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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    LG has, over the past few weeks, begun the most unique smartphone launch process we've seen from any manufacturer to date. It's been outing details of the phone in an almost overwhelming manner – we've learned about the f/1.8 camera lens as well as the 5.5-inch QHD display already, and seen strong hints that there will be a leather version. We thought the company had reached the extent of revealing information when it outed LG UX 4.0, the software skin the G4 will utilize, but it's not stopping there – the South Korean OEM has just announced an LG G4 giveaway, to seed 4,000 units of ...

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    As anyone who owns a carrier-branded Android phone in the United States knows, updates are a rare occurrence, especially to major new versions of Android. But HTC has been one of the OEMs on the forefront of fast updates, which has resulted in the HTC One M8 Lollipop update coming quickly to the AT&T model – according to HTC product manager Mo Versi, the OTA update will be rolling out to owners of the phone later in the day today (April 7). The delay in the update as compared to the unlocked model is because of a delayed technical approval, but now that AT&T has given the green ...

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    LG this year has gone all-out teasing its newest flagship smartphone, with the unveiling of display specifications and nearly every detail of the software skin weeks ahead of the device itself. It's keeping the ball rolling just hours after filling us in on LG UX 4.0 with a teaser video published on YouTube to highlight one key feature of the phone – while also offering us what's likely a look at the device's silhouette. That one key feature? It's the camera. LG offers us just one hint: f/1.8. That's almost certainly referring to the camera's lens and its aperture value; considering the ...

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    Back in 2013, a device known as the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition was quietly launched, and just as all Google Play edition devices (for the most part) it's been receiving quick updates to the latest version of Android over the past few months. That tradition isn't about to end, with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition Android 5.1 update (what a mouthful) now heading out to owners of the device. According to a device in Android Police's possession, as well as a Twitter user (in the source link below), the update is heading out to devices as we speak. It brings all the improvements ...

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    There was a lot to love about the Moto 360 when it came out last year – many editors on our team currently still use the device on a day-to-day basis – but there's no denying that it was a first-gen device that was testing the waters for Android Wear. There were issues, and a lot of those issues are likely to be best fixed on a second-gen variant. (If you're interested in what the staff thinks Motorola needs to improve on with the 2015 model, we have just the collaborative editorial for you.) That's why we're excited to see that this new model seems to be well into the development ...

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    As much as it is a smartphone manufacturer, LG is also a displays company. And while those two things may coincide most of the time, the displays operation is a bread earner of its own, and the past few years the company has taken time before the launch of its flagship smartphone to separately announce the display panel that will be used in its production – and the company's nearly always had the cutting edge of display technology (read: shrinking bezels down to near-nothing) in play with these announcements. In Seoul today, the company has taken the wraps off of the LG G4 QHD display, ...

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    Storage has been an on-and-off issue in the smartphone space the past couple years. Just years ago, microSD cards were all the rage for expandable storage, but then (just as quickly as they became popular) they faded away as software became less supportive and manufacturers embraced more daring designs for their devices. Then came woes of lack of storage, and then promptly, as a fix, phones with greater amounts of storage. So when HTC released the One M9 with no option hitting 64GB or above – while Samsung's Galaxy S6 comes in with a whopping 128GB on some variants – it became a bit of ...

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    One of the coolest gadgets we had the fortune of going hands-on with at CES 2015 was Alcatel Onetouch's first wearable product, the Watch, and we were eager to learn more about it at the time – especially when exactly we'd be able to pick one up for ourselves. We're getting those answers today, as the company has just kicked off the first sales of the ambitious device. Here's a breakdown of Alcatel Onetouch Watch pre-orders. Let's address the elephant in the room first: the price. Yes, this device comes in at $100 below the base-model Moto 360, and $200 below the Apple Watch Sport's ...

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    The yearly cycle is repeating itself. Just as coverage of the hottest new flagships of the year, the HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6, begins flooding out, the rumor mill is turning toward what's just on the horizon: LG's newest flagship is coming soon, and that means anticipation will be going wild over the next few weeks. Today the first bit of news goes official, as LG has sent out LG G4 launch invites (though the name is tentative) to press. The event is taking place on April 28 in New York City, and, of course, Pocketnow will be on-hand in all our capacity to bring you the latest news and ...

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    We may be facing a torrent of smartwatch launches these days, but that has nowhere near shown us that the industry is now mature. Even now, new players are entering the game, and with a unique twist of their own. The company that almost single-handedly kickstarted the industry, Pebble, is now seen as an underdog player with a strategy largely different than that of competing manufacturers. And the newest entrant, with the Olio Model One, is yet another case of a slightly different story. Olio isn't probably a company you've heard of before, but that doesn't mean you should discount it. ...

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    One of the biggest new features to come with the release of Windows 10 later this year is the inclusion of Project Spartan, an all-new web browser designed by the Microsoft team from the ground-up with an emphasis on speed, reliability, and general usability. We've already had our look at what the browser will look like in the standard Windows 10 desktop mode – and have even got to try that out – but the question mark has remained about the design of the browser on mobile (specifically smartphone) versions of the software. New Project Spartan Windows phone screenshots could answer some ...

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    Every version of Android that comes out is followed by a good amount of hot-fixes and small revisions coming in the form of revision updates, and Lollipop is absolutely no exception. The team at Google in Mountain View today has released a new Android 5.1 build, making some bug-fixing changes from the last version while still keeping the codebase very similar (even the jump in version number is very slight). The updated build has hit AOSP and Google's factory image site, so here's more information. The update is tagged Android 5.1.0_r3, indicating that this is the third revision of Android ...

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    The first build of Android 5.0 Lollipop may be months-old at this point, but that has not by any means translated to every phone receiving updates to the latest build of the software quite yet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop build could be getting updated for AT&T-branded units; here are the supposed changes. This new version of Android 5.0 would bring with it the removal of the widely-criticized "Interruptions" mode (it had previously on earlier builds replaced the "Mute" mode). In addition to the update to Lollipop itself – which will certainly bring improvements such as the ...

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    In case you've been on the edge about whether or not to purchase one of Google's recent devices, now may just be the perfect time to act. The company, to commemorate the launch of its brand-new Google Store, has started up a new offer to help sweeten the deal when buying select devices – this Google Store purchase deal will let you get $50 in credit that can be applied across the entire Google Play software store. To be eligible to the offer, you must purchase a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or any Android Wear watch, and your order must be completed through the Store. The deal will be available ...

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    Could the addition of new Windows phone OEM partners help provide the sales boost Microsoft is hoping for? We'll know that answer for sure soon, as the Redmond, Calif. based company has unveiled today at the WinHEC conference two new partners which will be working to bring Windows to their smartphones. Let's talk Lenovo, first of all. Right now details are murky on whether Lenovo's upcoming Windows device will run the current Windows Phone OS (8.1) or come out only after Windows 10 for phones becomes available later this year. Considering the image in the tweet embedded below, the former ...

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    According to sources of 9to5Mac, Apple could be trying to up its trade-in game by announcing extensions to its current iPhone Reuse & Recycle Program aimed squarely at converting users of other platforms to iPhones. The revised program – which we may as well call an Apple Android trade-in program – will begin in the coming weeks, according to the same sources. The system will work much in the same way that iPhones and iPads are traded-in, meaning that you'll be able to hand over your device and receive an Apple Store gift card which can then be put towards the purchase of a new ...

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    Apple's convergence with the television sector has long been rumored – be it through hardware or a service, it's been a topic that's crossed our news desks time and time again over the past few years. But now we're learning of some (perhaps) concrete information. According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal today, an Apple Web TV service is set to launch this Fall, and a few early details have been made available by the publication. Supposedly, around 25 channels (including ABC, CBS, and Fox) will be supported at launch. The service is allegedly meant to work across all iOS ...

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    For the last two generations of its Galaxy S line of smartphones, Samsung has additionally launched an Active variant with a particularly sturdy shell capable of taking hits and dealing with water damage. Given the precedent, it only seems natural that the South Korean company do the same for its brand new flagship, the Galaxy S6. And if SamMobile's inside sources are to be believed, that's exactly the smartphone in development. Here are the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Active rumors. Supposedly, the S6 Active will bear the SM-G890A model number, at least for the likely-to-be-first AT&T ...

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    Google has been constantly changing how it sells to customers. When it started with its marketplace for only digital goods meant for Android devices, it launched Android Market. Then came along the Play Store, which then merged digital sales with sales of Nexus devices, then Chrome OS, then Android Wear watches. At this point, Google Play has become massive and even convoluted in a sense, which is why today's announcement of the Google Store makes perfect sense. The Mountain View, Calif., company is marketing Google Store as an online marketplace for all of the company's devices. The ...

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    The way we interact with computers has changed significantly over the past few years. Just a few years ago, a web browser was just one of the few items in our virtual toolbox, and other apps were nearly essential for everyday use – the Microsoft Office suite, for one. But times are changing, and Google's big bet on the future of the web two years ago seems to be nearly spot-on at this point. As you may have guessed, that big bet was the Chromebook Pixel, a powerful Chrome OS notebook which launched about two years ago with access to little but a web browser, and now the company is back ...

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    Now that the first wave of flagships in 2015 has begun, it's time to start firing up the rumor mill for the phones that we'll be seeing in the coming months, including the hotly-anticipated new iPhone, which is always one of the biggest launches of the year. The Wall Street Journal today has kicked-off the anticipation with new news today about possible iPhone 6s features (to be clear, we're just assuming the phone will be called the 6s for the purpose of this article; there is no indication in the cited report that the moniker used will be specifically "iPhone 6s"), including the ...

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    Google exec Sundar Pichai this week dropped a bombshell by affirming rumors that Google has plans to launch its own mobile virtual network operator service, saying on-stage at Mobile World Congress that the company is working to do so. With the cat now out of the bag, we're still left asking questions – Pichai didn't address everything, of course – and now some of that information may have started trickling in. Should a report from The Wall Street Journal be accurate, we now have a good grasp on the Google MVNO service details, with one of the surprising things being that this ...

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    At last year's Mobile World Congress, Android Wear and the Apple Watch weren't realities. That is to say, the wearables race at that point in time was nowhere near as heated as it has become now, and the devices themselves weren't all that abundant. This year, though, all that changes. We saw Huawei launch its new Watch (which we thought was one of the hottest-looking Android Wear watches yet in our hands-on time) as well as the Huawei TalkBand B2 and N1, all leaps ahead in the wearable sector for the company. We had a chance to go hands-on with the latter two on the show floor at Mobile ...

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    In an announcement that basically came out of nowhere, BlackBerry's John Chen has revealed a new smartphone. The failing smartphone manufacturer has seen a lot of trouble over the past few years, especially with its smartphone lineup being unable to capture much of the market (whether low-end or high-end), but the OEM still looks to be kicking with this latest smartphone. On-stage at Mobile World Congress 2015, the company's CEO has announced the brand-new BlackBerry Leap. The Leap is an LTE-supporting smartphone targeted on "young mobile professionals who value security and privacy in a ...

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    One of the things that makes Android Android is Google Play services. Most users of the platform don't know that, but in reality the services form an integral backend with the newest APIs and services, and it becomes critical to delivering the same feature-rich Android experience across various smartphones. The latest revision to that is out today, dubbed Google Play services 7.0. Let's take a look at what's new. There are new tools to aid our favorite developers make their apps even better – namely, Location Settings Dialog (a mechanism letting developers know whether a given location ...

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