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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    A good amount of Xbox games, when Windows Phone 8 came around, didn't support the new platform -- and it's stayed that way for quite a while. Nearly 40 Xbox games updates were released today making some older titles playable on WP8 and phones with 512MB of RAM. Take a look at the full list down below, courtesy of WPCentral. It's a massive list, and by massive, we mean massive. There are nearly 40 games in here, and we're assuming the updates contain nothing but 512MB of RAM / WP8 support. Microsoft Solitaire Collection [Download] Microsoft Mahjohng [Download] Hexic [Download] Shuffle ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    Out of the two Android Wear watches currently on the market, the Samsung Gear Live is the one that stands out more, in that it's not just a giant black slab like the LG G Watch (not that that's a bad thing). In practical usage, though, how exactly does the watch do? In terms of specs, the Gear Live sounds an awful lot like a midrange smartphone, just without cellular radios. There's a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320x320, and a 300 mAh battery. The brains are made up by a 1.2 GHz processor, and there are 512MB of RAM. There's 4GB of on-board storage space, with no ...

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    This weekend, an update to the 2013 Droid family of devices began rolling out, though a list of what exactly was new (other than the bump up to the newest version of KitKat) was absent at the time. Finally, both Verizon and Motorola have posted up a Droid family Android 4.4.4 update changelog on their sites. Unfortunately, this update (build number 21.11.21) one's centered around bloatware, but there is other stuff. VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail have been updated, which I'm sure leaves the three people using those apps on their Droids pleased. The Isis mobile wallet app has also been added ...

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    Out of the many Windows Phones Nokia launched in 2013, the Lumia 1020 was easily one of the best. To this day, the 41MP shooter hasn't been overthrown as camera king, and it manages to remain smooth and fresh with a taste of Windows Phone 8.1... but it looks like Nokia Lumia 1020 End of Life status will soon be among us. To be clear, from what we understand, End of Life does not constitute end of support from Nokia -- it merely means that the company will no longer manufacture the phone, which would make sense if a successor were around by that time. We've already seen pictures of what ...

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    It looks like LG's G3-look-alike G Vista smartphone could be ready to go for launch. The phone, which has seen itself leaked in photos and a spec list recently, isn't exactly the highest-end piece of hardware, but that doesn't mean it could be a compelling mid-range package for some. If information obtained by @evleaks is to be believed, the Verizon LG G Vista release date could come this week. The leaked specs pegged the phone as a decent candidate in the 2014 smartphone market, as it allegedly features a Qualcomm MSM8926 (Snapdragon 400?) with an unknown clock speed, a 5.7-inch 720p ...

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    We really like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. It crams flagship specs into a pint-sized body, and that makes us miss the phone for the most part, so when it goes on sale for a ridiculous price we find it hard to pass up. Check below to see where and how you can get in on this Sony Xperia Z1 Compact deal. The phone features some impressive specs, as mentioned earlier. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz SoC makes up the brains, while the display is a 4.3-inch 720p unit. There's also a powerful 20.7 MP rear camera, while a 2 MP front-facer rounds out the camera. There are 2GB of RAM and ...

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    Without a doubt, two of the hottest smartwatch platforms right now are Pebble and Android Wear. Many speculated after the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live went live on the Play Store that Pebble's reign would come to a close, but is that really justified? We take a look in our Android Wear vs Pebble video. There are two representatives for both platforms -- Pebble has the original plastic version, and the premium Steel version, while Android Wear currently is touted by the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live (with the Moto 360 just on the horizon). While looks vary greatly between devices of ...

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    Some of the biggest smartphone markets today are over in Asia, with both China and India becoming hotspots for OEM advertising as of late. To that end, it doesn't surprise us in the least to see the HTC One E8 Indian launch, along with the same for the Desire 616. The One E8 is the higher-end of the two, coming in with premium specs quite similar to what can be found on the One M8. It has a 5-inch 1080p display (with 441 pixels per inch), 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion up to 128GB). The E8 also has a 13 MP rear ...

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    One of the things Google has been really good about is bringing apps over to iOS. Every major app, including Maps, Hangouts, and the Search app (with Now) has made its way over to iOS -- and now, the latest new Google iOS apps are AdWords Express and YouTube Creator Studio. Both apps aren't exactly targeted at the average user, especially the former, AdWords Express. AdWords users can check clicks on an ad campaign along with additional details to gauge effectiveness on the fly. The app also supports serving notifications, so those of you who constantly need to stay on top of your ads can ...

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    Verizon may have just started pre-orders of its G3, but T-Mobile customers have received what looks to be a better deal. And no, we're not referring to the carrier's Open Beta sweepstakes promotion either -- customers who ponied up cash for T-Mobile LG G3 pre-orders are now seeing their units arrive at their doorsteps. The T-Mobile G3 variant offers zero branding beyond LG's own inclusions other than a fairly minimal "T-Mobile" at the bottom of the back side. The box also doesn't have any immediately conspicuous carrier tramp stamps, though those are definitely buried within the ...

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    It's been exposed as of late that benchmarks are anything but reliable. Many Android OEMs have included software to ramp up CPU clock speed when benchmarks are detected, and other dirty tactics have been used as well. The GameBench app, recently launched to the Play Store, looks to be "uncheatable" -- that is, OEMs shouldn't be able to trick the software. Unlike some other benchmarks which are foreground-centric, GameBench runs in the background while you play games. It will monitor items like frame rate and battery drain to compile all of the information into one rating. A cloud-based ...

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    The HTC One Remix has leaked a number of times as of yet, as Verizon's carrier-specific One mini 2. Today comes yet another leak, though this one's a bit unconventional -- it's made possible by Big Red itself, which happened to post an HTC One Remix promo video prematurely. While there isn't quite a boatload of information to garner from this video (couple that with the fact that we weren't able to watch it), there's some means of sly confirmation of what we think we already know. The video was titled "HTC One Remix | Demo | Verizon Wireless," and had the following as its YouTube ...

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    One of the most important parts of the smartphone user experience is the keyboard -- sure, you can swap it out for a custom offering on Android, but the average user probably won't look to do that. To that end, LG has had one of the better offerings. We praised the Smart Keyboard in our G3 review for the feature allowing you to quickly resize it, and now it's picking up new tricks in the latest LG Smart Keyboard update. Five main new features have been added: Emoji Suggestion, Application-based Text Tone Suggestion, Next Word Suggestion, Bilingual Word Suggestion, and Real-time Path Input. ...

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    A phone that's been confusing many as of late is the LG G Vista, the not-so-G3 that's allegedly on its way to the Verizon Wireless network. This possibly-rebranded G Pro 2 Lite has shown up in a multitude of renders so far, though we haven't seen specs... until now. Courtesy of @evleaks, we're taking a look at a list of alleged G Vista specs alongside a brand new image of the phone. The phone (with model number VS880) will allegedly have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926), a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280x720 (720p), 1.5 GB of DDR2 RAM, and 8GB of EMMC flash storage. Its ...

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