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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    We're ten days away from the unveil of OnePlus's sequel to its popular One smartphone – and it's no ordinary unveil, either, being the first to incorporate a virtual reality presentation so anyone can get the experience of being in a press conference from the comfort of their own homes. While the company has steadily been revealing details about the device, it's not all come out in one information dump quite yet. But if a OnePlus 2 retail listing on OppoMart is accurate, we may have just the tech specs we want. According to the listing on the retailer website, the OnePlus 2 will feature ...

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    We've been talking a lot about Asian smartphone manufacturers recently. ZTE's Axon is quite the interesting smartphone, one we're eager to put through our full review process soon. Another offering that comes to mind is the rumored ZTE Blade D6. Next week marks the beginning of Huawei's Summer Whirlwind Festival, and what better way to commemorate that than by launching a new smartphone, right? The Huawei Honor 4A will be going official next week to kick the festival off, according to a Huawei teaser. According to the teaser image (which we've made available below this text), the Honor 4A ...

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    If you have a Samsung Galaxy S6, you know how good the camera on the latest smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer is. Even if you've read reviews of or seen camera samples from the device, you've probably got the idea that the shooter this phone packs is one that compete with the best of the best. That's why it'd make sense for Samsung to focus on a strong point such as this one in its massive Galaxy S6 advertising campaign, and the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 ad reflects that, focusing entirely on the camera. The ad focuses on how fast the camera launches (and how easy it is to get ...

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    The thinnest Samsung phone in the world would be pretty cool to have, right? Having seen the chassis of what many agree is a beautiful smartphone, you may be wondering how much dough you're going to have to put down to actually get your hands on this thing. While an official Samsung Galaxy A8 price hasn't been revealed by Samsung quite yet, a Chinese retailer does have a sales listing for the phone available, in which we're looking at what seems reasonably enough to be the cost of the device. Chinese website CNMO shows that the device will retail for 3,199 Chinese yen – approximately ...

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    It may have been announced in March of 2014, but the HTC One M8 is still very much alive and kicking. It's widely used today and acknowledged as one of the best phones on the market, still, so a natural question to ask is whether its age means that it's not going to be seeing any more OS revision updates. With Android M on the horizon for a launch this fall, this question is especially pertinent – and according to HTC Product Manager Mo Versi, the HTC One M8 Android M update will indeed be coming. Android M isn't as much a leap as Android Lollipop was (as compared to its predecessor, ...

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    If you're a customer of T-Mobile US, you have some happy days ahead of you should you be interested in low-to-mid-range smartphones. Some new T-Mobile smartphones are on the way, including HTC's Desire 626s, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. The new T-Mobile smartphones will be arriving at the carrier on July 22 – right before the back to school rush when phone purchases see a quick spike thanks to students headed out to school again. At $169, you can find yourself the HTC Desire 626s, HTC's latest affordable smartphone in the US market. You can read more ...

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    Is that brand-new Axon not giving you the ZTE smartphone fix you're looking for? Well, ZTE may have something else you'd find yourself interested in. The company has announced today a new mid-range offering, the ZTE Blade D6. The Blade D6, unlike the Axon, is destined for more than just a US launch. It'll be positioned as a phone ready to go international, especially since it's likely going to be a fairly affordable device, too (ZTE Blade devices are usually very mid-range and affordable – but we have no way of knowing about this particular phone since pricing details aren't available ...

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    Samsung's got some interesting smartphone plans lined up for the rest of the year. Along with the expected Galaxy Note 5 launch early this August, rumor has it that a new Tizen phone is on its way, too. Yes, Tizen – that Samsung OS that we all thought was doomed to failure to some extent – is not dead. As a follow-up to the Z1, the company is busy at work creating a Z3 (because nobody liked "Z2" anyway, right?). And that Samsung Z3 has appeared today in photos, showing the device running Tizen 3.0 build Z300HDDD1BOG1. According to information exclusively obtained by SamMobile, the ...

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    Well, there's your bombshell: that Huawei Nexus we keep hearing about – the one that everyone's been skeptical about, given the fact that Huawei isn't even very well known in Google's own home country – looks to be real. Prolific leaker Evan Blass took to Twitter today to lend credence to the idea that we'll be seeing this smartphone launch soon, as well as through more Huawei Nexus details into the mix. So here's what we have to work with right now, if Blass's leak is in fact accurate. For one, this Huawei Nexus is on its way; if Google follows its usual Nexus release schedule, expect ...

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    It seems the space race of tech giants has been to create a virtual assistant of their own. Apple started it off with Siri, Google followed up without much hesitation with Google Now, Microsoft then released Cortana... and now it seems like Facebook is about to get into the game (oh, and let's not forget SoundHound's Hound app – which we found to be pretty useful in our testing). According to a report out of The Information today, a virtual assistant codenamed Facebook Moneypenny right now could be making its way to the company's hugely popular Messenger communication application. A ...

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    One would think that deleting the Google Photos app from your Android smartphone would be enough to end all of the app's processes... and that makes sense, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. Many are not realizing as they delete the app that the automatic backup of pictures to Google's servers (if enabled when the app was on the device and in-use) doesn't actually stop. Because of how the app taps into Play services and the Android operating system itself, Google Photos auto-upload will not stop upon deletion of the application. Though we find Google Photos an incredibly ...

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    It's almost a summer ritual, at this point. Year after year (at least, the last couple), this season has been dominated for the most part by Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note, and Motorola phone rumors. This summer is no exception, with the subjects in question this time around being a bunch of upcoming Motorola devices. Let's break down all these Motorola smartphones making appearances in Federal Communications Commission certification documents. First, let's talk about what our best guess (and Droid Life's, too) has us thinking is the company's 2015 flagship smartphone. The FCC filing ...

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    Yes, you read that headline correctly. Nokia – at least, the part of Nokia that wasn't sold into Microsoft's Devices and Services Group (and then promptly mostly laid off not too long afterward) – is still alive and kicking. You may remember the company's latest Android effort, the N1 tablet, which we previewed not too long ago. But this company isn't interested in stopping at tablets; it's reaffirmed plans today to get back into the smartphone business. There's a key caveat here, though: these smartphones aren't going to be first-party, at least not for now. Nokia is looking for a ...

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    One of the coolest features of the HTC One M9 that other phones don't bring to the table isn't much of a feature at all. It's Uh Oh protection – if you don't remember it off the top of your head, that's the protection program the company announced that will give you coverage on your One M9 for a whole host of things for a year after purchase. Dunk your phone in a pool? You're covered; a replacement will be sent your way. Dropped your phone as you got out of the car? A-okay. Want to switch carriers, even? A new device with bands for the new carrier will be on the way. That's what the ...

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    What used to be one of Android's most defining features ("You're going to buy the iPhone?! Man, that doesn't even have, like, widgets on the home screen.") is now usually something we gloss over, though it's difficult to deny the convenience they bring to the platform as a whole. Reminding us of that convenience today is Google, which has issued an update to one of its two emailing applications bringing two new Inbox Android widgets – one that will allow you to set reminders, and another that will let you quickly jump into composing an email message. The two widgets are both 1x1-sized ...

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    You'd think that Google's smartphone would be updated to Google's latest software first on Google's own carrier brand, right? Well, you'd be wrong if that's what you thought – the Project Fi Nexus 6 model has indeed not received the update to Android 5.1.1, with other models of the Nexus 6 across other carriers joining in the party earlier than this one. But the time has come for the Project Fi Nexus 6 to get a little love of its own – it has just been announced that this model will be receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the next few days. As a quick recap, Android 5.1.1 doesn't ...

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    It was last month when Verizon Wireless kicked off sales of Microsoft's Lumia 735 smartphone through its web portal, and now it's ready to move the Windows Phone device into its brick-and-mortar stores across the nation. The phone isn't going to be any different than it was when it went live for online orders way back in June, though there's no denying that it's far more convenient for many to go to the store than to order a device (often having to deal with confusing plan changes and strange fees) and then wait for it to be shipped to your home. The Lumia 735, if you opt to subscribe to a ...

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    It may not be very fresh on your minds, but Samsung does indeed have a payments solution. Samsung Pay was announced at Mobile World Congress alongside the flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones, and while it has largely fallen behind competitors such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet (because it's not quite out on the market yet), Samsung is very much still continuing to work on it. In fact, a Samsung Pay beta will be going live in South Korea for testers of the payments service soon. Samsung's beta test will last for 36 days on a very limited scale in South Korea. Samsung Card will be in ...

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    It seems Apple Music may have made quite a big splash in the pond. On June 30, the streaming music platform was launched alongside the Beats 1 internet radio station (which, by the way, has been met with a lot of acclaim, much to the surprise of many), and was available only through two ways – you could get it by updating your iOS device to iOS 8.4 and then using the new Music app found on that build of iOS, or you could update iTunes on your computer to version 12.2 to be able to access the service there. If data gathered by Mixpanel is accurate, in just over a week this latest ...

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    Samsung, as always, looks to have a good many devices on the horizon. Apart from the Galaxy Note 5 – which is highly anticipated by many on the team here at Pocketnow – the company looks to be hard at work on a Galaxy A8 as well as a Galaxy S6 edge+. It might be time to add another device to that list, though; the Samsung Galaxy Tab S Pro name has been registered in South Korea, which may be indication that the device is in the works. The name was filed for on July 3; traditionally, filings are to ensure that no other manufacturer uses that name. It's also likely an indication that ...

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    A recent report out of AppleInsider shows that a survey from Canaccord Genuity has produced some interesting details about iPhone market share in the US. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus held the top-selling smartphone brand spot at all four major wireless carriers in the United States, with a sell-through share of almost 50 percent. These numbers have remained fairly level since around December, despite new competition from flagship Android devices such as HTC's One M9, Samsung's Galaxy S6, and LG's G4. And don't let yourself be fooled into thinking all iPhone users upgraded to the 6 or 6 Plus ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 may be the latest preview build on the Slow ring of the Windows Insider program, but that doesn't mean that we're going to be held from learning about even later preview builds – specifically today, Windows 10 Mobile build 10162 is what we're talking about. There's not much in the way of new, notable features in build 10162; we're sure there's quite a bit happening under-the-hood as far as code is concerned, but on the surface level, there doesn't look to be much of an improvement over build 10149. Still, any improvement at all is good improvement, and we're ...

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    We haven't quite been hearing the things we want to hear from Microsoft as of late. Just yesterday, the company announced that it was laying off a huge amount of people, mainly from the division of the company that's responsible for creating the Windows smartphones we know and love. Immediately after the news broke, one question was thrown around the social media world – what would become of Windows on Microsoft smartphones? Were first-party Microsoft-manufactured devices never going to hit the market again? We may have an answer, thanks to Bloomberg Business – according to the ...

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    Interested in the looks and general feel of the LG G4, but on a tight budget? LG might have the perfect new offering for you, as it has taken the wraps off of a new LG G4 Beat model today – according to the company, the device "delivers premium design, [and] superior features in a mid-tier package." Let's talk specs. The G4 Beat comes with a 5.2-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS display, which is quite impressive considering this is a mid-range smartphone. It also has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, and the built-in modem does allow for 4G LTE connectivity ...

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    It seems Motorola after being acquired by Lenovo is hard at work bolstering its smartphone portfolio. According to rumors out of Techgadgetsz today, the smartphone manufacturer could be hard at work on two new smartphones, specifically known as the Moto X Sport and Moto G Nuevo. This information allegedly comes to us by way of Chilean carrier Entel, though we can't verify the legitimacy of this information at all – take it with a grain of salt to say the least. The two are expected to have little to nothing to do with the upcoming third-generation Moto X and G. The Moto X Sport will ...

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