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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    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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    LG hasn't been holding back teasing its upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG G4. Even though we've seen what's probably every bit of info about the phone already leaked thanks to a microsite that surfaced over the weekend, there's still more info to be had, and we're glad LG is keeping the teasing going for its April 28 New York City / London G4 launch event with this LG G4 display teaser video. As previously mentioned, this video focuses specifically on the 5.5-inch QHD display the LG G4 will have. In the video, LG says "you deserve this," and by "this," the company is referring to the ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    Reports of Apple Watch delays have been crossing our desks ever since the device's initial announcement way back in September of last year, which serves as some explanation for Apple announcing that the smartwatch would begin shipping on April 24 during its March "Spring Forward" event. But it's possible that Apple won't even be able to hit that mark – following the opening of pre-orders on April 10, shipping estimates quickly began shipping to dates well into the summer. Now Apple has done away entirely with its Apple Watch availability date of April 24 from its Watch website; is this ...

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    Fitness wearable manufacturer Jawbone has unveiled today two new products to bolster its lineup, both uniquely suited to address different parts of the market. The most prominent of the two is the Jawbone Up4, which features built-in mobile payments – a first for fitness-first wearables, though there are certain drawbacks. Rounding out the announcements is the Jawbone Up2, an affordable fitness tracker that also doesn't skimp on features. Let's first address the Up4. It comes in at a $199 price-point, slightly more than the $179 Up3 but with extra features to justify the price hike. The ...

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    Just in case the teasing concerning the LG G4's camera – a good bit of it, too – we have additional leaks today out of the Korean press to further add to the discussion surrounding the LG G4's camera. Considering how ridiculously good the camera sound on paper, these LG G4 camera details should be well received by skeptics of the phone's ability. In an earlier release from LG Innotek, it was claimed that the sensor in the LG G4 would be able to capture 80% more light than the LG G3. How is this possible at all, you ask? The answer may lie in a much bigger lens itself – a six-layer ...

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    Yesterday, rumors began flying that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were in talks to carve a type of joint future for the two telecommunications companies. Nokia confirmed that it was in "advanced talks" with the French company, and today it has made the announcement. The Nokia Alcatel-Lucent acquisition is official. The combined company will be uniquely suited to address various technological areas; both have years of experience in the market, and neither lacks the ability to create a good product. Of the acquisition, Nokia had the following to say: The combined company will be uniquely ...

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    As the wait for true flagship Windows phones continues – and we look towards the impending arrival of Windows 10 this summer for more – we're left being graced by new entrants from Microsoft in the affordable smartphone market, the latest of which is the Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM. What will interest you most about the Lumia 540 Dual SIM if you're in the market is the price tag without a doubt. The phone is priced to sell, at just $150, and features some commendable respect for that fairly small price to pay. Paying that price will get you a Snapdragon 200 processor, a 5-inch 720p ...

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    Recent Sony leaks have led most of us to believe that we're seeing imagery and information about the company's next flagship – likely to be dubbed the Xperia Z4 – but we've been skeptical of some. New information from respected leaker ViziLeaks has us scratching our heads now, though. Could these leaks have been representing the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo the entire time? Could the Z4 still be way in the future? Confusion has ensued. The leaker tweeted the following out on Monday: By the way, none of the 'Z4 leaks' are Z4 leaks. Sony has different plans #sayhellotoZ3neo It's pretty ...

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    Following the release of OnePlus's very own OxygenOS, the maker of the initial OnePlus One software (CyanogenMod 11S) Cyanogen has released its take on Android 5.0 Lollipop for the affordable "flagship killer" smartphone. Cyanogen OS 12 is now available for the OnePlus One over-the-air – here are the biggest changes between versions. Following the upgrade, users, will be greeted with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which features most prominently the all-new Material Design interface. More subtle changes include revamped notifications and a more advanced runtime for increased performance from your ...

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    What's a smartphone launch without leaks, right? The LG G4 is set to be announced on April 28 in New York City and London press events, but what appears to be a slip on the company's side has resulted in the outing of the entirety of the smartphone – we're talking what looks to be every single feature the phone has to offer. It's possible this is all a very elaborate fake, but this is likely the entirety of the LG G4 revealed. There are lots of issues with the microsite in question which have led many to believe that this could be a well-placed fake, though it looks to us like an ...

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    The Apple Store is finally back online with the appearance of two highly-anticipated products of two highly-anticipated products. Both the Apple Watch and MacBook have become available for order through the online portal (in varying capacities), as weeks of waiting have come to an end following initial reviews. Apple Watch pre-orders in particular have been anticipated since the product's initial announcement in September of last year. For the Apple Watch, interested customers are now able to put in a pre-order for the model they're interested in, and then orders will begin shipping on ...

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    Update: As far as availability is concerned (while there's still no pricing at the moment), HTC brought the One M9+ to China, with other markets being confirmed at a later date. However, "the One M9+ is not currently planned to be released in North America or Europe, where we believe our flagship HTC One M9 is the best choice for blazing fast performance, incredible sound, and network compatibility across the broadest range of operators." HTC has just taken the wraps off of its One M9 Plus, a variant of the One M9 that we've been expecting for a while now with a larger screen and some ...

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    Continuing on from the news of the HTC One M8 on AT&T getting Lollipop yesterday, the HTC Android updates for the week aren't quite finished. The next phones to be updated are the HTC One M7 and M8's Google Play edition variants. These HTC Google Play edition Android 5.1 updates are now rolling out, according to HTC project manager Mo Versi. The updates will bring the phones from Android 5.0.2 to Android 5.1. The updated build of Android doesn't bring any changes in terms of features – you'll be running a build of Lollipop nearly identical to the current one after you run the update ...

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