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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    It's not often Xiaomi is talked about here in the States, but the brand has quickly gained popularity in Asian markets for its affordable yet powerful smartphones. We even came to enjoy our time with its current flagship, the Mi4, as we noted in our full review, which is exactly why the possibility of the Xiaomi Mi5 launch date landing in just a few short weeks has us excited. Analyst Sun Changxu expects the phone to feature praise-worthy specs such as a 5.7-inch 2K display, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, and a 20.7MP camera. Considering that the second item is currently facing some ...

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    We're almost done with 2014. That means CES 2015 is mere weeks away, and that we'll be seeing the major flagships of the year released just months from now. And if we're just months away, it's time for all the excitement to begin, as we slowly start hearing leaks of the device up until the announcement next year. We have a pretty big tidbit to share today, a preliminary Samsung Galaxy S6 benchmark straight out of AnTuTu through a screenshot posted by CNMO. There's no way for us to be entirely sure that this is the Galaxy S6 (and even if it is, it's highly unlikely to be a final production ...

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    OnePlus may have had various missteps in the coordination of the launch of its One smartphone, but that doesn't dispute the fact that the phone the company produced was in fact not bad at all, as we expounded upon in our full review of the handset. So we're naturally excited for the launch of the company's followup, which is why we're eager to fill you in on the OnePlus Two launch timeframe provided by the company. According to OnePlus's global director Carl Pei, the phone could launch anytime in 2015 until the end of the third quarter. Mind you, the third quarter ends all the way in ...

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    Though Samsung hasn't chosen to go official with its newest smartphone quite yet, as we often do we've received a helping hand in piecing together information from a regulatory agency's helping hand, this time China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA). Today's Samsung Galaxy A7 leak spills the beans on many of the phone's features, including the fact that this will be the Korean OEM's thinnest phone to date. Let's have a look. Let's talk design language to start off. The look of the phone resembles Samsung's whole Alpha, or A-series, lineup. There's generous use of ...

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    We know that you're all super-tired with Android 5.0 at this point, it's just so old. In case you somehow feel that way, we have quite the treat for you: say hello to Android 5.0.1. The update, mainly to squash the various bugs we found in the initial Lollipop build, has been pushed to AOSP and factory images have been made available for select Nexus devices to sideload as well. As far as we can tell, build number LRX22C (which flies in AOSP as Android 5.0.1_r1, by the way), brings no functional changes to Lollipop – it's mainly a compilation of fixes to a bunch of bugs noted by ...

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    It seems as if modular phones are the next big sector to explode in mobile. Just recently, we heard the moonshot idea proposed by Phonebloks, that perhaps instead of switching phones so often we could just swap out parts in our current phones. After all, certain things like the display, casing, and camera you might not want to upgrade from generation to generation, thus saving money and resources. In that vain, Project Ara came into existence, and after that a few startups decided to work on their own takes on it. Enter Puzzlephone, the latest of the Project Ara competitors to come into ...

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    It's not often we hear of updates for 2013 phones these days, with 2015 (and with it, CES) just a month away at this point. That also means that when these updates do come around, they're bound to be important, and for some people this Verizon Galaxy S4 OTA update will be very well received. So what's this update about? Well, according to Verizon, it's to fix an "intermittent power cycle issue". That's fancy talk for "the phone kept crashing, so we decided that we had to update it before we got more angry phone calls." Additionally, a VPN connectivity issue has been squashed. All in all, a ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    Need something to be thankful about this Thanksgiving? If you've bought an NVIDIA product recently, the sweet treat you may be about to receive will fit the bill. A first for LTE tablets, the SHIELD Tablet LTE Lollipop update has begun its rollout right before Turkey Day. In case you don't recall, the SHIELD Tablet runs a nearly-stock build of Android, with a few NVIDIA improvements sprinkled in here and there. The update brings with it an enhanced version of the Dabbler drawing application, and there's still NVIDIA's GRID, free for the device until June 30, 2015. As far as we can tell, ...

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    At nine inches on the diagonal, the Nexus 9 isn't far from a full-sized laptop as far as screen size goes, so being productive on the device isn't entirely the pipe dream it sounds like. With a software keyboard, though, that can quickly get tiring, and the best remedy for that issue is to purchase an external keyboard. What better input accessory, then, than Google's own Nexus 9 keyboard folio case, considering it's now available on Google Play? The case can fold into two separate angles, one optimal for typing and the other for using the tablet itself. It connects to the Nexus 9 via ...

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    We knew this day was coming. Ever since we heard of the worrying sales numbers, it was pretty certain to us that a discount was on the way for the phone we called "the right phone at the wrong price" in our full review. That deal is finally now official, the Amazon Fire Phone price cut dropping the device to just $199.99 off contract for the 32GB model. The model at this price has no link to AT&T, not in the branding or anywhere else. It's just a pure, GSM, unlocked smartphone that you can take to almost any carrier in the United States save for Verizon and Sprint. As for whether ...

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    The thing about smartwatches in 2014 is that they're mostly all function-over-form. Just take a look at entries like LG's G Watch and even Sony's SmartWatch 3, and the first thing that pops into your mind is probably "smartwatch," not "fashion statement." As one can imagine, OEMs are hoping to change that as soon as possible, and it looks like Sony could be leading the charge. If a report from Bloomberg citing anonymous sources inside the company is correct, that change may come in the form of a Sony e-paper smartwatch next year. Whether the device would be a success or failure is ...

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    Samsung made headlines last month with the announcement of its thinnest smartphones to date, the Galaxy A3 and A5, both featuring svelte aluminum unibody designs and more design appeal than many of Samsung's other offerings. They were interesting phones to say the least, which is why we're glad to report news of Samsung Galaxy A5 China availability having just begun. The phone costs 2,599 Yuan (CNY) to purchase, which translates to about 420 USD. Whether it's worth that price tag is up for debate, but the following information might help you with that decision. Samsung's Galaxy A5 is ...

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    The evolution of Android over the years has oftentimes been the direct result of nifty features of OEM skins. With the Android 5.0 release, Google produced a Motorola-esque Ambient Display mode, along with other things similar to what we've already seen on other phones. One of the features we'd have liked to seen carried over to stock is one that companies like LG and HTC have had for a while – tap-to-wake. And, if code commits to the Android Open Source Project are correct, then there was Nexus 6 tap-to-wake support once upon a time... except the device didn't launch with it. Perhaps ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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