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 traditionally hasn't stuck to just launching one phone in a year. Last year, alongside the G3, it launched various other devices – including the G Pro 2, at a point later in the year. And the year before that, we saw the Optimus G Pro. If a report from Focus Taiwan quoting LG executive Eason Shao is accurate, 2015 won't be much of a departure from that approach – expect a new LG 2015 flagship in the second half of the year. Says Focus Taiwan: LG will continue its dual-flagship strategy this year with the new G4 and another flagship phone scheduled for release in the second half ...

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    Apple isn't about to end its announcements roll – over the past 24 hours, the company has come out with an updated 27-inch Retina iMac, as well as some changes to its 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro lineup. And while this latest announcement, a new Apple Lightning dock, doesn't quite come with the hype those other two items bring, we're sure certain iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will be quite pleased to learn of its existence. This particular dock works with both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and should be relatively case-friendly, too. That's right – both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones can fit ...

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    Continuing onward with the unveil of its 2015 G4-series devices, LG today is announcing two new smartphones into its mid-range portfolio – the LG G4 Stylus, and the G4c. Neither match the power and capability that the G4 features (which you can learn more about in our review of that device), but they do feature a similar design and the same signature LG features we've grown to expect from a smartphone from the company. Let's address first the G4 Stylus. We should clear one thing up first. If you're in North America, everything to do with the G4 Stylus will actually be referred to as the ...

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    Google is emailing select Android developers today, letting them know of new Google Play advancements set to launch come time for the annual I/O conference at the end of May. While the program isn't official quite yet, this notice to developers acts as confirmation that the Google Designed for Families program is real, and it's presenting itself as a more kid and family-friendly approach to app retailing. Over the years, Google has wildly modified its stance on approving applications before they're published onto the Play Store; now there's a tighter approval process than before, and the ...

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    If there's one thing you generally don't expect when you're buying cheap phones, it's that you'll be receiving fast updates to the latest versions of the device's operating system. Well, that's not the case with Motorola, as its budget-friendly Moto E has been receiving updates that rival even Nexus devices in speed. Today, the Moto E Android 5.1 update has begun its rollout to all users of the second-gen model of the smartphone. Because of the fact that the Moto E is an unlocked smartphone offered off-contract, all owners of the device should be currently seeing an available update. For ...

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    Verizon users, have you been feeling a bit of a Windows Phone drought as of late? That's for good reason – no device running the Microsoft OS has been launched in 2015 so far, leaving enthusiasts disheartened and the rest of us a little worried. Fear no longer, though, because Verizon has finally ended that drought today. Say hello to the Verizon LG Lancet, a fairly cheap phone meant as a good, budget-friendly option to bolster the carrier's portfolio. The Lancet is inarguably an entry-level option: its off-contract pricing comes in at just $69, and its outright purchase price is an ...

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    The G4 has been the LG phone on everyone's mind recently for the most part (and especially for T-Mobile customers, thanks to the various G4 preview events the company is hosting to generate buzz and hype for the smartphone. But that doesn't mean that's all LG has got lined up for the Un-carrier's portfolio; if an internal T-Mobile memo leaked by TmoNews is to be believed, the T-Mobile LG G Stylo and LG Leon are also on their way to the network, supposedly ready to be launching on May 20. According to the publication, T-Mobile retail staff members are being primed to prepare for the ...

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    Apple Watch, ever since its launch last month, has seen a steady stream of development from most top mobile software development companies. For example, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and others have announced their intentions (or apps already) to develop for the device – not one big company is ignoring this device's existence. The latest company to hop on the Apple Watch bandwagon? One of Apple's biggest competitors in the smartwatch arena: Google. This first Google Apple Watch app isn't actually a separate app – it has just been issued in the form of an update to the existing News ...

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    A tradition Samsung has been repeating since the release of the Galaxy S4 way back in 2014 is following up shortly after the initial release with a more outdoorsy "Active" model of the device, better suited for wear and tear (while still maintaining nearly the same internal specifications to keep the device running as smoothly as you'd expect). This year, it now seems likely that the South Korean company will do the same with the Galaxy S6, as new leaked Samsung Galaxy S6 Active pictures have landed, giving us our first look at what appears to be the upcoming smartphone. The pictures below ...

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    Verizon may be the carrier we think of when we hear "carrier-branded Android tablet," thanks to its Ellipsis 7 tablet. AT&T isn't about to be left out of the fun, though, and months later here it is with its own offering, the aptly-named Trek HD. The Trek HD is a Lollipop tablet geared towards the budget-conscious, not the enthusiasts, though it manages to pack a few notable specs inside its frame. It's an 8-inch tablet with a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. It also has 16GB of storage – with a microSD card slot allowing you to add in up to 32GB more – as well ...

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    One of Microsoft's most important divisions is its Office department for productivity tools, and within that, iOS has become a key part of the Redmond-based company's playbook. It's kept its iOS apps well up-to-date, and it's not about to buck that trend, providing today a couple Microsoft Office iOS updates bringing minor (but welcome) improvements to the iOS versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. The changelogs for all three are below – the updates are fairly minor and self-explanatory, though several of the new features have seen lots of support for their addition as of late. For ...

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    Now that the Galaxy S6 is out, have you been interested in deep-diving into the Samsung Android ecosystem, but haven't quite found the perfect opportunity. Well, if that leaked Galaxy Tab S2 tablet isn't looking so appealing to you, we have a piece of news that may be appealing to you. The latest rumored T-Mobile Samsung deal is offering buyers of both a Samsung phone and tablet a pretty sweet discount. TmoNews reports, with an official-looking picture of internal T-Mobile material, that the company will be launching a program to give a $100 MasterCard reward to purchasers of both a ...

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    It's really easy to dismiss a non-flagship smartphone as unusable. Why? Simply because of the fact that it's mid-range or low-end. Historically, these words have been used to describe smartphones which barely function, unable to muster anything more than the littlest of usability. That's probably what went through the heads of most as Motorola announced the second-gen Moto E, adding in 4G LTE and bringing the smartphone to $150. In the world we live in, in which flagship smartphones regularly retail for prices north of $600 in the United States, that's a pretty low number. It must ...

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    Not everyone may agree with the implementation of Motorola's software skin on the Moto X, but there's no denying that the fast updates the phone has been receiving to the latest versions of Android are appreciated. The Moto X was one of the first phones to run Lollipop, beating out even some of Google's Nexus devices, and now it's vying to be quick to the Android 5.1 party (as we saw with evidence from release notes just a few days back). Today, the company has announced through official channels the start of Moto X 2014 Android 5.1 soak tests – but only in Brazil. There's only one major ...

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    Dell has missed deadline after deadline in delivering the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Venue 8 7840 tablet, but it's finally pulled through today and delivered the update to Android 5.0.2. The Dell Venue 8 7840 Lollipop update brings all of the Material Design goodies Venue 8 7840 users have definitely been yearning for (for months, too, at this point). The Venue 8 7840 didn't have much of a Dell skin atop stock KitKat to begin with – it stuck to a very slightly modified version of vanilla KitKat, though it did feature a couple tweaks in the design. With Lollipop, it seems that ...

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    Microsoft has quickly made OneDrive one of its most important projects, devoting various teams to updating it and keeping it feature-packed while still very usable. And it's not done with what it has, either – it has big plans for OneDrive, especially in the integration of various devices, and it's working hard toward that goal. Part of that is building out a universal OneDrive Windows app, and according to a Microsoft roadmap that was on display at Microsoft's Ignite IT conference in Chicago, that is likely coming in the fourth quarter of this year. The roadmap – which is embedded ...

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    Most reviewers have reached the conclusion that the Galaxy S6 edge has quite the beautiful design on the outside, but what's on the inside is also quite important in defining the more spectacular of the two versions of Samsung's 2015 flagship smartphone. That's exactly what Samsung's latest Galaxy S6 edge is entirely about – have a look at it. The ad – which features a voiceover with a British accent and some choice adjectives, managing to remind us of some other companies in the smartphone-manufacturing landscape – focuses mainly on two points: the CPU, and wireless charging. The ...

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    If you're an AT&T customer who remains grandfathered into an unlimited data plan, you know the pain you face every month should you go over 5GB of data. Despite your data technically being "unlimited," it's slowed to near-unusable speeds sometimes after passing that threshold – a nuisance to say the least, especially if using that much (or more) data is a necessity for you. Now, that unlimited data plan throttling cap has been removed by the carrier, in favor of other network optimization techniques. The policy that was the most recent capped 3G/4G (HSPA) usage at 3GB, and 4G LTE ...

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    As a large chunk of Nexus 9 owners know at this point, the waiting has been long and hard for an official over-the-air update to the latest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. For a Nexus device, it's natural to be yearning for updates as soon as possible, but that simply doesn't look to be happening with this device. In a move that is sure to leave some owners groaning, Google has today started rolling out a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 update. The update is only a small bump up from the 5.0.1 build – it's build number LRX22L, too, if you were wondering. It's likely a combination of various ...

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    A new firmware version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is currently rolling out to applicable Xperia Z2 and Z3 smartphones, and while it doesn't bump the devices up to revision 5.1, it does bring some important changes to how the Xperia skin works on these smartphones. One of the biggest changes is the "close all" button in the task switcher, allowing you to kill all app processes with one button press. Have a look at the others below, should you be a Z2 or Z3 owner! – Ensured the lock screen / notification bar doesn’t indicate “no service” when the device has coverage – Added a Sony ...

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    Just one day ago, we received official confirmation from OPPO that its upcoming new smartphone, the R7, would be fashioned from metal. Now, the company isn't about to let the hype slow down for the device; instead of letting the phone lie low for another day, it's bringing the R7 back into the spotlight by revealing its OPPO R7 backplate choice. The phone's full-metal unibody will be made through magnesium alloy, and shared a GIF to show off the backplate of the phone. That GIF is available at the source link below, but the header image up top is a still frame from it. The phone's design ...

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    It's no secret at this point that ZTE has plans to launch its Nubia Z9 smartphone sometime early this May – it's expected to debut on May 6 for Chinese markets – and it hasn't been a stranger to leaks recently. We saw it pass through TENAA certification, as well as pose for leaked images, and this phone is shaping up to be quite anticipated; that bezel-less design is appealing to say the least. Today we're left with even more information about the phone – namely, that means the ZTE Nubia Z9 price. Chinese online retailer JD.com has posted a tentative price of CNY 4,299 for the Nubia ...

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    T-Mobile over the past few years has been steadily rolling out various changes as part of its transition into the "Un-carrier," disrupting the wireless industry in various significant ways. These moves have been, in general, meant to pressure other carriers into adopting change, as well as customers into joining its network. However, until now, they've never been specifically targeted toward one carrier. That's exactly what's happening now, with the new T-Mobile Never Settle for Verizon campaign. The carrier is pulling one of its most ambitious moves yet to attempt to pull customers away ...

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    Yu didn't really manage to astound anyone with its first smartphone – the Yureka – but it did present an option that was accessible for those searching for a midrange device at not too high a cost. The most special thing about that phone, without a doubt, was the operating system it ran; it forego traditional manufacturer skins or stock Android in favor of Cyanogen's custom operating system (similar to what we saw on the OPPO N1, OnePlus One, and other devices Cyanogen has collaborated in the creation of). Now Yu is set to reveal the sequel of that phone, making official the Yu ...

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    One thing that cannot be disputed is the fact that Apple does a good job getting a vast majority of its user base to use the newest available software revisions. Despite being available for less than a year at this point, iOS 8 adoption has managed to reach quite a respectable percentage; 81% of all iOS devices currently in use are running the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system. This information is as reported by the App Store and measured on April 27; it's quite likely these figures are accurate for actively-used iOS devices. The reason for such a large percentage can be ...

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