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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    Today is July 3, meaning that the first orders of the LG G Watch from the Google Play Store will begin shipping later in the day. That means it's high time that the official Android Wear app, meant to act as a companion to the watches on the market right now, debuts on the Play Store. Sure enough, it (along with a couple other launch apps) is now live. The Android Wear app worked just fine as a minimal companion to Android Wear in our testing using an emulated Wear watch, so we're assuming the experience will be very similar on working units. The more exciting item is the whole section of ...

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    Talon has quickly become one of the most popular Twitter clients on Android, and it's managed to stay consistent with the OS's design guidelines really well for the most part. Today in a new preview version of the app we're taking a look at Talon Android L support -- meaning, the app has been redone to show off the new Material Design. Two main things have been redesigned -- the tweet viewer and the timeline. You can take a look at both above, and get a feel for how Material Design encompasses the whole new app. Things such as the color of the notification bar and the positioning of the ...

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    Sony had a hit on its hands, at least in some internet communities, with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. In a rare move, there was finally a "mini" device, but with flagship specifications to compete with the other high-end phones on the market. It may look to continue with the lineup through the Xperia Z3 Compact, which was recently in the rumor mill. Today, a batch of alleged Xperia Z3 Compact specs has leaked alongside a screenshot from the phone. The device will allegedly have the model number D580x, with the "x" denoting different numbers based on variant. This lines up with Sony's ...

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    Android Wear just got a heck of a lot more powerful. The popular IFTTT service, based on simple automation on the web -- "If this, then that" -- has just landed on Google's wearable platform. The IFTTT Android Wear channel will allow for doing many, many things from the comfort of your watch. There's both a trigger and action involved in this channel currently. The one trigger right now (or the "if" part of "if this, then that" ) is "Tap button." This will allow you to set things up to happen when you tap a button on IFTTT from within Android Wear. The action right now -- the "that" part ...

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    Android passed iOS in total shipments many moons ago, probably because of the sheer number of Android devices that are on the market as of this moment and the platform's open-source nature. Even with that stat, though, Android has still remained below iOS in global usage, though (if the data we're referencing is to be believed). From analyzing trends in said data, though, it looks like Android mobile web usage will soon beat out iOS. Net Applications is one of the most well-respected traffic-monitoring firms out there, and its data for the month of June shows that Android and iOS are ...

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    Trademark applications are often a good indicator of what a company wants to name its upcoming products, and LG has just submitted applications for a handful of names. Most of these this time around (unlike last time) actually do make sense -- we're seeing familiar faces like the G3 Beat and G3 Vista, among other ones which are a bit more curious. Let's go over G3 Beat first. This is allegedly the name for the Chinese "mini" G3, so it's natural that the OEM would want to trademark the name for safekeeping. This phone will probably be a mid-ranger, with specs such as a 5-inch 720p display ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone wasn't met with the best reception, even right out of the gate. Even before getting their hands on the device, many have called it "gimmicky," and other words of that nature -- and that may be justified, though we don't know as of this moment. Ratings on Amazon's own store (ironically) are showing that the Amazon Fire Phone sales have likely been anything but impressive so far. Since its debut on the Amazon store, the Fire Phone has tanked to the 77th place. Depending on where it debuted, this may not be a huge issue, but it originally had one of the top five ...

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    Google's Android L release so far has differed from the norm in as many ways as possible -- for one, an early developer preview version has been made available for non-public consumption until the general release comes around this fall. Now, an AOSP push has begun for the Android L developer preview source code for most Nexus devices. To be clear, as Googler Bill Yi puts it (in the source link below), this is "not a full platform update and only for reference." That means, yes, custom ROMs based off of this code won't be possible quite yet. For the devs among you, we're sure you want ...

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    With Google+ Hangouts came the promise of integration with Google Voice down the road -- it was supposed to be Google's unified chat client for all of its communication services. Today, as one member of the internet discovered, this merger looks to be one step closer to completion, as a screen within the app showed off Hangouts Google Voice integration setup. The screenshot was made possible because of a debug menu. This debug menu doesn't come available out of the box, though a recently created app called #DebugAllTheThings made it possible to show it. You can download the debug utility ...

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    Apple's historically made back-to-school promotions available for students during the summer season, and this year is no exception. There are deals to be had in the 2014 Apple Back to School promotion on iPads, iPhones, and Macs, so listen up to find out just how much you'll be able to save. Let's talk iPhone first, as that's always a hot topic among students. You'll get a $50 Apple Store gift card (not the iTunes kind), with no further discount -- that's not to say that's a bad deal, though. If you're buying an iPad, you'll receive the same $50 gift card, but you will be able to couple ...

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    Android Wear will finally be hitting consumer wrists soon, but that doesn't mean archenemy Pebble isn't on top of its game. It's gone ahead and released yet another Pebble firmware update, along with an updated iOS app, to tide update-hungry users over with even more new features. First, let's talk about the firmware update to version 2.3. That brings improved Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity with your Pebble smartwatch's companion device, which is anything but a bad thing, along with better notification handling. To elaborate on the latter point, when viewing notifications, you'll now be ...

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    Though there's not much reason to buy the Moto G Google Play edition considering the fact that Motorola's Android skin is incredibly close to stock, the device does indeed receive updates to the latest and greatest version of Android a bit faster than its skinned brethren. The latest of these updates is Android 4.4.4, and though it doesn't bring much atop Android 4.4.3, security fixes are in tow. The Moto G Google Play edition Android 4.4.4 update is now rolling out, so security-paranoid individuals can be at rest now for the most part. In case you need the update now, and nothing can ...

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    One of the coolest features of Android Wear many people don't realize is the fact that developers can build standalone apps for the platform -- meaning, you can perform tasks without relying on a smartphone proxy. One of the apps demoed at Google's I/O 2014 developer conference was Eat24, which allowed the presenter to order a pizza straight from his watch. While that app is still MIA as far as we can tell, two other apps have already become available that we'd like to shine the spotlight on. The first app, a very unoriginal idea, is a minimalistic calculator app that can run directly on ...

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    There's no such thing as too many phones, at least for Samsung. One of the devices allegedly in the pipeline of the South Korean OEM is the Galaxy Mega 2, another ginormous phablet pushing the limits of screen size beyond anything that would have been normal a few years ago. This being a bit of a mid-range device doesn't mean that some nice specs aren't present. Read on to check out the full leaked list of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 specs. First and foremost, let's talk about the display. A 5.9-inch 720p panel will allegedly be featured, meaning the pixel density... won't be too impressive. The ...

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    When Samsung launches a new flagship, it generally looks to milk all the money it can out of different models. We saw that with the Galaxy S5 Active. We saw that yet again with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (or "Prime"), which we recently unboxed. The latest model which could be in the cards -- Tizen Galaxy S5 test models have reportedly made their way over to India. The first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, was pretty solid spec-wise. A 4.8-inch display (720p, which disappointed some), 2.3 GHz SoC, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera made for a decent package, but y0u can't go wrong with even ...

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