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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    The non-flagship sector of smartphones has become a competitive one, with almost every Android company worth noting having released multiple handsets tackling the budget space. LG, though it has no lack of non-flagship class smartphones, has just gone official with two more Androids: the LG L Fino, and the LG L Bello. LG has brought over some of the signature features of the G3 flagship, such as the rear-mounted buttons and the "Floating Arc" design, to create low-end smartphones that look pretty nice. The camera is one of the signature features of both the L Fino and L Bello as well, ...

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    While some of the things OnePlus does aren't met with reception too great (such as that sexist contest which the company removed from its forums entirely), there's no denying that it made a phone with excellent value in the One. One look at our review, and you can tell that this is probably the most impressive phone we've ever seen for this price, and we could almost wholeheartedly recommend it... if it wasn't nearly impossible to buy, with an invite-based purchase system and unreasonable contests being the main means of getting it still. That's why we're excited to share with you dbrand's ...

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    Good news for those of you toting a European original HTC One (or One M7, if that's how you'd like to call it): the European HTC One M7 Android 4.4.3 update has been approved by HTC and is now rolling out to users, starting in areas like Romania and Slovakia. The Android 4.4.3 update includes the security fixes from Android 4.4.4, so you need not worry that you aren't running the latest version of Android after taking the update yourself. This update will more than likely be one of the One M7's last ever, though it's certainly possible (and some might even say likely) that it will receive ...

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    When we take a look at any smartphone these days that's not a flagship, design isn't usually something that stands out as a selling point. That's why when Sprint and Sharp went official with the Aquos Crystal earlier today, we were quite impressed; one look at that top side with nearly zero bezel, and we were blown away that such a phone was even possible to manufacture. Because of this, we were naturally quite excited to take this smartphone for a spin in a Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on video. The Aquos Crystal itself is -- best put -- quite futuristic. It's the closest thing we've seen ...

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    When the HTC One M8 for Windows went official this morning, many breathed a sigh of frustration upon hearing that the handset would be exclusive to Verizon Wireless's cellular network here in the United States. But information out of AT&T this evening suggests that this exclusive won't be around for too long, as the carrier has confirmed that it will be stocking HTC One M8 for Windows units of its own later this year. Pricing and availability details are scarce at the moment, though we do have our first look at what the phone will look like when it makes the leap to Big Blue. It's the ...

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    Now that it's official, it's time to put the HTC One M8 for Windows up against its fellow Windows Phone-running peers. We started off with a showdown between the One M8 for Windows and Lumia 1520, and are continuing by putting the HTC phone up against what's probably its single biggest competitor: the Nokia Lumia Icon / 930. Read our HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia Icon / 930 comparison down below to get the scoop about which WP heavyweight you should grab yourself the next time you walk into a Verizon store. It's quite incredible how similar these two phones are to each other -- ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows has just gone official, so it's time to start comparing it to the Windows Phone cream of the crop. Without a doubt the Nokia Lumia 1520 is part of this elite group of Microsoft phones, so we should compare it to the new guy, no? This is HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 1520. On paper, the One M8 for Windows does a stellar job keeping up with the 1520. It comes out of the gate by beating out the Nokia's 1080p 6-inch display with a more pixel-dense 5-inch panel, and continues by edging out the 1520's processor with a 0.1 GHz boost. The camera is where the ...

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    The HTC One M8 for Windows has just gone official, so it's time to put its internals under the lens to find out just exactly what keeps the phone ticking. We realized when we compiled our list of HTC One M8 for Windows specs, that the phone is quite similar to -- actually, the exact same as -- the regular ol' One M8 on the inside. Everything from the 1920x1080 (1080p) 5-inch display to the 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-a-chip is identical, but that doesn't mean this isn't a solid hardware package. Combine the hardware of the Android One M8 and the low spec requirements of ...

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    Need a midrange smartphone that's also waterproof? You're in luck, as Sony has just gone official with the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, "the waterproof smartphone for everyone." The M2 Aqua brings Sony's signature OmniBalance glass design to the midrange phone sector, offering the highest waterproofing rating in a smartphone as well (IP65/68). The M2 Aqua is meant to build upon the success of the original M2, so no matter what the conditions are like outside, you can use your phone and enjoy. Let's now talk specs. There's a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and 4G ...

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    HTC has just gone official with its new Butterfly-series phone, the (depending on market) Butterfly 2 / J butterfly HTL23, so we're sure many of you are wondering what exactly can be found when you crack open the smartphone's plastic shell. We break it down for you in our HTC Butterfly 2 / J butterfly HTL23 specs list down below. As you can tell if you've scanned the below list, this phone is no slouch. Packing premium specs such as a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a 13MP Duo camera, this handset certainly is a good competitor for its metal One M8 sibling. It even features ...

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    HTC is at it again today, having just unveiled the newest member of its Butterfly line of Android phones. The HTC Butterfly 2 / J butterfly HTL23 has just gone official for Asian markets as a flagship-class smartphone in a plastic body. The Butterfly 2 offers the HTC Sense 6 software skin along with the company's now-iconic Duo Camera and Motion Launch gestures -- all found on the One M8 flagship phone. Let's talk camera right away, with the Duo Camera re-emerging for another go, but in a different configuration this time. You still have two camera sensors on the rear of the phone, but ...

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    The HTC One M8 on Verizon still hasn't pushed past Android 4.4.2, but if tweets from HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie and Product Management VP Mo Versi are to be believed, that Verizon HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update may be happening very soon. As Mackenzie describes it, the update will be pushed out "by mid-Sept," which doesn't exactly leave us happy at all, considering that Android 4.4.4 is already out (and we're expecting Android L in just a few short months), but hey, it's something. Versi adds to Mackenzie's information by stating that the release is on track for a release in ...

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    You never know when your pocket will burst into flames, it seems -- we're learning today of an incident that occurred on a Prague-bound flight where a passenger's burning iPhone 5 caused the entire airplane to be evacuated. According to a report from TN CZ, about 150 passengers were preparing for a departure from Tel Aviv when smoke started coming from a woman's handbag. After flames popped up, the jet's crew decided to evacuate all of the passengers back into the main terminal building in the Tel Aviv airport (what a relief the plane hadn't departed just yet). After all the passengers ...

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    One of the features of the LG G3 that we really enjoyed was the software skin, considering that it provided smoothness (for the most part) and also a modern-looking interface, while not sacrificing customization ability. That's why we're happy this evening in knowing that the LG G3 user interface will be mostly standardized across LG's mid to entry level smartphones released in the second half of 2014. LG has been working to provide a consistent experience across all of its Android products, it seems, so it comes to us as no surprise that the proprietary software features developed ...

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    The image above, folks, is the clearest image we've seen thus far of what may be called the HTC One M8 for Windows (according to one of the latest rumors). This HTC One M8 for Windows image doesn't tell us much by itself, but there's a lot of accompanying information that helps us understand more clearly what we could be seeing launched on August 19. According to uncited sources of Neowin, here are the specs HTC has gone with for its Windows Phone-running flagship: Windows Phone 8.1 2.3 GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 32 GB internal storage; micro SD (up to 128 GB) 2 GB of RAM ...

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