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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    Here's one fact a lot of people don't know: Apple doesn't make its own display panels for its iPhone. It outsources them to not one, but a variety of different display panel manufacturers. In the first quarter of 2015, LG Display took the number two spot for Apple display providers. No, you didn't read that wrong: LG manufacturers iPhone panels. LG actually has a quite good Display division, responsible for the display breakthroughs we saw with the G2, G3, and then G4. A year earlier, it took the number three spot, but it has moved up for the first quarter. It was responsible for 34.5 ...

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    As we move closer to the release of what may be Microsoft's most important iteration of Windows for phones to date, members of the Windows Insider program are receiving preview builds of the upcoming OS more and more often. Today, Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 is rolling out to Slow ring members. Before heading into what this build brings, let's first address what "Slow ring" means. Basically, there are two options for Windows Insiders looking to use a preview build of a forthcoming Windows version – they can choose to either use the Fast ring, where updates are quick and fresh out of ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy J-line of smartphones has been growing in the past year, with the introduction of smartphones like the Galaxy J1 this year and upcoming rumored smartphones including entries such as the Galaxy J1 Ace. The line represents an entry-level-to-mid-range option – you definitely won't find flagships here – and another one of the smartphones rumored for the lineup includes the Galaxy J2. Today, thanks to SamMobile, we're looking at what could be a comprehensive Samsung Galaxy J2 specs leak. According to the site, the phone will come with a 4.5-inch TFT LCD display (at ...

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    Have your cached and downloaded Google Play Music songs been randomly disappearing from your Android app lately? If you answered yes to that question, your phone probably has a microSD card slot. And this is a noted Google Play Music bug, not just some strange issue affecting your phone. The good news? Google is aware of the issue, and is working towards solving it and releasing an update that fixes it. One user, after facing the issue, decided to contact Google Play Support about the issue. And here's the lengthy response they received (the gist of it is: this is not normal behavior, ...

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    Did you know you can use voice searches these days? Well, you're reading Pocketnow, so you're probably not the most accurate representation of the general Android smartphone user, but the issue nonetheless remains (at least, Google would have us think) that many simply don't know that it's possible to forego typing out long search strings and just yell at your phone instead. That's why Google has begun inserting, according to reports from Android Police readers, suggested voice searches into the Google Android application. For some users, the search bar when you go to perform a search ...

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    Tizen isn't quite dead in the water yet, folks. Even though Samsung continues to keep its Tizen platform out of the spotlight – selecting Android for most of its smartphone offerings – the operating system continues to live on. New information has appeared today about a Samsung Z3 announcement perhaps happening later this month at the Tizen Developer Summit. The Z3 is expected to be Samsung's next Tizen phone, a follow-up to its mid-range Z1 offering. According to sources of SamMobile's, the internals of the phone are expected to be fairly mid-range, just as its predecessor. It's ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 was all that – or perhaps even more than – most of us expected out of a Samsung smartphone. It enjoyed warm and glowing reviews from a majority of evaluators, but even that hasn't been enough to turn the company's profit losses trend around. In its second quarter earnings guidance report, another Samsung profit drop has been predicted. The company's operating profit in the second quarter of 2014 was about 7.2 trillion won (US$6.26 billion). It's expected by Samsung to drop four percent, to 6.9 trillion won (US$6.12 billion) for the same profit this year. This ...

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    No, it's not 2009. You haven't time traveled. Yes, it's 2015, and we're on the eve, apparently, of not one but two new BlackBerry smartphone launches. We're hearing from three separate sources about the existence of a BlackBerry Dallas as well as a BlackBerry Venice. First, the BlackBerry Dallas – SQW100-4, as it's otherwise known – made appearances in IDA and e-CoM certification for Singapore and Malaysia. It was also spotted in Indonesia through e-POSTEL. The device also went on to appear in Indian imports tracker Zauba, along with what's expected to be the Venice (STV100-3). ...

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    For some, the HTC One M9 was enough. It didn't bring the radical new approach to smartphone making that Samsung took with the Galaxy S6 (at least, in comparison to its previous flagship, the Galaxy S5), though it performed respectably and handled as a flagship should. However, this approach hasn't quite translated into the sales HTC seeks – the company is struggling and back in the financial red again. So it appears the company is attempting to make up for this by introducing a high-end "hero" smartphone this Fall, with information steadily leaking out seemingly confirming that fact. ...

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    It's been about six months since we saw the initial Samsung Galaxy J1 debut – it was the device that kicked off the entry level Samsung Galaxy J-series devices. As the empirics show, Samsung has a tendency to release slightly tweaked or modified versions of its smartphones after the initial release with a different name. The Galaxy S6, for example, already has an Active variant, with more likely on the way. The latest device to get this modification treatment could indeed be the Galaxy J1, as a Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace model has been spotted on a Dutch retailer website. ...

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    Have you ever looked at your Android Wear smartwatch and thought to yourself "Gee, wouldn't it be great if I could watch a YouTube video on this tiny wrist-mounted screen?" Neither have I. But just in case you're the adventurous type and are wondering what it really is like to watch a YouTube video on a low-res, circular (or square), and underpowered device, you're in luck. A new third-party Android Wear YouTube app has been released today that'll allow you to do just that, if that's what you're into. The free app flies under the long-winded name Video for Android Wear & Youtube. ...

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    There's no denying that John Legere is one of the coolest CEOs on the planet, even without the context of the company he's running. He's shaken up the wireless industry by denouncing bad carrier practices, and hasn't shied away from making quite the name for himself – he's crashed CES parties, and dropped some pretty foul language even in official press events for new Uncarrier announcements. So in true Legere fashion, the executive took to Periscope yesterday to voice some thoughts. And we got some John Legere teases for exciting news next week, as well as information about Apple Music ...

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    Amidst its moonshot initiatives like Projects Loon and Ara, it's oftentimes quite simple to forget that Google sanctions projects like Android One as well. Android One, if you need a refresher, is a program that creates affordable (but yet usable) Android smartphones and then distributes them in growing markets where smartphones aren't so popular. The latest Android One smartphone will be hitting the Indian market this month, manufactured by local company Lava. According to a report from the Economic Times, the smartphone will be going official on July 14. The Lava phone will have a price ...

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    If you've been rocking a Galaxy S5 on AT&T, you might be jealous at this point of the Android 5.1 updates hitting other carrier models of the smartphone – unfortunately for you, that update is indeed finished and rolling out, but not for your smartphone. We're sorry to disappoint, but today's AT&T Galaxy S5 software update isn't bringing that update either; this one's just for bug fixes. The update will take your S5 unit from the OC4 firmware to OF2. Unfortunately, AT&T hasn't posted up a software update changelog on its website quite yet, but given the fact that the update ...

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    On Tuesday, Apple introduced its new streaming music service Music through the release of the iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2 software updates. For iOS users, it was required to update to the latest version of the OS in order to use the service – that's the only way to get the updated Music app. But what some eagle-eyed individuals are learning today about iOS 8.4 is that Home Sharing for iTunes is gone in the new update. This isn't any accident either; apart from the various reports in Apple's Support forum, the Apple support page for Home Sharing has also been updated to show iOS 8.4 does not ...

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    The time is summer 2015, and what that means is that we're easing slowly into a period of very high-profile mobile releases. The IFA 2015 trade show is incoming, we're gearing up to see what Apple has to announce separately, and a couple Android manufacturers are also expected to hold their own events, including Motorola. It was last summer when the Moto 360 was first announced, so it's about time that we look forward to a sequel to the device... which means Moto 360 price drops. At three different retailers – the Google Store, Amazon, and Motorola's own web store interface, specifically ...

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    The Asian smartphone market has been growing at a breakneck pace as of late, and while we often don't acknowledge the trend here in the U.S. of A., it's becoming exceedingly difficult to ignore rising Asian manufacturers – especially as they make plans to enter the American smartphone market. One of the biggest of these smartphone players is Xiaomi (as you've seen in some of our reviews of Xiaomi smartphones), and today Xiaomi smartphone sales for the first half of 2015 have been announced. Unsurprisingly, the company absolutely killed it on the numbers front. It took to Twitter to ...

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    We've been hearing rumors this week that new Tizen phones are on the horizon from Samsung, and the first of those to hit the market may be the Samsung Z3, if a new leak perpetuated by SamMobile today turns out to be accurate. The website says that Samsung will be the skipping the "Z2" branding for reasons that are unknown – it makes no sense to us that the company would go from Z1 to Z3, but that's just the state of the world and we're going to have to deal with it. SamMobile also says that the Z3 will bear model number SM-Z300H_SWA_DD internally. No specific specifications are ...

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    The OnePlus 2 is coming this month – that much, the company has not hesitated to let us know ahead of time. But even though we know about some key hardware details already, the majority of the phone's details have yet to be uncovered. Which is why it's so exciting to see leaks when they do happen – and we're learning some new OnePlus 2 info today thanks to a Bluetooth SIG filing as well as a GFXBench benchmark. Let's take a look at what we've got. Bluetooth certification documents tell us that three OnePlus 2 models bear model numbers A2001, A2003, and A2005. The A2001 had been seen ...

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    Even though we're deep into 2015 at this point, last year's Motorola Moto X still represents one of the best Android smartphones you could possibly purchase today. With fast updates to the latest (and very near-stock) versions of Android, and some impressive and high-quality specs, it remains a fan favorite. So if you were on the edge on whether or not to purchase the device, this latest Moto X 2014 deal may be just enough to convince you – for a limited time, the company will be throwing in a complimentary leather back with the purchase of a 2014 Moto X. The deal will last through ...

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    This news may not surprise you if you were invited to test Huawei's Ascend Mate2 Lollipop update early as part of a special program, but for the rest of you, the time has finally come. Huawei today has officially announced that the Huawei Ascend Mate2 Android 5.1 Lollipop update is out. The update isn't quite yet being pushed over-the-air to Ascend Mate2 devices; if you're interested in rocking it on your own device, you're going to have to jump through some hoops, but Huawei is here to ease you through them. The update includes Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1, and can be downloaded straight ...

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    Been suffering from issues on your Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge unit? This new over-the-air update may be able to soothe you. A Verizon Galaxy S6 (it's for the S6 edge, too) update has been released today with security improvements for the reactivation lock, as well as the addition of roaming in Puerto Rico. Apart from the details above, the update itself is pretty bland. On the point of the reactivation lock, Verizon says in its release notes that it has included "security improvements to Samsung's Reactivation Lock (protection for lost or stolen devices." What those ...

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    If you want to listen to Apple Music on iOS right now, you have to have iOS 8.4. There is no other option – unless you want to hop onto your computer and use iTunes 12.2 instead. So naturally, the early adopters among you who are running the developers-only beta of iOS 9 on your device were aggravated to learn they'd have to roll back to an iOS 8 build to test out the new streaming service. Apple executive Eddy Cue has taken to Twitter today to quell concerns; he has announced that iOS 9 beta Apple Music support is coming soon in the form of a new build of the OS due early next week. ...

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    Let the Android updates never end! In what feels like the millionth piece of Lollipop update news this week already (and it's only Wednesday morning!), Motorola has taken to Google+ to talk up some additional new updates. Specifically, these Motorola Android 5.1 updates concern the US Cellular and AT&T Moto X 2014, as well as the second-gen Moto E for Cricket. The bulk of the information is available below, thanks to a Google+ post from Motorola employee David Schuster. It's all pretty self-explanatory from the information below, organized by device, but one thing you may be confused ...

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    A new Motorola device whose codename we've been tracking over the past few months has made an appearance today in the GFXBench benchmark. Flying under the "Motorola Kinzie" codename, the phone appears to be a flagship-level smartphone making its way over to Verizon at some point. The benchmark reveals a few of the device's specifications; specifically, it brings a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a coupled Adreno 430 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (implied; 21GB is accessible by the end user), 20MP rear camera, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. ...

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