0 (at least the I9500 model), but there's no word on the I9505 at this time. Surprisingly, TouchWiz and Lollipop apparently mesh quite well as far as fluidity, stability, and some parts of the overall aesthetic go ...

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