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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    In case you're in the US and want an Xperia Z3, but don't want to wait for T-Mobile to release the thing already or buy Verizon's fancy Xperia Z3v, you're in luck, as Sony has just kicked off unlocked Sony Xperia Z3 US sales, letting you buy one full price and activate it on a carrier of your choice. Ponying up the $679.99 asking price will net you an unlocked phone that's compatible with LTE bands on both AT&T and T-Mobile, which includes a select group of prepaid mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) as well. It's available through the link below in White, Silver Green, Copper, ...

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    With Motorola's recent history of lightning-fast Android OS updates, we're expecting Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to show up for the company's smartphone line in not long. We're seeing some confirmation of the fact that Motorola's hard at work on the updates with the image leaks today of the alleged Moto X 2014 Lollipop update, as well as a look at the alleged new camera app. The build exposed by Phandroid is about a week old, and has been circulating on Moto X test units since then. It offers a pretty clean Lollipop experience, with everything looking pretty stock and things like Moto ...

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    Remember the selfie phone from Microsoft's #morelumia IFA event in Berlin? Yeah, the Lumia 735. The selfie phone extraordinaire, if some FCC docs and recent leaks are to be believed, is on its way stateside to arrive on the doorsteps of Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Nokia Lumia 735 may be a ways off, though. Today the Lumia 735 has passed through the FCC's regulatory approval process with Verizon-friendly LTE and 3G bands, opening up the door for availability through the carrier before the year's end. However, Windows Central weighs in with its oft-reliable sources and squashes that ...

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    HTC's had a rough history with tablets. After the failure that was the Flyer back in 2011, the company has kept quiet on the tablet front, but in the time that's passed it's also entirely changed its fortunes with the creation of the One M7 and One M8 smartphones. So, with the Nexus 9, HTC is back in the tablet game, and if Focus Taiwan is to be believed, the company is planning on launching a self-branded tablet (probably an HTC Sense tablet) in 2015. Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin allegedly confirmed that the tablet is incoming, and also that HTC is open to hearing out ...

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    One of the best fitness trackers on the market right now is undoubtedly Jawbone's UP24, and today the company is unveiling the successor to that wristband and more with the announcement of the Jawbone UP3 and UP MOVE. The UP3 is more of a flagship, while the UP MOVE distances itself as a bit of an entry-level sibling, with much less features for a lower price point. The UP3 features a plethora of sensors, including a tri-axis accelerometer, bioimpedance trackers, and skin and ambient temperature sensors. This allows for the collection of things like your heart rate, and through firmware ...

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    If you can remember it from the torrent of news that was Google I/O 2014, HTC announced that its 2013 and 2014 flagships would be seeing prompt updates to the latest version of Android after the availability of final code in the fall. Well, fall's here (and with it, the day we've all been waiting for), and HTC has finally confirmed to the masses that final Lollipop code is in its hands, and the 90-day timer for the HTC One M8 Lollipop update has officially begun. First up for the update will likely be HTC's Google Play Edition One M8, considering the fact that it runs an unadulterated ...

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    Just as happened last year, Motorola has two great phones available now on Verizon Wireless. The newly-announced DROID Turbo and Moto X both have their ups and downs, but which is the better overall pick for you to spend your hard-earned dollars on? Our DROID Turbo vs Moto X 2014 comparison video, embedded down below, will help you make the decision. On paper, there's a pretty vast difference here – the camera's megapixel count on the DROID Turbo smokes that of the Moto X, the Turbo's processor is considerably more powerful, its display is superior as far as pixel density is concerned, ...

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    Microsoft surprised us all a bit by going official with its Band fitness tracker on Thursday, but we've now got one in hand and are ready to share with you the unboxing experience and our first impressions on the hardware, and Microsoft Health as well. To get a proper look at the Microsoft Band unboxing experience, you know where to go – but let's talk launch-day promotions. By paying the $199 for the Band, you'll also get a $5 Starbucks gift card (as part of the Starbucks/Microsoft Health partnership), and one free month of RunKeeper Elite, both things that can help you immediately ...

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    Samsung, with the launch of new Galaxy A-series smartphones, may be getting serious in the premium-built smartphone race, but how do the phones themselves stack up? We've got in this post a thorough look at the Samsung Galaxy A5 specs, to help you decide if Samsung's next is worth the buy... or a pass. Overall, the phone is pretty mid-range by today's standards, but it holds its own and shouldn't be too terrible a performer. The price point is also expected to be fairly competitive, so it'll likely have that going for it, and the package itself sure looks great. Share your thoughts with ...

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    We just can't catch a break around these parts, with almost every single day of the week having been dominated with new product announcements. We've had the DROID Turbo, Oppo N3, Oppo R5, and Microsoft Band go official so far, and now we're getting our next major official news tidbit of the week: the impressively-thin Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 are now officially official. The two phones offer a "refined, trendy design," harkening to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha with the use of a premium-looking metal unibody. They're available in a variety of colors as well, supporting Samsung's "optimized for ...

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    T-Mobile's been in a bit of a drought when it comes to high-end Windows Phones, but that may be due to end soon – one of the highest-end phones on the market available in the Windows flavor is HTC's One M8 for Windows, and it's slated to be arriving at the nation's fourth-largest carrier's doorstep. New word has arrived through a carrier leak of the T-Mobile HTC One M8 for Windows's launch date. According to this leaked info, you'll be able to buy the One M8 for Windows on T-Mo on November 9, just a few short days after it's supposed to launch on AT&T as well. Sure, the phone may be ...

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    It seems this is the year wearables finally take flight – Apple has one, Samsung has a bunch, LG has a couple, Pebble has two, Motorola has one, and the list goes on and on. Microsoft has given us a jolt this evening with the unexpected announcement of a new fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, along with a wellness monitoring service dubbed Microsoft Health. The device has ten sensors to measure things such as heart rate and the ultraviolet index, along with stress levels and more. It can also last 48 hours with just one charge. Both of these things haven't quite been matched by ...

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    Its bigger brother may be capturing all of the attention in the limelight, but that doesn't mean the Oppo R5 doesn't hold a candle to the N3. We've already covered the basics of the phone in a news post, but now it's time to give you a look at the phone itself. This is our Oppo R5 hands-on. The design isn't as remarkable as that of the N3, but there is something to be said about the R5's looks. It's ultra-thin, just 4.8mm at its thickest, and boasts a "macro-arc frame." The TL;DR of it all, is that the R5 looks pretty good, and if you aren't convinced, just have a peek at our gallery of ...

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    Now that it's official, the time has come for a video showcase of Oppo's latest smartphone, the N3. We have Jaime Rivera on the ground in Singapore bringing us the latest from the company's unveiling event of the N3 and the lower-tier R5, and he's supplied us with an Oppo N3 hands-on video for your consumption. The N3's beauty begins with the design. The use of what Oppo refers to as "aircraft quality steel" gives the phone a unique, bold, and premium look and feel, something we're glad to see is becoming a trend these days (as phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Apple iPhone 6, Nokia ...

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    Reading the name "Oppo R5" might bring into your mind the thought "just another midrange option." And that's only partially true – with a careful examination of the specs of the R5, it becomes clear that this actually isn't just a new mid-range offering, but instead a flagship in its own right (what is a flagship, anyway?)... or is it? We'll answer that question when we put the Oppo R5 through its paces for a full written and video review on the site, but in the meantime, we've got a list of Oppo R5 for you to read and ponder after you're done sifting through our other coverage of the ...

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