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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    We last got our hands on the LG Watch Urbane way back in March at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, though the device has remained relatively off-the-radar since then (with the one notable exception being yesterday, when Google revealed that the wristwatch would be the first to make use of the latest update to Android Wear, throwing in better emoji support, WiFi, and more). Now the watch is back in Spain, this time for an official LG Watch Urbane teaser video drumming up anticipation for the device's actual launch. One thing we should note is that the video below shows us ...

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    If you've been considering a purchase of Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid flagship, the Surface Pro 3, there has not been a better time to make that happen. Today's Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sale is offering some pretty sizable discounts on the still-very-much-relevant hardware the device packs – here's a more comprehensive look at the deal. Out of the 5 Surface Pro 3 variants Microsoft currently sells through its online store, four are part of this discount deal; the model that is excluded happens to be the 64GB Core i3 model. That model is $799, though no stock is available currently – ...

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    Forget the rumors surrounding the LG G4 for a second, there's another phone to discuss now. A couple months back, we first heard of an LG phone flying under the codename LS770 being approved by the FCC in the United States; at the time, we weren't quite sure what the phone was, although we did know of the existence of a 5.8-inch display and a respectably-sized 3,000 mAh battery. But now new information has brought us some clarity – TechnoBuffalo reports that this phone is actually an upcoming phablet from the South Korean OEM. Let's dive straight into these LG Stylus rumors. Most ...

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    LG hasn't been holding back teasing its upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG G4. Even though we've seen what's probably every bit of info about the phone already leaked thanks to a microsite that surfaced over the weekend, there's still more info to be had, and we're glad LG is keeping the teasing going for its April 28 New York City / London G4 launch event with this LG G4 display teaser video. As previously mentioned, this video focuses specifically on the 5.5-inch QHD display the LG G4 will have. In the video, LG says "you deserve this," and by "this," the company is referring to the ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    Reports of Apple Watch delays have been crossing our desks ever since the device's initial announcement way back in September of last year, which serves as some explanation for Apple announcing that the smartwatch would begin shipping on April 24 during its March "Spring Forward" event. But it's possible that Apple won't even be able to hit that mark – following the opening of pre-orders on April 10, shipping estimates quickly began shipping to dates well into the summer. Now Apple has done away entirely with its Apple Watch availability date of April 24 from its Watch website; is this ...

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    Fitness wearable manufacturer Jawbone has unveiled today two new products to bolster its lineup, both uniquely suited to address different parts of the market. The most prominent of the two is the Jawbone Up4, which features built-in mobile payments – a first for fitness-first wearables, though there are certain drawbacks. Rounding out the announcements is the Jawbone Up2, an affordable fitness tracker that also doesn't skimp on features. Let's first address the Up4. It comes in at a $199 price-point, slightly more than the $179 Up3 but with extra features to justify the price hike. The ...

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    Just in case the teasing concerning the LG G4's camera – a good bit of it, too – we have additional leaks today out of the Korean press to further add to the discussion surrounding the LG G4's camera. Considering how ridiculously good the camera sound on paper, these LG G4 camera details should be well received by skeptics of the phone's ability. In an earlier release from LG Innotek, it was claimed that the sensor in the LG G4 would be able to capture 80% more light than the LG G3. How is this possible at all, you ask? The answer may lie in a much bigger lens itself – a six-layer ...

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    Yesterday, rumors began flying that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were in talks to carve a type of joint future for the two telecommunications companies. Nokia confirmed that it was in "advanced talks" with the French company, and today it has made the announcement. The Nokia Alcatel-Lucent acquisition is official. The combined company will be uniquely suited to address various technological areas; both have years of experience in the market, and neither lacks the ability to create a good product. Of the acquisition, Nokia had the following to say: The combined company will be uniquely ...

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    As the wait for true flagship Windows phones continues – and we look towards the impending arrival of Windows 10 this summer for more – we're left being graced by new entrants from Microsoft in the affordable smartphone market, the latest of which is the Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM. What will interest you most about the Lumia 540 Dual SIM if you're in the market is the price tag without a doubt. The phone is priced to sell, at just $150, and features some commendable respect for that fairly small price to pay. Paying that price will get you a Snapdragon 200 processor, a 5-inch 720p ...

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    Recent Sony leaks have led most of us to believe that we're seeing imagery and information about the company's next flagship – likely to be dubbed the Xperia Z4 – but we've been skeptical of some. New information from respected leaker ViziLeaks has us scratching our heads now, though. Could these leaks have been representing the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo the entire time? Could the Z4 still be way in the future? Confusion has ensued. The leaker tweeted the following out on Monday: By the way, none of the 'Z4 leaks' are Z4 leaks. Sony has different plans #sayhellotoZ3neo It's pretty ...

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    Following the release of OnePlus's very own OxygenOS, the maker of the initial OnePlus One software (CyanogenMod 11S) Cyanogen has released its take on Android 5.0 Lollipop for the affordable "flagship killer" smartphone. Cyanogen OS 12 is now available for the OnePlus One over-the-air – here are the biggest changes between versions. Following the upgrade, users, will be greeted with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which features most prominently the all-new Material Design interface. More subtle changes include revamped notifications and a more advanced runtime for increased performance from your ...

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    What's a smartphone launch without leaks, right? The LG G4 is set to be announced on April 28 in New York City and London press events, but what appears to be a slip on the company's side has resulted in the outing of the entirety of the smartphone – we're talking what looks to be every single feature the phone has to offer. It's possible this is all a very elaborate fake, but this is likely the entirety of the LG G4 revealed. There are lots of issues with the microsite in question which have led many to believe that this could be a well-placed fake, though it looks to us like an ...

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    The Apple Store is finally back online with the appearance of two highly-anticipated products of two highly-anticipated products. Both the Apple Watch and MacBook have become available for order through the online portal (in varying capacities), as weeks of waiting have come to an end following initial reviews. Apple Watch pre-orders in particular have been anticipated since the product's initial announcement in September of last year. For the Apple Watch, interested customers are now able to put in a pre-order for the model they're interested in, and then orders will begin shipping on ...

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    Update: As far as availability is concerned (while there's still no pricing at the moment), HTC brought the One M9+ to China, with other markets being confirmed at a later date. However, "the One M9+ is not currently planned to be released in North America or Europe, where we believe our flagship HTC One M9 is the best choice for blazing fast performance, incredible sound, and network compatibility across the broadest range of operators." HTC has just taken the wraps off of its One M9 Plus, a variant of the One M9 that we've been expecting for a while now with a larger screen and some ...

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    Continuing on from the news of the HTC One M8 on AT&T getting Lollipop yesterday, the HTC Android updates for the week aren't quite finished. The next phones to be updated are the HTC One M7 and M8's Google Play edition variants. These HTC Google Play edition Android 5.1 updates are now rolling out, according to HTC project manager Mo Versi. The updates will bring the phones from Android 5.0.2 to Android 5.1. The updated build of Android doesn't bring any changes in terms of features – you'll be running a build of Lollipop nearly identical to the current one after you run the update ...

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    LG has, over the past few weeks, begun the most unique smartphone launch process we've seen from any manufacturer to date. It's been outing details of the phone in an almost overwhelming manner – we've learned about the f/1.8 camera lens as well as the 5.5-inch QHD display already, and seen strong hints that there will be a leather version. We thought the company had reached the extent of revealing information when it outed LG UX 4.0, the software skin the G4 will utilize, but it's not stopping there – the South Korean OEM has just announced an LG G4 giveaway, to seed 4,000 units of ...

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    As anyone who owns a carrier-branded Android phone in the United States knows, updates are a rare occurrence, especially to major new versions of Android. But HTC has been one of the OEMs on the forefront of fast updates, which has resulted in the HTC One M8 Lollipop update coming quickly to the AT&T model – according to HTC product manager Mo Versi, the OTA update will be rolling out to owners of the phone later in the day today (April 7). The delay in the update as compared to the unlocked model is because of a delayed technical approval, but now that AT&T has given the green ...

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    LG this year has gone all-out teasing its newest flagship smartphone, with the unveiling of display specifications and nearly every detail of the software skin weeks ahead of the device itself. It's keeping the ball rolling just hours after filling us in on LG UX 4.0 with a teaser video published on YouTube to highlight one key feature of the phone – while also offering us what's likely a look at the device's silhouette. That one key feature? It's the camera. LG offers us just one hint: f/1.8. That's almost certainly referring to the camera's lens and its aperture value; considering the ...

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    Back in 2013, a device known as the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition was quietly launched, and just as all Google Play edition devices (for the most part) it's been receiving quick updates to the latest version of Android over the past few months. That tradition isn't about to end, with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition Android 5.1 update (what a mouthful) now heading out to owners of the device. According to a device in Android Police's possession, as well as a Twitter user (in the source link below), the update is heading out to devices as we speak. It brings all the improvements ...

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    There was a lot to love about the Moto 360 when it came out last year – many editors on our team currently still use the device on a day-to-day basis – but there's no denying that it was a first-gen device that was testing the waters for Android Wear. There were issues, and a lot of those issues are likely to be best fixed on a second-gen variant. (If you're interested in what the staff thinks Motorola needs to improve on with the 2015 model, we have just the collaborative editorial for you.) That's why we're excited to see that this new model seems to be well into the development ...

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    As much as it is a smartphone manufacturer, LG is also a displays company. And while those two things may coincide most of the time, the displays operation is a bread earner of its own, and the past few years the company has taken time before the launch of its flagship smartphone to separately announce the display panel that will be used in its production – and the company's nearly always had the cutting edge of display technology (read: shrinking bezels down to near-nothing) in play with these announcements. In Seoul today, the company has taken the wraps off of the LG G4 QHD display, ...

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    Storage has been an on-and-off issue in the smartphone space the past couple years. Just years ago, microSD cards were all the rage for expandable storage, but then (just as quickly as they became popular) they faded away as software became less supportive and manufacturers embraced more daring designs for their devices. Then came woes of lack of storage, and then promptly, as a fix, phones with greater amounts of storage. So when HTC released the One M9 with no option hitting 64GB or above – while Samsung's Galaxy S6 comes in with a whopping 128GB on some variants – it became a bit of ...

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    One of the coolest gadgets we had the fortune of going hands-on with at CES 2015 was Alcatel Onetouch's first wearable product, the Watch, and we were eager to learn more about it at the time – especially when exactly we'd be able to pick one up for ourselves. We're getting those answers today, as the company has just kicked off the first sales of the ambitious device. Here's a breakdown of Alcatel Onetouch Watch pre-orders. Let's address the elephant in the room first: the price. Yes, this device comes in at $100 below the base-model Moto 360, and $200 below the Apple Watch Sport's ...

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    The yearly cycle is repeating itself. Just as coverage of the hottest new flagships of the year, the HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6, begins flooding out, the rumor mill is turning toward what's just on the horizon: LG's newest flagship is coming soon, and that means anticipation will be going wild over the next few weeks. Today the first bit of news goes official, as LG has sent out LG G4 launch invites (though the name is tentative) to press. The event is taking place on April 28 in New York City, and, of course, Pocketnow will be on-hand in all our capacity to bring you the latest news and ...

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