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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    Ever since it went official at CES 2015, the LG G Flex 2 has garnered a good bit of attention being what's probably the best smartphone to be announced in 2015 so far. With the latest HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S6 set to be announced within just a few days, that enthusiasm is slowly dwindling, but that doesn't mean the phone will fade from our memory before it starts rolling out to other countries. Today, the official LG G Flex 2 global rollout plans have been announced, and they answer the questions we've had about the rollout in various heavy-hitting countries. LG tells us that the ...

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    We aren't lying when we say that one of the coolest things we found in the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop was the animation from a menu bar to an arrow, one that we'd like to see implemented in as many apps as possible. Fortunately it seems Google likes this animation all the same, and today, a Google Play Android update has been released with this change – the animation's inclusion – as well as the return of the search bar of yore. Post-update, Google Play should look a bit like the header image. It does seem to look more elegant than previously, and it perhaps better serves its brand ...

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    Sony hasn't quite been the household name it would like to be in the mobile sector, with constant scares about whether we'll see the next smartphone from it or not. But even through these hard times, with its numbers in the red and speculation about spinning Sony Mobile off of the main company, the smartphone unit has somehow trudged onward, and we're seeing what could be a new leaked Sony Xperia today. Signs of new life for the sector? Perhaps. The phone has made appearances both at Geekbench and GFXBench, and has confirmed to both that it has a 5.2-inch 720p display with Android 5.0 ...

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    Perhaps the biggest question on our minds about LG's newly-announced and stylish Watch Urbane is just how much the device will retail for. We're not expecting a cheap device, of course – the all-metal construction and attention to detail LG's designers have put into the thing should count for something – but we have been hoping that the watch wouldn't quite break the bank. While we've yet to hear official word from LG with regard to pricing, as we're left waiting for MWC 2015 for more information on that front, a retailer has put up a listing for the wristwatch with a price that's ...

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    One of the things Motorola's been consistent with over the past few months and years has been updating its devices. We saw quick updates to Lollipop for devices like the Moto X and Moto 360, and the company hasn't been slow about quickly releasing hotfix updates in order to do away with nasty bugs. The latest one of those bug-squashing updates is the one headed out to its Android Wear wristwatch today. Here's what the Moto 360 Android 5.0.2 update brings. Considering that various users of the device have seen bugs (minor and major alike) after taking the update to Lollipop, it's good to ...

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    The Android Lollipop rollout hasn't been the fastest thing we've ever seen – the first code drop of the Material Design-inclusive update arrived months ago – but it's been chugging along nonetheless. Given that it just recently started rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it was only a matter of time before the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update began making its way to users, and it's done just that today. Just like all good things (read: product launches), this update will begin rolling out first in Australia. Australians will be treated to a whopping 1.02 GB download of ...

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    When you have a device as gorgeous as LG's Watch Urbane, you better have the internals to make up for it. So does LG follow through with powerful specs in the delivery of its latest Android Wear smartwatch? Our comprehensive LG Watch Urbane specs list well help you make a decision. On paper, the device is actually quite similar to its predecessor-of-sorts, the G Watch R (the specs of that watch are available here). Most of the improvements come in the body of the device itself, which, while being slightly disappointing, isn't really a bad thing considering we didn't have much trouble at ...

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    The Android Wear market in 2014 was kicked off by the release of two relatively tame products, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. But then we saw a move towards more stylish timepieces – enter watches such as Motorola's Moto 360, LG's G Watch R, and ASUS's ZenWatch. Beginning 2015, for our first big Android Wear announcement of the year, LG is coming out strong with the introduction of what it calls a watch with both a "classic look" and "enhanced features." Meet the LG Watch Urbane, coming at MWC 2015 next week. The watch naturally takes after the LG G Watch R with a round body and ...

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    For years the debate between Android and iOS has hinged on few important factors, including stability. Fans of iOS have been quick to call out the shortcomings in Android's offerings in the past, while Android lovers haven't shied away from doing the same for iOS. But we've never really reached a definitive answer – in perspective, which really is the more stable platform? If a report today from Crittercism is accurate, it looks like Android finally takes the cake, with Android Lollipop stability edging out iOS 8 to claim victory. With the release of so many new features for both ...

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    Ever since last year we saw a possible HTC wearable in a video released by the company, rumors have been on and off about the existence of a smartwatch manufactured by the company. Some rumors have led us to believe the company would work toward the release of an Android Wear-powered wearable, while others have suggested other possibilities to the contrary, but among all of this one thing looks to be pretty certain – HTC is pretty intent on getting into the wearables space. And nearing Mobile World Congress as we are (with a big HTC event already set-up as the possible launch venue of ...

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    Over the last few years, the Indian smartphone market has become a hotbed for growth, as demand for mid-tier devices increases more and more. During this time, Samsung had asserted itself as the number one manufacturer in the country, but soon companies based in India itself started rising in popularity. One of them, Micromax, has even today eclipsed Samsung in order to clinch the number one Indian smartphone OEM ranking in a new report by Canalys. According to the report, smartphone shipments in India totaled 21.6 million units. Of those, 23% costed less than US$100 (around INR6,000), ...

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    We're slowly working our way to the launch of Apple's Watch, which means that it's about time that the company got started testing the device's iOS companion app. And that's exactly what it's evidently been doing, having bundled into the latest iOS 8.2 beta an early build of the app that developer Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to expose alongside AppleInsider. This has brought us some new Apple Watch information that was previously unknown, though we're still left with questions that will likely only be answered at the unveil event. Right off the bat, it should be noted that the ...

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    The buzz in the wearables space has been largely stolen by the Apple Watch, which Apple first debuted months ago at its iPhone 6 unveil event in Fall. Now that quite some time has passed, the company is nearly ready to launch the device, and one part of that launch involves an iOS update in order to add support for the device. iOS 8.2 is currently in its beta stage right now, but a new report from BGR states that the wider Apple iOS 8.2 release could happen sometime in March. This release could correspond with a special event in March too, which is seemingly more and more likely. Given ...

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    We're pretty certain at this point, because of multiple leaks and HTC hints, that the company's March 1 press event in Barcelona will be used as the venue for the launch of its 2015 flagship smartphone. But it also may be used as a launchpad for another new device, one whose existence was picked up on last month. Now the phone has passed through Chinese certification agency TENAA, so we have some fresh images as well as some HTC Desire 626 leaked specs to examine. TENAA reports that the phone has a 5" 720p display, and currently has Android 4.4 KitKat as its operating system. It's powered ...

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    Following tensions in its relationship with Cyanogen Inc., the creator of the software running on its flagship One smartphone, OnePlus is now preparing to launch its own Android-based mobile operating system in the form of OxygenOS. The company has been relatively tight-lipped about what the software will be like, stating only that it will reveal more on February 12, but a leak routed through GizmoChina may have just given us an early look at what will be revealed. The UI looks pretty... flat. There's not much of a deep design language going on with the one shot of the app drawer we have ...

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    Now that February is officially upon us, it's time for Google to release its latest Android platform distribution numbers showing just how diverse the vast pool of Android devices in the world is. As you may recall, the newest version of Android, Lollipop, didn't even make an appearance last month (that is to say, it hadn't yet even met the 0.1% distribution threshold). In the January 2015 Android distribution numbers, Lollipop is finally making its debut, as older versions of the mobile OS continue to fall in popularity. First of all, let's address the elephant in the room – Android 5.0 ...

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    Motorola as a company has seen a lot of change in recent years. It went from being an independent company to being owned by Google and then Lenovo, and in the process released spectacular smartphones such as the Moto X, Moto G, and Nexus 6. Now that the transition period is nearing an end with Lenovo having engulfed the mobile OEM, it's time for the Motorola smartphone sales figures to start stabilizing as well, and they definitely have in the fourth quarter of 2014. According to the earnings report released by parent company Lenovo, Motorola sold about 10 million smartphones during the ...

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    OnePlus and Cyanogen have seen many bumps in the road with their relationship. First it was Cyanogen disagreeing with a contest run by the company (largely seen as sexist). Then it was the India fiasco, when Cyanogen left OnePlus in a tough spot following a deal with Micromax to have exclusive access to the company's operating system in the country. So OnePlus grew sick of it, and now the company is developing its own ROM to reduce its dependence on what the flagship One shipped with. Today, after running a contest to try to gather a group of possible names, OnePlus has officially ...

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    It's one of those times of the year again where every company lines up to report their quarterly earnings, along with various other metrics laced with investor-centric jargon. The latest company to do so is LG, having just put on display its numbers for the 2014 fiscal year. LG 2014 earnings information is available for all parts of the South Korean company, but of course, we're focusing on the mobile sector, which happened to fare very well. The LG Mobile Communications Company brought in about USD$14.26 billion in revenue, which is an increase of 16 percent over 2013. This growth is ...

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    Even as we ease into flagship season in 2015, one of 2014's best phones remains a great buy. Google's Nexus 6 made in collaboration with Motorola was quite a beast when it launched, and it remains one now, though availability has been limited. Should you be wanting to snag yourself one now – perhaps after the long delays faced trying to order from Google Play – there hasn't been a better time to do it yet. There's a new T-Mobile Nexus 6 deal available now, knocking down the phone's price pretty substantially. If you use the promotional code "NEXUS6DEAL" when purchasing the phone off ...

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    Here we are months after Google's official release of Lollipop code to the Android Open Source Project, and yet updates to the newest version of Android remain rare. HTC, however, has been at the forefront of the development that has occurred, updating its unlocked One M8 models within 90 days of the source code dropping as promised. Since then, updates have been slowly making it to other One M8 models, and today we've received word from multiple sources that the European HTC One M8 Lollipop update has also begun its official rollout. The news was first shared by HTC's Communications lead ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may not be enjoying the success its manufacturer would like it to, but it's by no means an inherently bad phone. As we posited in our full review, the phone actually possesses a few neat tricks under the hood, and the specs are in line with some of 2014's most powerful flagships. The items held the phone back included the price tag and the lack of a tried-and-true ecosystem, and one of those things is fixed for today thanks to an Amazon Fire Phone UK deal. As part of a Daily Deal (meaning, you won't be able to get in on this discounted price after today ends in the ...

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    In recent years, Sony has had little trouble producing some of the most stellar smartphones we've ever seen, but it has constantly struggled to make the kind of profits it needs off of them. Despite attempts to reshuffle to shift the smartphone group's fortunes, it continues to not be such a great for Sony, with upper management now looking to remedy the losses with a rather concerning measure. Sony smartphone division layoffs numbering 1,000 will reportedly take effect soon. Nikkei reports that the 1,000 cuts will be made following the previous summer 2014 removal of 1,000 other ...

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    Without doubt, Apple had one heck of a first quarter this year, having just posted the largest profit ever for any company. But that wasn't the only massive number milestone Apple has hit recently: Tim Cook, the company's chief executive, has revealed on the first quarter earnings call that Apple has sold one billion iOS devices as of November of last year. The lucky purchase was made in late November, and the handset that made the cut was a space grey 64GB iPhone 6 Plus (no word on which carrier it was). Cook said that the device is "saved here at Apple," which is slightly confusing, ...

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    Weeks ago, an interesting new "superphone" crossed our news desk, claiming to put to shame competitors with a spec sheet that can only be described as stunning. At the time, it seemed as though it were a bit of a pipe dream, but when we went hands-on with it at CES 2015 we started warming up to the idea of the phone becoming a reality. Now that reality is almost here, with Saygus V2 pre-orders set to kick off soon. The details we've received directly from Saygus are a slight bit murky. Pre-registration for the V2 has begun, and that will continue until noon mountain time on Thursday ...

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