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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    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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    It seems one of the new trends in the tech world is to copy Snapchat. The company, valued in the billions of dollars, has seen its product influence services such as Facebook's Slingshot and Instagram's Bolt, and the latest app to draw inspiration from it is the Microsoft WindUp Windows Phone app. The app, published by Microsoft Research on the Windows Phone Store, lets you send self-destructing messages (with a timer) to your friends -- and not-so-friends, if that's your thing. Picture and video messages can be sent, along with regular text. You can also share voice recordings, which does ...

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    It's official: HTC Zoe is now available to many Android handsets running version 4.4 or higher, HTC name stamp or no. This is HTC's first step in bringing the Zoe experience to devices outside its branded offerings, and it also marks the app's transition into more of a social network than a mere enhanced gallery – so we decided to put it under the lens in a quick HTC Zoe walkthrough video. Keep in mind that the app available now is an open beta; HTC acknowledges that it's not perfect, but is encouraging feedback via several dedicated channels. The full version 1.0 is on track for ...

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    In case you didn't catch the announcement from South Korea earlier today, Samsung's newest metal monster isn't so much of a spec monster... but that doesn't mean it can't take on its competitors with stride. You already saw how it fared against the HTC One mini 2, so how about putting it up against the LG G3 Beat next? This is Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs LG G3 Beat. Once you look down at the comparison chart below, you'll realize that this one's no competition. The Galaxy Alpha blows the G3 Beat out of the water in everything from its looks to its internals. First of all, the screen is a good ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was announced mere hours ago as one of Samsung's first metal-clad smartphones, which had many of us immediately comparing it to the other metallic midranger in the room: the HTC One mini 2. As it turns out, Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs HTC One mini 2 is actually a great comparison for a variety of reasons -- let's dig in. While specs don't represent real-world performance (as we've found out in many past examples), on that front these two phones are nearly as even as can be, with five spec wins for the One mini 2, and four for the Galaxy Alpha. The One mini 2 beats the ...

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    In true Samsung fashion, a new phone has been announced today: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. But Samsung had already launched the Galaxy S5 mini... Which one is better? Which is worse? Which should you buy? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs Galaxy S5 mini specs comparison below. We've become used to saying in pieces like these that "the two Samsung phones look pretty similar," but that's not actually the case here for once. While the S5 mini looks akin to the regular ole S5, the Alpha adopts a more squared-off metallic design (which we can certainly appreciate from a design standpoint). ...

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    Samsung has reportedly been looking to get into the virtual reality industry as of late, as leaks concerning its Gear VR have suggested. And those leaks are not all: a new report out of The Verge today suggests that a Samsung virtual reality headset may not be released too far into the future, even offering a first glimpse at what is likely the device in question. First of all, we'd like to simply point out that The Verge does not corroborate the Gear VR moniker previously leaked in this report, though that's what leaks in the past have detailed it as. Moving on to the leak itself, we've ...

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    Google has gone ahead this afternoon and updated its Android distribution numbers for the month of August. Of course, as with any release of new distribution data from Google, a bunch of different stories are told through the August 2014 Android distribution numbers, so let's go through them, shall we? Going down the list systematically, we can see that Froyo has remained unchanged from the last time Google gave us numbers to crunch, which is hardly surprising to us. Gingerbread has astonishingly increased in popularity (who the heck is still selling Gingerbread phones), moving from 13.5% ...

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    One of the hottest sectors for OEM competition these days is the entry-level market: Samsung is apparently pouring its Tizen efforts into it, and we know many other manufacturers have gone all-in developing low-end budget phones. Sony may be ready to push itself even further into the trend to with a new entry-level Sony D2203 phablet, a new GFXBench benchmark result suggests. The benchmark doesn't give us much in the way of what this phone may look like, though it does offer us valuable information concerning possible specifications. The phone may have a 6.1-inch display with an FWVGA ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is expected to go official within a couple hours (it's almost August 13 in South Korea), so it's unsurprising that rumors concerning the phone are still flowing in at a pretty good rate. We already know through a recent model number leak that there will likely be multiple carrier variants, including AT&T and T-Mobile-supporting ones. The latest model number to join the mix, SM-G850F, has us thinking a Galaxy Alpha LTE Cat. 6 may just possibly be landing along with the others. Just like Samsung did with its own Galaxy S5 LTE-A (and LG with its G3 Cat. 6), this ...

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    Some of the best apps out there are ones that solve problems you never knew you had, and Chris Lacy is a master at thinking up such ideas. Today, just a few short months after releasing Link Bubble, he has unveiled his newest creation: TapPath. TapPath is marketed as a perfect conjunction app for Link Bubble, though you certainly don't need to purchase that app to get the most out of this one. It allows you to easily automate different actions by clicking links a different number of times. Here's an example: you're browsing through Twitter, and you see an interesting link. You could, ...

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